Nike Kobe 4 Protro "Mambacita" Officially Unveiled

This shoe pays homage to Gigi Bryant.

BYAlexander Cole

Perhaps one of the greatest Kobe Bryant retros of the last few years has been the Nike Kobe 4 Protro. Overall, this is a shoe that has received a whole bunch of dope colorways. However, following Kobe's death in 2020, Nike stopped making the shoe. Eventually, Nike lost the Kobe deal entirely after Vanessa Bryant was unhappy with how they treated sneakerheads. Although, the two eventually came to a compromise which ultimately brought Nike back on board the Kobe Bryant brand.

Since then, Nike has been figuring out which shoes to drop. Of course, the brand wants to be sensitive to Kobe and his legacy. Additionally, they also want to pay tribute to Gianna Bryant, who passed away alongside her father and seven others. This has led to some teasers for a "Mambacita" colorway of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro. It is a shoe that many fans have been waiting for. Now, with the official images revealed below, it is clear that this sneaker is a reality that will be dropping soon.

"Mambacita" Nike Kobe 4 Protro

Image via Nike

Immediately upon looking at the shoe, you can tell that this does a great job of honoring Kobe and Gigi's legacy. Firstly, the sneaker is covered with a white upper. Secondly, the midsole, Nike swoosh, and laces are all black. From there, were get a black-and-white woven aesthetic towards the back. Furthermore, this is packed up by the word "Gigi" on the back heel. Even her gold number 2 appears underneath, which further cements this sneaker as a tribute. When you put all of these elements together, you get a truly gorgeous new Nike Kobe 4 Protro.

For those of you out there who plan on adding these to your collections, you will be able to do so as of May 1st. Additionally, the price of the sneaker has been set at a reasonable $180 USD. If you are a big fan of Kobe sneakers, then these are going to be a must-cop. Let us know what you think, in the comments section below. Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest news from around the sneaker world.

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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.