Kobe Bryant’s deal with Nike has officially ended but before they part ways, two more pairs are rumored to release. One of those might be the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ which is a tribute to Kobe and his daughter Gigi.
This Nike Kobe 6 Protro comes dressed in a clean Black, White, and Metallic Gold color combination. Highlighted with Black snakeskin texture across the toe and panels while White adorns the laces, Swoosh logos, tongue branding, heel, and rubber outsole. Next, a snakeskin print covers the liner while the standout feature of the shoe is the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation logo on the heel with Kobe and Gigi’s names printed on the left and right shoe. Lastly, Gigi’s number ‘2’ hits the lateral heel in Gold to finish the look.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Mambacita Sweet 16 Release Details
You can expect the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ to release at select retailers and Nike.com on May 1st. The retail price is $180. As soon as we have more information, we will make sure to update you. For now, check out more images below that will give you a closer look.
Color: Black/White-Metallic Gold
Release Date: May 1, 2022
Style Code: CW2190-002
Update (4/29): Nike has confirmed that the ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ Kobe 6 Protro will release on May 1st, which would have been Gigi’s 16th birthday. You’ll be able to purchase via Exclusive Access in the SNKRS app.
Select Nike members in the Los Angeles area will be able to purchase the shoes via SNKRS Pass. Nike has stated the following: ‘Pairs will also be available for Members in the Los Angeles area via SNKRS Pass reservations. Profits from the sale of the Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ will be donated to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.’
Update (4/27): Nike has unveiled official photos of the ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ Kobe 6 Protro. A release date has yet to be announced.
Update (3/24/2022): Fresh off the news that Kobe Bryant and Nike will continue their partnership, the first shoe scheduled to release is the ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ Kobe 6 Protro. A launch will take place sometime in 2022. Make sure to check back with us for more updates.
Update (6/3): Vanessa Bryant put out a statement via her Instagram regarding the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mamba Forever’. She has stated that she designed the shoes before deciding not to re-sign with Nike. Furthermore, she didn’t give approval to Nike for the shoes to be made. Ultimately, Bryant doesn’t want the shoes to be sold and is upset that people already have pairs.
Although Nike hasn’t announced a release date for the shoes, it does appear that the ‘Mamba Forever’ Kobe 6 Protro went into full production and is even rumored to launch this Summer. Bryant also stated that there are only two more Kobe’s releasing, one was the Undefeated x Kobe 6 Protro ‘Hall of Fame’ and the other is the Kobe 6 Protro ‘POP’.
Below, you can check out her statement and once we receive more information, we will make sure to update.
Update (5/30): Check out on-feet photos of the ‘Mamba Forever’ Nike Kobe 6 Protro via yankeekicks.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Mamba Forever On-Feet
Update (5/22): We now have a detailed look at the ‘Mamba Forever’ Nike Kobe 6 Protro. A release is rumored to take place this Summer, however, Nike has yet to confirm. Images via LA Soles.