In September, Vanessa Bryant introduced the Nike Mamba Program, a unique initiative involving six NCAA basketball programs, including Duke Women’s Basketball. This program is set to receive exclusive school-themed colorways of Kobe Bryant’s upcoming Protro series footwear. Duke WBB recently showcased two distinct Nike Kobe 8 Protros, adding to the excitement of this collaboration.

The Duke-exclusive Nike Kobe 8 Protros come in two colorways, reflecting the team’s home and away themes. The first, predominantly in Duke Blue, extends from the mesh upper to the React-infused midsole, with black accents on the tread and heel clip. This design highlights the crisp white Kobe sheath logo and the profile swoosh. The second colorway, designed for home games, flips the blue and white hues, featuring a predominantly white upper and midsole with vibrant blue swooshes, inner lining, and heel logos. These sneakers mirror the team bank color blocking seen in LSU’s installment and are heralded as some of Bryant’s best signature offerings.


While the Nike Kobe 8 “Duke” PEs have been showcased in detail, there is no current information on a public release for these exclusive sneakers. They remain a special edition for the Duke Women’s Basketball team as part of the Nike Mamba Program. Stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more of the latest sneaker news, release dates, and restock alerts.