Nike Basketball is set to release a special edition of the Kobe 8 Protro, named “Mambacita,” in honor of the late Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. This release follows the legacy of Kobe Bryant’s signature models, continuing to celebrate his impact on the game and his daughter’s budding passion for basketball.

The “Mambacita” Kobe 8 Protro sports a simple yet elegant black and white color scheme, inspired by the jerseys of the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. The design is elevated with butterfly graphics across the mesh upper, symbolizing transformation and growth, themes closely associated with Gigi’s journey. Gold accents on the Swoosh and tongue add a touch of sophistication, while “Gigi” is stamped on the left heel and her jersey number on the right shoe, making this edition a heartfelt tribute.

The Kobe 8 Protro “Mambacita” retains the design cues from its original 2012 debut but is expected to feature modern modifications for today’s athletes. The blend of original and contemporary elements creates a sneaker that is both a collector’s item and a performance shoe.


The Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Mambacita” is expected to release in May 2024. This special edition will be available at select Nike Basketball retailers, both in-store and online, including The sneaker will be offered in various sizes, including adult, preschool, and toddler sizes. This release is not just a sneaker drop; it’s a celebration of Gigi Bryant’s legacy and a symbol of the ongoing partnership between the Kobe Bryant Estate and Nike.

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Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Mambacita”
Color: White/Metallic Gold-Black
Release Date: May 1, 2024
Style Code: FV6325-100
Price: $190