In news that made sneakerheads and Kobe stans around the world rejoice; Nike and the Kobe Bryant estate, led by his widow Vanessa, have entered into a new partnership that will make the late basketball legend’s sneakers available again, and honor his commitment to encouraging the next generation of young athletes and fans.
The first new shoe from the partnership, the Kobe 6 Protro “Mambacita Sweet 16” will honor Gigi Bryant. All net proceeds from the shoe will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. Vanessa Bryant released a statement on social media announcing the agreement:
When the partnership between Nike and the Kobe Bryant estate ended in 2021, fans and sneakerheads were unsure if sneaker giant would ever release Kobe’s iconic shoes again. No doubt it would be a tremendous profit generator, but for Vanessa it’s clear that she wanted her daughter Gigi’s legacy to be a part of the deal.
Kobe Bryant was an international sports icon and meant so much to millions of people around the world. But for Vanessa, the loss of her daughter was just as brutal as the loss of her husband. Gigi’s legacy is just as important to her. She wasn’t going to allow Nike to profit off selling her husbands sneaker line and not have her daughter honored as well.