I’m always a big fan of Kobe Bryant sneakers so there’s no way I’m not reviewing the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro.
The OG Kobe 1 Protro is released in 2004, which is Kobe Bryant’s first signature basketball shoe. By simply looking at it, you won’t be able to see many differences comparing to the Protro as it maintains the original classic look.
In view of this, today, I’m going to walk you through the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro thoroughly.
Retail Price: $175
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 4.9 / 5
For traction, Nike has decided to stick with the original herringbone pattern, which I have to say is awesome. First, the grooves of the herringbone pattern are spaced wide enough so that it is easy to clean, even there are dust or dirt, you just have to wipe it and you are good to go again.
Although it is a bit slippery the first time I wear it, but the more I wore it and broke in that outsole, it just get better and better every time, literally glue performance!
Same as most of you guys, I often play at dusty, dirty outdoor basketball courts. With normal basketball shoes, I have to wipe it every once in a while. Yet, with these shoes on, I literally forgot about wiping it as it sticks like glue and didn’t affect my performance at all. Not only that, it enhances my mobility and allows me to change direction and control my speed more effectively.
This shoe is very durable, it has a thick rubber outsole, as such, it is a great choice for you if you’re looking for basketball shoes that can served for both indoor and outdoor court.
As you probably know, the full-length zoom air is one of the main focuses of this shoe. Comparing to the cushion of the OG pair, which has used forefoot & heel zoom air, the midsole of the protro is lower because the phylon midsole has been trimmed down a bit. Not only can it provides more stability for heavy players like big man, but also make the shoe more lightweight for guards so regardless of what position you played, this shoe is suitable for you.
Same as the traction, the more you wear them on, the more comfortable they will be. Once they’re completely broken in, it will blend into your feet and you won’t feel any discomfort but the full length zoom only.
If you’re looking for basketball shoes with great cushion and great responsiveness. These are all you need.
Although there are similarities between the OG version and this newer version when it comes to materials, they provide significantly different feels.
The upper of the protro is all leather along with the suede cover on the sides to provide extra durability. Also, the integration of leather and textile have provided extra comfort.
I have to admit that the first time I wore these, it did feel a bit of stiff. However, the more I wore them, the softer and comfortable it became. After the break-in period, the leather has already covered around my foot completely as if it was tailor-made for me.
As much as I love wearing textiles and knits, leather shoes, especially the Kobe 1 Protro is just too awesome.
As a wide footer, instead of going half a size up, as usual, I’ve decided to go for the true size. Despite the fact that my feet do fit in them, when I first wore them to play, I feel like I’ve made the wrong decision since my feet are feeling a little tight and uncomfortable and I can’t really execute a fast movement as they would hurt my feet. Fortunately, after a few sessions and adjusting the laces for a few times, the leather was already adjusted to my foot completely, problem solved!
So, if you are a wide footer like me, true to size is what I recommend. Although it may feel tight at the beginning, just wait until the break-in period.
Apart from the size, I think they do a great job, particularly on the ankle and heel protection. As a high-top sneaker, the Kobe 1 Protro’s ankle collar are designed perfectly to surround my ankle. In addition, the rear section of the shoe can contain my ankle and heel cozily, allowing me to move more agile on the court with more security.
The support is one of my favorite features of this shoe because it just covers each and every place of my feet.
The lateral support is great, the combination of the lateral midsole wrap and the lateral outrigger have offered containment and stability respectively.
Even though I’m not sure how the carbon fiber heel thing works, with it and the internal heel counter, the heel lockdown just feel great and more protected. As I mentioned, the high-ankle collar can also bring you more protection and reduce the risk of injuries such as ankle sprains.
Generally speaking, this shoe should be able to cover and protect your entire feet completely. Unless you are built like Zion Williamson and are explosive enough to break a shoe, you are not going to feel any lack of support.
In conclusion, Kobe 1 Protro has already been one of my favorite shoes of all time because of the all-round quality. So, I will give it a 4.9 / 5.
It may seem a bit of bulky or heavier than today basketball shoes, however, Nike has reduced the weight from the OG version so you won’t feel any differences once you put them on, at least I didn’t feel that way. Once they’re broken in, all you need to do is to lace them up and focus on the game as they will perform reliably.
This shoe is so enjoyable and I just don’t comprehend why people find them heavy or even uncomfortable. Anyway, I think everyone should try this shoe.
I hope you are all ready having a solid grasp of this shoe, still, if you have any questions or feedback about this shoe, feel free to leave a comment and I’m happy to help you out.