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Nike Kobe 6 ‘Grinch’ sneaker set to drop Christmas Eve

A pair of Nike Kobe 6 Protro sneakers.
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro Green Apple ($180), an update of a sneaker that Kobe Bryant debuted on Christmas Day in 2010, will hit retail on Dec. 24.
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Nike announced Tuesday that a bright green Kobe 6 Protro sneaker is set to hit retail on Dec. 24. It’s an updated version of an eye-catching pair of kicks that Kobe Bryant wore when the Lakers hit the hardwood for a Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat in 2010. (The Lakers lost that game to the LeBron-helmed Heat 96-80.)

Officially, the details of the sneaker — the scaly texture of the upper and venom-green hue — reference the serpentine inspiration of Bryant’s Black Mamba persona, though the Christmas-time debut of the shoe as well as the accent pops of red on the tongue, heel and sole quickly earned it the Grinch nickname on sneakerhead blogs in reference to Dr. Seuss’ small-hearted yuletide antagonist.

For the record:

7:50 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020An earlier version of this post mis-identified the date of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. It occurred on January 26 not January 29.

The former Laker, through his Nike signature shoes, had a huge impact on the sneaker market. His death has the industry struggling to respond respectfully.

It is scheduled to hit retail just a month after the Kobe 5 Protro Bruce Lee sneakers dropped — and quickly sold out.

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Nike, which had suspended the sale of Bryant’s signature sneakers in the aftermath of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed the Laker legend, his daughter Gianna and seven others, stepped back into the Kobe-themed footwear and apparel game in a big way over the summer, dubbing the week of Aug. 23-29 Mamba Week.

The Nike Kobe 6 Protro Green Apple ($180) will be available via Nike’s SNKRS app starting 7 a.m. Pacific Dec. 24.


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