When You Can Cop the Next Kobe Protro

10 years ago, Eric Avar and Kobe Bryant change the game with the low-top Nike Zoom Kobe IV.

Today, its updated iteration – the Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro – is set to return in another OG colorway.

Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Zoom Kobe IV “Del Sol” (photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Worn by Kobe Bryant when he was selling ankle insurance with the Swoosh, this sunny take on his hometeam colorway ditched purple for a very varsity feel.

Just the same, a black-based “Del Sol” pair still proves popular as Sneak Peek star Montrezl Harrell rocked them this season with the Clippers.

Montrezl Harrell in the Nike Kobe 4 “Del Sol” (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The “Del Sol” theme would live on through many a Kobe signature, appearing in famed fashion on the Kobe V, Kobe VI and Kobe VII to name a few.

In addition, it’s also been seen in a similar fashion on early Black Mamba Nikes.

Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Kobe V White/Del Sol (photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Kobe V Black/Del Sol (photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Kobe VI Black/Del Sol (photo by Elsa/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Del Sol” (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via Zimbio)

As our friends at Kenlu were sharp enough to point out, Kobe wore this shoe famously off court, too.

Yup, he laced the White/Del Sol 4s at his first post-Shaq championship parade back in ’09 when the Lakers took down the Magic.

Kobe Bryant in the OG Nike Zoom Kobe IV White/Del Sol (photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Sticking to the script, this Protro sees color blocking identical to that of the OG.

Lucky for fans, they’re coming back soon.

Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro “Del Sol” (photo via BR Kicks)

Look for the Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro “Del Sol” to launch on May 24th on SNKRS.

Peep studio shots of the upcoming release below.

Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro “Del Sol”

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro “Del Sol”