This past August, Nike officially kicked off its relaunching of Kobe Bryant’s signature line with the “Halo” Kobe 8, an all-white colorway paying homage to the late legend. As the brand continues to settle into the latest era of Kobe’s sneaker legacy, additional Kobe 8 colorways are being prepped for early next year.

One of those pairs is the “Radiant Emerald” Kobe 8, pictured here for the first time via xcsnkr. The white-based shoe features contrasting emerald details throughout, most notably a repeated ‘8’ and ’24’ pattern throughout the upper. Those two numbers, of course, were worn by Kobe during his career with the Lakers. An embroidered Swoosh and semi-translucent sole also appear in the green hue.

The “Radiant Emerald” (along with a “Court Purple” colorway) is expected to be released on February 8, 2024, or 2/8/24. That lineup of numbers is significant because it represents the jersey number worn by Kobe’s daughter Gigi, 2, along with both of Kobe’s numbers. Likely not by coincidence, it’s also the day the Lakers will unveil Kobe’s statue outside of Arena.

UPDATE (02/08): Nike has officially confirmed that the “Aqua” Kobe 8 Protro will launch on Feb. 8 via SNKRS for $190. The Swoosh also shared insight behind the colorway via the product description, revealing that the style is inspired by Kobe’s “off-season flow.” Grab a closer look at the sneaker below.

Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Aqua”
Release Date:
Color: White/Radiant Emerald-White
Style #: FQ3549-101
Price: $190

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