Twelve years after its original release, the Nike Kobe 8 Protro “What The” is making a grand comeback in the Summer of 2025. This eclectic model, first released in December 2013, captures the essence of the Kobe 8 series by merging various colors and designs from previous iterations into a single, visually striking sneaker.

The “What The” series is renowned for its bold approach to design. It combines elements from different versions to create a unique, collage-like appearance. The Nike Kobe 8 Protro “What The Kobe” is no exception. This shoe features a dynamic mix of graphics, hues, and textures that celebrate the legacy of Kobe Bryant’s eighth signature shoe.

Vanessa Bryant continues her partnership with Nike to honor Kobe’s legacy. The re-release of the “What The” Kobe 8 Protro is part of a broader strategy to reintroduce classic Kobe sneakers. This effort not only keeps Kobe’s memory alive in the basketball community but also introduces his influential designs to new generations of fans.

The Nike Kobe 8 Protro “What The Kobe” showcases nearly 30 different colorways from previous Kobe 8 releases. It features a mismatched aesthetic, capturing the original’s eclectic spirit. The right shoe has an Electric Orange base with a striking Volt Swoosh. In contrast, the left shoe sports a Deep Night base, an Electric Orange Swoosh, and oversized 3M reflective “NIKE” branding on the medial side panel. The semi-translucent outsoles also differ, creating a visually dynamic pair that stands out both on and off the court.

In other news, check out the Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Dodgers,” which will be getting a public release.


The Nike Kobe 8 Protro “What The” releases in Summer 2025. You can find it at select Nike Basketball retailers, both in-store and online at, priced at $190 USD. Mark your calendars and prepare to celebrate Kobe’s extraordinary impact on basketball.

Nike Kobe 8 Protro “What The Kobe”
Color: Multi-Color/Multi-Color-Multi-Color
Release Date: Summer 2025
Style Code: HM9621-900
Price: $190

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