A few days after an ankle injury in 2020, Morant made a proclamation: high-tops only for the rest of the 2020-21 season.
high top kobes the rest of the year .
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 4, 2021
The list of high-tops included the Nike Kobe 1 Protro sneaker.
The Nike Kobe 1 originally dropped in 2005 before re-releasing in 2018 as an updated “Protro” version. This made the Kobe 1 lighter while adding more cushioning with full-length Zoom Air. The soft leather upper remained, as did the carbon fiber support shank.
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