The NBA and Christmas Day have long gone together hand in hand. That includes sneakers, too. One of the all-time most memorable pairs of Christmas Day sneakers has to be the Grinch colorway of the Kobe 6, worn by Mamba on Christmas Day 2010 against LeBron James and the Heat.
Those shoes have become iconic and were retroed by Nike back in 2020. Now, Nike is going back and releasing the “reverse” colorway just in time for Christmas 2023, dropping on Friday for a retail price of $190.
UP CLOSE LOOK: Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch pic.twitter.com/xVW9qHt7dX— Sole Retriever (@SoleRetriever) December 11, 2023
Now, any Kobe product since his tragic death in 2020 has been HIGHLY sought after. Luckily, Kobe’s widow Vanessa has indicated that production has been ramped up for this release, so hopefully that means more sneakerheads will have a shot at getting these for retail. But even with that increased inventory, don’t expect these to just be sitting under your tree on Christmas Day, no they will still likely be VERY hard to get.
As noted above, the Reverse Grinches are exactly that — the reverse of the Kobe 6 Grinch colorway. Where that shoe had a majority electric green upper with bright crimson accents, the Reverse Grinch is a majority bright crimson upper with electric green accents. Simple enough right? Designed by the legendary Eric Avar, the Kobe 6 model was noteworthy for its snakeskin-like upper, as Nike notes on SNKRS that the scaly snake pattern on the upper is “inspired by Kobe’s ‘Black Mamba’ nickname.” During the roll-out of the Kobe 6 back in 2010, Kobe described the shoe as being very character-driven and that is certainly is an apt description.
The shoe features a flexible Zoom Air unit along with responsive foam and the insoles also carry on the late Bryant’s request that he wanted a shoe that would mold to his foot. This shoe is part of the Kobe Protro line, which means that unlike, say, Jordan retros these shoes are not built the same way they were originally and instead have been modernized with modern play in mind. As such, the Kobe 6 has remained a very popular model on the hardwood in the NBA, as evidenced by the Reverse Grinches being seen on the feet of Bulls star DeMar DeRozan.
DeMar DeRozan brought out the Nike Kobe 6 “Reverse Grinch” tonight against the Bucks pic.twitter.com/UGzfSAibKw— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) December 12, 2023
The Grinch colorway of the Kobe 6 has remained highly sought after, with the 2020 retro commanding an average sale price of $834 on Stock X on 1,779 sales, which represents a 478% price premium. We’ve already seen shock drops and exclusive access for the Reverse Grinch colorway, which some pairs have already hit the resale market. The Reverse Grinch currently has a more modest average price of $466 on StockX on 4,681 sales, good for a 160% price premium. Again, between the shock drop, exclusive access, and Vanessa Bryant saying more shoes have been produced, there is hope that supply will come closer to meeting demand. But that being said, we all know there will be plenty of sneakerheads who will be left with hearts that do not grow three sizes on release day. Best of luck to all looking to pick up a pair!
Kobe 6 Protro “Reverse Grinch” Release Details
|Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch
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