How much are the Nike Mambacita shoes worth? Images of unreleased Nike Kobe 6 Protro sneakers allegedly leak online

Joshua Rogers June 3, 2021

How much are the Nike Mambacita shoes? Images of unreleased Nike Kobe 6 Protro sneakers allegedly leak online. Vanessa Bryant later released a statement to Instagram in relation to the leak of the Mambacita shoes.

What did Vanessa Bryant say?

Kove Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, released a statement on Instagram over the alleged sneaker release of the Mambacita shoe.

Bryant says the shoe was designed by her as a tribute to Kobe, and were not meant for sale.

You can read her full statement below:

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Nike has not responded to the allegations, and a representative for the company is yet to address these as yet unconfirmed reports.

How did news of the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita’ shoes leak?

The Nike Mambacita shoes were first brought to the world’s attention by Instagram user brandon1an.

He is a social media user who scrapes internal servers of footwear retailers to search for newly uploaded photos.

It is important to note that the photos were never uploaded publicly by Nike, and they are yet to release a statement on the matter.

“I just want to make it clear that I don’t own a pair of those Mambacita Kobes,” brandon1an said on his Instagram page.

“The pictures I posted are official product pictures from a Nike authorized retailer.”

These allegations are unconfirmed and Nike are yet to respond.

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How did the Nike Kobe 6 Protro shoes get out?

It’s impossible to know how they got out at present.

Some think they were mistakenly shipped out by retailers instead of the Kobe 5 Protro “Hall Of Fame”.

However, that doesn’t explain why they were made in the first place.

Evidently, Nike did not intend for any pairs of the release to go out to the public, but leaked shoes can sometimes slip through the cracks of factory walls.

Nike clearly did not intend for the release of the shoes nor did they approve of the release of the shoes.

How much are the Nike Kobe 6 Protro Mambacita shoes worth?

Again, it’s too soon to estimate how much the Nike Mambacita shoes are worth.

Given that there’s likely very few pairs in existence, though, it’s likely they’re worth a fortune, should someone get their hands on a pair.

Since Vanessa Bryant elected not to renew the partnership for her late husband’s estate, resale prices of Kobe Bryant sneakers have been spiking.

“Kobe’s Nike contract expired on 4/13/21,” Vanessa Bryant said in an Instagram post. “Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time… My hope will always be to allow Kobe’s fans to get and wear his products. I will continue to fight for that. Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. That says everything.”

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The 2020 Kobe 6 Grinch prices on popular reseller site StockX since skyrocketed.

Before the deal, prices in a men’s size 9 ranged anywhere from $350 to $390. They now cost upwards of $650. The same trend was seen across multiple shoes.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.