Despite a consistent influx of newer performance models, the Nike Kobe 6 has been the preferred sneaker of NBA players for the past few seasons. Perhaps the most well-received and coveted pair has been Anthony Davis’ “Reverse Grinch” colorway, which he debuted on an Instagram live stream in 2021 and finally took to the court a year later. The shoe, mostly styled in a vibrant crimson hue, gets its nickname from the idea that it’s a swap of the red and green placement found on the original green-based “Grinch” colorway. While most of the exclusive make-ups stay vaulted, it appears that fans will get a crack at this one.
Sneaker Files and zSneakerheadz report that the “Reverse Grinch” Kobe 6 is on deck for Holiday 2023. The model officially returned in the “Mambacita Sweet 16” colorway last May following the renewal of the partnership between Kobe Bryant’s estate and Nike. Since then, Nike has paced itself with Kobe Protro releases and appears to have the “Reverse Grinch” pair lined up for the all-important holiday shopping season.
A specific release date hasn’t been confirmed at this time, but we’ll follow up with new details as they become available.
UPDATE (11/28): For sneaker fans who struck out on the "Reverse Grinch" Kobe 6 via shock drop on SNKRS today, there's another chance at copping. The Swoosh has confirmed that the shoe will be released again on Dec. 15 via the app for $190. Grab a closer look at the sneaker below.
UPDATE (12/04): Nike is giving select SNKRS users the chance to buy the "Reverse Grinch" Kobe 6 Protro early via its "Exclusive Access" program.
Starting tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET, users who have entered and lost on at least six Kobe footwear drops since August 2020 and have bought performance basketball footwear or apparel since last year may receive early access to the coveted shoe. It's worth mentioning that getting access does not guarantee availability or the user's preferred size.
The "Reverse Grinch" Kobe 6 will then officially drop on Dec. 15 via SNKRS for $190.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro "Reverse Grinch"
Release Date: 12/15/23
Color: Bright Crimson/Black-Electric Green
Style #: FV4921-600