As the actual NIKE ZOOM KOBE 4 Protro is not the same one as publicity, many shoe fans are disappointed at it. It should uses the same full-length cushion as ZOOM KOBE 4, but it only has half cushion on rear foot.
Appearance: 9 scores
Many people choose to buy retro sneakers because of their feelings, just like the toys that they couldn’t get in the childhood. Zoom Kobe 4 takes a memory of youth.
Front View: Kobe logo on the shoe tongue
Side View: There is a big area of Flywire on the side of shoe.
Rear View: TPU surrounding the heelpiece is printed with Kobe’s signature and Kobe’s draft date
Comfort Level: 8 scores
The traditional design style makes Zoom Kobe 4 to be suitable to most of players, it doesn’t have high request for the foot type like the integrated type shoe. The vamp is made by leather, so it’s not soft as knitted vamp, it needs time to adapt to.
It isn’t hard to wear for the design of independent shoe tongue with half inner sleeve.
The shoe size is normal NIKE size, zero deflection.
The forefoot is little narrow, so if your forefoot is wide, you need to try it on physical store. You may feel it’s stiff due to the leather vamp, so it needs times to adapt to.
Fit & Support: 8.5 scores
Zoom Kobe 4 was released 10 years ago, from the material and appearance design, we are relieved at it. Although the leather vamp is not so comfort and fit as knitted vamp, but you don’t need to worry about the support and fit.
The foam is filled thick enough in the ankle. And the support of leather texture is better than fabric and knitted vamp. But it can’t fit well when doing sport. The big area of Flywire on the side of shoe is different with present dynamic Flywire. It’s mainly for decorative rather than practicability. It can’t improve the wrapping performance.
The leather has the material advantage on the supporting performance. Although Zoom Kobe 4 is a low type shoe, but the height of heelpiece is higher than present other low sneakers. So its supporting performance is better than other low sneakers.
Traction & Abrasive Resistance: 8 scores
The outsole of Zoom Kobe 4 uses crystal outsole with rubber. It’s special. The herringbone grains guarantee the requirement of traction when doing all kinds of movement.
When testing the traction of sudden stop on outfield, Zoom Kobe 4 can stop in time without slipping.
I have weared this sneaker about one week and play two basketball matches. The wear trace of rubber outsole is light, but the crystal outsole has obvious rough selvedge. The abrasive resistance is just normal type, it’s not suitable to play on outfield.
Cushion: 8.5 scores
The configuration of insole is also a controversial part of this pair of ZK4 Protro. Comparing with the full-length air cushion of Zoom Kobe 4, we’re disappointed at the half air cushion on the heelpiece of Zoom Kobe 4 Protro.
The PHYLON on forefoot is neither too hard, nor too soft. The starting feedback is fast.
General Comment: 8.4 scores
The appearance of Zoom Kobe 4 Protro keeps the design of Zoom Kobe 4. We’re satisfied at the material and appearance. Although Zoom Kobe 4 was released ten years ago, but its material and configuration is still better than many present sneakers. The supporting performance of leather vamp is excellent. We’re disappointed on the insole configuration, but this kind of insole configuration won’t effect the performance when playing basketball.
If you want to make up the regret that you haven’t bought Zoom Kobe 4 before, it’s worthy to buy it. But if you are entangled in the half air cushion, you can purchase other sneakers that you are satisfied at.