Nike To Release ‘Girl Dad’ Sneakers In Honor Of Kobe and Gianna Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Nike is releasing new “Girl Dad” sneakers ahead of Father’s Day, in honor of the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his late daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, both of whom died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

The Kobe 4 Proto “Girl Dad” Sneakers are dedicated to the father-daughter duo, according to the company’s website.

“This special edition of the Kobe 4 Protro pulls inspiration from a courtside moment shared between Kobe and Gigi,” the product description of the shoe states.

The green sneakers feature black shoelaces, the Nike swoosh logo in black, the words “Girl Dad” on the sneaker tongue and Kobe Bryant’s signature along the side of the shoes.

“With ‘Girl Dad’ printed on the inner tongue and a total orange insole inspired by Kobe’s support of women’s basketball and the WNBA hoodie he was wearing, this meaningful rendition invites you to celebrate the power of Girl Dads everywhere,” the description says.

The late Los Angeles Lakers star and his wife Vanessa Bryant, shared four daughters — Natalia, the late Gianna “Gigi,” Bianka and Capri.

Vanessa Bryant shared the upcoming sneaker release in several Instagram posts, writing in one recent caption, “For our Most Valuable Girl Dad. This Father’s Day we celebrate Kobe’s commitment and love for our daughters Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri with the Kobe 4 Protro ‘Girl Dad’.”

“Grateful for the passion Kobe had for our daughters and the light he brought to women’s sports,” she added in another Instagram post.

Nike’s Kobe 4 Protro “Girl Dad” sneakers will retail for $190.