Sneaker expert Sean Conway shares his favorite high fashion sneaker collabs of ALL TIME.
Nike x Supreme Dunk Low Pro SB (white/black-cement), 2002
Part of the first Supreme x Nike collaboration, the white and blue Dunk SB features the now iconic elephant print. This collaboration was limited to 500 pairs and was only sold at Supreme New York and Tokyo. These are now considered a true collectors item.
Nike x Futura x U.N.K.L.E (Mo Wax) Dunk High Pro SB (black/white), 2004
These sneakers make it ok to wear pink. The Nike x Futura x U.N.K.L.E collection feature graffiti prints styled by NYC graffiti legend Futura, and are a collaborative release with U.N.K.L.E. (a British Hip Hop collective) of the MOWAX label based in the UK.
Converse x Missoni Auckland Racer (Multi Blue), 2012
In 2012, iconic American brand Converse paired up with Missoni to create two special editions of Converse’s Auckland Racer style. The shoe was designed especially for the Missoni Men’s Spring/Summer 2013 show during Milan Fashion Week and features Missoni’s distinct print.
New Balance x Nonnative CM997 “Dune” Coverchord Retro, 2012
One of New Balance’s most high-profile collabs, the NB x nonnative to coincide with cult Japanese brand nonnative’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. This release features bright blue accents on the ABZORB cushioning and originally retailed at $233.
Adidas x Mastermind JAPAN Rivalry Hi (black/white), 2013
Luxury streetwear label Mastermind JAPAN partnered with Adidas Originals Consortium for one final project before they close up shop after 15 years in the game. The capsule collection, ‘BEST of adidas Originals’, features iconic Originals apparel and footwear models chosen by Mastermind JAPAN, reworked with their signature moody palette and skull logo.
Nike x Ricardo Tisci Air Force 1 Mid (white), 2014
People who know their fashion know Riccardo Tisci from his work at Givenchy, hip-hop fans know him from Jay Z lyrics, and sneakerheads will know him for his bold Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 Collection. Low, Mid, High and Boot aim to transcend city, style and gender. Tisci told Telegraph: “I travel all over the world, and I see people wearing the Air Force 1, and they wear it in so many different ways. And so I was thinking, what is the essence of the Air Force 1? And how do I take that essence and make my own statement? For me the Air Force 1 is not about gender, it’s not about a particular city, nor is it about a certain style. The community decides. It’s democratic. It’s love”.
Adidas x Raf Simmons Stan Smith (classic white/green), 2014
Adidas’ recognizable collaboration with designer Raf Simmons definitely one of the most important partnerships to emerge in the last five years. The classic Adidas style has been redefined with a punched Raf Simmons ‘R’.
Asics x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” (navy/salmon), 2014
Ronnie Fieg is a New York sneaker designer and is also the owner of the iconic KITH store in the city. The Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” were the first release when Ronnie Fieg opened KITH. The shoes also featured on the cover of Sneaker Freaker Magazine . The release comes in an exclusive all-wooden box produced and engraved by Good Wood NYC, along with a collaborative T-shirt and wooden dog tags.
Jordan x Just Don 2’s (blue), 2015
Don C (Kanye West’s close friend and co-manager) changed the game when he started to help bridge the gap between streetwear and luxury. He is one of the major reasons why consumers seek out luxury sportswear and he couldn’t be a better person! The inspiration behind the shoe was the classic Chanel 2.55 bag.
Nike x Kanye West Air Yeezy II (black/solar), 2015
The Air Yeezy 2 was showcased by Kanye West as his first presentation at New York Fashion Week. Each pair was animalistic in design and referenced Ancient Egyptian design. The collaboration between the Kanye and Nathan VanHook proved to be an instant hit, and was trending worldwide on twitter almost immediately.
Originally published at www.lyst.com on May 19, 2015.