This post is in no particular order . I just chose these iconic individuals & groups that have made some killer collaborations. Sit back and enjoy, sorry if I missed one of your favorite collabs but , feel free to share below in the comments.
Run DMC x Adidas
Back in 1983, from Hollis, Queens, came Run-D.M.C , a rap group that refused to adapt to pop standards by deciding that they would dress on stage the way they dressed in the streets. Can’t fake originality and Run DMC was oozing with just that. Run DMC was most notable for wearing the Superstars without any laces and pushing the tongue of the shoe out. The deal made between Run-D.M.C. and Adidas was the first endorsement deal between hip-hop artists and a major corporation. Can’t forget that classic “My Adidas”song . You know , that this being the first endorsement deal between a hip hop artist and a major corporation that there was no way I could l ignore it. If one word could describe this collab it’s simply the word , “Classic”.
Staple Pigeon x Nike
On February 22, 2005, this sneaker was released exclusively in New York and had a run of 202 pairs, 30 of the pairs were released at Staple’s retail store, Reed Space. That morning, a large crowd gathered outside of the store. When the NYPD were called in to control the crowd, a riot happened. The news made the front page of the New York Post. But it’s not just about rarity and scarcity here , its about the whole concept of this collaboration. The subtle shades of grey mixed with the bright orange ,created a new NYC classic that was appreciated worldwide among sneakerheads. For a shoe that was so limited, the Nike Pigeon Dunk SB left a lasting impression on the sneaker world. They have had a heap of Collaborations since then but none of them will ever top these pair of Nike Sb’s.
Eminem x Jordan
The Way I Am 2’s
Eminem one the fastest and most elaborate rappers not only was known for his music but his sneaker collaboration with Jordan are in a category of their own. Rarity is what makes this collaboration so iconic. Rumored to be limited to 50 pairs, the ‘ENCORE’ Retro Air Jordan 4 was given to friends and family, and a small amount was released to the public through a contest. The Air Jordan 2 was his first pair of Jordan’s, they became his favorite and eventually helped promote the launch of his 2008 autobiography “The Way I Am.” A combo of grey suede and black leather took over the sneaker, with Eminem’s lyrics imprinted on the mudguard and collar. This pair was limited to 313 pairs, in honor of Detroit ” his hometown”, and was released exclusively online via the Air Jordan Flight Club. Em’s collaborations are always a hit I expect there to be another dope silhouette as well as it being an exclusive sneaker.
Doernbecher x Nike/Jordan
The partnership between Nike and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital began in 2004. Michael Doherty, Nike’s Creative Director and a Doernbecher Foundation board member, was discussing with his son, ways to raise money for the hospital. His son suggested that Nike create one of a kind shoes and put them online. With the idea in mind, Michael toured the hospital with Nike shoe designers. Designer Marcus Tayui’s had a vision to take the idea one step further by having the children design the shoes. The proceeds directly benefit the hospital that helped save their lives. Every year, Nike designers and developers partner with Doernbecher patients who have fought serious illnesses to build a shoe unique to each patient. The children are literally the designers by choosing the colors, styles and materials that reflect their stories and personalities. This collab is iconic because of the purpose behind it, and a great way to tell a story of a warrior.
University of Oregon x Jordan
Footwear brands have been making exclusive sneakers for college teams over the years, but there aren’t really any schools that can match up to the player exclusives laid upon the University of Oregon Ducks. Due to the school’s deep history with Nike, Oregon athletes have access to more exclusive footwear than any other college in the nation, including a grip of extremely sought after Air Jordan sneakers. In 2011, legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield was trying to find a new way to keep athletes comfortable and stylish on the road when he decided to color up some exclusive Air Jordan’s. No college will be able to top this iconic collaboration even if you are or are not a Oregon ducks fan, you got to admit you crave a pair of their exclusives.
Kanye West x Nike
Nike Air Yeezy 1
Nike Air Yeezy2
Over time, Chicago’s own Kanye West has made it known with confidence that he’s one of the most influential figures within fashion and footwear. What makes this interesting is that Yeezy isn’t your Elite Superstar athlete, but a recording artist with numerous visions and ideas. The Nike Air Yeezy I released and retailed for $215 USD. Nowadays, you’ll find the highly coveted model on eBay and at consignment shops for over $1,000 USD less if you’re lucky. The sequel isn’t normally better than the original but in this case it was. Worn by NBA players on court and your most fashionable entertainers on red carpets, the Nike Air Yeezy II hit the market and blew up.
Kanye West x Adidas
Yeezy Yeezy how you do it? First Nike now Adidas, The Yeezy Boost 750 was the first model to celebrate Mr. West’s new partnership with Adidas. Anticipation was growing ever since the collaborative relationship was announced and the Yeezy Boost 750 dropped. Kanye being Kanye just had to out due himself again. The Yeezy Boost 350 caught the eyes of media outlets for its simple design and use of performance-based technology. Kanye on the list twice well because who else you know can go from dropping heat at Nike then leaving to go to Adidas to only continue where he they left off at.