Wearing your heart on your sleeve signifies that you’re unafraid of displaying your true emotions, which is a great way to go about forming relationships that are both meaningful and everlasting.
Wearing your heart on your shoes? Well, that just means that you’re a stylish sneakerhead who enjoys rocking kicks that channel all of the good-natured vibes of Valentine’s Day.
With the annual lover’s holiday around the corner, what better time than now to shine a light on some of the best Valentine’s Day themed shoes? Whether you’re after something that’ll add color to your daily rotation or a gift for that special someone in your life, look no further.
Below you’ll find some obvious and not-so-obvious choices, because we know that like love itself, Valentine’s Day means something different to everyone.
These are 10 of our favorite Valentine’s Day themed sneakers, and you can find even more heartfelt colorways at StadiumGoods.com.
This Air Jordan 12 GG “Valentine’s Day” comes exclusively in grade school girls sizing and it looks very similar to the original—and iconic—”Chicago” colorway worn by the man himself during his tenure with the Chicago Bulls. Where that iconic “Chicago” look featured red accents, this “Valentine’s Day” vibe dons pink. Told ya they were distant relatives.
One of the more premium Air Jordan 8s available, the women’s exclusive “Valentine’s Day” colorway comes kitted out in a plush red suede construction. What’s more, Jordan gets crafty and throws a chenille heart around the Jumpman branding on the tongue that’ll melt the icy thoughts of people stuck on the “all-red sneakers are so 2013” bandwagon.
The Air Jordan 5 GS “Valentine’s Day” is as swank as any limited-beyond-belief Jordan shoe we’ve ever seen. Hyperbole? Ah, maybe. But c’mon, look at that metallic red upper. If that doesn’t make you a believer, maybe the embroidered heart on the heel, where you’d usually find “23” branding, will.
Arriving just before the Nike SB Dunk’s popularity really took off last year, the StrangeLove Skateboards x SB Dunk Low is so next level that you’ll want to wear it all the time, not just for your annual Valentine’s Day dinner at the Italian spot around the corner from your apartment. At this point, not much else needs to be said about this colorway drawn up by Sean Cliver and company. It’s an upper echelon SB Dunk made from premium materials that embodies everything great about the skate shoe.
In the intro we made it a point to mention that not all Valentine’s Day sneakers are made equal, which is a good thing for those who subscribe to the “less-is-more” style tribe. Maybe you can appreciate a Valentine’s Day shoe with 9 different shades of pink and red on it, but would never actually wear it? That’s fine. We point you in the direction of the Comme des Garcons PLAY x Converse Chuck 70 Hi “Multi Heart” colorway, an ambiguous option despite the quirky and charming heart eyes character dancing around the shoe.
Lots of great New Balances have reduced us to mush upon seeing them for the first time over the years: the “Kennedy” 999, any one of Ronnie Fieg’s gems from back in the day. None did so as convincingly as Joe Freshgoods’ 992 “No Emotions Are Emotions.” Also known as the “Anatomy of a Heart,” this crazy multicolor shoe drew a sprawling lineup outside of Fat Tiger Workshop when it dropped last February in the thick of the NBA All-Star Weekend’s sneaker release madness (that happened to be the same weekend as Valentine’s Day), which should tell you everything you need to know about its mystical allure.
We wish the Air Jordan 1 High GG “Valentine’s Day” came in full family sizing instead of solely grade school sizing, but it doesn’t, and that’s life. No matter, there’s still plenty to appreciate—highlighter pink leather on the collar and heel and an embroidered heart design on the back. On the Jordan 1? Yeah, we can get down with that.
As if we needed to tell you that anytime Nigo and Pharrell come together it’s a treat, go revisit their previous work together with the original Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream streetwear brands. Or better yet, just turn to this Human Made x adidas NMD Hu collaboration from 2019. The look is more toned down compared to the 2000s brew of loud all-over print streetwear the two fashion icons were cooking up, but it's no less desirable.
Sometimes we’ll find any reason to mention our favorite sneakers and, yep, this is one of them. We celebrated when Nike brought back the original “St. John’s” colorway last year, and our strong feelings for the shoe haven’t subsided since then. You can absolutely get away with wearing this venerable OG around Valentine’s Day because of its classic white and red color block. Yes, sometimes it can be that simple.
We’re getting creative for your benefit, so don’t mind us as we sagely convince you that you need the Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 “Red” in your arsenal for Valentine’s Day. Because who doesn't love Supreme?