In addition to offering the latest from Nike, adidas, and more, Stadium Goods is proud to carry some of the most exclusive sneakers in the world as part of our Trophy Case collection. It’s a place where you can find two of Kanye West’s most innovative creations, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” and adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove,” as well as unreleased treasures like the Nike LeBron 9 “Watch the Throne.” We picked 20 of our favorite Trophy Case sneakers and delve into what makes each of these selections so unique.
At the zenith of their powers in 2011, Kanye West and Jay-Z united to craft one of the hottest albums in music with “Watch the Throne.” The wave of excitement surrounding the “Watch the Throne” album and tour crested during a memorable stop in Miami. Nike Basketball laced the duo with a special edition of LeBron James’s ninth signature shoe to honor the lavish lifestyle Jay and ‘Ye rhymed about. Complete with gold accents and floral cotton laces, the shoe was gifted to those within their inner circle. Both Hit-Boy and Wale are among an extremely short list of celebrities who have been photographed wearing the ultra-rare Nike LeBron 9 “Watch the Throne.”
In 2008 Nike introduced its new flagship performance basketball shoe, the Hyperdunk. In retrospect, this would be the biggest landmark in Nike Basketball of the 21st century, as the Hyperdunk franchise would go on to become the most-worn Nike hoops shoe for the next decade as each new iteration released every year. The Hyperdunk would become known as the workhorse basketball shoe of the brand, loved for its light weight, high performance, and good looks. Nike put a ton of energy behind the original Hyperdunk, which released in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics. To create some early buzz for the Hyperdunk, Nike also dropped this "Marty McFly" edition inspired by the famous Nike Mag from "Back to the Future Part 2." As if the awesome colorway and extremely limited quantities weren't enough to create hype for its release, Kobe Bryant showed up to its release at Undefeated in Los Angeles in a Delorean to really send collectors into a frenzy.
The Nike SB Dunk High “Jason” is a sample shoe dedicated to the main character of the “Friday the 13th” horror film franchise, Jason Voorhees. Known for his ghoulish appearance and dastardly actions against innocent people, Jason’s character traits—or flaws, if you will—are marked all over this Nike SB Dunk High. Red suede overlays across the forefoot and perforated toe are contrasted by white leather on the heel panel. The opposing materials and colors mimic Jason’s gory tools and hockey mask. No official release was ever given to the Nike SB Dunk High “Jason,” which is believed to have been part of Nike SB’s cancelled “Horror Pack” from 2007.
Way back in 1999, Jordan Brand extended beyond the realm of basketball and into baseball. Deemed a head scratching move by some, it made perfect sense when Derek Jeter was revealed to be the face of Jordan Brand’s strategic pivot to a sport where its namesake struggled to hit above the Mendoza line against Double-A competition. This aptly named Air Jordan 11 “Derek Jeter” was created in 2017 to honor the career and legacy of the greatest New York Yankees shortstop of all time. Only five pairs exist and each was released via a scratch-off lottery system outside of Yankee Stadium on the day of Jeter’s retirement ceremony. Talk about Rare Air.
You’re looking at what many have deemed to be the greatest sneaker collaboration of all time: the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago.” More than just a unique design, this deconstructed Air Jordan 1 erased any doubts as to whether or not the Jordan 1 is, unequivocally, the most popular shoe ever. The Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” represents a dramatic new approach to design as evidenced by its “pre-worn” look that includes a misaligned Swoosh on the mid-panel, a frayed ankle collar, and bold “Air” branding on the midsole. The aesthetic, which has roots in “DIY” or “do it yourself” culture, quickly caught as a trend in the sneaker world after the shoe’s release. Owning the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” puts you in company with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, and PJ Tucker, all of whom have been photographed wearing the silhouette at one time or another.
While the clothing industry was selling clothing in 1985, Nike was, as expertly stated by designer Tom Derderian, busy “selling an idea, an imagined function.” And that function was flight or, aptly put, Air. As in Air Jordan. Donning a swishy black and red Flight Suit and the Air Jordan 1 on his feet, Jordan soared through the air on his way to another slam dunk in an early advertisement spot for his first signature shoe. The warm nostalgia of all inspired this Air Jordan 1 “Satin” from 2016. Glossy black and red satin covers the entire upper and, what’s more, only 501 pairs are thought to be in existence.
Growing up in Chicago, all Virgil Abloh wanted to do was skate outside with his friends, watch the Chicago Bulls, and wear his Nikes. It’d be a fair assumption that not even he would have predicted he’d go on to create some of the best shoes inspired by all three hobbies. Abloh’s ability to fuse influences like mid-aughts streetwear aesthetics and contemporary architecture has made him a leading figure in the fashion industry in 2020. In 2019, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art honored Abloh with a career retrospective showcasing all of his best and most popular work. A special edition sneaker was produced for the event. The Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low “MCA,” decked out in the colors of the flag of the “Windy City,” released in extremely limited quantities in June 2019. It’s one of the most coveted Air Force 1s of all time.
Pharrell Williams made millions “Happy” with his infectious pop song in 2013 and made sneaker fans and collectors equally as jovial months later in 2014 when he signed with adidas. And the timing of the deal couldn’t have been any better. Adidas, for its part, had recently unveiled its Boost technology and was poised to unleash Kanye West’s explosive “Yeezy” line of lifestyle sneakers at any moment. Pharrell, as previously mentioned, had reclaimed his positioning as music’s “it” producer. All of the excitement came to a head when the pairing released the Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Hu “Yellow.” With bold “Human” and “Race” embroidery stitched into a bright yellow Primeknit upper, there was no denying the fact that adidas now had enough horses in the stable to hang with Nike.
The adidas Yeezy Boost 750 was Kanye West’s first signature shoe with the German footwear giant, but that sneaker wasn’t meant for everyone. West himself had to personally give longtime frenemy Drake a pair of 750s while the MC was performing on stage in 2015. The adidas Yeezy Boost 350, however, is widely considered to be Kanye’s first true adidas model. And it’s also the most popular silhouette in the collection. Dressed in black and cream tones, the Primeknit upper reveals West’s intentions of designing a shoe that anyone could wear no matter the occasion. And with plenty of Boost cushioning packed into its midsole, fans had no reason not to. The design has since splintered off into other variations, but make no mistake about it, the original adidas Yeezy Boost 350 was a game changer.
Giving Travis Scott free reign to rework one of Michael Jordan’s most legendary shoes speaks volumes about modern day sneaker culture. A true sign of the times, the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 High is one of the most coveted sneakers ever. And there's a good reason for that. Complete with inverted leather Swooshes, earthy suede overlays, and Scott’s “face” logo on the heel, the look is emblematic of the kind of designs people want to wear in 2020.
One of the most obscure moments of Michael Jordan’s playing career inspires one of his greatest Air Jordan 1s. Suiting up for the Italian-based Stefanel Trieste basketball team during an overseas exhibition game in 1985, Jordan put on a show for the locals who came to see Mike do what Mike does best: suspend disbelief by elevating for dunk after dunk. After it was over, Jordan had scored 30 points rather easily and had broken one of the backboards following a thunderous slam dunk. Wait, what?! Jordan, holding onto the rim a little longer than usual, shattered the glass backboard to pieces and calmly walked away from the scene as if nothing had happened. Three decades later, the sequence of events led to the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard.” The design borrows the orange, black, and white team uniform colors His Airness wore that day and features premium leather panels that Jordan Brand rightfully reserves for its premier releases. Other variations of the “Shattered Backboard” theme have shown up on other Air Jordans, but the original makeup from 2015 remains top dog.
What were you doing around 2:00pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014? If you were a sneaker collector and you had access to a computer or cell phone, then you were feverishly trying to add the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” to your cart on Nike.com. The shoe had been teased by Kanye West for months—you couldn’t catch the rapper not wearing the sneaker in pictures during the latter stages of 2013. Following the unexpected breakup between Nike and West, Nike was left with a backstock of the shoe and without its leading endorser nor an official release date. So Nike quietly dumped its stock online and, within the amount of time it took for word to get out, pairs disappeared without a trace. It’s swift release is the stuff of sneakerhead lore, surely a treasured antidote that will no doubt be passed along from generation to generation.
We’ve seen sneakers inspired by tracksuits, dogs, and marijuana, but never before had one been dedicated to a cartoon character that could talk to dead people. The Nike Air Foamposite One “ParaNorman,” with its spooky aesthetic and nickname, does exactly that. Released in 2012 via a social media giveaway that allowed potential winners to post a childhood picture of themselves doing something “weird,” Penny Hardaway’s former signature performance basketball shoe forms the perfect canvas for Norman Babcock’s personality to shine. The ghastly appearance of the “ParaNorman” Air Foamposite One ranks highly among some of the best looks of the shoe.
Miami’s annual art festival brings out the best in local and national artists each year. SoleFly, a Miami based sneaker boutique, created an ultra rare Air Jordan 1s in honor of the cultural event, this very exclusive “Friends & Family” design you see here. An alternate colorway to the SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 that was released at retail, this highly limited edition model was given to friends and family of SoleFly and features a stunning, glossy patent leather in black and dark green across the entire upper. Meant to replicate the team uniform colors of the nearby Miami Hurricanes, an orange leather Swoosh is featured on the outward facing side of the shoe.
Once a major player in the streetwear landscape at the helm of OriginalFake, Brian Donnelly, also known as the artist KAWS, returned to the scene in 2017 with a monumental collaboration with Jordan Brand. Commissioned to apply his craft to the Air Jordan 4, KAWS truly outdid himself with the design. Fuzzy light grey suede dots the entire upper. Where many versions of the Air Jordan 4 previously featured netting, namely both the tongue and midfoot, KAWS chose to do away with the look for a streamlined aesthetic. KAWS signature “XX” detailing is found on the heel. It all amounts to one of the most highly coveted Jordan 4s in existence.
Produced in extremely limited quantities and given to friends and family of Public School New York, this Air Jordan 10 is one of the most coveted looks of Michael Jordan’s tenth signature shoe. Public School New York is known for its keen attention to detail and use of upscale fabric and materials on its mainline apparel collection, and the sentiment transfers over to its collaborations with Jordan Brand. The base and mudguard features premium red tumbled leather while the eyelets are finished off in a buttery smooth black leather.
Anniversaries are celebrated to the fullest in Nike’s world. In 2017, The Swoosh recruited Travis Scott to design an Air Force 1 Low as part of its AF100 collection dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the iconic Bruce Kilgore-designed shoe. Released alongside other coveted Air Force 1s by the likes of Acronym and Kareem “Biggs” Burks, Scott’s design embodies everything that we’ve come to expect from the Houston rapper. We’re talking about a pair of custom grillz attached to the laces, a removable lace shroud donning Scott’s “face,” and interchangeable Swooshes that can be rearranged on the mid-panel. There’s a bit of a “do-it-yourself” aspect to the shoe as the traditional white leather base is swapped out for a canvas material that is practically begging to be drawn on. Travis Scott knows how to throw a party, and he designs a pretty good Air Force 1, as well.
Less than five years after releasing Boost cushioning, adidas unveiled its latest advancement in comfort in 2018: the Futurecraft 4D. Complete with a three dimensional printed midsole, which was crafted in partnership with tech company CARBON, the ultra streamlined look borrows its sleek shape from the Ultra Boost and even features the shoe’s Primeknit upper. Though it appears 3D, adidas quickly corrected the notion by revealing that the shoe’s textured midsole is in fact four dimensional. The sole was created with Digital Light Synthesis, a process that utilizes “digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate high performance, durable polymetric products.” No matter how it’s made or what it’s made of, the adidas Futurecraft 4D is one of the most progressive designs in sneaker history. It’s also one of the most limited shoes bearing the adidas name.
The sneaker world was in a different place in August 2005. There were no adidas Yeezys; Air Jordans sat on shelves long enough to ensure everyone got what they wanted, and Diamond Supply Co. teamed up with Nike SB to release a Dunk that appealed to skaters-in-the-know and a relatively small group of sneaker collectors who frequented message boards like NikeTalk. Diamond Supply Co.’s founder Nick Tershay, aka Nicky Diamonds, was drawn to the pleasing turquoise “Tiffany” hue long used by Tiffany and Co. and decided to throw it on T-shirts, skateboards, and accessories bearing the Diamond Supply Co. name. And the move paid off. Fans couldn’t get enough of what Diamond Supply Co. was selling, so when it came time to partner with Nike on a shoe, Tershay didn’t hesitate to give the people what they wanted. The Nike SB Dunk Low “Tiffany” vanished from independent skate shops and quickly became the hottest Dunk of the mid-aughts. 15 years later, the Diamond Supply Co. x Nike SB Dunk Low “Tiffany,” with its faux croc leather overlays and Tiffany base, is a vestige to a simpler time in streetwear culture.
More often than not, a trip to the swap meet yields unfavorable results. So every time that Chris Gibbs has gotten lucky sifting through bins of old worn out sneakers and vintage sportswear, he’s made note of it. When Jordan Brand finally got around to working with his menswear boutique, Union, Gibbs had all the ammunition he needed to create the Union x Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe.” Inspired by his findings at flea markets, Gibbs created an Air Jordan 1 by blending together original colorways of the shoe that was released in 1985. The “cut and paste” theme combines the body of the “Black Toe” Jordan 1 with the ankle of the rarely seen white and grey colorway. The construction is also given a vintage look with yellowed leather, visible foam on the tongue, and a distressed treatment to the leather on the ankle paneling. It all begs the question of: if you had two cooked pairs of original colorways of the Air Jordan 1 from 1985, would you try and salvage them both by combining them into one? For Gibbs, the answer is a resounding yes.