With New York Fashion Week in full effect, it is the perfect time to highlight some of the top collaborations between premier footwear brands and the top design houses.
The overlap between the worlds of high fashion and sneakers only continues to increase with each passing season. Nike, Jordan, and adidas all have high-profile collaborations with luminaries in the fashion world, from Anna Wintour to Alexander Wang to John Elliott. From new streetwear brands to classic labels, here are the best fashion sneaker collaborations. Each is an excellent way to show off your personal style from the streets of New York to Paris and Milan, and everywhere in between.
Errolson Hugh has done it again. Easily the hottest collaboration of the season, the Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid returns in three new colorways. None are more arresting than this “Racer Pink” edition with neon pink, blue, and yellow.
Game. Set. Match. Designed for the undisputed ruler of the tennis court, Virgil Abloh celebrated the awe-inspiring career of Serena Williams with the colorful Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 “Queen” just in time for the 2018 US Open.
The collaboration that put Public School NY on the map for Air Jordan collectors. The label’s premium take on the iconic Air Jordan 12 from 2015 was the first of many notable projects from PSNY and Jordan Brand. The stunning rendition features a premium nubuck upper with the model’s signature lines given an embossed treatment.
Vans tapped Fear of God founder Jerry Lorenzo to create two colorways of the classic Era in 2015. The shoe's upper combined panels of red corduroy and canvas adorned with a repeating Fear of God logo. It became one of the most important Vans collaborations in recent memory.
Vogue and Jordan Brand joined forces for a monumental women’s footwear collection. The crown jewel of the “Edited by Vogue” capsule was the Air Jordan 3, which released in two colorways inspired by the fashion magazine’s Editor-in Chief Anna Wintour and her affinity for tweed suits.
LeBron James is one of the most stylish players in the NBA, and his fashion cred was bolstered this summer by a collaboration with menswear designer John Elliott. The LeBron Icon blurs the lines between performance and fashion with a striking translucent white upper, contrasting black stripes, and the sole of the classic LeBron 8.
One of the most celebrated models from Alexander Wang’s ongoing adidas Originals partnership, the AW Run features a sock-like build. The futuristic style is layered with leather panels and an intricate lacing system that only Wang could dream up. With a full-length Boost sole, the silhouette also packs maximum comfort.
Riccardo Tisci's work with top design houses like Givenchy and Burberry is well known, but he has also made a major impact on the sneaker world. Tisci has collaborated with Nike on a number of Air Force 1 styles, including this exquisite version constructed of premium Vachetta tan leather.
All of Pharrell’s adidas releases are highly coveted, but none more so than this collaboration with Chanel. With a clean black and white color palette, the style released in extremely limited quantities at Colette in Paris to mark the celebrated shop’s closing in 2017.