5 of the Coolest (and Less Cool) Sneaker Collabs
To look at Tyler, the Creator’s style evolution is to look at an array of increasingly bright colored clothes that titillates the senses far more than the strictly Supreme getups he used to rock. Over the years, the 25 year-old has fully grown into his distinctly SoCal skater aesthetic—an aesthetic that defines his own brand, Golf Wang, and the three collaborations he’s done with Vans over the last two years. In fact, his SoCal skater look wouldn’t be complete without Vans, a brand that he’s been repping for quite some time.
Now, Tyler, the Creator has teamed up with the brand yet again to release a donut-printed, reworked version of Vans’ classic Sk8-Hi as part of a collaboration between the shoe brand and Odd Future. The teal sneakers, which were officially released this past weekend, feature Odd Future’s infamous pink donut logo and suede accents—a design that, as Tyler told his Instagram followers, he came up with when he was 16 years old.
To celebrate his success, we decided to revisit the buzzworthy shoe collabs over the past year.
Takashi Murakami x Vans
Takashi Murakami, the Japanese artist famous for his vibrant, playful work, is no stranger to collaborations. He did the cover art for Kanye‘s Graduation album, and has even collaborated with Louis Vuitton. And last summer, he collaborated with Vans on six different versions of their classic slip-on sneaker. Each shoe featured playful designs by the artist himself that quickly became one of the most popular pieces of footwear, selling out almost immediately after its release. The collection also included a variety of skate decks and a few Murakami-designed pieces. And they all tug very hard on our heartstrings.
Raf Simons x adidas
Ask anyone in the industry, and they’ll tell you that Raf Simons easily represents everything that fashion is supposed to be. And in addition to his his indelible and commendable work at Dior, Jil Sander, his own namesake label, and now Calvin Klein, Simons has also managed to churn out a slew of capsule collections for adidas Originals that quickly became the must-have sneakers in the fashion sphere, especially after a cosign from A$AP Rocky (not that he needed it). By reinterpreting the brand’s classic styles, Simons has used his minimal aesthetic to create a range of unparalleled trainers.
Rihanna x Puma
Although pretty much everyone can admit that they aspire to be as stylish as Rihanna on any given day, the most recent shoes she designed, as part of her Fenty x Puma collaboration, raised a few eyebrows across the internet. They’re a pair of thigh-high sneaker boots, which, aside from being a rather unconventional type of shoe and the only sneaker that we would not recommend even lightly jogging in, comes with an unapologetic price tag of almost $1000. And yet, as wary as we are about these shoes, we’re fairly certain that they will be number one on our wish list as soon as we see Rihanna wearing them.
Pharrell x adidas
I think we can all agree that Pharrell has officially earned the title of “everyone’s cool, fashionable uncle.” The truly age-defying 430year-old is not like other 43-year-olds out there—to put it lightly. He’s had a hand in some of the coolest fashion collaborations to date, including Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and his recent stint with Chanel. Like Raf Simons, he’s also continuously worked with adidas to create his own remakes of some of their classic shoe styles, as well a handful of clothes. Now, the rapper is slated to release a much anticipated iteration of adidas’ NMD sneaker that’s bright yellow, knit, and Instagram bait for basically anyone cool with access to the internet. Apparently the collection will be available this Thursday, September 29th.
Kylie Jenner x Puma
The youngest of the Kardashian clan landed a role as a Puma rep earlier this year, eventually designing her own sneakers for the brand that were released in several different color ways. The collaboration, which came shortly after Rihanna’s, was unfortunately the target of ample criticisms from all across the internet. Although, to be fair, Kylie’s designs do look eerily similar to those of Riri’s.
Images via Pharrell x Adidas, nookmag.com, Freshness Mag, PopSugar, and Maxim.
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