Sneakers have come a long way. In their century long history, they have gone from a piece of footwear that you would wear on the track, to something you’d rock on the catwalk, and along the way, they’ve impacted everything from sports to music and even movies. That said, one thing that has always remained the same is the fact that the sneaker game has always been about hype, and there’s no better way to get hype than collaborating with a big name.
2018 has been an absolutely fire year for collabs, however, a few in particular stand out amongst the rest. From Virgil Abloh to Alexander Wang, here are the ten hottest sneaker collabs of the year!
Revealed back in February, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Butter’ kicked off Yeezy Season with a bang. Buttery smooth, these clean creps boast an ecru coloured Primeknit upper and sit atop a uniquely shaped midsole which houses a bed of Boost for additional comfort and a smoother stride. A complementary heel tab and laces round off the clean design. Definitely one of the hottest sneakers of the year, the ‘Butter’ proves that the 350 V2 silhouette is still as sought after as ever.
Although these aren’t as rare or coveted as the other sneakers in this list, the Alexander Wang x adidas Originals Bball Soccer definitely deserves to be here. Remixing an iconic adidas Football shoe upper with basketball elements, this collaborative crep sits atop a Boost midsole for extra comfort no matter what sport you’re undertaking. Crafted from premium suede, an upside down Trefoil around the heel gives this sneaker a deconstructed looked that we all know and love.
Originally released over ten years ago, the iconic atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Animal 2.0’ features tiger, leopard, zebra, and pony prints on the upper to create a look that is undeniably wild. Black detailing makes it ways to the upper, replacing the original’s ivory shades, and premium leather delivers an extra luxurious touch. An absolute classic, the ‘Animal 2.0’ is a must cop shoe.
Created to make you green with envy, the Golf Le Fleur x Converse One Star ‘Jade Lime’ was made in collaboration with Tyler, the Creator. An effortless way to brighten up your wardrobe, this vibrant sneak replaces the side wall star with a retro inspired floral design. Adding to the brand’s legacy, this simple and stylish trainer is elevated from its skate origins to extend the triumphant collaborative relationship.
Continuing the blistering hype of last year’s iconic “THE TEN” collaboration, the coveted Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘White’is constructed of leather and mesh on the upper, accompanied with deconstructed Swooshes and blue threading, as well as the iconic “AIR” branding on the midsole. Dropping at the start of March, the shoe has quickly become the holy grail for many sneakerheads, and we really don’t blame them.
Dutch artist Piet Parra needs no introduction in the world of art, streetwear, and most certainly sneakers, and for 2018, he teamed up with Nike for the iconic Parra x Nike Air Max 1. Marking the first time the power duo collaborated since 2005, these vibrant creps are undoubtedly one of the most unique and colourful sneakers currently on the market, and they’ve quickly become the holy grail for many sneakerheads.
Ever since they first started collaborating back in March 2014, adidas and Pharrell Williams have dropped nothing but heat, and for 2018, they introduced the Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Hu ‘Pink Glow’. Part of the ‘Holi’ pack, this sneaker is painted in a powder-like pink hue. Sitting atop a Boost midsole, a Trail outsole rounds it all off for a rugged aesthetic. A must cop for any sneaker collection.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the jewel of this year’s Air Max Day celebrations was undeniably the Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 97/1. Heavily inspired by the mix and match aesthetics of thrift stores, the Air Max 97/1 mixes the uppers of the Air Max 97 with the Air Max 1 done in textured corduroy, with a pure white midsole breaking up the multicoloured look found on the outsole. Resale is absolutely insane for these at the moment, so if you copped for retail, you’ve pretty much won the lottery.
Following the blistering success of their Air Max 97 last year, Skepta and Nike reunited for the Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW, and boy, was it something. A hybrid between the Air Max Classic BW and the Air Max 97, these clean kicks are influenced by Paris, with the clearest link with the French capital is the red, white, and blue colour scheme that runs across the sneaker. Truly unique and ultra exclusive, these sold out instantly.
Paying homage to the former NFL team of Travis Scott’s hometown of Houston, the Oilers, the Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 4 ‘Cactus Jack’ features a ‘University Blue’ suede upper, while black accents grace the rest of the features commonly seen on the AJ7. ‘Cactus Jack’ branding makes its way onto the hang tag and heel tab, normally reserved for the signature Jumpman, and a silver Jumpman logo on the tongue perfectly complements the speckled wing tabs and heel counter. A contemporary take on a classic silhouette, resale for these shot up upon release.
What do you think of our list of the ten hottest sneaker collaborations of 2018? Do you agree with it or do you think there should be a few more worthy mentions? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to keep it locked at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest in sneakers! In related news, check out the top 5 biggest sneaker trends of 2018!