How many people can say they've collaborated with three of the sneaker industry's biggest brands? While Kanye West has absolutely smashed it out of the park with his adidas partnership, his Nike collection left so much bad blood between the power duo that it's better left unsaid. Ronnie Fieg, on the other hand, has been churning out collaborations for the past few decades, but to be honest, none of them have been particularly memorable. In fact, we think the only person to have ever achieved this successfully is none other than Sean Wotherspoon himself
Prior to 2018, nobody really knew who Wotherspoon was. Known primarily as the co-founder of Round Two in Los Angeles, he entered the game with a bang during Air Max Day 2017 when he debuted the insanely hyped Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 97/1. Since then, he's teamed up with ASICS for an ultra customisable GEL-Lyte 3 and adidas for an eco-conscious Superstar. With all this said, who should he collab with next?
With so many brands and labels out there, we asked our followers over on Twitter who they think the American designer should team up with, and the results were pretty surprising! Check out the full rundown down below, and make sure you keep it locked at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest sneaker news and releases!
First off at a whopping 32.2%, sneakerheads want Wotherspoon to team up with none other than Vans. On paper, this collaboration would be a match made in heaven as they've both heavily involved with skate culture, but how would this work out in reality?
With the Anaheim-brand's massive arsenal of half pipe-ready silhouettes such as the Old Skool and the Sk8-Hi, there's no doubt that these are already well established models that are as perfect as they come. That brings in the problem that Sean may not be able to give them his signature touch. In fact, if you look at some of the latest Vans projects from the past few years, you'd be hard pressed to find one that truly stands out amongst the rest, and that could be the downfall of this potential partnership.
Wotherspoon's past three sneakers have all fully reworked the shoe from the ground up. From Nike's hybrid nature to adidas' 100% plant-based construction, what exactly can Vans offer than no one else can? Could it be an ultra durable construction or even a cost effective price tag? Only time will tell.
Next stop, 31.5% of you want Wotherspoon to unite with New Balance. A footwear company that's well over a century old, they've been gaining an immense amount of traction over the past few months, thanks to models such as the 997, the 574, and of course, the brand new 327 that has completely taken the world by storm this year.
Crafted predominantly from luxurious leather and supple suede, this fits perfectly with Sean's infamous thrifted vibe. What's more, the "Made in UK" and "Made in USA" lines could be the fashion designer's USP. Combining the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, it could introduce a sense of sartorial chic that's sure to go toe-to-toe with his Nike collaboration from two years ago. What's more, if he really wanted to he can introduce the tearaway design that he was actually working on with the Swoosh before he parted ways with them.
If there's one silhouette that would be perfect for a Wotherspoon collab, it would probably be the 327. Combining with the comfort and cushioning of a well-made breathable trainer with the retro stylings of a classic '70s running shoe, there's no doubt that it's one of the most hyped models of the year. From the beautifully rounded curves of the side profile to the sharp and angular nubuck panels that are overlaid on top, this is the perfect juxtaposition of aesthetics.
Thirdly, 14% of our followers on Twitter want Wotherspoon to link arms with PUMA. One of the industry's biggest and most established brands, they've been making a massive comeback over the past few years especially with their Cell, RS-X, and Style Rider lines. With that said, if he had to collab with the German giant, we think he should take on the Thunder.
A silhouette that completely transformed the footwear company's fortunes back at the start of 2018, it's one of the main reasons why the chunky dad shoe trend is as popular as it is today. A homage to the late Alexander McQueen's McQ Tech Runner Lo, the anatomically inspired aesthetic proved a hit for sneakerheads, with some people paying £400 to £500 for a pair.
Sean can introduce his own take on the classic, infusing it with his signature corduroy materials with a dash of mismatching on the side. There would be absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that this would be one of the most hyped collaborations of the year.
And last but not least, 22.4% of you said that Wotherspoon should team up with other brands. While a lot of you didn't provide many if any specifics, some names did pop up here and there. From Dior and Louis Vuitton to Converse and Karhu, the possibilities are truly endless for Sean Wotherspoon. One thing is for sure though, and it's that he'll go into the history books as one of the game's most influential designers in history. While he certainly didn't plan on dominating the fashion industry, it's important to remember that Virgil Abloh trained to be an architect, and look where he is now.
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