Sneaker collaborations are everywhere in the year 2022, but believe it or not, there was a point in time when the idea of brands/celebrities coming together was more of a rarity. With so many out there, the task of figuring out which is the best can be a daunting one considering that sneaker collaborations go as far back as the 1970s if you want to get technical, when brands starting working with superstar athletes (Dr. J) by signing them to deals that in turn would allow them to promote signature sneakers in the lineup, and down the line make their own shoes. The best sneaker collaborations would start to come out over the next few decades.
As it turns out, that original decision is one of the best in the fashion industry, with collaborations in other realms of the entertainment realm following in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and present date. That said, what is considered to be the best? Well, that’s what we are reflecting on today. Below are our individual selections of 30 different collaborations that we personally consider to be the best of all time. You may agree. You may even disagree, but we can all agree that these sneakers had and continue to have a major influence in the streetwear and sneakers universe.
For context, the years listed in this article mark the genesis of the partnership between the two brands, which often produced a roster of collabs over the years. Check them out below.