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10 Top Sneaker Collabs (From Brands That Aren’t Nike or Adidas)

Partnerships and collaborations are becoming more and more critical for footwear brands. Access to the high-profile networks of artists, designers and notable industry brands is paramount to maintain a sense of freshness. 

 

Sneaker collaborations represent the epitome of what culture and fashion could be. Within the sneaker community, a partnership is a nod of respect from one company to another. The community’s intertwined legacy becomes cemented. 

 

We all know behemoth brands like Nike and Adidas secure some of culture’s leading movers and shakers. Kanye West has transformed Adidas, and Travis Scott’s Nike collab is pushing boundaries. But what about the underdogs?

 

Here are the ten best sneaker collabs from unsung hero brands like New Balance, Asics, Reebok and Saucony. Take a look.

1. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes”

Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL Lyte III
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If you’re into sneakers and streetwear, the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes” is a staple. For years, the shoe is considered a must-have in anyone’s sneaker collection. The collaboration courtesy of Ronnie Fieg took his street credentials to an elevated level as the shoe—and his creative design on a classic silhouette—was beloved by many and attained by the fortunate few. The last size eight sold for $1,500 on StockX.

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2. Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport “No Bad Days”

Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport
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New Balance linked up with another retailer from Tile Town for this 997 Sport. The Bodega x New Balance 997S brings a lot of personalities. The array of hues alone makes this shoe stand out more than any other New Balance collaboration. The 997 Sport features an extended and stacked ENCAP midsole for the perfect amount of comfort. The silhouette includes suede, mesh and rubber for a culmination of quality that is second to none.

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3. Pyer Moss x Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 “Pink”

Pyer Moss x Reebok Mobius Experiment 3
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Reebok is making a statement in the world of streetwear with its Pyer Moss collaborations. The Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 perfectly blended the deep history of Reebok and the creative power of Pyer Moss. The hightop has a gum bottom that spreads into the black midsole. The combination of pink suede and leather puts this shoe in a league of its own.

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4. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 “Central Park”

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530
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Whether it’s a Ronnie Fieg or a Kith collaboration, you can always rely on a New York story from Queens’ very own. The colorway is inspired by Central Park in the fall, as the 530 silhouette uses hints of yellow, gold, red and burgundy that perfectly sum up the season. 

 

The 530 silhouette features a quilted upper paired with a quilted inner tongue that differentiates itself from other New Balance models while focusing on luxury and comfort the NB way.

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5. Sneaker Politics x Cafe Du Monde x Saucony Shadow 5000 “White”

Sneaker Politics x Cafe Du Monde x Saucony Shadow 5000
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Sneaker Politics joined New Orleans' Cafe Du Monde for a tasty treat. The beignet sugar-inspired sneaker draws from NOLA’s French roots and celebrates the Sneaker Politics store in the south. Elegant in its simplicity, the white upper and midsole are interrupted by a beautiful brown sprinkled with white—emulating sugar on a beignet dessert. 

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6. Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Hyper GEL-Lyte

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For the second time, Vivienne Westwood and ASICS came together for a one-of-a-kind creation that will keep you fresh and stand out from any other sneaker in the game. Using the Hyper GEL-Lyte for its sleek design and undeniable comfort, Westwood created a masterpiece. The collaboration and design are the epitomai of the intersection of sneakers and fashion for today—a luxurious runner that is wearable for everyday life. 

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7. Atmos x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Green Camo”

Atmos x ASICS GEL Lyte III
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Atmos, the famous retailer out of Japan known for its collaborations, kept it simple with a green and black combo featuring hints of red. What makes this collab worthwhile is the use of the ASICS GEL-Lyte III with a dipped collar and a classic “dad shoe” aesthetic.

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8. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600
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Ronnie Fieg’s selection of New Balance models always seems to be on point. Whether it's a classic 997 or something out of the vault, like a 1600, the model captures Fieg’s creative ambition and New Balance’s identity of premium everyday wear.

 

The blend of blue, pink, cream and gray create a colorful shoe, and the details of the old-school New Balance “N” are a thoughtful touch. The smooth midsole construction is paired well with the traditional runner 1600 silhouette.

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9. Cam’ron x Reebok Question Mid

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A collaborative sneaker list isn’t complete without the mentioning of Killa Cam. Cam’ron and his influence in both fashion and rap have transcended into the world of sneakers. His Purple Haze craze extended to another icon—Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question. Aside from the significance of the collab, the sneaker itself is a work of art with the combination of purple camo and purple outsole mixed in with a muted grey suede and leather upper.

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10. Atmos x ASICS Gel-Lyte III “World Map”

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Japanese retailer atmos and the ASICS Gel-Lyte III go hand-in-hand like no other mashup ever could. Utilizing the comfortable silhouette, atmos taps the world map, once reserved for textbooks. Atmos has made an international impact, just like ASICS.

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