Nike Collaborations are what bring the Nike brand the glory and popularity it has today. Nike, which started out as a sneaker line with no stronghold on fashion is now the most popular global shoe company.
All Nike collaborations benefit both the Nike brand and the collaborator. Whether it’s a Nike Air Force 1 collaboration or one of many Nike Air Max Collaborations or Nike SB collaborations, each collaboration adds a unique new element to the company’s repertoire and creates a catalyst for new ideas and innovation even beyond the initial collaboration. It is Nike’s interaction with the public and popular culture that makes its products so much more desirable and exciting. There have been countless collaborations between Nike and celebrities, fashion brands, streetwear brands, and famous athletes.
Popular Nike Collaborations happens between emerging fashion designers who are designed to make a huge splash. Some super important Nike collaborations over the past decade have been with streetwear brands including brands like Off-White and Stussy. These two brands have had enormous success when collaborating with Nike.
Off-White x Nike
Nike has had a relationship with Off white for some time, with one of the most remarkably successful collaborations being “The Ten” which is a collaboration still currently in the works between Virgil Abloh and Nike. “The Ten” launched in 2017 with ten original Virgil Abloh rebranded versions of traditional Nike sneakers. This was around the time that Adidas was taking over the sneaker market with the wild successes of the Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy sneakers and apparel. Nike needed a big name and a success, so they made the wise choice to team up with designer Virgil Abloh whose massive following made “The Ten” so incredibly successful that it was practically impossible to keep up with demand. More “The Ten” silhouettes were released in 2018 due to high demand including a collaboration with the tennis icon Serena Williams. Abloh himself said that these creations were like famous works of art, even referencing the Mona Lisa and the sculpture of David. There are rumors that the Off White x Nike collaboration of “The Ten” will be coming to a close soon, but there will most likely be new Nike collaborations with Off-White in the future.
Stüssy & Nike
Stussy is a streetwear brand created by Shawn Stussy in the 1980s. The brand has gained an enormous following and major success since its conception. Nike has collaborated with Stussy many times in the past and currently continues to collaborate with Stussy today on many sneaker and apparel designs. In fact, the Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE ‘Desert Oak’ was only just released on the 12th of February 2021. These shoes are a tribute to the classic Huarache Sneaker and for anyone wondering what fashion forward looks like in 2021, the answer just might be these sneakers.
Some rare Nike collaborations new and old have made waves in the sneaker community. These are some collaborations that we think are particularly notable and newsworthy.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV
Travis Scott is a very influential celebrity in the sneaker world and right now his Nike celebrity collaborations are flying off of the shelves. His recent 2020 Nike sneaker collaborations have been a huge success. The line he calls his “Cactus Jack” line has had a huge fan base not only because of the rapper himself but also for the cutting-edge design of the sneakers. The Air Jordan IV is a tribute to Scott’s upbringing in Houston, Texas. The red, white, and blue coloring of the sneakers is similar to the coloring of the old Huston Oilers uniforms. You can get these Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV shoes for $1,000 new or $410 used.
Parra x Patta x Nike Air Max 1 “cherrywood”
In a collaboration with Dutch fashion, the Amsterdam boutique Patta and the Artist Pieter Parra collaborated together with Nike to produce the beautiful Nike Air Max 1 “Cherrywood” sneaker. This luscious cherry red Air Max 1 was released in March of 2010 and is now an exclusive vintage find. An iconic Nike fashion collaboration, this particular shoe can sell for up to 4,000 due to the rarity and specialness of this double collaboration. The “Cherrywood” was actually one of the later collaborations between these three sneaker geniuses and is said to be one of the most coveted Nike collaborations in the fashion world. The first of these collaborations between Patta Parra and Nike happened in the early 2000s and was most likely responsible for Nike’s big break into the footwear market in the Netherlands.
PEACEMINUSONE x Nike Air Force 1 “Para-Noise”
The PEACEMINUSONE x Nike Air Force 1 “Para-Noise” is a particularly interesting Nike collaboration between Nike and the visionary artist G-Dragon. At first glance, these sneakers look like any Nike Air Force 1 low-top sneaker with a few scuffs on the side. Only upon reading about the shoes (or purchasing them), will you find out that the white color is a coat of paint that will wash away or erode with each wear, revealing a unique and original G-Dragon design. These sneakers literally shift with wear just as G-Dragon says his idea of utopian universe shifts with time. At the low price of $206 new, you’re getting an incredible bargain on the creative mastery of G-Dragon. Check these sneakers out!
So we’ve covered some of the best Nike collaboration sneakers that you can purchase today, but what about the Nike collaboration sneakers that you can’t yet purchase? There are plenty of collaborations on the books that have been previewed or advertised for pre-sale but the drop has not arrived yet. Some of these drops took place in the past couple of days and weeks, and some are yet to happen. Take a look below for the most highly anticipated Nike collaborations of the year 2021.
New Nike Collaborations
Some of the most highly anticipated Nike collaborations with designers are yet to be released. Here are some of the most sought-after Nike designer collaborations of 2021!
Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 High Top
These sneakers designed in collaboration between Trophy Room and Nike are a high-top Air Jordan 1 in red, white, black, and blue. These sneakers are particularly sought after because they are designed by Marcus Jordan, the son of Micheal Jordan, the legend after whom these sneakers were named. Marcus reimagined his father’s sneakers from his days on the court. They have been released on 02/10/2021, but many are scouring the internet for raffles and presales in the meantime.
Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low
These Nikes are a classic twist of Nike’s BBall heritage and Supreme’s skatewear. They are ideal for any situation whether that’s on the court or at the skatepark. These Nike SB Dunk Low tops come in four colorways and have golden accented stars. They are some of the most highly anticipated Nike SB collaborations to take note of in 2021. The date of release is 03/04/2021.
Clot x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss Of Death”
The CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss Of Death” sneakers are rumored to be available in March 2021. These sneakers are designed by Hong Kong based label CLOT. The label has been collaborating with Nike since the early 2000s and has received a lot of praise from sneakerheads all over the globe.
Fragment x Sacai x Nike LDwaffle
Brilliant designers Chitose Abe and Hiroshi Fujiwara have teamed up yet again to bring the Fragment x Sacai X Nike LDwaffle shoe to stores and online shopping baskets all over the world very soon. The launch is anticipated for spring 2021 and many fans of the designers can’t wait to try to get their hands on a pair of these stunning sneakers.
Undercover x Nike Overbreak “Fossil”
The UNDERCOVER x Nike Overbreak “Fossil” Is a dazzling shoe that is launched 02/19/2021 Nike x UNDERCOVER collection. This particular sneaker is an innovative design. The chunky sneaker with an intriguing textured tread comes in light delicate colors with the word “Chaos” Stamped on the left shoe and “Balance” stamped on the right.
Sacai x Nike VaporWaffle “Sail”
The Sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle “Sail” is set to release in the spring of 2021. These highly anticipated Nike collaborations shoes were just previewed this month and fans are getting excited about the drop this spring. The retail price will be $180 USD once the shoes become available.
New Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1 “Canary Yellow”
The Off-White x Air Jordan 1 ‘Canary Yellow’ Nike shoe collaboration was rumored to be released in 2020, but after 2020 came and gone, we can be certain that these sneakers will drop sometime in 2021. We can’t be sure when, but hopefully, it will be soon. The sneakers were first previewed in the MCA Chicago “Figures of Speech” exhibit, June 2019. When the shoes do drop, they will be sold at the low price of $190.