A Look at the Past, Present, and Future for Artist Shoe Collaborations

There’s something magical that happens when artists and shoe makers collaborate. Give a talented artist a set of constraints to design and create within, and the product will be something truly special. Shoes offer a perfect canvas for any artist’s vision, giving musicians, designers, high-end retailers and many other creatives, the opportunity to create something new on a familiar landscape. Join us as we browse through some of the collaborations that are still to come in 2018, and ones that have left us in awe over the last year.

Tyler the Creator x Converse

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Musician/rapper Tyler the Creator’s collaboration with Converse brings two words to mind: vibrant and lively. The rapper’s musical aesthetic is at times dark and humorous, and it’s fun to see his visual aesthetic come to life with these shoes. [The shoes will release on January 18th.]


via Sneaker News

The Tokyo retailer joined forces with Vans to create a three-piece set that playfully reinvents the Old Skool look that has been increasingly popular over the last decade. The three piece set includes black and white, red and black, and purple and black options, in suede against a mismatched checkerboard. Available now on INVINCIBLE and expected for global release sometime this month.

Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez

via Nike

The “Humble” rapper teamed up with Nike to bring a very specific vision to the side of a classic shoe. The color palettes for Nike’s Cortez have been reimagined many times in the last couple of decades, but it’s impressive to see text make such a powerful statement on shoes, while paying homage to his 2017 album.

Andre 3000 x Tretorn

via Highsnobiety

As a child, Andre 3000 used to draw his own designs on Tretorn’s Nylite sneakers. In November 2017, the artist was able to revisit that time of his life, by launching his first ever footwear collection with Tretorn. His knack for drawing and design is seen not only in the shoes themselves, but on the tissue paper inside the box, and the box itself. In the Creative Director’s words: ““Growing up, we’d all put our personal stamp onto the blank canvas of the Nylite and I’d sketch out my own designs. This collaboration felt like fun because it brought me back to that place of personalizing these original designs.”

Doernbacher x Nike

via Nike

If you were told at a young age that your shoe designs could be seen and worn by people all over the world, what would you do? The children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital rose to this Nike challenge by designing shoes that are truly unlike anything else in the world that you’ll ever get to see or wear, raising $17 million for the hospital over the last 14 years.

JUICE HK x adidas

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An exclusive release for sneakers will probably never get old, especially since the feeling of actually copping the shoe, will probably never get less exciting. Today’s digital age makes this easier, with apps and exclusive online clubs that allow true fans to get the news first. The Hong Kong retailer teamed up with adidas’ to launch the first ever collaboration for the sneaker brand’s NMD collection. The shoes will be released exclusively through the retailer in Hong Kong on January 13th, and then available to select adidas Consortium accounts on January 20th. A The shoes will be available to Consortiumin black (“Alienegra“) and this week in white (though limited in release, for friends and family), the shoe style has been extremely popular around the world and throughout Asia.

These collaborations were all mostly present-day, but how about the ones from 10 or 20 years ago? What were some of your favorites?

Stay tuned, as we’ll be sure to update here on more future collaborations throughout the year!


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