I think it’s safe to say that July certainly provided sneakerheads with a wide range of options, colors, and styles when it came to world of sneaker collaborations. The month started off with Nike, teaming up with Familia and Atlas to deliver their own versions of the SB Dunk high and low. The month then transitioned into a stream of Reebok releases and previews, and ended with an under the radar Fila collab. In order to simply keep up with the amount of releases our own twitter handle briefly tweeted out the “Collab of the Day.” While that segment in particular has been quiet, that does not mean the overall collaboration world has. What it comes down too, is that the shelves of sneaker retailers are flooded with collabs, by simply jumping on almost any website, one can come across a collab not talked about very quite easily. While we as s=consumers might be missing out quality product, it is not that bad. I see it as beneficial, noting that prices seem to drop after only a few weeks and in some cases days on collabs that do not have instant or near instant sellouts. There comes a point where there are just too many to keep track off. Unfortunately we reached that point years ago.
1) Familia x Nike “Blue Ox”
I was able to cop this pair from the good people over at Premier Skate and the detail and finishing on these shoes is simply terrific. The plaid liner compliments the roaring wave pattern found on the insoles and the suede is top notch. The shoes from what I gathered, sold out on most sites, I’m just glad to that I found a pair in my size as a trip to Hurley saw me leave with nothing. (Image via Sole Collector)
2) Overkill x Asics “Dessert Rose”
The deep burgundy color that drowns the upper really does it for me. Pairing that with flower detailing on the heel , this shoe really pops. In terms of the model, the Gel Sight continues to impress in both simple and complicated colorways. Asics has a real winner on their hands and I would expect more collabs to feature to the Gel Sight instead of some of the more common Gel Lyte IIIs. (Image via Sneaker News)
3) Kendrick Lamar x Reebok
Corresponding with Overkill and Asics collab, these shoes also released on July 18th, making it the best weekend for releases in July. The back story behind these shoes is pretty clear. Red versus Blue is ditched for a Red and Blue theme and the shoes are tied tighter nicely with beige/white/tan upper. With “Blue” being featured on the left shoe, and “Red” on the right, here’s hoping that no one will be wearing two left or two right shoes. (Image via GQ)
Sole Collector put together a timeline of Eminem’s collab history, you can check it out here.
A Bathing Ape and Reebok have drawn up a design for the Ventilator. The release, according to End (via Complex) is set for August 25th for $186. You can read more about the collaboration and see more pictures here.
The Lebron 12 Elite is the latest model to receive the Pigalle treatment. The shoes release tomorrow and on Wednesday but only in China. The wider release will be on September 3rd, expect them to sell out instantly and fetch a high price on the after market. (Image via Sneaker News)
Just hearing that Raekwon has teamed with Packer and Diadora should make you smile. The collab as a whole is terrific in design and execution. The detailing looks to be incredible and the “Made in Italy” trademark screams quality. (Image via Sole Collector)
From Nike to Adidas and from Supreme to Lululemon. Nicola Fumo has written a detailed article diving deep into the collaborations between sneaker companies and boutiques and individuals. To read to full article you can click here. (Hat tip to Complex for first writing about the article)
Collabs For Sale: *Please note that not all collabs still have full size runs, I tried my best to find ones will multiple sizes still available.*
Nike SB Janoski Max “Mosaic” (Picture from Sneaker Bar Detroit)
Available at Nike for $120
New Balance x Concepts 575 ‘M-80′ (Picture from Sneaker News)
Available at Feature for $178
UBIQ x Vans Vault x Ron English – Era LX “Camo Deer”
Availbale at UBIQ for $85
PACKER X REEBOK INSTAPUMP FURY OG “AZTEC”
Available at Packer Shoes for $160
BROOKS X HANON CHARIOT – SCOTCH BONNET (Picture from HypeBeast)
Availbale at PYS for $119.99