Over the last 10 years sneaker & streetwear collaborations have become one of the main talking points in the world of sneaker & streetwear drops. However in 2019 collaborations now feel more important than ever. The power of collaborations is beyond what we could have ever imagined, with the rise of luxury fashion brands teaming up with traditional streetwear labels to London born skateboard labels dropping football kits with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s safe to say that sneakers & streetwear now rule the fashion world. We take a look at some of the best sneaker & streetwear collaborations of 2019.
Sacai x Nike LDWaffle
Released in May, the Sacai x Nike LDWaffle hybrid sneaker collaboration has arguably been one of the most anticipated releases this year. Doubled-up Swooshes, toe panels, tongues and plenty of contrasting hues help to give the classic Nike silhouettes an upgraded 2019 hybrid appeal. Mesh and suede line beneath the leather Swooshes, while two different tongue tags appear on doubled-up tongues. With an array of colourways including ‘Green Gusto/Black-Varsity Maize-Safety Orange’ and ‘Varsity Blue/Del Sol-Varsity Red-Black’ the sneaker also includes thin mesh panelling on the upper making for an ultra-breathable shoe ideal for summer.
Palace Skateboards x Juventus
Inspired by adidas’ kit template from the 2006 World Cup, the Palace x Juventus collection included a range of training jerseys, tracksuits, pullovers, accessories, and a special-edition kit. The new kit featured neon hits of green on the Juventus badge, mismatching sleeves, names, numbers, and the Palace x adidas crest on the right chest. More recently, Palace has moved on to collaborate with footwear giant, Reebok to create the Ripple-Soled Workout Mid Sneaker.
Stone Island x Supreme
The latest Stone Island x Supreme collection saw the two brands combine their identities during March this year. With Stone Island’s technical fabrics and details featuring throughout the release. Stand-out pieces in this drop included the water resistant, cotton canvas Riot Mask jacket complete with a subtle camouflage print, as well as the Coral Camo utility vest and the garment-dyed pullover hoodie. The collection’s colour palette features black, red, coral and light blue, while innovative fabrics deliver water and wind resistance. Other pieces in the Stone Island collaboration included camouflage bucket hat, caps, sweat shorts and New Silk Light coats continue the overall utilitarian theme.
KITH x adidas Terrex Free Hiker
Dropping earlier this week, KITH has now officially unveiled their upcoming collection with adidas Terrex. Inspired by the atmosphere of Jackson Hole, Wyoming the sneaker has been inspired by the for those who brave the black top slopes and still look good doing it. Released in two colourways, the first features a black Primeknit base with waterproof exteriors and KITH and adidas branding.. The next colourways takes a different constructional point of view as the entire upper is assembled with premium suede, making this the first of its kind to receive this treatment. Featuring hues of red, yellow and blues the snow-ready model possesses a heat-mapping theme which boasts a collection of primary colours distributed throughout its panels.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1
Having collaborated with the likes of Virgil Abloh, Dave White, and Union Los Angeles, working with the original Air Jordan 1 is at the height of sneaker design. Travis Scotts’ take on the classic design has been one of the most hyped pieces of the year. The rapper/ songwriter took the opportunity and truly ran with it, reversing the icon’s midfoot Swoosh, adding a stash pocket around its collar, and carefully placing numerous hits of his Cactus Jack branding throughout the shoe.
OFF-WHITE x Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 5
Fans of Virgil Abloh’s ongoing Nike collaborations have been screaming for something new, and they finally got it in the form of a rugged and remixed trail runner that was inspired by track and field athletes. Originally Released in June 2019, the sneaker features a radical makeover by Abloh, modified with recognisable OFF-WHITE design cues including premium materials, exposed foam on the tongue, printed text, and an orange tab. Abloh also adds a bold auxiliary lacing system and the model’s most distinct detail, the spiked rubber outsole.