It’s no secret that collaborations are dominating the landscape. Prominent partnerships and limited-edition sneakers have become a firm fixture of the industry in recent years, matching the appeal of retro releases and basketball icons. These collaborations often blend the distinctive design elements of each brand, resulting in highly sought-after styles that challenge the status quo. Like with most fashion trends however, many of these partnerships come and go, with only a handful standing the test of time. Here, we’ve collated some of the most talked about collaborations of the modern era. From New Balance’s alliance with Aimé Leon Dore to Wales Bonner’s take on the adidas Samba, discover five collaborative sneakers to know about now.
Air Jordan 1 Low Golf x Travis Scott Olive Black
Following the success of the game-changing Jordan 1 collection, Travis Scott applies his ambient aesthetic to the Air Jordan 1 Low Golf x Travis Scott Olive Black. Reworking the traditional golf-inspired silhouette, neutral hues stay true to his classic style, while premium suede overlays refine the design. The Texan artist’s calling-card details add a final touch of finesse — including reverse Swooshes and Cactus Jack logos.
Nike Vaporwaffle x sacai Black Off Noir
Adopting signature elements from the Vaporfly and Pegasus models, the Nike Vaporwaffle x sacai Black Off Noir has been heavily coveted since its 2022 release. Chitose Abe updates the silhouette with deep black tones, offset by co-branded labels and doubled-up tongues and laces. Mounted on an instantly recognisable stacked sole, this sneaker finds the balance between fashion and function.
New Balance 1906r x Aimé Leon Dore Green
Made in collaboration with Teddy Santis’ Aimé Leon Dore, the New Balance 1906r x Aimé Leon Dore Green draws inspiration from early 2000s runners. Crafted with breathable mesh, the upper is dressed with plastic panelling, metallic leather and an array of green hues. Fitted with textured tread, ABZORB technology offers just the right amount of cushioning underfoot.
Air Jordan 4 x A Ma Maniére Violet Ore
Presenting a premium spin on a classic Air Jordan, the Air Jordan 4 x A Ma Maniére Violet Ore arrives with a subdued purple colourway. The Atlanta-based retailer decorates the mid-top silhouette with nubuck, netting and chrome accents, while the sidewall is elevated with a ‘It’s not about the shoes … it’s about where you’re going’ inscription. To finish, the quilted collar and visible Air cushioning provide the comfort this style is famed for.
adidas Samba x Wales Bonner Silver
Paying homage to Wales Bonner’s Caribbean heritage, the adidas Samba x Wales Bonner Silver effortlessly fuses streetwear with the London-based designer’s soulful style. A shiny silver finish adorns the leather upper, topped with crocheted Three Stripes branding and exposed stitching. Complete with an exaggerated tongue, the staple gum sole heralds back to the 1949 original.