Retailers, designers and music stars worked together to create the year’s most sought-after sneaker collabs.
It didn’t matter how often Puma released new colorways or restocked FN’s Shoe of the Year: Shelves were bare as soon as each coveted silhouette dropped.
Rihanna Fenty Puma Creeper, $150; puma.com
Few retailers have a rich history like Packer Shoes. Its Adidas collab referenced a great time in its heritage — the 1980s and 1990s — for its vintage sportswear-inspired look.
Packer Shoes x Adidas Consortium NMD Runner PK, $180; packershoes.com
The Kith founder resurrected Asics’ classic Gel Mai style on Nov. 22, delivering it in two colorways, and issued two new colorways of the Fieg-created Gel Lyte III.I.
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Legends Day Collection, $200 (Gel Lyte III.I) and $180 (Gel Mai); kithnyc.com
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2
Another year, another must-have sneaker designed by Kanye West. The rap star reimagined his acclaimed Yeezy Boost 350 for his best creation of 2016.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, $220; adidas.com/yeezy
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Soldier X
For the opening of its Soho NYC door, Nike teamed up with renowned designer John Elliott to give its celebrated LeBron Zoom Soldier 10 a new look.
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Soldier X, $200; Nike SoHo
Pharrell x Adidas Hu NMD
The musician’s line celebrating the differences in the human race quickly became a favorite of sneakerheads worldwide.
Pharrell x Adidas Hu NMD, $240; adidas.com
The boutique retailer, inspired by the democratic process of this year’s presidential election, allowed its social media followers to vote on how the shoe should look.
Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow 5000 “For the People,” $120; extrabutterny.com
Bait x DreamWorks x Diadora Collection
The West Coast retail standout used the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament to tie five of DreamWorks’ most celebrated franchises together in a Diadora-backed line.
Bait x DreamWorks x Diadora Collection, $180-200; baitme.com