25 Forgotten Collaborations That Were Awesome


Sneaker collabs have become commonplace in today’s world of kicks and we take a look at 25 such awesome releases that have likely slipped your mind over time.

The word ‘forgotten’ is certainly subjective when it comes to putting together a list such as this and we’re not naive to think that there are many of you who have probably been hunting some of these releases for years. There’s no question that they’re all dope in their own right and the pairs highlighted in this feature date all the way back to 2000.

Take a look and see how many you forgot about over the years, or better yet, hopefully learn existed, and feel free to let us know in the comments section below which ranks as your favorite…or one you’ve been searching for but still haven’t been able to find!

Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE

Year Released: 2000

We all know Stussy as one of Nike’s top collaborative partners, and 2000s duo of Air Huarache LEs is a huge reason why. Kicking off what would prove to be an excellent partnership, Stussy and Nike dropped bombs with this gorgeous set of understated Huaraches and showed the world how a collab should be done. Released via the London Chapter store, these Huaraches are now some of the most sought-after by collectors.

Reese Forbes x Nike SB Dunk Low Pro 'Denim'

Year Released: 2002

Often considered one of the best SB Dunks of all time, 2002s Reese Forbes “Denim” Lows are a definitive classic. Designed in collaboration with fellow skater Natas Kaupas, these beauties feature two-toned denim with frayed seams, off-set by a sharp red outsole that really ties the whole shoe together. Now more than a decade removed from release, the original 444 pairs are some of the rarest and most expensive SBs around.

Stash x Nike Air Force 1 High

Year Released: 2003

Sure, most of us know NY-based graf artist Stash for his iconic take on the Nike Air Max 95. But, it seems the love people have shown for those 95s has them overlooking the artist’s earlier work on one of the dopest Air Force 1 collabs of all time; 2003’s “Spray Nozzle” highs. Originally released in a limited run of 1,000, the drop was spread across just three cities (NY, London & Tokyo). However, AF1 heads rejoiced in 2007, when these babies saw a small retro run to celebrate the AF1s 25th anniversary. Unfortunately for most of us though, that retro run only gave us 231 more pairs. Ugh. We need more of these in our lives.

Stussy x Mad Hectic x New Balance MT580

Year Released: 2003

In 2015, New Balance collabs are all the rage. But back in 2003, they were much more of a rarity, which made what Stussy and Mad Hectic put together all the more special. Not only were NB collabs few and far between, but at the time New Balance was mostly known for their simple blue/grey/white color palettes. While this collab didn’t break too far from that mold, this Asia-exclusive drop showed the world what New Balance was capable of.

Head Automatica x Nike Air Force 1

Year Released: 2004

One of the rarest sneakers on our list, also happens to be another one of the “best” Air Force 1s of all time. Though the low tops get most of the love, we’ve seen some of the cleanest collabs done on the AF1 high top silo, like these Hyperstrike bangers from 2004, done for rock band Head Automatica. Though it’s rumored that only 44 pairs exist, and they were released as a friends-and-family drop, these AF1s are some of our favorites.

Sole Collector x Nike Air Presto "Honolulu"

Year Released: 2005

Alright, we’ll admit it, we’ve got a bit of a sneaker-blog-crush on Sole Collector. Not only do they feature fantastic, in-depth reporting, but they’re also accomplished footwear collaborators in their own right. From the depths of their collab archive, comes one of our personal favorites, the “Honolulu” Nike Air Presto from 2005. Debuting as a Hyperstrike drop at NikeTown Honolulu, only 48 pairs were ever released. And frankly, we’re not sure we have ever seen a better Presto.

Kenzo Minami x Reebok Instapump Fury

Year Released: 2005

While we all know French designer Kenzo, and their recent sneaker collabs with the likes of Vans, 2005s Reebok Instapump Fury came from a different Kenzo: graphic designer Kenzo Minami. Limited to just 500 pairs, the Kenzo Minami Furys were graced with what the artist called a “schizophrenic” design, which we feel fits the unique silhouette very well.

Dave White x Nike Air Max 90

Year Released: 2005

A lot of sneakerheads may be most familiar with Dave White’s work from his 2012 “Wings for the Future” collabs. But, awesome as those Jordan 1s were, his work with Nike dates all the way back to 2002, creating artwork for Nike to use around its campus. His first Nike sneaker to release? These fire Air Max 90s from 2005. Released in what Nike dubbed the “Neon Pack,” these beauties featured an updated take on the iconic Neon AM95s. Unfortunately for us stateside Air Max fans, these gems were a UK-only release, limited to just 240 pairs. Wahwahwahhhh.

BAPE x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox

Year Released: 2006

While everyone knows BAPE kicks for their “inspired” takes on numerous classic footwear silhouettes, prior to 2006, they hadn’t released an official sneaker collaboration. That all changed with 2006s Converse All Star Ox’s. Draped in BAPE’s infamous ape camo, this duo of low tops were (and still are) perfect.

Michael Lau x Nike Dunk Low "Wooden Gardener"

Year Released: 2006

Often credited as the father of the urban vinyl movement, it made sense when Nike hooked up with Hong Kong-based artist Michael Lau, when opening their flagship store in HK. What Lau and the folks at Nike cooked up was a package the likes of which we’d never seen. Drawing inspiration from the primary material used to construct skateboards, wood, Lau dreamed up a sneaker with a full woodgrain upper. And while you wouldn’t think that would work, just look at these gems. They’re super dope. And packaged with one of Lau’s FAT figurines and an amazing laser-etched wood box, these babies are a collectors item of the highest degree.

Concepts x New Balance 576

Year Released: 2007

Concepts is well known for its work with New Balance on a quite a few collab releases over the years, but one that is likely overlooked is this 576 makeup from 2007. Boasting a very Spring-like colorway, this release featured a mix of tumbled leather, nubuck and patent leather on the upper. A matching t-shirt was also produced for the launch of this collab, which was exclusive to Concepts when the kicks first launched, and then later becoming available at select NB accounts in limited numbers.

Sole Collector x Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier

Year Released: 2007

Another Sole Collector collab that deserves some more recognition is their fantastic Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier I from 2007. Designed and produced in only THREE months (!), just 72 pairs were released at the Sole Collector Los Angeles event in July 2007. Using a soldier’s uniform as inspiration, the boys at Nike and SC showed that they could make waves with very little lead time and in the process, created one of our favorite Bron’s of all time.

KAWS x Vans Chukka Boot "The Simpsons"

Year Released: 2007

The 2007 combination of Vans and The Simpsons brought numerous impressive designs to some of the most iconic Vans silos. Teaming up with a handful of highly accomplished artists, Vans produced some very memorable kicks. But, by far and away, our favorites were the KAWS Chukkas. Featuring a KAWS-ified take on all your favorite Simpsons characters set upon a crispy white and blue pinstriped upper, these Chukkas are just awesome…that is, if you can find a pair.

Undefeated x Reebok Question Mid 'Black'

Year Released: 2007

If you’re a fan of the Reebok Question silhouette, along with the crazy amount of collabs and retros, you’re no doubt familiar with UNDFTD’s take on the silo. However, most folks probably remember their first, wildly colorful collab from 2006. But, don’t forget that their second attempt, the following year, netted us one of our favorite designs in a long while. The Question – Answer 1, Vol. 2, though confusingly named, is right up our alley. Not only have we been fans of the silo since day 1, we love the all black/speckled design here. These are many flame emojis.

Dinosaur Jr. x Nike SB Dunk High

Year Released: 2007

With so many SB collabs out there, it’s no surprise that some get lost in the mix. But, one that shouldn’t be overlooked are 2007s “Dinosaur Jr.” Dunk Highs. How could you sleep on those metallic silver uppers with purple trim? We get it. They’re not for everybody. But, if you’re a Dunk-head or a fan of the band, these SBs, made to commemorate their 2007 come-back album “Beyond,” are a must.

mita x Puma Clyde

Year Released: 2007

Reminiscent of the FLOM Dunks, mita’s 2007 collabo with Puma, on this very dope Clyde, are seriously slept-on. Featuring an awesome, dapper Clyde Frazier dollar bill print, and contrasting black hits, these limited edition Pumas are fantastic.

Mr. Cartoon x Vans Syndicate Sk8-Hi "S" (3-Pack)

Year Released: 2007

LA-based artist Mr. Cartoon is no stranger to a dope footwear collab. But, his 2007 pack of Vans Sk8-Hi’s are one of our favorites. Industrial canvas topped off with embroidered work from Mister Cartoon himself? Yes, please. We have trouble picking which color is our favorite.

KAWS x Nike Air Max 90 Current

Year Released: 2008

Sure, there’s not much to these super-limited KAWS x Air Max 90 Currents. But sometimes, subtlety is a beautiful thing. Pairing a textured all black upper with neon hits and those trademark Original Fake “XX”es has us wishing we had the plug back in ’08 when these babies dropped. These, and a pair of similarly styled white AM90s were a 21 Mercer-exclusive drop.

Futura x Clarks Wallabee

Year Released: 2008

To a certain subset of sneakerheads, the Clarks Wallabee is a straight-up classic. And for Clarks, who better to collaborate with than an NYC OG like Futura? Of course, Futura is no stranger to an excellent footwear collab himself, having already worked with Clarks prior to this pair dropping. This effort, however, is our personal favorite. We love the pop-art styling on the spartan Wallabee upper. So, so dope.

Sophnet x Nike Air Revaderchi "White"

Year Released: 2008

Ohhhh, these are a throwback. These Nike Air Revarderchi’s, done in collaboration with Japanese brand Sophnet for the opening of their Osaka store, are seriously slept-on. Perhaps 2008 was a little bit early on in the retro wave for Nike to bring this ACG silo out of the lockers. But damn, we’re wishing these made it stateside. Sophnet and Nike actually made two colorways and released them exclusively through a small selection of Japanese retailers.

Daisuke Matsuzaka x Nike Air Force 1

Year Released: 2008

Okay, these AF1 Lows aren’t for everyone, but they’re pretty incredible. Done up in 2008 in collaboration with then Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matszaka for the Nike 1World program, these dragon-inspired 1s are super tight. Pairing a smooth horse hair upper with “dragon skin” heel panels and very well-done #18 numbering, these super-limited Lows hit Nike retailers with a whopping price tag of $319!

Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III "Vader"

Year Released: 2008

Of course, nowadays, it’s tough to call a Ronnie Fieg sneaker “forgotten” or “slept-on.” But with so many fire releases in the past 6-7 years, it’s inevitable that some fan favorites stick to the forefront. Well, don’t sleep on the “Vaders” because they’re oh so dope. One of Ronnie’s first forays with the now-synonymous Asics Gel Lyte III, the Vaders use a heavy dose of black patent leather to offset a smooth grey suede base, and are topped off with small hits of red for a nice pop. If you can ever find these on the resale market, you better have been saving.

HUF x Vans Old Skool

Year Released: 2009

Another example of simplicity and subtlety reigning supreme is HUF’s 2009 collaboration with Vans on a trio of Old Skools. In fairness, the Old Skool might be our favorite Vans silo. But that said, these Old Skools, which dropped in royal blue, red and black in a are just clean and proper.

colette x Reebok Pump

Year Released: 2009

You already know that Parisian-based retailer colette is one of our favorite European shops. Not only do they carry seemingly everything, but they’ve got a very strong portfolio of sneaker collabs to their credit. And 2009’s Reebok Pump collab is a prime reason why. Colette was selected, along with a few other retailers to design a Pump to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the silhouette. Combining a heather grey upper with their infamous royal blue piping, these Pumps are mean. The only catch? Only 30 pairs ever hit retail…and only at colette. Damn!

Bodega x Lacoste Esteban

Year Released: 2010

Now, Lacoste is not a brand you see frequenting sneaker blogs too often, but they’ve had some pretty dope forays into footwear recently. And 2010s collab with Boston-based Bodega was just fire. Of course, because they’re not a Jordan or Nike collab, they don’t get as much respect retroactively. But, be real; these brown nubuck joints are dope.


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  • Malek615

    they forgot huf dunks


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