The Best Supreme Sneaker Collaborations Of All Time

03 March 2020
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Hypebeasts come through. These are the best (and almost certainly, rarest) sneakers Supreme have ever put their name to

Supreme is still a skate brand, or is it? High-profile collaborations, branded house bricks and Oreos and a $1 billion evaluation all seem like a far cry from the brand’s humble beginnings as an underground label based in New York City. Regardless of what it’s classified as though, there’s no denying Supreme’s impact on the wider fashion landscape and much of that has to do with those very collaborations.

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On the sneaker front specifically, Supreme paved the way for collaboration culture - it was the first to team up with Nike, and the first streetwear brand to break into high-fashion with Louis Vuitton in 2017. It’s been responsible for plenty of smaller scale sneaker releases over the years though, so with the latest Nike x Supreme Air Force 1 on the way, we thought we’d delve into the archives and dig up the best.

Nike x Supreme Air Force 1 Low (2020)

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It’s not the first time Supreme has collaborated on an Air Force 1, but this rendition is the most pared back by far. In fact, this may be the subtlest Supreme sneaker ever. Part of the spring/summer 2020 collection, Supreme decided to let the AF1 silhouette do the talking, only imprinting a small box logo on the side of the shoe. Minimalism is a surprisingly bold move for the NY brand, but whether you’ll like them or not it doesn’t really matter, because they’ll still sell out within minutes.

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Louis Vuitton x Supreme Run Away (2017)

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Supreme collaborating with Louis Vuitton in 2017 marked a titanic shift in the fashion industry. It was the moment streetwear became truly mainstream and cemented collaborations as the ultimate way to gain hype and entice new audiences. The aptly named Run Away sneakers were a highlight of the collection, foreshadowing the vintage runner trend that would dominate the game two years later. Made with a premium black leather upper and with a contrasting gum sole down below, these are one of the highest profile collabs for Supreme to date.

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Vans x Supreme Authentic (2016)

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Another subtle, if not still expensive, way to get into vintage Supreme is with this Vans collaboration, created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Californian brand. Simply replacing Vans’ iconic checkerboard pattern with its own take, Supreme chose not to re-write the rulebook with classic skate sneaker. The trouble is, they originally retailed for under $100, so to wear them today you’ll need to pay five times that.

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Nike x Supreme SB Blazer (2006)

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Being a skate brand itself, it always made sense for Supreme to collaborate with companies that made skate shoes. Nike’s SB line was building traction by 2006 after being initially shunned in the skate community, so a Supreme endorsement in the form of the SB Blazer only helped Nike gain further respect. This pair was an uber-luxe take featuring a quilted leather upper, a snakeskin swoosh, gold hardware and a Gucci-inspired rear stripe at the heel - it was essentially the precursor to the luxury sneakers every high-end brand produces today.

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Nike x Supreme Dunk SB Low (2002)

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This was the sneaker that started the illustrious partnership between Supreme and Nike. Back in 2002, collaborations weren’t really a thing, so these went relatively unnoticed at Supreme’s own New York and Tokyo stores until they eventually sold out. There were no campouts or queues like there is today. There’s no visible Supreme branding either - the only tell that these are something special is the use of ‘elephant’ print, which is usually reserved for Air Jordans. Today these sell for thousands and are some of the rarest and most highly sought after Supreme products ever. You best get saving now.