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The Weirdest Nike Collabs Of All Time

We probably won't be copping these
by Arvin Ang | Jul 18, 2018
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Out of character designs are something you won’t see Nike do on their own but it isn’t something they don’t like doing at all. In fact, you can say that they love doing it, but the Nike branding guide is just too hard to break out of. Luckily there is such a thing as collaborations, the perfect excuse for brands to do something–in this case, weird shit–they wouldn’t otherwise normally release.

Supreme x COMME des GARÇONS

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The Air Force 1 Lows are some of the most pristine-looking shoes ever when done in triple white. And then Supreme and CDG decided to print some eyes that look like they were stamped on by your third-grade classmate as a prank.

Riccardo Tisci Dunk Lux Chukka

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The Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci has really outdone what “high” means. When he says high cut, he means high cut. The Dunk Lux Chukka high cuts are something very reminiscent of what we’re used to seeing WWE wrestlers wear in the ring as they piledrive and suplex each other.

Hustle Hart

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When we say weird, we don’t mean misplaced. We just mean weird. Kevin Hart is the first comedian to have ever released his own pair of shoes, followed by LaVar Ball. Just kidding about Big Baller Brand. But for real, Kevin Hart is a very physically fit person, he openly talks about the benefits of and his passion for fitness. It’s not as out-of-place as it sounds.

Hot Air Streak

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We know dad shoes are getting more popular by the minute but this Supreme x Nike collab feels like it was released in the actual 90’s. Stare at it long enough and the idea that it’s really a bootleg Cartimar edition will start creeping into your mind. 

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Tom Sachs NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0

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We’re not sure if this is an official shoe name or some sort of sequel to a sci-fi film that’s somehow got Nike brand placement. To be fair, they were well aware–during its release in New York, buyers had to complete a Space Camp by Nike before getting a chance to cop themselves a pair. It’s the kind of shoe that you acquire an appreciation for once you get to know it. 

The Ten

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The Ten collection was weird as hell when it came out. It came with that red plastic tag? But why were they so beautiful? They look like they aren’t even supposed to be worn yet and still need to pass some sort of QA test with all those typography prints–and yet you know you want them. If you’re one of those who doesn’t like them, then yup these easily belong in the weird list. 

NikeLab x Pedro Lourenço

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As if the Air Rift itself wasn’t so weird already, which was apparently inspired by Kenyan distance runners. These came out exclusively in Brazil and only in São Paulo’s Cartel 011 and Nike Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Fitting, as the collaborative designer Pedro Lourenço is Brazilian himself, in case the name didn’t give it away.

Nike Air Foamposite 1 Supreme SP

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An actual Supreme product without the box logo printed on it! But it’s true though, you wouldn’t even be able to tell that it’s a Supreme collab unless you look really close and see the word “Supreme” on the side and even then it’s not in the usual font or red box it’s usually found in. Like we said at the beginning of this article, collabs are a good way for any two or more brands or artists to go off-brand.

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Ugly Sweater

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We can’t tell where they were going with this but we can say if they were going for “festive” then they’ve definitely nailed it. The Concepts x Nike SB collab looks straight out of a gift wrapping factory if that factory was also a clandestine fly-by-night shoe factory.

PlayStation x Paul George

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The Paul George 2’s first colorway came out with the PlayStation collab. This is some kind of marketing genius we don’t know the logic behind, but for all intents and purposes, are thankful for. But for all it’s awesomeness, what we’re really thinking about now is what colors are the next PG’s coming out in? For months we were sure they’d be in purple and gold!

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