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Collaborations We Need to See in 2019

Date: March 24 2019

By: Sebastian Bugeja-Drinkell

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Collaborations are such a major part of the sneaker world today, with brands like Supreme, and people like Kevin Hart, having their own shoe. Despite the fact that new collaborations drop every week, there are some that haven’t happened yet but need to happen in 2019. 

Some are serious, and some are obviously not. Let's take a look.

Gucci x Payless

The people who shop at Payless and the people who shop at Gucci are two separate breeds. So why not combine both worlds and create a shoe that can be worn in both. 

Rocking with the classic Payless base, leather and all, these are dressed in the Gucci monogram and 'double G' emblem for that extra flex. They will be extremely limited and sold exclusively at Gucci retailers worldwide for the hefty price of $1500. Despite the Payless quality, someone out there will justify it.  

Balenciaga x Sketchers x New Balance

New Balance and Sketchers all have one thing in common: they’re both rocked by dads. Balenciaga, however, have decided to appropriate ‘dad’ culture by charging a pretty penny for their Triple S.

Set up as an experiment by Demna Gvasalia himself, these will be sold at Balenciaga retailers. How far will the fashion-elite take it? Will they cop a Balenciaga branded Sketchers?

Sean Wotherspoon x ASICS GEL-Kayano 5

We recently got wind that Sean Wotherspoon and Nike weren’t going to be releasing anymore shoes for the time being. So all we can do is imagine what it would be like if he collaborated with another brand. If you’ve been paying attention to the Gram, Sean has been rocking a lot of ASICS, from Kiko Kostadinov’s yellow GEL-Delvas to crispy Kayano 5s.

Putting away the corduroy, this new Sean Wotherspoon colab with ASICS features bleached denim, floral suede, and mesh uppers. Imagine how these would look on feet.   

Takashi Murakami x Nike

The man who has mastered the ability to always have a smile on his face has created a number of standout art pieces over his career. Takashi Murakami is definitely not a stranger to the sneaker world, having already collaborated with Vans and Mr Porter. 

What more do we need to say, the man's signature flower print on an Air Force 1. Timeless...

Chinatown Market x Nike Air Force 1

Having already done work with Converse and some Nike apparel, Chinatown Market have become known for using their handheld laser printer on pretty much everything, as well as creating out-of-the-box designs. So, they deserve to have a big Nike colab.

Here is the Chinatown Market AF-1, with a rose printed on the toe box and, staying true to their DIY aesthetic, the minimal design leaves for buyers to add their own touches.

Sports Banger x Reebok

The king of the bootleg, Jonny Banger — aka Sports Banger — recently did a collaboration with Slazenger. As a heavy wearer of Reebok, he deserves a major colab. Although already working with the 'Bok, 2019 needs to see it again.

With cream running throughout, hits of fluorescent green help the toned-down silhouette stand out.

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