Jonah Hill’s come up was steep. After cutting his teeth with Judd Apatow in the 00s, Jonah quickly became one of the most enigmatic, diverse actors flexing on the Hollywood machine. But away from set, Jonah was also forcing people to take note. Dubbed the internet’s ‘Fit God’, he exploded onto the style and sneaker scene with wildly idiosyncratic looks. Instagram accounts, podcasts, and even a ‘Jonah Hill Day’ were all created in honour of his original take on contemporary fashion. From adidas Sambas to Prada Cloudbusts, from Air Jordan 1s to Raf Simons' Ozweego III, we took a look below the ankles to trace Jonah Hill’s radical sneaker evolution.
The Evolution of Jonah Hill's Sneaker Style
Date: October 11 2018
By: Gabe Filippa
THE COME UP
Jonah Hill acted in some terrible (Grandma's Boy), ordinary (Accepted), and extraordinary (Superbad; 22 Jump Street) American comedies, but the sneaker rotation throughout his early career stayed relatively consistent. Rocking numerous Air Jordan 1s, Vans Old Skool and some very pretty Air Max 1s, Jonah kept it classic and conservative. Although Jordans fell out of favour in the coming years, the simple aesthetics found in the Vans Old Skool would be a constant in Jonah’s sneaker evolution. You can still see Jonah reference his love of Jordans in his latest Netflix series, Maniac, where he throws it back to the 1980s in some fresh all-white high-tops. Seriously, does it get any tastier than 80s mullets and monochromatic Air Force 1s?
NO SKATING IN THE PALACE, PLEASE
Jonah Hill’s affinity for skate culture has defined much of his sneaker style. As NYC spokesman for the UK-based skate label Palace, Jonah put together one of the more bizarre advertising campaigns for the link up between Palace and Reebok back in 2016. The video, revealing new renditions of the Reebok Club C and Classic, features a ton of bad CGI, stilted acting, and the most cooked pronunciation of Reebok you’ll ever hear. Unsurprisingly, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut comes in the form of nostalgia for the 90s skate scene in California, something that Palace constantly looks to imbue in its design choices. And yes, the boy skates.
WHICH WAY TO WYOMING?
Jonah Hill digs Kanye. Back in June, he skipped out on a meeting for Mid-90s because he was invited to Kanye West’s listening party in Wyoming. But it's been a while since Jonah's jumped in on any of Yeezy's sneaker builds (the latest being the BOOST 350 'Turtle Dove' back in '15); let's see if Kanye West's burst of energy on the sneaker scene in 2018 catches Jonah's eye like 'Ye caught his ear.
HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THREE STRIPES
Jonah hits some pretty outrageous fits, so it makes sense for him to play it pretty conservative below the ankle. His Three Stripes rotation is strong, most of the time repping the adi Samba silhouettes. The low-top, low-vis builds reference his love of skate culture and the kind of work he’s been doing with Palace (who frequently pair up with adi).
DEEP POCKETS, EXPENSIVE SOLES
While the adi Samba is Jonah’s low-key go-to, he’s not afraid to drop a little more cash on some of the more luxe builds flexing on the fashion week circuits of late. Whether it’s clean leather trainers or Cloudbusts from Prada's catalogue, a number from Raf Simons x adidas Originals (like the Ozweego III), or a pair of Saint Laurent low-tops, Jonah has developed an expensive sneaker taste in his early 30s. For better or worse, he’s one of the key players helping to blur the line between high fashion and streetwear.
ADI COLAB ON THE WAY
Jonah recently hit up Hypefest to help adi launch the new line of ZX models. The caption? ‘Something fun coming from me and adidas?’ The appearance came shortly after Jonah began teasing sneaker photos from his bathroom (the only human in Tinseltown sharing selfies from the restroom with career in tact). As a guest on the Failing Upwards podcast, Jonah provided further info on the colab: 'We've been on yellow light with Adidas. We're on full green light with Mid90s ... As a filmmaker, to be working with Adidas is next level. You would never think of that. Like, I can't dunk. What?' Two colourways of the adidas Samba and one Superstar are currently scheduled for 2020!