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The All-Time Greatest City-Themed Sneakers: Part 2

Nike Air Max 180 BLN

Sneakerheads are located in cities all around the world, and many of those cities have inspired their own sneakers. Every city-themed sneaker says something different. To shed some light on the greatest releases, we've carefully curated a two-part series.

Suss our picks down below. We've got shoes eating baguettes out in Paris, boogying in Berlin, and swimming in London's River Thames.

Nike SB Dunk Low 'Paris'Nike SB Dunk Low 'Paris'

Naturally, we had to start off part two of this series with an absolute banger! Dropping in 2002, the Nike SB Dunk Low 'Paris' is an all-time Grail for many sneakerheads.

With only 202 pairs made, the upper rocks artwork from French artist Bernard Buffet. And the paintings were added to each shoe differently, so no two pairs are the same!

Nike SB Dunk Low 'Paris'
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New Balance 'London Cab' PackNew Balance 'London Cab' Pack

Back in 2016, New Balance were opening a brand new flagship store in London and, to celebrate, they decided to drop special renditions of the 1500 and 991.

Both designs were inspired by the iconic hackney carriage taxi, with each model dressed in black leather plus pops of orange throughout.

Only 150 pairs of each were made, so for scarcity alone they deserve to be on the list.

New Balance 1500 'London Cab' Right
New Balance 991 'London Cab' Right

size? x adidas Gazelle 'London'size? x adidas Gazelle 'London'

Equipped with GORE-TEX, the size? x adidas Gazelle 'London' launched back in 2016. Dressed in a red and black combo, this collaborative crep was released as part of a celebratory pack for the Gazelle's 50th birthday.

The specialised colourway was inspired by London's well-known pillar boxes. Down below, a clean gum sole was the expert finishing touch.

Size adidas Gazelle London Right
Size adidas Gazelle London Angled
Size adidas Gazelle London Right
Size adidas Gazelle London Heel

Foot Patrol x BEAMS x Saucony Grid 8000 'Only in Tokyo' Foot Patrol x BEAMS x Saucony Grid 8000 'Only in Tokyo'

Saucony linked up with Foot Patrol and BEAMS back in 2015 to craft another 'Only In' iteration.

This time, the GRID 8000 was 'Only in Tokyo', and the finished product was super clean! Hit with BEAMS sock underlays, pig-skin suede overlays, and a specialised tongue, this was a thrilling threeway.

Foot Patrol BEAMS Saucony Grid 8000 Only in Tokyo On Foot
Foot Patrol BEAMS Saucony Grid 8000 Only in Tokyo On Foot
Foot Patrol BEAMS Saucony Grid 8000 Only in Tokyo On Foot
Foot Patrol BEAMS Saucony Grid 8000 Only in Tokyo On Foot

Nike Air Max 180 'BLN'Nike Air Max 180 'BLN'

Celebrating the thriving and colourful nightlife in Berlin, Nike created this sick Air Max 180 in 2019, and it was a big hit with sneakerheads all over Europe. Dropping exlusively in the EU, this specialised pair featured 'Unity' and 'Freedom' under the translucent insole.

Nike Air Max 180 BLN Left
Nike Air Max 180 BLN Angled

Nike Air Max 95 City Pack 'London'Nike Air Max 95 City Pack 'London'

There have been quite a few Air Max 95s inspired by the city of London, but this remains a firm favourite for many Air enthusisasts in the United Kingdom. Hitting stores back in 2008, Nike dressed this model in all black, while gold accents were applied to resemble a map of London.

Nike Air Max 95 City Pack London
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Nike Free Run+2 City PackNike Free Run+2 City Pack

Back in 2011, Nike released a Free Run+2 pack that represented five different cities – each possessing their own running club or crew.

Nike ordained different colours that they felt represented each city, covering the entire upper in the chosen hue. Burgundy was chosen for Shanghai, 'Pine Green' for Rio de Janeiro, 'Anthracite' for New York, black for Tokyo, and khaki for London.

Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Left
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Insole
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Left
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Tongue
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Left
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Insole
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Left
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Insole
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Left
Nike Free Run 2 City Pack Tongue

adidas ZX Flux 'City Pack' adidas ZX Flux 'City Pack'

The adidas ZX Flux 'City Pack' takes the city theme quite literally – with satellite imagery of selected locations plastered across each upper.

The satellite imagery was taken back in 2014, mapping Berlin, London, New York, and Moscow. Team Trefoil then went and repurposed those images to create a cool collection of ZX Flux. Pretty neat, huh?

adidas ZX Flux City Pack Angled
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Toe
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Left
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Toe
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Angled
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Toe
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Right
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adidas ZX Flux City Pack Toe
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Nike SB Dunk Low 'London'Nike SB Dunk Low 'London'

Yet another Nike SB Dunk Low for the list! The 2003 'London' iteration is an absolute Grail-worthy crep, decked out in a tonal grey look with the River Thames embroidered on the lateral heel.

Nike SB Dunk Low London Right
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Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III 'New York City' and 'Miami Beach'Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III 'New York City' and 'Miami Beach'

In 2013, Ronnie Fieg linked up with ASICS to produce two pairs of GEL-Lyte IIIs that represent two of his most loved cities: New York and Miami.

The NY pair was dressed in the orange and blue of the New York Knicks, while the Miami pair arrived in the iconic Dolphins colourway. Which one was your favourite?

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Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 ECP Pack

Concepts x New Balance 'Rivalry Pack'Concepts x New Balance 'Rivalry Pack'

One of the most notorious rivalrys in American baseball is between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. To commemorate that long-running battle, Concepts and New Balance linked up for the 'Rivalry Pack'.

The pack featured a 997 decked out in green as an ode to the Statue of Liberty, and a 998 inspired by Boston's Yawkey Way. Who're you gunning for?

Concepts x New Balance Rivalry Pack
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Concepts x New Balance Rivalry Pack
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Concepts x New Balance Rivalry Pack
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Nike SB Dunk Low 'Tokyo'Nike SB Dunk Low 'Tokyo'

Extremely minimal, 2004's all-over 'Muslin' Nike SB Dunk 'Tokyo' is so clean! With no Swoosh branding on the tongue or heel, these were limited to just 202 pairs, making them a true collector's item.

Nike SB Dunk Low Tokyo Right
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Reebok Instapump Fury 'City Pack'Reebok Instapump Fury 'City Pack'

Paying homage to some of the busiest cities in the Far East, Reebok created four specialised Instapump Furys. Dropping in 2020, the pack included silhouettes for Osaka, Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul.

Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Reebok Instapump Fury City Pack
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Extra Butter x PUMA 'Kings of New York'Extra Butter x PUMA 'Kings of New York'

In 2017, Extra Butter joined PUMA to deliver two crushed velvet Clydes in a pack that was regally dubbed the 'Kings of New York'. An ode to the b-boy culture that runs deep within NY's identity, the creps dropped in limited numbers at a b-boy competition in New York's West Village.

If you missed out on our recent country-themed list, or Part One of this series, go hit them up now!

Extra Butter x PUMA Kings of New York
Extra Butter x PUMA Kings of New York
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