The All-Time Greatest Glow-in-the-Dark Sneakers: Part 2

KAWS x Air Jordan 4

The sneakersphere is flooded with so many glow-in-the-dark Grails that it has become its very own solar system! In fact, the abundance of luminescent creps couldn’t be squeezed into just one list, so we’ve compiled a second instalment to our compendium of the all-time greatest glow-in-the-dark sneakers.

Switch off the lights, it’s time to take a closer look at some more of our favourites!

Nike Kobe 7 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)Nike Kobe 7 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)

Designed for Kobe Bryant’s 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando, the Nike Kobe 7 ‘Galaxy’ is still cosmic. Built with a supernova print across the uppers, the Kobe 7 was emblazoned with a NASA-inspired ‘Black Mamba’ mission patch on the heel. Releasing alongside a pair of ‘Galaxy’-themed Zoom KD 4s, LeBron 9s, and the cosmos-devouring Air Foamposite, the Kobe 7 ‘Galaxy’ is still a favourite among many Mamba devotees.

nike kobe 7 galaxy

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Skeleton’ (2019)Nike Air Force 1 ‘Skeleton’ (2019)

Another killer Halloween rendition by the Swoosh, the ghoulish Air Force 1 ‘Skeleton’ is one to feel deep, deep in your bones. Coming in a trio of creepy colourways (black, white and orange), the AF-1 is x-rayed with the skeletal foot graphic. Complete with Nike branding in bones on the tongue, and Halloween-approved glow-in-the-dark outsoles, even the dead roused from their slumber for these! Never mind the skeletons in your closet, load them full of AF-1s!

nike air force 1 skeleton

Nike LeBron 9 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)Nike LeBron 9 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)

A word of warning: do not stare directly at the Nike LeBron 9 ‘Galaxy’ – it packs as much heat as a  solar eclipse. Another cosmic force hitting earth during All-Star Weekend in 2012, the Nike LeBron 9 ‘Galaxy’ was blasted with orange and yellow accents, while a 3M Swoosh kept opposition eyes off LeBron’s feet. The LeBron 9 ‘Galaxy’ released on February 24 for $170, and remains a jewel in the crown of King James’ royal sneaker legacy.

Nike LeBron 9 Galaxy

Reebok Kamikaze II ‘Glow’ (2013)Reebok Kamikaze II ‘Glow’ (2013)

One of Shawn Kemp’s nuclear signature sneakers with Reebok, the Kamikaze II first detonated on the hardwood back in 1995. Hitting shelves just in time for Halloween in 2013, the glow-in-the-dark Kamikaze II brought more belligerence than Kemp’s Seattle Supersonics highlight reel. Blasted with neon yellow and white leather uppers, the Reebok Kamikaze II is still an absolute weapon in the ‘Bok’s impressive back catalogue.

Reebok Kamikaze II

Nike Zoom KD 4 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)Nike Zoom KD 4 ‘Galaxy’ (2012)

Kevin Durant still boasts one of the most expansive sneaker catalogues in the modern game. The KD 4 joined a stellar star-system in 2012 as part of the ‘Galaxy’ pack, the interstellar colourways catching plenty of attention. For KD’s rendition, the KD 4 took cues from space suits worn by astronauts, the silhouette emblazoned with metallic silver synthetic uppers. Like its All-Star counterparts, the KD 4 also featured a NASA-inspired mission patch on the heel.

KD4 Galaxy

KAWS x Air Jordan 4 (2017)KAWS x Air Jordan 4 (2017)

A cultural behemoth in his own right, Brooklyn artist KAWS (AKA Brian Donnelly) linked-up with the Jordan Brand for one of the baddest Jumpman collaborations seen in recent times.

Composing the entire upper in premium grey suede (there’s no plastic accents here), the Air Jordan 4 is emblazoned with signature ‘XX’ branding on the heel. Down below, glow-in-the-dark outsoles are still keeping us up all night long.

Unfortunately, the hype train was totally out of control for the 2017 drop, with sneakerheads hacking the KAWS website, and a police presence required for the in-store raffle at Patta in London.

KAWS x Air Jordan 4

Nike SB Dunk Low 'Mummy'Nike SB Dunk Low 'Mummy'

It was rather ironic that the heavily bandaged Nike SB Dunk Low 'Mummy' was barely kept under wraps before pics were leaked online ahead of its October 2021 release. Despite the unravelling of the Swoosh's planned rollout, many revelled in the fun thematic execution of this Dunk that combined multiple gimmicks: frayed canvas uppers, beady eyes peeking out the heels, toilet paper insole graphics and, of course, a ghastly green glow-in-the-dark midsole.

Nike SB Dunk Low Mummy

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