The All-Time Greatest Video Game-Inspired Sneakers: Part 2
Sneakers and video games have always been a match made in heaven. From vintage classics like the Nike SB Dunk Low 'Chun Li' to the recently announced Animal Crossing x PUMA Wild Rider, sneakers and video games continue to power devoted fandom and coveted collectables.
Let's revisit some of the most mega video game–inspired releases in history.
Plug in and slay, it's time for part two!
Animal Crossing x PUMA Wild Rider (2021)Animal Crossing x PUMA Wild Rider (2021)
In 2021, the sneaker and video game worlds crossed over once again, this time it was with PUMA and the popular Nintendo game Animal Crossing!
For their first-ever collaboration, the duo opted to use the Wild Rider silhouette and inject it with all the cute energy the game has to offer. Graphic underlays and lateral heel hits make way for the luxe leather and suede touches.
The collection was a super exciting moment for the large Animal Crossing community.
Nike SB Dunk Low 'Chun Li' (2010) Nike SB Dunk Low 'Chun Li' (2010)
Released as part of Nike's 2010 Fighter Pack (which also included the Dunk Mid 'Ryu' and P-Rod 4 High 'Akuma'), the SB Dunk Low 'Chun Li' is inspired by one of the fastest fighters on the Street Fighter roster.
Composed in 'Argon Blue', the 'Chun Li' combines a mix of nylon and suede, with a special Chun Li printed on the sockliner.
One of the most lethal drops on this list, the 'Chun Li' still delivers a devastating blow all these years later.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 'Super Mario Bros' (2011) Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 'Super Mario Bros' (2011)
This time the GOAT silhouette linked up with Nintendo's Italian plumber for some damn deep drip, the canvas featuring screenshots from the original game!
Triggering all kinds of first-class nostalgia, the Chuck Taylor All Star 'Super Mario Bros' is the kind of retro colab we definitely want to see more of!
Air Jordan 1 'League of Legends' (2020) Air Jordan 1 'League of Legends' (2020)
This super sleek Air Jordan 1 is inspired by the League of Legends. Belonging to the 'Good Game' collection – which also features an Air Force 1, Air Max 270 React, Air Max 2X, and the Joyride Dual Run 2 – the AJ1 featured generous 3M detailing and Nike's on-trend Zoom cushioning.
Inking a deal with Riot Games back in February 2019, the Swoosh became the official outfitter for the League of Legends Pro League, a deal which will extend through until 2022.
It's a bold but clever move from Nike, with the eSports league continuing to grow exponentially every year.
Globe Halo Liberty (2013)Globe Halo Liberty (2013)
An obscure gem, the Globe Halo Liberty is inspired by the Master Chief and the UNC’s military armour.
A chunky-as-hell skate shoe, the release is still an aesthetic time capsule for the 2000s skate scene, the design pairing one of the greatest FPS shooters of all time with one of the most popular skate brands of that generation.
Can we please have one more Globe x Halo release for the final instalment of 343's trilogy?
Nike SB Dunk Mid 'Ryu' (2010)Nike SB Dunk Mid 'Ryu' (2010)
Taking aesthetic cues from the greatest fighting game of all time, the Nike Dunk Mid 'Ryu' is as nasty as a Hurricane Kick.
A release from the Nike Fighter Pack, the SB Dunk Mid most notably features a tattered Swoosh reminiscent of Ryu's signature red headband, the rest of the colourway of course referencing Ryu's white karate gi with the sleeves torn off and badass black karate belt.
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Note: This article was originally published in September 2020 and updated in September 2021.