Stereotypically, Canada is the home of polite people, beautiful scenery, maple syrup, and ice hockey. But that’s not all the Great White North has to offer, as the country also plays home to its fair share of brands that put out heater sneaker collaborations on a regular basis.
The most well-known is obviously Drake’s OVO, who are frequent Nike and Jordan Brand collaborators and his Swoosh sub-line Nocta. It seems whatever Drizzy touches turns to gold, but he’s in good company. Famous sneaker spots such as Haven and Livestock, plus legendary brands like Raised by Wolves and Dime, are all local legends in their own right. Here are some of the best crep collaborations they’ve produced over the years.
Livestock x Reebok Ventilator ‘Maple Leaf’
You can’t get much more Canadian than a maple leaf. In 2015, flexing their proud patriotism, retailer Livestock applied their touch to the Reebok Ventilator. Given a beautiful tonal red makeover that represents the change that maple leaves go through during the Autumn/Fall season, this was a super classy take on the OG Reebok model.
Raised By Wolves x Saucony Aya
Towards the beginning of 2020, the sneakersphere received word that Canadian streetwear stalwarts Raised by Wolves had linked with Saucony on the Aya. After the first pics came forward showcasing that pocket stashed with weed, fans of the 4/20 were instantly hooked! And, even without the kush crevice, the tonal grey combo with subtle pops of colour was enough to pique the interest of any sneakerhead.
Dime x Vans Half Cab Pro
Dime and Vans are two heavyweights within the skateboarding world, and have joined forces a number of times to create sneakers that shred. However, it was 2020 that saw arguably their best joint yet – a Half Cab Pro decked out in a gnarly colourway that’s sure to catch every eye at the skatepark.
Haven x New Balance 990v5
The New Balance 990v5 is just about the perfect shoe, so how on earth did Haven make it even better? Last year, the Canadian retailer touched down in Boston to upgrade the 990, executing it in premium style, with epic materials such as CORDURA and Horween Leather. Completing the vibe was the tasty 3M splashes across the whole design. At the time, these were serious sleepers, however we have a feeling that there are many regretting their decision to pass up now that it’s getting the attention it deserves.
OVO x Air Jordan 12
If you can remember the 2016 sneakerscape, then the hype surrounding the OVO x Air Jordan 12 must be burned into your brain. Not only a clean combo with stingray leather and subtle luxe additions, it was also wrapped alongside a Drake co-sign, so they were always destined to be an ultra-hyped hit!