It’s the global ganja celebration day, 4/20, so we’re going to shine a hydroponic lamp on some of our favourite weed-themed sneakers. From dope Nike SB Dunks to collaborative Saucony strains, let’s get this rollin’...
NIKE SB DUNK HIGH (HAWAII AKA MAUI WOWIE)
Nike SB have a long track record of releasing weed-themed Dunks in time for April 20, but for their dope drop in 2021, the brand seemed a little coy. This Hawaii-inspired colourway appears innocuous at first, but the tearaway upper reveals shaggy green suede and the tongue hides a stash pocket. Nike SB claim this is for 'secure storage' – hmm...
SUPRA S1W (TREE CAMO)
Erryone knows Lil Wayne wakes up by lighting a blunt. So Supra’s ‘Vice Pack’ was a masterstroke, including odes to candy and purple drank, the organic side dish was this ‘Tree Camo’ S1W. We all know what kind of tree that is.
NIKE SB DUNK LOW (GREEN HEMP)
Nike SB’s first hit of stoner styling kept its herbal habits a little more low-key. Released on 4/20 back in 2004 as part of the OG ‘Hemp Pack’, alongside baby blue and maroon make-ups, it was this botanical ‘Bonsai’ green make-up that SB heads were all craving. With just 420 pairs released, you had to know a guy that knew a guy to get yourself a pair of these all-hemp joints.
SNEAKER FREAKER x SAUCONY GRID SD (KUSHWHACKER)
We’re not normally ones to get high on our own supply, but how could we make a list of the raddest weed-themed sneakers without including our 2015 Saucony collab?
We hand-rolled the Grid SD in highly potent purple haze, layered with black widow suede against the dankest serving of performance mesh, ‘acapulco’ beige formstripes, 3M reflective nugs and a smokey-grey suede that licks the heel. Got Kush?
NIKE SB DUNK HIGH (SKUNK)
Surely the most famous sneak with marijuana links of all time, the ‘Skunk Dunk’ was all greened-out with hazy purple pops and a not-too-subtle stash pocket behind the tongue. It dropped on 4/20 in 2010 and folks to this day are still trying to munch on the Skunk from resellers.
VANS VAULT ERA (PALM LEAF)
Playing it safe with the parents groups, Vans Vault have sprayed their so-called ‘Palm Leaf’ print over a stack of silhouettes in the last few years, proving a hit with fashionistas and late-night tokers alike.
NIKE SB DUNK HIGH (CHEECH AND CHONG)
The sequel to the infamous ‘Skunk Dunk’, 1000 pairs of this Dunk SB released on April 20 in 2011, a freshly harvested green upper comes pre-rolled in a white canvas to be enjoyed by those who wear their kicks down to the roach. The mismatched red-panelling on these is inspired by the headwear of legendary stoner duo Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin.
HUF HUPPER 420 PACK
Not to be outdone, Cali’s finest over at HUF pledged their allegiance to the leaf with this blunt take on their home-grown Hupper hightop, complete with zip-loc baggie of extra potent laces. Definitely not a sneaker, but potentially more eye-grabbing than a pair of KOBE TWOs, the pack’s ‘Plantlife’ socks have become a staple part of HUF’s seasonal harvest and ubiquitous in the streets in summer under weedy shorts.
BAIT x ADIDAS STAN SMITH VULC (HAPPY)
The newest shoe on this list, chronic collaborators BAIT brought out a blend of the West Coast’s finest just in time for 4/20. The vulcanised Stan Smith from adidas’ Skateboarding department was rolled in high-grade homegrown hemp and hit with a suitably stoned all-over debossed upper. Secret stash pockets in the tongue and ‘High Potency’ pull tabs on the heel ensured the source of inspiration behind these dank sneaks was nothing short of blunt.
DIAMOND SUPPLY CO. DIAMOND CUTS (GREEN WEED CAMO)
Meanwhile, Diamond Supply Co. have no gripes about admitting the inspiration for their spinached-out sneaks. They have a stack of ‘weed camo’ patterns including this rather tropical rendition. They even collaborated with The Stoned Immaculate himself, Curren$y, back in 2012 for a double hit of Mary Jane appreesh.
RAISED BY WOLVES X SAUCONY AYA
Canadian label Raised by Wolves provided a cheeky reefy reference with their 2019 ‘Asphalt Jungle’ Saucony Aya collaboration. Inspired by the city life and 90s skateboarding, the sneaker came through with some devious details – most notably, the Muska-inspired bud bag hidden behind the tongue. They weren’t shy about showing it off, either!
TRAVIS SCOTT X AIR JORDAN 6
La Flame was no doubt keen to pass us a light with his Air Jordan 6 collaboration. Themed on his love for the rodeo, the sought-after ‘J’ clearly has some other inspirations, wearing an ultra-dank green palette and a not-so-subtle saddle-bag stash-pocket – making sure lucky owners are always the highest in the room!
NIKE SB DUNK HIGH 4/20 (REVERSE SKUNK)
Sequels rarely live up to their predecessors, but the ‘Reverse Skunk’ Dunk High has blazed into a contention as one of 2020’s best sneakers. Ten years since our first toke with the OG ‘Skunk’, the limited-to-420 release takes the familiar green and purple, and synthesises into an exciting new strain. The palette may be slightly different, but the all-important stash pocket returns behind the tongue.
HONOURABLE MENTION: CIRCA MUSKA CM901
So we’re not saying Chad Muska’s signature Circa kicks, with their zip-up tongue for ‘adjustable padding’, were intended to transport ganja … but they were definitely intended to transport ganja. After establishing Supra, Muska would retain the stash pocket in the significantly less skateable Skytop and Skytop II, making Muska’s purpose for the sneaky addition a little less hazy.