ARTICLE BY Gabe Filippa

Five of the Best ‘Day of the Dead’ Sneakers Ever!

Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Day of the Dead’ (2006)

Celebrating the lives of family and friends who have passed, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of Mexico's most famed holidays. We’ve seen some classic sneakers paying homage to it over the years, from the ultra-coveted Nike SB Dunk Low to the recent Air Jordan 1 Mid. These are five of our favourites!

Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Dia de Muertos’

Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Dia de Muertos’ (2020)

A modern favourite, the Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Dia de Muertos’ joined the land of the living this year. Featuring a ‘familia’ (family) inscription on the toe, the AJ1 Mid takes cues from traditional Mexican flower designs. Launching alongside matching apparel, it stood out in another blockbuster year for the silhouette.

Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Day of the Dead’

Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Day of the Dead’ (2018)

Known for his collection of ultra-creative colourways, Kyrie Irving and his signature silhouettes continue to transfix sneakerheads across the globe. Paying aesthetic homage to the legendary Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Day of the Dead’ (2006), this Kyrie 4 is emblematic of Kyrie's love for both basketball and skate culture.


Vans Sk8 Hi ‘Day of the Dead’ (2019)

Vans Sk8 Hi ‘Day of the Dead’ (2019)

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Vans Sk8 Hi is still a skate classic, thrashing decks all these years later. This minimalist Sk8 Hi design features classic Mexican Dia de Muertos design motifs, the ankle rendered in a skull and flowers graphic.

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Day of the Dead’ (2019)

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Day of the Dead’ (2019)

Released in 2019, this Air Force 1 features a sugar skulls pattern that nods to La Calaca, the decorative altars used to celebrate the journey of life after death. Accented by the subtle use of purple, yellow and pink, the Air Force soars again in this ‘Day of the Dead’ rendition.

Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Day of the Dead’ (2006)

Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Day of the Dead’ (2006)

Originally landing in 2006, the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Day of the Dead’ was exclusive to Mexico and Canada. Still reselling for thousands of dollars today, the sneaker was originally designed by Christian Salinas Medina, and portrays the Aztek God of the underworld exhaling souls into existence.

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