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The All-Time Greatest Valentine's Day Sneaker Releases

February 14 is the most romantic day of the year. For most, it’s a time to let that special someone know how you feel about them by showering them with grand gestures and amorous gifts. However, for sneakerheads, it can also be a time to cop romantic renditions and intimate iterations of all our favourite kicks!

Every year on Cupid’s holiday, sneaker brands from around the world profess their love for us with pink and red-hued beauties adorned with hearts and made with love. This year was no different, with Nike, adidas and Converse coming through with some heat to warm our soles.

With Valentine’s Day arriving shortly, take a look back at the all-time greatest sneaker releases that have dropped for February 14.

StrangeLove x Nike SB Dunk Low (2020)StrangeLove x Nike SB Dunk Low (2020)

One of the most hyped releases of 2020, the StrangeLove x Nike SB Dunk Low was inspired by Sean Cliver’s love affair with skateboarding. A classic Valentine’s Day release, it featured all-over pink velvet and clean suede. The cute ‘Heart Skull’ insignia on the lateral heel goes along perfectly with the special packaging.

To round out 2020, we exposed Sean Cliver’s sneaker kinks.

StrangeLove x Nike SB Dunk

Air Jordan 5 GS ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2013)Air Jordan 5 GS ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2013)

Back in 2013, Jordan Brand used the Air Jordan 5 as their canvas for a Valentine’s Day masterpiece. A Grade School release, it saw a full-leather upper with matte and shiny red making for an unintentional tonal look. Pink hits on the mesh and midsole complement the ‘For the Love of the Game’ logo embroidered on the heel.

,Air Jordan 5 GS ‘Valentine’s Day’
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Reebok Question Mid ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2015)Reebok Question Mid ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2015)

Reebok chose to treat the ladies to a special Question Mid in 2015, covering the popular silhouette in a sensual red leather, and blessing the toe box with a sparkly metallic silver. If you gifted these to your bae on Valentine’s Day, there would be no Question about how you truly felt about them.

Reebok Question Mid ‘Valentine’s Day’

Nike Air Max 95 ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2004)Nike Air Max 95 ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2004)

Who doesnt love some big bubble action on Valentine’s Day? On February 14 in 2004, Nike took their Air Max 95 on a romantic date, plastering it in an all-red suede and mesh mix. To end the night, Team Swoosh went for the tongue and blessed it with a two-tone heart.

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Nike Air Max 95 ‘Valentine’s Day’

Don’t Be Mad x New Balance 992 (2020)Don’t Be Mad x New Balance 992 (2020)

For many fans of the New Balance 992, Valentine’s Day in 2020 was spent trying to grab a pair of the Dont Be Mad x New Balance 992 ‘Anatomy of a Heart’. Dressed in a tonal array of pinks, reds and purples, it was a year-defining release, and one that broke many hearts on Cupid’s holiday.

Joe Freshgoods x New Balance 992

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2006)Nike Air Force 1 ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2006)

Another one of the ladies! In 2006 Nike reworked their Air Force 1 with an uber-romantic two-tone red and white patent leather combo. Similar to their many other Valentine’s Day releases, Team Swoosh gave a little extra love to the tongues via small heart graphics.

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Valentine’s Day’
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Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2014)Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2014)

Dropping back in 2014, this Nike SB Dunk Low sure had loins stirring amongst the Dunk enthusiasts. Mixing a dual leather and suede combination, premium construction, and a matching tee, who wouldnt want to receive these on February 14?

Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Valentine’s Day’

ASICS GEL-Lyte III ‘Valentine’s Day Pack’ (2016)ASICS GEL-Lyte III ‘Valentine’s Day Pack’ (2016)

ASICS aren’t strangers to Valentine’s Day romance, and in 2016 the brand took to the GEL-Lyte III for an all-red colourway. The lining was given an all-over graphic with Cupid’s Arrow, and the heel was blessed with tasty crinkled leather.

ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 'Valentines Pack - Cupid’

Converse Run Star Hike ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2020)Converse Run Star Hike ‘Valentine’s Day’ (2020)

Part of Converse’s 2020 Valentine’s Day offerings, the Run Star Hike was delivered something a little different. Boasting a clean two-tone black and white look, with red pops coming from the love heart insignia on the heel, the loved-up release also featured subtle embroidery on the lateral side.

Converse Run Star Hike ‘Valentine’s Day’

PUMA ‘His and Hers’ Pack (2016)PUMA ‘His and Hers’ Pack (2016)

Imagine this: It’s 2016 and you and bae are hitting the town for V-Day. You have a romantic night planned, but have no idea what to put on your feet. Then, all of a sudden, your beloved comes in with the flyest February 14 flex going around – the PUMA ‘His and Hers’ pack! Consisting of the Suede and Basket silhouettes, we’re sure plenty of couples hit the streets rocking the matching set!

PUMA ‘His and Hers’ Pack

Curtis Kulig x Vans ‘Love Me’ Collection (2012)Curtis Kulig x Vans ‘Love Me’ Collection (2012)

New York–based artist Curtis Kulig linked with Vans in 2012 for the ‘Love Me’ collection, which featured romantic renditions of the Sk8-Hi, Slip-On and Authentic. All were kept to their classic build, but also had Kulig’s signature ‘Love Me’ script emblazoned over each.

Curtis Kulig x Vans ‘Love me Collection’
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