The Best Hello Kitty Releases (So Far!)
The sneakersphere’s favourite yellow-nosed cat has a long-running relationship with many of the industry’s core brands. From BAPE to ASICS, Hello Kitty’s cuteness has united generations of sneakerheads, adorning some iconic silhouettes over the past few decades, from the GEL-Lyte III to the BAPE STA. As time passes, it’s clear that more Sanrio goodness will continue to arrive, providing fanatics all over the world with more to collect.
Curl up and check out the best Hello Kitty releases so far!
Hello Kitty and Baby Milo x BAPE STA
The early 2000s saw many epic BAPE STAs released, with Hello Kitty and Baby Milo eventually joining the crew! First released in 2010, the pairs were created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty’s parent company, Sanrio. Considered a Y2K unicorn of the sneakersphere, they were retroed in 2021 (alongside a range of apparel) with a few subtle updates. While many known and loved features remained, like the colours of the overlays, laces and stars, the fresh iteration came with blue outsoles!,
Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto
In 2004, some of the greatest Nike Air Prestos ever would be brought into the world. Set to help Sanrio celebrate an anniversary milestone, Nike would partner up with the brand to create a run of feline-themed Air Prestos designed by Steven Smith. As the story goes, the collaboration was originally intended for an official release, but due to certain reasons ended up being an exclusive Friends and Family release instead.
Hello Kitty x ASICS GEL-Lyte III
In September 2009, ASICS teamed up with Sanrio to deliver two playful iterations of the GEL-Lyte III. Featuring all-over Hello Kitty print underlays, one pair was white and red, the other black and gold. The collaboration was released in a women’s size run and came complete with a specialised collectors bag. It saw a release on the Sanrio webstore, plus their flagship stores at the time, including NYC, San Francisco and Hawaii.
Hello Kitty x ASICS GEL-Lyte Speed
Hello Kitty x ASICS collaborations saw a mega year in 2009. September had a double drop of the ASICS GEL-Lyte III, and closing out the year was the GEL-Lyte Speed, which inarguably went even louder than its earlier counterpart. The pairs featured a palette of hot pink and blue and were adorned with star print along a portion of the midsoles. However, its most notable detail is the Sanrio party happening on the printed underlays, featuring Hello Kitty and a number of her pals!
Hello Kitty x Reebok Instapump Fury
As one of Reebok’s boldest and most iconic silhouettes, it makes sense that fun collaborations reach the Instapump Fury. Over the years, the Instapump has been a canvas for a stack of pop culture collaborations – in 2020, there was the Minions creation, while 2021 saw the Jurassic Park joints! It should come as no surprise that Hello Kitty has also been in on the action, with her own iteration releasing in 2019 – the most prominent features are the bows on the vamp!
Hello Kitty x Reebok Freestyle High Sample
Digressing back to 2009, a set of Hello Kitty x Reebok Freestyle Highs would release – but it wouldn’t be these furry ones. A leather duo hit the shelves in black and white, but they were a more toned-down creation. Surfaced via eBay, this fluffy version was a proposed sample that featured white faux fur uppers and giant Hello Kitty bows. Did this Hello Kitty x Reebok Freestyle High sample walk so the Hello Kitty x Reebok Instapump Fury could run?
Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto Retro
In 2022, the sneakersphere was taken by storm when it was officially confirmed that the Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto would be receiving the retro treatment. Rumours began swirling in mid-2021, with confirmation eventually arriving in April 2022. Like its predecessor, the uppers featured the all-over Hello Kitty face print but switched out white for blue. Many other features also had their colours changed, including the lace cages, outsoles and midsole Swooshes. Launched with activations the world over, the Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto retro was a release for the books!
Hello Kitty x Vans SK8-Hi
Hello Kitty has a rich history with Vans, and in 2014, they released a summer collection of essentials for the quintessential HK lover. Featuring a total of four pairs – including the Authentic and the Slip-On – the SK8-Hi was the highlight of the group. Featuring partially white fluffy uppers, Hello Kitty’s face can be found on the lateral sides of the pairs.
Hello Kitty x adidas Superstar
Hello Kitty has linked up with adidas to deliver a trio of decorated pairs. With the pack featuring the Forum Low and the Astir, the Superstar is undoubtedly the star of the pack. Featuring mostly white leather across the uppers, Hello Kitty printed graphics can be found on the rear lateral. Polka-dot patterns have also been splashed on the heel panel and outsoles. The pairs’ swing tag and shoebox are also in the spirit of things, which see the sneakersphere’s beloved cat sporting a head-to-toe Three Stripes tracksuit!