The Best Punk/Rock/Metal Sneaker Collaborations Ever
We know the connection between hip-hop and sneakers has been apparent from the earliest incarnations of the genre, but real heads will know that footwear has also had a profound influence on the punk, rock and metal scenes over the years.
Whether it’s Joe Strummer in Chucks or Dave Mustaine in Air Jordan 1s, finding killer sneaker moments in amongst the genres’ rich histories doesn’t take much digging. Hell, it’s even easier to spot ‘em against all that black.
The actual collaborations have been few and far between, but there have certainly been some heavy-hitters in recent times. So, let’s sift through the noise to uncover some of the best punk/rock/metal sneaker collaborations ever — which ones do you riff with?
Bad Brains x Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi Collection
Back in 2008, Supreme and Vans honoured hardcore punk legends Bad Brains with a uniquely Rastafarian collection of Sk8-His. Vibing off the band’s distinctive reggae influence, the vibrant trio proves that black-on-black isn’t necessarily standard issue when it comes to punk.
Shinedown x Air Jordan 1 'Attention, Attention!'
Inspired by the band's 2018 album Attention Attention, an exclusive Air Jordan 1 colourway was created for American radio rockers Shinedown. Guitarist Zach Myers could be the biggest sneakerhead in rock today, so the ‘Black Toe’—style Jay certainly ended up on worthy feet. Released as a family and friends drop, even the ultimate groupies probably missed out on these.
Nike Dunk High 'Deftones'
Known for their haunting, avant-garde sound, the Deftones also broke the mould by becoming the first nu-metal band with a Nike collaboration. Released during the height of Dunk mania in 2003, the Dunk High ‘Deftones’ was limited to just 43 pairs, making it one of rarest Dunks ever.
Suicidal Tendencies x Vans Era
Thrash gods Suicidal Tendencies teamed up with Vans to produce a Sk8-Hi and an Era in 2009. While the Sk8-Hi opted for familiar Vans crossover styling with OTT artwork, the Eras proved less is more with a minimal blue upper blessed with a stitched band logo on the heel and graphic insoles.
Nike SB Dunk High 'Dinosaur Jr.'
Dinosaur Jr. were bestowed a special Nike Dunk SB Highback in 2007. A fan-favourite among Dunk-heads, the Dunk’s eccentric space-age silver and purple colourway is unmistakable. Featuring the band’s human Dino motif on the lateral heel, the sneaker harks back to frontman J. Mascis’ not-so-secret love of purple.