The Best Soccer/Football Sneaker Collaborations Ever
It might be the World Game, but football – the round-ball variety – hasn’t managed to infiltrate the sneakersphere in quite the same way as some other athletic pursuits. However, in the past few seasons, brands are making up for lost time and coming through with more sneaker/soccer collaborations than ever before.
Sure, silhouettes like the Samba will always be icons, but the cleat-to-street juggernaut has now adopted a fashion-forward game plan. The playmakers dominating the sneaker game are now linking up with football’s biggest clubs and stars – and the teamwork has often been world-class.
Enough of the build-up play. Here are some of the best-ever football/soccer sneaker collaborations.
Liverpool x New Balance 1500
They may not be red, but these luxurious Made in UK New Balance 1500s are a classy addition to any Scouser’s sneaker rotation. Done in black and gold, the collaboration features six stars on the lateral side, representing each of the club’s UEFA Champions League/European Cup triumphs.
Paris Saint-Germain x Air Jordan 5 ‘Family and Friends’
The ongoing collaboration between French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan Brand is arguably the most prolific soccer/sneaker partnership we’ve seen. One of the first – and best – sneakers they’ve produced is this uber-rare Air Jordan 5, which was released alongside a GR colourway done in black.
adidas Speedfactory AM4 ‘FC Bayern’
One of the proudest clubs in the game, Bayern Munich linked up with fellow German giants adidas for two special colourways of the Speedfactory AM4 in 2019. A white colourway was named after star full-back David Alaba, while a navy rendition was inspired by attacker Serge Gnabry.
Borussia Dortmund x PUMA RS-Fast
From one Bundesliga powerhouse to another, Borussia Dortmund also keeps it close to home with this PUMA RS-Fast collaboration. Inspired by the club's extended period of success during the 90s, the colourway is applied to one of the Big Cat's most contemporary silhouettes for an eye-catching juxtaposition.
Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial
It’s not just the clubs producing killer colabs. To commemorate the 2018 World Cup, streetwear designer Virgil Abloh unveiled the Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit, of course, modelled on the iconic Mercurial soccer boot.
Arriving in black and ‘Total Orange’ colourways, the sneaker is highlighted with eye-catching dots in the key areas your foot makes contact with when kicking a ball. The project also extended to the pitch, with superstars like Kylian Mbappé lacing up complementary Off-White boots.
Neymar x Air Jordan 5 Low
Whether it’s for the right or wrong reasons, Brazilian star Neymar is never too far away from the headlines. Before his high-profile transfer to PUMA, he became the first football athlete to get an official Jordan Brand collaboration: this 3M-covered Air Jordan 5 Low.
Additionally, he flaunted the Jumpman on his signature Hypervenoms while playing for Barcelona in 2016.
Werder Bremen x Umbro Neptune
Football isn’t always about glitz and glam – and that’s why we love it!
Bremen-based sneaker store Glückstreter showed support to their beloved Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen, collaborating with Umbro for a limited-edition Neptune WB colourway. A passion-filled project, the sneaker was limited to just 350 pairs.
Kith x adidas Copa Mundial
Kith and its founder Ronnie Fieg have shown plenty of love to the World Game over the years. Perhaps the most famous football boot of all time, the Copa Mundial clearly has a special place in their hearts and on their feet off the pitch. Remixing the cleat for the street, Kith have combined the Copa with the UltraBOOST, as well as the Turf Trainer.
Shoe Gallery x Paris Saint-Germain x Nike Air Max 90
The second PSG entry in our list, this special Air Max 90 was created by PSG in collaboration with Florida sneaker spot Shoe Gallery. Made to celebrate the team’s tour of Miami in 2017, the luxurious colourway was limited to just 24 pairs. The sneaker released exclusively during the tour, with only a lucky few scoring pairs.
Union Berlin x adidas ZX 8000
Another luxurious Bundesliga tribute, this ZX 8000 created for Union Berlin was limited to just 1966 pairs, a number corresponding with the year the club was founded.
The statement-making design is highlighted with bold ‘Union’ text printed on each heel.
Nike Air Max 95 ‘Juventus’
Originally released in 2003, this highly sought-after Air Max 95 was one of the first notable soccer sneaker collaborations to hit the market. A bona fide Grail for Air Max aficionados, the colourway is an unmistakable homage to ‘The Old Lady’ of Italy’s Serie A. It comes dressed in the club’s black and white, with a touch of gold via the two stars on the tongue, which represent their Champions League titles.
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