PUMA by Rihanna Creepers (P5,600). Rihanna just Ri-leased her first FENTY collection for Puma today as its creative director for women. With a little punk and a little bit of rebel, these black and white creepers have the punk rock style of the bad gal written all over them. Puma. Available online at www.puma.com.
Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals Tubular. These may just be the funkiest sneakers of the season. A fun mix of pink, green, and yellow on your footwear truly isn’t for the faint of heart. Available online at www.adidas.com.
Puma x ICNY Ignite 3M Reflective Running Shoe (P5,606). This second collaboration takes Puma’s Ignite runner and mixes it with the DNA of cool of ICNY. The result is the Ice Cream Collection with Mint and Cookie Dough colors. Yum! Available online www.icnysports.com.
Onitsuka Tiger for J. Crew Colorado Eighty-Five (P4,438). For their 30th anniversary, Japanese sneaker brand Onitsuka Tiger partnered with cool girl brand J. Crew for a hip-but-I-don’t-give-a-damn shoe collection. Available online at www.jcrew.com.
Adidas Yeezy 360 Boost (P9,344). When Kanye West does shoes, expect them to be gone in minutes. Yesterday just marked the debut of more Yeezy colors at New York Fashion Week. Now we can’t wait for these mesh pair rerun soon! Available online at www.adidas.com.ph/yeezy.
Disney and Vans Slip-Ons (P2,802). If you think Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, or Ariel of 'The Little Mermaid' is for you, then you just found yourself a sneaker-version of a glass slipper (well, slip-ons for now). Available online at www.vans.com/disney-and-vans.
Pharell Supershell Superstar Collection (P4,672). Probably the most popular Superstar collabs to date, Pharell Williams uses the shoes’ shell toe as a blank canvas for unique graphic art. We’re eyeing the floral one! Available online at www.shop.adidas.com.ph.
Comme des Garçon PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star (P5,087). Now it comes with a bigger signature heart logo still on white or black canvas. Available online at www.shop.nordstrom.com.
Chuck Taylor All Star First String x Missoni (P4,438). Having debuted at the Milan spring/summer 2015 collection, the urban surfer feel of the loom-knit material and print is very Missoni, while comfy rubber sole is very Converse. Available online at www.converse.com.
Kendrick Lamar x Rebook Ventilator (P5,840). One shoe is blue-themed, while the other is red—this imagery shows how hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar aims to join rival gangs in his music world to “co-exist.” The pigskin suede in cream is way too nice. Available online at www.rebook.com.
Superga x Rodarte (P11,166). Mesh and leather snakeskin meet in this play on texture. It takes the classic Superga low-cut shape, and the Rodarte dark romantic approach to design altogether. Available at www.superga-usa.com.
NikeCourt Colette x Maria Sharapova (P5,840). Tennis fans, there’s a new way to sport tennis shoes. The purple Nike swoosh a la Sharapova makes smashing comfier. Available online at www.nike.com.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultra Boost Shoes (P12,147). We like our knit rubber shoes with a little reflective cage. Stylish running, yes? Available online at www.adidas.com.
Bergdorf Goodman for New Balance 620 Trainers. When a luxury goods department store collaborates with a high street sneaker brand, downtown luxe is to be expected. Available online at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.
sacai NikeLAB x sacai Air Max 90 (P9,110). The slip-on design with a wedge heel is made more exciting with a neon green spin. Leave it to Japanese brand sacai to put an artful spin to sneakers. Available online at www.store.nike.com.
Adidas by Rita Ora ar-10 Shoes (P4,438). Leave it to Rita Ora to design a pop art and futuristic X-Ray theme on your trusted Adidas footwear. Available online at www.adidas.com/us/rita_ora.
Raf Simons x Adidas Footwear (Price TBA). Another Adidas mainstay, Raf Simons redesigned the three stripes using Velcro with a futuristic vibe. Available online on Feb. 2016 at www.adidas.com.
Rick Owens x Adidas Originals (Price TBA). For spring/summer 2016, sneakers have gone schizo. Apart from the Runner and Superstar Ripple Boots, two new silhouettes were introduced: the Cargo Sandals and Clogs. Available online on Feb. 2016 at www.adidas.com.
Well-loved and worn sneaker designs like the Adidas Superstar and the Nike Air Max share this constant challenge: How to make a widely recognized silhouette feel new again? It seems like they knew the answer all this time as sneaker collaboration after collaboration keeps dropping even before all of us can keep up.
That tiny “x” placed in between the brand and collaborator to mark a new joint venture in design also means an x amount of pairs released only to be sold out in a matter of minutes. When you hear musicians like Rihanna and Rita Ora designing sneakers, high fashion brands Comme des Garçon and Stella McCartney doing capsule sneaker collections and, heck, even cartoon Disney characters appearing on pairs of shoes now, women become enticed to give their feet downtime from high heels and lace it up with the latest buzz-worthy pair of sneaks.
“[Sports style] is a very lifestyle sportswear, so there is much more of a fashion element,” says Dirk Schönberger, creative director of Adidas’ sport style division.
So if you’re a sneakerhead or just newbie in the sneaker world, here are 18 recently released, newly announced, and to-be-continued shoe collaborations you must know now before—*poof*—they’re gone (if they aren’t already).
Click the slideshow above for the full list of these collaborations!
Prices have been converted using the world exchange rate at the time of posting ($1 = P46.72).
Art by Dorothy Guya