Best sneaker collabs 2023: Our top picks from the latest drops

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The last few years have seen some amazing collaborations released, but if you're like us, you've probably wondered what are the best sneaker collabs available right now.

Well, we've rounded up some of our favourite designs that have dropped over the last few months, taking bespoke details as well as any hype that surrounded them during their initial release into consideration.

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With so many collaborations with some of the best sneaker brands to choose from though, narrowing it down to just a handful wasn't easy. As a result, there are a few amazing designs that didn't quite make the cut.

Not all sneaker collaborations are created equal though, and we feel the selection we've ended up with is a testament to this.

So, from one of the best Jordan collabs in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Lows to musical offerings from Liam Gallagher and adidas, we've rounded up the very best right here.

Without further ado, let's get into it...

Best sneaker collabs

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Lyrical Lemonade x Nike Air Force 1 Low

Best sneaker collabs - Lyrical Lemonade x Nike Air Force 1 Low product image of a white low-top featuring a yellow Swoosh and lemonade carton graphic.
Credit: Lyrical Lemonade

2022 saw Cole Bennett, the creator of Lyrical Lemonade, team up with Nike to release these Air Force 1 Lows which adopt a relatively simple white and yellow design complete with lemonade carton graphics towards the heels.

Although the design is fairly straightforward, the shoes sold out almost immediately upon their release, mainly because one of the best Nike collabs of the year dropped exclusively through Lyrical Lemonade with limited stock.

We feel the two could be related though as their simple white and yellow colour scheme is reminiscent of one of the best Air Force 1s of all time. So, as a fan of the triple-white '07s, the Lyrical Lemonade collaboration ticked a lot of boxes.

The shoes also debuted a custom shoe box dressed in light blue and yellow with Nike and Lyrical Lemonade co-branding throughout alongside a graphic of half a lemon on the lid. So, if you're an AF1 fan, we'd recommend checking these Lyrical Lemonade sneakers out.

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Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"

Best sneaker collabs - Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low product image of a sail and mocha brown low-top with red accents.
Credit: Nike

Talking of hotly anticipated drops, the long-rumoured "Reverse Mocha" Travis Scott 1s were definitely worth the wait.

This pair of sneakers, which brought the world of music and fashion together, sold out almost immediately, with retailers running raffles for a chance to purchase them due to their popularity.

In terms of the design, the uppers combine natural sail and brown tones, but then the classic Jordan 1 look seen throughout history is then thrown out the window as Travis Scott's signature reverse Swooshes make an appearance alongside "Cactus Jack" branding.

With their low-cut collars as well, you should find the shoes easy to style and less restrictive for everyday wear. Ultimately, we'd go as far as to say they're one of the best Jordan 1 colourways we've seen, hence their inclusion in our list.

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That said, the "Phantom Black" Travis Scott 1s also deserve a shoutout with their all-black design and exposed white stitching. They may not quite make our list, but we feel they're still definitely worth checking out.

Stranger Things x Vans Style 36

Best sneaker collabs - Stranger Things x Vans Style 36 product image of a black pair of shoes with white midsoles, distressed yellow laces, and a red pattern along the sides.
Credit: Vans

Stranger Things Season 4 was one of the most popular television shows of the summer. So, when Vans announced it would be dropping a collaboration with the Netflix series, expectations were definitely high for what the two would produce.

The result didn't disappoint though, with Vans releasing a full capsule of sneakers and apparel inspired by the events of Season 4. The Style 36 shoes stand out in particular, as they're designed around everyone's favourite D&D group - the "Hellfire Club".

Along the sides, you'll find a direct reference to the Hellfire faction as well as a crackled red print that resembles the home of Vecna in The Upside Down.

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The shoes also feature a distressed look, most notably across the yellow laces and white rubber midsoles, to reflect where we left the show's heroes following the events of Chapter 8.

All in all, we feel the partnership between Stranger Things and Vans really stands out as one of the best Vans collaborations released in the last year.

Liam Gallagher x adidas LG2 SPZL

Best sneaker collabs - Liam Gallagher x adidas LG2 SPZL product image of a cream white and grey pair of shoes featuring a graphic of Liam Gallagher on the tongues.
Credit: adidas

Moving away from television and back into the world of music, these adidas LG2 SPZLs released alongside singer-songwriter Liam Gallagher are another great example of a collaboration done right.

The shoes debuted on Liam's feet during an intimate gig hosted in Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. A few months later, the sneakers were released and, in our opinion, capture the Mod culture the Gallagher's have become so synonymous with superbly.

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adidas mentions it explored shades of white when putting together the design, resulting in the nylon upper being dressed in chalk white contrasted by grey EVA Die-cut midsoles and outsoles.

You'll also find the classic Bluebird tones feature on the tongues with the "Endorsed by Liam Gallagher" graphic complete with Mod Trefoil logos on opposing heels completing the retro rock and roll style.

Ultimately, we feel there's a lot to like about this adidas and Liam Gallagher collaboration, so we'd recommend checking out the shoes if you're looking to expand your sneaker collection.

Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto

Best sneaker collabs - Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto product image of a bright blue pair of sneakers featuring Hello Kitty's face across the uppers.
Credit: Nike

The Hello Kitty x Nike Air Prestos were rumoured and hinted at for a while, but 2022 was finally the year the shoes were released to the general public and, unsurprisingly, sold out pretty quickly thereafter.

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Interestingly, the sneakers have been around since 2004, but the rumour is only 12 were made and were gifted to friends and family only at the time.

This meant they were some of the rarest sneakers around, until 2022 when Nike debuted the shoes alongside a full Hello Kitty collection. There were a few notable differences from the 2004 iteration though.

For instance, the colour scheme was switched to a light blue and white design. However, the Sanrio character's face remained present across the uppers from the 2004 originals, and can even be found on the modified heel overlays as well.

While the wait for these shoes was long, we feel their eventual arrival makes them a contender for one of the best sneaker collaborations around right now

Frequently asked questions about sneaker collabs

A ton of questions usually pop up when looking to buy a sneaker collaboration, often surrounding where to buy them. Don't worry though, we've answered some of the most commonly asked queries right here.

Where can you buy sneaker collabs?

Generally speaking, you can buy collaborations through the sneaker brand or through the company it's partnering with.

For example, the Hello Kitty x Nike Air Prestos were released via Nike's SNKRS launch page, while the Lyrical Lemonade Air Force 1s were launched exclusively through the Lyrical Lemonade store.

However, sometimes sneaker collaborations can sell out pretty fast. If you find this to be the case, then we'd recommend checking out resale marketplaces like StockX or GOAT if you're itching to get your hands on a specific pair of shoes.

Although you're buying second-hand, both companies authenticate every purchase you make to ensure the sneakers you're buying are legitimate to stop you from spending money on fakes.

For more information on this, make sure you check out our list of the best places to buy sneakers right here.

When do new sneaker collabs get released?

There's not really a defined timeline for when new sneaker collaborations get released.

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However, it's almost a guarantee these days that new collaborations will be released throughout the year as they are often some of the most hotly anticipated drops and tend to sell out pretty fast.

Therefore, sneaker company's regularly capitalise on the popularity of collaborations by teaming up with multiple different brands from a variety of different genres to spread to a wider audience.

That said, collaborations can sometimes be more frequent around holidays, seasons, or events. For instance, we've seen the likes of Nike and adidas team up with music artists in the past to release sneakers in time for the start of a series of tour dates.

However, there really isn't a clear time period when new sneaker collaborations get released, so it's worth keeping an eye on your favourite brands throughout the year to see if they're dropping any exciting new designs.

That said, we try to cover these drops ahead of time on RealKit. So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, we'd recommend checking in with us as well. Also, check out our list of the best places to buy sneakers right here.

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