With constant heat dropping every week, it’s a full-time job to keep up with the year’s sneaker releases. Although the calendar was strongly marked by the release of Kanye and adidas’s Yeezy Boost 750 and the Yeezy Boost 350, the usual suspects – including Ronnie Fieg, were also cooking up memorable releases. I am no sneaker professional, I just love a nice kick. Peep my top 4 favorite sneaker collaborations of 2015.
1. Adidas x Kanye West – Yeezy Boost 350
The Adidas Yeezy Boost has been one the most hyped and anticipated collaborations to hit shelves. Fans have camped out for 48 hours to get a pair, and Kanye West’s first release of the Yeezy Boost 750 sold out in minutes. Kanye West has managed to jump from Nike to Adidas and still create insane energy around this product. Now, I know I could not have gotten my hands on a pair of 350’s, but ask me how many times I talked about this shoe when it released (lol).
2. Puma x Rihanna – Creeper
Naming Rihanna the Creative Director of Puma was a smart move, building buzz around the brand from the jump. But I questioned if Rihanna could actually deliver with product. Leaving my question in the dust, in her first collab with the brand, the Creeper was received with much love when it initially rolled out in women sizes. For the fellas who are digging the shoe too, don’t worry, Puma dropped more colors and sizes so you could get a pair in rotation. And, the Travis Scott co-sign never hurts.
3. Filling Pieces x Ronnie Fieg – RF Mid II
Ronnie Fieg, fashion designer and founder of KITH shoes in NYC, has a similar eye for aesthetics in footwear as myself, so of course he would make the list. Building on the success of their previous partnerships, Ronnie and Amsterdam-based footwear label Filling Pieces introduced an all-new silhouette for Fall/Winter 2015: the RF-Mid II this November. This evolution of the original RF-Mid is at the top of my Filling Piece favorites list.
4. Reebok x Kendrick Lamar – Ventilator
Kendrick Lamar and Reebok’s first collaboration, the Ventilator aimed to promote gang peace. Released in July, the sneaker was detailed with the words “Red” and “Blue,” with “Neutral” inside each tongue to symbolize neutrality and peace between prominent gangs in Compton, Calif. The message is dope, and so is the look.