words // Brennan Hiro Williams
Nike, ASICS, Reebok, Saucony, New Balance and Converse all released great collaborative projects during the month of May, setting the stage for a summer full of limited edition sneakers. From the wild to the understated, there was a little something for everyone.
Sole Collector once again takes a look back at the month's best collabs in the latest edition of Top 10 Collaborations of the Month.
Undefeated and Nike teamed up for another collaboration, presenting the "Ballistic" Dunk High and a new Hyperdunk 2012 together as the "Bring Back 2003" pack.
Sneakersnstuff and Reebok cooked up a "shoe about nothing," albeit a shoe with a great burgundy and aqua color combo.
Ronnie Fieg's "East Coast Project" pop-up festivities were highlighted by the release of two new ASICS Gel Lyte III collabs, celebrating both Miami Beach and New York City.
San Francisco's FTC finally collaborated with Nike SB, creating a Dunk Low based on the 20th anniversary of FTC's first skate video, the aptly titled Finally. The shoe comes complete with graphics taken from the video's cover art, which was, interestingly enough, illustrated by Del the Funky Homosapien.
Converse continued its relationship with Japan's Comme des Garçons, releasing a collaborative Pro Leather Collection utilizing both the Pro Leather Mid and Pro Leather Ox.
Bodega and Saucony released a new batch of Saucony Elite G9 Series collaborations, mixing in animal prints, camouflage and premium suede.
The Loopwheeler x Nike Air Vortex "Fuwa Max" isn't the most flashy collaboration, but it certainly stays true to the Japanese brand's spirit, focusing on materials and comfort with a plush fleece upper.
Berlin's Solebox and Reebok connected on a new Classic Leather collab, inspired by the Red-breasted Blackbird.
Taiwan's INVINCIBLE released the "Brogue" 1400, a classy take on the New Balance running silhouette.
Jean Touitou's Parisian label released its newest footwear collection with Nike, featuring tonal suede colorways of the Dunk Hi and Air Maxim 1.