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Anime Sneakers: The Ultimate Otaku Guide to the Best Collabs!

By March 27, 2024Food for thought, Sneakers

AIO Bot - Anime Sneakers - Anime Sneaker CollabsIt’s a common fact that the sneaker culture and pop culture have become one. Sneakers are now part of everything- sports, style, music, and even movies! And since anime has a significant impact on pop culture, it was inevitable for sneaker brands to take part in it. At the end of the day, the sneaker industry lives on hype. And that’s how anime sneakers came to life! 

It’s also worth noting that anime sneakers offered brands new designs, patterns, color schemes, and motifs to explore and get creative with. Which made the sneaker culture appeal to an even wider audience. And, logically speaking, meant more people were willing to invest in sneakers and make money to feed on their hype addiction. 

This said, we’ve compiled a short list of the best anime sneaker collabs to date for you to explore, and maybe BUY! 

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Anime Sneakers: Best Collaborations

Slam Dunk x Air Jordan 6

The Air Jordan 6 Slam Dunk dropped in 2014 as a tribute to sneakerheads and otakus’ favorite Japanese manga and anime series ‘Slam Dunk.’ This anime sneaker collaboration is a symbol of the fusion of basketball and anime cultures. In fact, characters of this series are seen in a similar style to the Bulls and often lace up Air Jordans on their feet.

And so, capitalizing on Jordans and anime’s hype, Nike dropped a  Jordan Super. Fly 3 and an Air Jordan 6. But, as usual, being one of the best Jordan silhouettes, the AJ6 that attracted most of the attention. Which featured a red upper with tonal 3M illustrations of imagery from the anime series throughout. 

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Air Jordan 6 Slam Dunk

Release Date: November 1st, 2014
Retail Price: $250
Average Resale: $539

Dragon Ball Z x Adidas 

Another anime sneaker collab for the books is the Dragon Ball Z x Adidas on the ZX 500 RM model. Dropping in 2018 and paying homage to some of the characters in the series, 8 anime sneakers dropped as part of this collab.

Each of these anime shoes featured a character’s theme and looked unique to the point that you would distressing details that reference Son Goku’s- the series’ hero- own journey and battles. And that’s how another anime collab became a sneaker collector’s dream!

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Dragon Ball Z x ZX 500 RM Son Goku
Release Date: September 29th, 2018
Retail Price: $170
Average Resale: $350

Doraemon x Nike SB Dunk 

Part SB, part anime sneaker. And most importantly, it’s based on one of the most famous kids anime in the 80s and 90s, Doraemon. What more can a sneakerhead wish for, right? Well, this collab was one of Nike’s most anticipated releases of 2020. 

And so, drawing inspiration from millennials’ favorite time-traveling cat, these anime sneakers featured a light blue, red, and yellow color scheme and a mix of leather and suede materials.  

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Nike Dunk High SB Doraemon
Release Date: September 5th, 2020
Retail Price: $100
Average Resale: $214

How to Buy?

You see, anime sneakers have one rich history embodied in a long list of releases. So, what you see here is only a sample of the best anime sneakers. And judging by their resale prices, you can figure out how hyped they are. So, to get your hands on these kicks, you’d have to head to the resale market and catch them at double or more their retail prices 

BUT, rest assured! These collabs are by no means the last we’ll see of otaku kicks. We’ve recently got One Piece x PUMA, as well as a Reebok Hunter x Hunter collab. So, to make sure not to miss out on copping another anime sneaker collab at retail, master your copping skills before release days. 

To do that, click on the button below for a full CHEAT SHEET on how to cop sneakers at retail on release day!