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The 5 Best Kaws Collaborations Of All Time!

By December 12, 2023Food for thought, Sneakers

AIO Bot - Best Kaws CollaborationsSo, KAWS is the kind of artist who can’t NOT leave an impact behind wherever he goes or with whichever brand he collaborates with. However, KAWS collaborations with sneaker brands are another type of special. The kind that you read about in history books. So, read through to learn all about KAWS’ best sneaker collaborations up till now! 

Who Is KAWS? 

Brian Donnelly, AKA KAWS, is an American artist who started out in the 1990s as a background painter on animated series, like Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians. However, as he worked toward making a name for himself, the artist developed a signature tag, which he would paint on buildings in Manhattan and New Jersey. 

But being the passionate artist he is, KAWS wanted to exist and reach people in his unique way. So, he started adding cartoon figures to his paintings. After a trip to Japan, he got inspired by a cult toy and streetwear brand, Bounty Hunter. That is when he created his first-ever toy, COMPANION, which sold out instantly! 

Despite all of this success, KAWS didn’t really hit the jackpot in life until 2017, when his average sale price nearly doubled from $42,272 to $82,063. In fact, five of the artist’s pieces sold for $1 Million then! Now, it’s worth stressing out that the artist’s fame wasn’t created overnight. 

Of course, his hard work paid off throughout the years, but it was his collaborations with well-known bands, as well as his presence on social media that helped him make a name for himself. These collaborations started out in the early 2000s with brands like BAPE, directly after launching his own brand, OriginalFake. 

However, the sneaker industry also had much to do with this artist’s rise. KAWS’ collabs with sneaker giants, like Nike and Vans had reached an even greater fan base than ever before. So, why don’t we check out the best sneaker KAWS collaborations to ever drop! 

Best KAWS Collaborations

Vans Chukka Boot LX Kaws The Simpsons 

Let’s start with one of the oldest KAWS collaborations in history, the Vans Chukka Boot LX The Simpsons. This is one unforgettable collab in which the artist designed alongside Neckface and Stash. It dropped in a True White and Snorkel Blue color scheme and featured KAWS’ “Kimpsons” figures all over. 

Kaws Collaborations - Vans The Simpsons Release Date: July 14th, 2007
Retail Price: $100
Average Resale: $2,985

Air Jordan 4 Retro Kaws Cool Grey 2017

Next on the best KAWS collaborations list, we’ve got the Cool Grey Air Jordan 4 that dropped back in 2017. It featured a clean White and Cool Grey color scheme. Pretty basic? Well, you should know better, because the artist’s designs are anything but basic. You see, beauty all lies in the all-suede uppers replacing the plastic accents and the glow-in-the-dark outsole. This drop created such a hype that the police had to intervene at the in-store raffle scene in London. Some sneakerheads even hacked into Donnelly’s website to catch a pair!

Kaws Collaborations - Jordan 4 Cool GreyRelease Date: March 31st, 2017
Retail Price: $350
Average Resale: $2,419

Air Jordan 4 Retro Kaws Black 

So, the succes of the Grey Jordan 4s was epic to the point that Jordan Brand just had to drop another pair, several months later. But this time, it was a Black edition. And resale-wise? Well although not as high as the greys, the all-black pairs are currently making $1,500+ on average. 

Air Jordan 4 Retro BlackRelease Date: November 27th, 2017
Retail Price: $350
Average Resale: $1,582

Nike Blazer Low sacai KAWS 

Up next, we’ve got a three-way KAWS collaboration, including Nike and sacai. This collab didn’t know what low-key designs or monochromatic colorways are. But that’s what’s epic about it. The Nike Blazer Low sacai dropped in different color schemes. But they all had overlapping muticolored eyestayes and Swooshes that drew inspirations from KAWS’s most famous art pieces. 

Nike Blazer sacai Release Date: November 27th, 2021
Retail Price: $140
Average Resale: $103

Nike Air Force 1 Low KAWS Sky High Farm Workwear Black

Finally, we’ve got the Farm Workwear Black Nike Air Force 1. A drop that is part of the KAWS collaborations 2023 that hasn’t yet dropped! Which means, unlike all the KAWS sneakers that have been listed up till now, this one you can actually catch AT RETAIL! If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a FREE GUIDE on how to do so! What you also need to know is that it’s dropping in two colorways: Black and White. So, click here to learn more about this upcoming KAWS AF1 release. 

Nike Air Force 1 KAWS Sky High Farm Workwear BlackRelease Date: December 16th, 2023
Retail Price: NA
Average Resale: NA

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