here's 7 anime inspired collabs that you need to know
Even the most unique interests come with an entire community of fans. Social media lets us access new interests on the daily and gives fandom communities the chance to enter the mainstream, even creating spaces for different groups to collab their passions.
As Anime and Manga have been working side by side in streetwear circles for a while now, it’s a surprise that the streetwear culture has taken so long to catch up. Creativity and visuals are the fuel behind both of the cultural communities, so you best believe that their mashups are dope enough to penetrate the mainstream. Not to mention, the frequent use of high-quality, durable materials like leather in these collabs ensures they're here to stay with creations that can last a lifetime ― including the freshest drops like Nike's 2020 "Doraemon" in celebration of the anime's 50 year anniversary of worldwide popularity.
Scroll for a few of our favorite anime-inspired pairs that you'll want to add to your collection. And while you're at it, put your sneakerhead skills to the test and see how many 1st edition kicks you can find in the '90s basketball inspired manga 'Slam Dunk' ― one of the all-time best-selling series that pays homage to the golden era of basketball culture (and all the timeless styles that come with it).
Adidas ZX 500 Dragon Ball Z Son Goku
"Goku might've had an abundance of power, but did he have plenty of swag?" The eye-catching, on-brand vibrant colors of this mashup suggest yes. Bright orange and cobalt blue in smooth suede are fittingly complemented by lightning-style fringe and the recognizable Adidas stripes.
Naruto x COPA 19.1 TR ADV UltraBoost 'Hatake Kakashi'
Adidas goes anime again, inspired by Naruto character Hatake Kakashi. Like the character himself, the pair uses a more muted color palette of navy and silver that can blend into any everyday out, but with clean lines and a recognizable clan logo on the back that reveal the style's roots.
Fila x Pokemon
You don't have to be an avid anime watcher to recognize the cute & electrically charged star of this collab. This collection by Fila features a clean low-top pair for all of your Pokemon faves, from gentle Jigglypuff to fiery Charmander ― plus the build uses leather and waterproof material, so you can adventure in the pair you pick for years to come.
Nike SB Dunk High "Doraemon"
Your fave swoosh got an upbeat, vibrant upgrade in honor of the spunky anime cat Doraemon. The show's carefree attitude and bright personality show through vibrant blues that match the character himself, complemented with bright red and yellow accents.
Asics x Footpatrol Gel-Saga Gundam
Inspired by the Mobile Suit Gundam series, this collab complements the versatile cream suede overlays and mesh uppers with electrifying titanium blue accents that'll def make you feel powerful. Plus with a cushioning EVA Midsole, you'll be ready to take on any hero-worthy adventure.
361° x Mobile Suit Gundam
Another design inspired by the Mobile Suit Gundam series, this ultra-futuristic looking pair borrows its vibrant color scheme from the show's classic RX-78-2 robot character. The retro looking technical shape and dynamic lines look as though you could run straight into the show's universe with this pair.
Skechers X One Piece - D'Lites 3.0
A collab between the world's best selling manga series and one of the biggest athletic footwear brands is sure to be in high demand, which the constant sell out of these kicks proves. They come with a classic chunky style and genuine leather accents.
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