It’s hard to imagine what the world of streetwear would look like without Supreme. Since its inception in 1994, the brand has gone from an independent skate store to a global fashion powerhouse. Over the past quarter of a century, the little skate store on Lafayette Street has transformed what exactly streetwear is. Its partnerships with some of the largest brands on the planet have always ensured that it keeps up to date whilst maintaining its individuality. However, one partnership has always been stronger than others.
There are fewer relationships in the sneaker community better respected than Supreme and Nike’s. Furthermore, there are fewer relationships in the sneaker community that create as much hype as Supreme and Nike’s. For 18 years, the two have worked together and introduced the wider world to sneakers that have since become the thing of legend. With that in mind, we thought it was about time to pick the top 10 Supreme x Nike collaborations of all time.
There have been more than 30 Supreme Nike collabs, meaning picking just 10 was tough. However, we’ve put together a list that we are sure that you’ll agree with our list. Without further delay, let’s take a look at the best Supreme x Nike collaborations.
10. Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High (2015)
Kicking this list off is the second Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 collaboration of all time. By 2014, Supreme fans had become used to seeing a Nike collaboration pop up once a year. Though Air Force 1 collaborations were scarce (only one had happened before), the thought of one had sneakerheads riddled with excitement.
FW14 saw Supreme and Nike team up on the Air Force 1 High in a trio of colours. Dropping in two simple monochromatic versions and a brand coloured version, these were an instant hit. Details such as “World Famous” across the strap and a ’94 on heel added to the sneakers hype. If that wasn’t enough, a large embossed “Supreme” is across the back of the sneakers, with the insole using the brand’s famous logo too.
9. Supreme x Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+
Nike’s Flyknit technology truly revolutionised the sneaker industry. Constructed using a specific combination of yarn and fabric variations, Flyknit makes for a completely seamless upper that is both light and sturdy. Released in 2012, Flyknit was unveiled on the world stage at the Olympics and quickly became a pair that sneakerheads wanted to know more about.
In 2013, Supreme was given the opportunity to put its twist on the Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+. For sneakerheads, it was the first time that they saw Supreme move away from traditional skate models. A simple grey and black upper featured a large Supreme logo across the midfoot, with a mini Swoosh at the heel. The tongue tab includes Nike’s famous Swoosh with a small box logo underneath. Retailing at €150, the Supreme x Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ quickly rose well above that.
8. Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low (2012)
2012 marked a big year for European Supreme fans, and for good reason. After over 10 years, the brand was finally opening a store in London. It meant a store opening box logo, finally the chance to get Supreme in Europe and a number of exclusive releases. For those who remember Supreme in 2002, however, they knew 2012 was big for a different reason.
Nike and Supreme celebrated the 10th anniversary of their first-ever collaboration; the Nike SB Dunk Low. Taking queues from its already memorable predecessor, Supreme and Nike kept the famous cement print across the upper. A bright red leather upper was contrasted with a black Nike Swoosh, black laces and a red mesh tongue. The lace tag also featured “World Famous” as well as a small box logo.These quickly disappeared on release date and hit the resell market soon after.
7. Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 (2012)
2012 was certainly a big year for Supreme, with multiple Nike collabs now happening. The brand had continued to grow and was close to celebrating its 20th anniversary. It was also the first time that Supreme had worked with Nike on an Air Force 1, which made for crazy results.
Not ones to go with tradition, Supreme created three unique Air Force 1s which are still highly collectable. Using a canvas base across all three iterations, subtle black and a khaki version were created. Those looking to stand out (or blend in) were given a full camouflage option. Each sneaker came with a small box logo on the heel, as well as using a white midsole with a gum sole.
6. Supreme x Air Jordan 5 (2015)
When rumours began circulating that Supreme would be teaming up with Jordan Brand towards the latter half of 2015, the sneaker community almost erupted. Though details were very scarce, there was enough information floating around that ensured that fans of both Supreme and Jordan were confident it would drop. In order to confirm that the collab was, in fact, incoming, Supreme recruited Michael Jordan himself to pose in a co-branded T-shirt. The sneaker world was alight.
Supreme had chosen the Air Jordan 5 as the chosen silhouette, opting away from what many thought would be a 1, 3 or 4. A Black Metallic and White Metallic were chosen, as well as a sand camouflage option. Subtle details like “Sup” in the mesh and a ’94 on the heel let fans know what was up. An icy sole also used a co-branded logo combination which made for excellent results.
5. Supreme x Nike Air Max 98
It’s hard to fathom why it took nearly 15 years for Nike and Supreme to finally work on an Air Max model, but it was definitely worth the wait. 2015 saw the introduction of arguably one of the most sought after Air Max 98 collections of all time, thanks to Supreme.
Although many would have expected Supreme to opt for an Air Max 1 or an Air Max 90, Supreme doesn’t do what people think. Four unique 98s were made, three of which featured patent leather and a mesh combo. The eye-catching snakeskin pair was the clear winner though. Supreme branding on the toe, as well as “World Famous” on the heel, made for a selection of 98s no one would forget in a hurry.
The Supreme x Nike Air Max 98s would start the Air Max collaborations between the two. Kick things off with a bang, right?
4. Supreme x Nike Foamposite (2014)
There are fewer shoes on the list that managed to incite a riot. Supreme and Nike’s long and illustrious relationship had seen it work on various silhouettes. In 2014, it was announced that Supreme and Nike would work on the Foamposite; one of the most divisive shoes in both the world of sneakers and basketball. However, as you’ve probably noticed, Supreme likes a challenge.
Two pairs of Supreme Foamposites were created, a black pair and a red pair. Both adorned a large gold baroque pattern across the upper, with subtle Supreme branding was placed in the pattern. The tongue tag replaced the usual Foamposite logo in favour of a small Supreme box logo. As well as the sneakers, a clothing capsule also released, giving fans the chance to go full Supreme on their outfit.
The New York Police Department shut down the Supreme x Nike Foamposite drop on Lafayette Street due to the number of people. RIP instore releases for those in the Big Apple.
3. Supreme x Nike Dunk (2003)
After the roaring success of the Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low in 2002, the box logo brand was back working with the Swoosh again on a high top version of the silhouette. Whilst many had expected Supreme to use the same low top model as the previous version, Supreme opted for a high top with excellent results.
Three versions of the sneaker were made, giving fans a wide variety of choice. Syracuse and UNC colourways were produced, with a royal red finishing the trio off. Each featured a white base, as well as gold stars across the midfoot. A large Supreme lace dubrae took pride of place on the toe, with a white mesh tongue and gold Nike logo rounding the shoe off.
Even now, 17 years later, these are one of the greatest Nike Dunks of all time.
2. Supreme x Nike Blazer (2006)
Supreme has created some luxury Nike sneakers, but fewer come close than these Blazers. In 2006, Supreme joined forces with Nike yet again to drop a trio of sneakers, this time opting for one of the oldest in the brands history. Taking a premium approach to the shoes, Supreme crafted three perfect shoes.
Featuring quilted leather, as well as faux snakeskin leather Swooshes, the Supreme x Nike Blazers were like nothing anyone had seen before. Gold detailing on the heel, as well as a sleek pattern down the back, made these perfect. A crisp white midsole let the upper do all the talking, and for good reason. Dropping in white, red and black, these are one of the best Supreme sneakers ever made.
- Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low
Simply put, this is the greatest Supreme x Nike shoe of all time. Yes, it may be the first and yes, it may be nearly 20 years old. However, the importance of this shoe is simply undeniable. It was the first time for many sneakerheads that they had come across Supreme at all. Given the hype that surrounded Dunks in the early 2000s, it is no surprise that Supreme managed to hit such a winning formula.
Supreme was the first company in history to put Nike’s cement print on another shoe. The use of premium leather on the base, as well as the chunky midsole, made these shoes perfect for skaters and sneakerheads alike. This shoe turned the sneaker community onto Supreme and it is now richer for it. It may have been tough picking the other nine sneakers on this list, but there was only ever one number one in mind.