The weather is getting cold and wet, fallen leaves are lining the streets and it won’t be long until we see carved out pumpkins lit with candles announcing the arrival of Halloween. While the coffee industry has Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the world of sneakers has seasonal colorways. We look back at some of our favorite Halloween releases.
Reebok Question Mid „Ankle Reaper“ (2020)
At first glance, the Reebok Question Mid released for Halloween in 2020 looks like an understated retro of Allen Iverson’s first signature sneaker. But there is more to the pair than the small tombstone graphic on the heel to commemorate all the broken ankles. Underneath the surface, the tear-away upper reveals a colorful abstract pattern while the insole is haunted by ghosts.
adidas Crazy 8 „Ballin Dead“ (2015)
In 2015, adidas made an effort to stand out with a three pack of Halloween kicks for its basketball line. Among the Ballin’ Dead Pack was a Crazy 8, Kobe’s first signature sneakerfrom 1997, featuring a cartoonish pink brain matter print with reflective details and a glow-in-the-dark outsole.
Le Coq Sportif R800 & R1000 „Fear Pack“ (2016)
With the customary Jack O’Lantern inspired colorways presented for Halloween year after year, Le Coq Sportif chose a more unique approach with the Fear Pack in 2016. Going for creepy rather than spooky, the R800 and R1000 runners haunt you with a scary doll and clown lurking underneath the transparent outsole.
Nike SB Dunk „Freddy Krueger“ (2007)
One of the most notorious Nike SB Dunks, the Freddy Krueger designed by Todd Bratrud, the artist behind some of the greatest SB Dunk concepts, was never released. Inspired by the antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street horror film series with references to Freddy Krueger’s knit striped sweater and metal-clawed leather glove, the release was supposedly cancelled because of legal issues and all but a few surviving pairs were destroyed.
Nike SB Dunk „Dia de Los Muertos“ (2006)
Designed by Christian Salinas Medina, this Dunk SB draws from Mexican heritage to celebrate the Day of the Dead. A mix of premium materials in seasonal colors on top of a translucent sole, the upper features a depiction of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec God of the Underworld. Even though technically not a Halloween release, this pair from 2006 was one of the first seasonal sneakers from Nike.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Skeleton (2018)
In 2018, Nike reimagined the iconic all-white Air Force 1 for Halloween by painting a skeleton of a foot on the sides of the upper and the insoles. The glow-in-the-dark outsole adds to the spooky appeal of the pair.