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Sneakers Unofficially Inspired By Pop Culture Icons

June 3rd, 2014 by / 24

Sneaker designers have pulled in outside sources for inspiration when coloring up a pair of shoes. Perhaps the most memorable one done as an official partnership between two brands is the Nike Zoom KD IV “Nerf” of 2011, in which the limited edition sneaker was packaged in a sick shoe box that doubled as an official Nerf basketball court of portable proportions. However, these team-ups on paper are truly rare because of all the legal issues, costs to obtain rights, and other collateral annoyances that could potentially hinder the production, but that hasn’t stopped brands from presenting their ideas and letting the public decide on their own.

Today’s unveiling of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low is the perfect example of a release with a clear inspiration, but with an ambiguous involvement of a second party. While Kobe himself said that an upcoming sneaker of his would be inspired by the King of Pop, Nike never made any mention of Michael’s name. This isn’t the first time an anonymous yet obvious connection has been presented to us before, right? Does Nike LeBron IV “Sugar Snack” or Reebok Shaq Attaq “Friends of the Program” ring a bell? Check out this quick rundown of some iconic sneakers unofficially inspired by pop culture icons and let us know if you have any personal stories for any of the shoes.

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Secular Human
Secular Human

The Fresh Prince inspiration was done first by Adidas in the Rose 3.0, and Nike did a Kobe 5 makeup referencing the late, great musician Miles Davis as well.


the list needs the marge simpson dunks.

Anthony Delsa
Anthony Delsa

Lol apparently none of you read the articles


were there lawsuits on any of these, im always wondered?


Nike SB Dunk Low "Heineken" would've been dope if they were AF1's. (Might as well just do it since that is what Nike told me to do literally.)


try reading first clown, this aint one of your coloring books.

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