January 17th, 2014 by Aaron Hope
Unreleased sneakers are a class of rare footwear the serious enthusiast recognizes as a way to set yourself apart from the ever growing sneakerhead masses. Rare limited edition shoes that never even hit store shelves have become one of the key ways to demonstrate your passion and status within the community. On occasion, these hard to get styles are too good not to release at retail, and here we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most significant unreleased kicks that eventually earned that elusive official release date.
This trend has seen a marked uptick since around 2010, which also happens to be a turning point around which the internet sneaker culture really established itself. These past few years have welcomed unexpected changes in the industry, and the demand for certain rare collectors items to be made available to the public is one that is very easy to understand. In the words Fab Fiver Jalen Rose, a sneaker influencer in his own right, you’ve “Got to give the people what they want!” Here are some of the best examples of once elusive styles becoming more accessible, compiled for you below.