Sample sneakers are pairs produced to test how designs look in practice and functionally perform. In the long process of bringing a sneaker from the whiteboard to store shelves, sample pairs are one of the final steps in that operation. It’s also one of the most captivating for sneakerheads, allowing consumers to engage with the ever-enticing question of “what if,” as well as baking in some inherent ultra-exclusivity. While any in the category will often become an object of fascination, samples of hyped silhouettes or collaborations can often command resale prices above 5 digits.

Just ahead you’ll find a collection of our articles regarding sample pairs from the likes of Jordan Brand, adidas, Nike and every major sneaker brand.


Don C Reveals Old Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Samples From An Old MacBook

Long before Ye was releasing $20 Yeezy Pods and creating a billion dollar category for adidas, he was collaboration with Louis Vuitton back in the...

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Up Close With The Black Air Jordan 4 SB Wear-test Sample

2023’s release of the Nike SB Air Jordan 4 was so widely celebrated, that there HAS to be another release, right? While it seems like...

By Sneaker News March 11, 2024

This Is What Albino & Preto’s Nike SB Dunk Could’ve Looked Like

Albino & Preto’s Nike SB Dunk Low introduced countless people to the world of high-quality jiu-jitsu apparel. Although neither party has revealed the complete backstory...

By Jovani Hernandez December 29, 2023

Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Olive” From Rolling Loud Festival Is Up For Auction

As the world waits for both his Jordan Jumpman Jack and Nike Attack “Cactus Jack” releases, Travis Scott has recently been linked to an auction...

By Jovani Hernandez December 13, 2023

Nike’s Unreleased “Cool Out” Concept Meant To Help With Post-Game Recovery

Since joining Instagram this past summer, legendary Nike sneaker designer Aaron Cooper has routinely dropped nuggets of knowledge across the ecosystem. From revealing the false...

By Jared Ebanks December 4, 2023

This Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 Sample Walked So The “Palomino” Retro Could Run

Houston’s Travis Scott has more than a dozen collaborations with Nike, Inc. under his belt, which almost included an Air Jordan 1 “Black Dark Mocha.”...

By Jovani Hernandez November 22, 2023

Yoon Reveals Unreleased “White/Red” AMBUSH Nike Uptempo Sample

Yoon Ahn and the rest of the AMBUSH team have been producing story-driven, fashion-forward product with NIKE, Inc. since 2018. Over the years, the partnership...

By Jovani Hernandez September 12, 2023

Bad Bunny’s Unreleased adidas Forum Buckle Low Sample Experiments With Orange Flair

Bad Bunny has taken a step back from the spotlight, but his adidas Forum Buckle Low continues to demand the spotlight. Recently, the Puerto Rican...

By Jovani Hernandez April 6, 2023

Up Close With The Rare Bad Bunny x adidas Forum Buckle Low In Yellow

Bad Bunny may have angered countless fans over the last four months with his love life, but the Puerto Rican superstar continues to treat sneaker...

By Jovani Hernandez April 5, 2023