The Best Denim-Inspired Sneakers

A fashion staple for all, denim is the quintessential part of one’s wardrobe, a sneakerhead’s even more so. Over the last few years, brands have been quick to take notice of this fact and have created icons that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also varied in their use of the fabric in unique ways. Some of the best denim-inspired sneakers are:

NIKE SB DUNK LOW REESE FORBES DENIM

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Wrapping up Nike SB’s historic launch year, Reese Forbes collaborated with Nike for the second time. With the help of fellow skater Natas Kaupas, the two created one of the rarest SB. The sneaker is made of two shades of indigo denim across the upper while the midsole is white and red outsole. Near the stiching , the pieces of denim are frayed giving this sneaker a little more character. Released in December 2002, this sneaker was limited to 444 pairs worldwide.

VANS X FDMTL SLIP ON

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Japanese brand FDMTL teamed up with Vans in a very special 10-year anniversary collaborative effort. Using Japanese traditional aesthetics in patchwork production, FDMTL layered the slip-on with Okayama sourced indigo blue fabrics, with a subtle contrast in yarn and embroidery choices. Custom outer tag and insole add a nice touch that complete a box specifically made for the project.

RONNIE FIEG x ASICS GEL LYTE III “SELVEDGE DENIM”

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Dropped in December 2012, the shoe commemorated the one year anniversary of Ronnie Fieg’s KITH boutique in New York. Inspired by America’s history of hard work and KITH NYC’s classic infrastructure, the dark indigo denim upper is paired with white and red contrasts via the branding with blue and white laces.

 

NIKE LEBRON 8 JAMES DEAN DENIM

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The Nike Lebron 8 “denim” was designed by Dj Clark Kent limited to only 40 pairs that were gifted exclusively to friends and family back in August 2011. It features a dark indigo denim upper and gum rubber soles inspired by actor James Dean, who heloed define an era whith his classic American look.

NIKE DUNK LOW PRO SB MEDICOM 2

Released in January 2005, this was Medicom’s second collaboration with Nike. This sneakers was limited to 200 pairs and came with a baekub city bag and a collectors card validating authenticity.

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