Yes, just like anything else sneakers can be considered art. The definition of art varies upon who the viewer deems it to be. But specifically for sneakers, artists of all kinds collaborate on different kinds of sneakers and shoes with major brands.
Nike actively recruits artists to collab with and produce different, unique shoes. Adidas does the same thing with its line of Yeezy sneakers. These sneaker brands understand artists have a specific point of view and taste that can be translated onto sneakers to create amazing new styles.
Some of the best sneaker collaborations are worth a lot of money, like the Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 1/97s for example. Here is a list of a few other sneaker collaborations with major brands that can be considered art.
- Off-White X Nike
- Kanye West X Adidas
- Kaws X Jordan
Off-White X Nike
One of the biggest artists to collaborate with Nike was Off-White, which was a brand created by the late Virgil Abloh. Certain sneakers like the Off-White X Air Jordan 1 Highs and Off-White Air Force 1s are worth thousands of dollars in resale value on the aftermarket.
These collaboration sneakers created by Off-White and Nike were designed by an artist, are bought and sold by collectors of sneakers and retain value. Out of all the collaboration sneakers on this list, Off-White X Nike shoes are worth the most and hold their value the best. They were created in limited quantities and highly sought after.
These sneakers have all the traits of art, except they are shoes.
Kanye West X Adidas
Kanye West’s Yeezy sneaker collaboration with Adidas is the most well-known sneaker art piece on this list. You’ve likely seen Yeezys worn in public before.
West, who is a self-proclaimed artist, and Adidas took the world by storm with Yeezy Boosts as they serve two purposes. They are Kanye’s works of art that also serve as comfortable footwear alternatives.
Specific pairs of Yeezys hold value well and even have increased in value over time. They are not produced in as limited quantities as other sneakers on this list. However, West’s previous sneaker collaboration with Nike, the Nike Air Yeezy, was produced in limited quantities. It’s another piece of collectable sneaker art that’s worth a lot.
Kaws X Jordan
The Air Jordan 4 Retro Kaws is a perfect example of a sneaker that’s also considered art. Brian Donnelly, known professionally as Kaws, is an American artist and designer. He was making art long before collaborating with Jordan to produce sneakers.
These limited edition Jordan 4 Retro Kaws sneakers are extremely valuable, collected by artists and sneaker enthusiasts and considered to be art by both the art and sneaker communities.
Some sneakers are considered art
Yes, it’s true some sneakers are considered art. Sneaker companies are searching for artists to collaborate with more now than ever because of the unique shoes that are produced. These collaboration sneakers are sought after by many and usually skyrocket in value.