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Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations

Over the last few years, Sneaker Collaborations have become one of, if not the hottest trend in sneakers. We all love to see our favorite shop team up with a manufacturer and drop some serious heat. Everything from mild to wild, from exclusive to general release, has stemmed from the collaborative efforts of stores and manufacturers.

We’ve recently seen one of the biggest and boldest collab projects come to a close, the Adidas aZX Project. Which got us wondering, what shops have had the best collaborations of all time? We took into account things like, variety of companies worked with, shoe popularity, creativity, and number of collaborations. So if your favorite isn’t on the list, let us know why you think it should, and maybe your own list, after you check out the list of our top Store Collaborations to date.

#10 – DQM

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations

Dave’s Quality Meat (DQM) lands at number 10 on our list. This NYC hot spot got on the creative start before they even opened up when Dave Ortiz transformed an old butcher shop into a sneaker store while keeping the theme of the space’s former business. If you have seen inside the store, you know exactly what we are talking about.

In September, to celebrate their 5th year in business, they dropped the DQM x Nike Sportswear Dunk, a collaboration with the freshly formed Nike Sportswear. Some of their collab work with Nike include a trio of Blazers, and Air Max 90’s, appropriately named Bacon’s.?? While their Nike collaborations may be their best, their work with Vans, Converse, and Adidas should definitely not be overlooked.

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations
DQM x Nike Air Max 90

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations
DQM x Nike Sportswear Dunks

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations
DQM x Nike Blazer

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations
DQM x Nike Blazer

Sneaker Collabs - Hottest Store Collaborations
DQM x Adidas ZX 90

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  • Phoenix

    First! Oink?!

  • dakilro

    number one should be supreme followed by huf then stussy I hate alife don’t know how they made it to umber 2

  • Iamnolongerjasonbourne

    i have no words… and the “first” crap is getting OLD, man…!!

  • Iamnolongerjasonbourne

    except that those UNDFTD IV’s look sick, just freakin’ sick!!! wish i had a pair… whew..!!! just sick i tell you.

  • Montes

    No Stashs’ !?!?!

  • jibbycanoe

    NiceKicks. how about you just add the first comment everytime so this “first” crap can stop. oh wait, then these kids will start claiming second..

  • jibbycanoe

    good read. everytime I see those solebox NBs in cool mint I drool

  • zoom

    Love the list. The ranking may be a little out of order for my tastes, but I can see why the colabs were chosen.
    I’ll be keeping my eye on this.

  • Joseph

    When supreme does a Jordan 4 then they can be #1. I know exactly why Matt chose UNDFTD as #1 because of their diverse choices for collabos.

  • Dan Love

    Not that Beams are big hitters like these guys, but I love my black Huarache Lights as much as any other sneaker I own. True 97s are another great overlooked collab sneaker.

  • D

    The only disagreement you have from me is take Colette off and replace them with Bodega. I also think Commonwealth could have got an honorable mention. I’m still looking for those Reebok’s they dropped but I guess they couldn’t be in there because I’m not sure what else they did.

  • PifMan

    All dem Mita shoes are awful. they look like i vomited some skittles and the vomit got on the kicks.

  • p_lai

    stash is an artist not a store

  • DaFre$hOne


  • emmanuelabor

    to me, Atmos should be WAY higher on the list

  • $keet$

    Them supreme sb trainers are probable one of my all time favorite kicks.

  • TheJumpmanFrontman

    The only thing wrong with the list is how did Alife grab the #2 spot? Both HUF and Supreme have better colabs..

  • Nice Kicks

    Whether one likes Alife or not, you have to remember that they were one of the first spots to collaborate on kicks. Also, all of their work does not have the great assistance of a swoosh.

    I knew there would be many who would disagree with the order, but that’s ok. Frankly, no 2 people out of 10 are going to assemble the same 1-10 order, but I think giving recognition to the best shops is what counts.

    Thanks for all the comments. Praise or hate, we are happy with both 😛

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  • freshy

    huf shoulda been first nd dqm in 10’th? can you say cold… at least top 5, although i would love to see a dqmxnike sb collabo

  • clewin

    love this! appreciate the background info-u really know your stuff!

  • 2dollabillyall

    cant believe u forgot about stash!

  • lilrip133

    HUF shouldve been in front of supreme and i think ALIFE shouldve been number one instead of two. Supreme collabs are 99% hype 1% beauty. like the supreme dunk hi’s, other than the baby blue cw, are downright ugly. and the lows are atrocious. Huf puts out quality collabs every time

  • greenmaker24

    undftd and supreme have had the best collabs

  • dsdkjf


  • yeah whatever…

    “love this! appreciate the background info-u really know your stuff!”

    If that were true, you’d know that the first two pics, of what you claim to be huf designed,are not. Ask anyone at nike.
    Yes they have the earthquake pattern. But the earthquake pattern is no more than cement print if I were to erase a few lines. LOL.

  • yeah whatever…

    alife #2? ahead of supreme??? supreme should be first, undftd 2nd. who made this list?

  • A

    DQM at number 10?! That doesn’t make much sense. I feel they deserve to be much higher. They haven’t had many bad collaborations, and there is a large variety between all of their collaborations.
    Why is Mita even on there? All of their collaborations have looked like crap, except for the AF1’s.

  • rising_tied

    Not a big fan of Solebox or Alife, but the list was dope… Thanks for throwin all this together for us

  • Adamyo

    Wheres BODEGA boston BODEGA should mos deff be there

  • lewspeed

    good list, well formulated…. solebox has more appeal

  • ed

    premiumgoods should get some recognition for the “PG zoom atomic kobe 1”

  • The Count

    wuz up where is stash or futura or medicom or even sbtg

  • Filmoetonyc

    undftd is #1 but alife is not #2 Supreme then Huf. Hands down!

  • Nice Kicks

    We did not forget about Stash or Futura for all of those who are whining. I don’t know about you guys, but I have never heard of a store called “Stash”, but I sure do know an artist that goes by that name.

    Hang tight kiddos, hang tight.

  • Dee

    Only thing might be missing is PATTA (Amsterdam represent). Or is that too local. They had the sick AM1’s. Some Crazy Asics and some other stuff…

  • still kickin it

    i was wandering why alife beat out supreme haha but thanks to matt i understand his reasoning

    but i was completely oblivious that atmos made atmos print court force haha

  • e

    the supreme blazer callabo with gucci inspired lining on the back of the shoe and quilted leather are the best of all time so how is supreme not number 1

  • OG Kush

    As much as some people hate Supreme, their work with Nike has been nothing short of outstanding.

  • yeah whatever…

    “Huf puts out quality collabs every time.”
    makes me throw up a little.

  • http://yahoo nauti kid

    where can i buy some of these?

  • MUFC

    Ehh pretty much all of ALIFE’s collabs are weak, even if they were one of the first to start collabs it doesn’t mean anything when they suck. But I guess beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

  • BKost

    I agree with UNDFTD for number 1, I think mita and solebox need to be higher. Huf and Supreme need to go way down.

  • rocky lobs thats a court force, not a terminator holmes

  • http://nicekicks nautykka

    i lve the adidas thay are nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i think my mom is going to buy them for christmasor my birthday.

  • Dixon Syder

    personally being a JIV fan there’s no way UNDFTD could lose but seeing the Public Enemy Vans Hi are Supremes just upped them huge IMO. I like Alife but for everything the Mike Changs brought to the game the Asic Gels take away…those were straight pride!
    Big Dix

  • FlyySkyy

    nice list… but Supreme shoulda been #1, followed by Stussy, then HUF.. lol but at lest they all top 5

  • Super Lausy

    Nice Selection, but what happened to the XJ900’s or Trax’s?

  • Suwoop

    Daves quality meat??????????????????????

  • Dunkkid23

    I really disagree with this. supreme had better collabs in my opinion.

  • alex

    wow , alife ahead of supreme, huf and stussy is a shame. i dont like a single Alife collab. they should have been 6-7 tops

  • DrunkenTiger

    Look at the Asics ;]

  • DrunkenTiger

    Alife x Asics Gel Lite 3…


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