Celebrity Sneaker Stalker Spotlight // Pharrell Williams

Apr 5, 2018 | Ian Stonebrook |

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We could talk about the hits, we could talk about the plaques, but today on his birthday we’ll stick to the kicks. Mostly known for his risky but rewarding fashion sense, how does it feel to be Pharrell“He dresses insane – but his music admire, ask Anna Wintour from Vogue and Esquire,” Skateboard P has more than earned his seat in fashion’s front row.

While recent work with adidas is getting him more cred in the sneaker realm — and well deserved — the man on the mic and behind the boards has been getting it done on the foot his whole career. In celebration of his recently released NMD collection, we offer a brand-by-brand breakdown on Pharrell’s favorite kicks in this installment of CSS Spotlight.

A Bathing Ape

A longtime friend of The General, Pharrell was incredibly influential in popularizing A Bathing Ape in the US. His early adoption of Nigo’s clothing line would pave the way for peers like the Clipse, Kanye, Jay Z and countless others to get hip to the Japanese fashion label, with BAPE soon becoming a fixture in hip-hop culture. Aside from just wearing A Bathing Ape, Pharrell collaborated with the brand on a three-pack of Roadsta sneakers.

Pharell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Purple/Green (photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images via
Pharell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Purple/Green (photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Pharrell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Red/Blue (photo by L. Caryle/WENN via
Pharrell in the Pharrell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Red/Blue (photo by L. Caryle/WENN via Style Blazer)
Pharrell in brown leather A Bathing Ape Bapestas (photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via
Pharrell in brown leather A Bathing Ape Bapestas (photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Reebok Ice Cream

Similar to the partnership between Kanye West and adidas, Pharrell teamed up with Reebok back in the mid-2000s to launch his Ice Cream clothing and footwear line. Footwear would come first, with the $200 Ice Cream Lows turning heads, followed up by the less expensive but more skate-centric Boardflip and Boardflip 2. Because of quality standard concerns, the Ice Cream clothing line never launched under Reebok but rather as its own entity. Nevertheless, P pushed and endorsed his Reebok Ice Cream sneakers on red carpets and in music videos.

Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Low (photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images via
Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Low (photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Boardflip II (photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images via
Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Boardflip II (photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Low (photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images via
Pharrell in the Reebok Ice Cream Low (photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Vans

Despite never having an official deal with Vans, Skateboard P has long proclaimed his love for the Cali brand. Viewing the shoes as an accessory and a sneaker just the same, Pharrell wore Vans on the regular while touring with N.E.R.D. and Common during his Seeing Sounds/Universal Mind Control era. The low profile silos took well to straight leg denim and slightly outfits that strike as slightly understated by Pharrell standards.

Pharrell in the Vans Authentic (photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images via
Pharrell in the Vans Authentic (photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Vans Era (photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images via
Pharrell in the Vans Era (photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Vans Old Skool
Pharrell in the Vans Old Skool (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Nike

The first footwear collaboration from Pharrell actually happened with Nike. Back in 2004, his group N.E.R.D. launched a Black/Silver take on the Dunk High as part of an artist collection that also featured designs from ESPO and even Halle Berry. He famously wore the original Nike Dunk Low “Viotech” back in the day, later proving an early adapter to Woven, Lunar and LeBron models.

Pharrell in the Nike Dunk Low "Viotech"
Pharrell in the Nike Dunk Low “Viotech”
Pharrell in the Nike Air Woven
Pharrell in the Nike Air Woven (photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Pharrell in the Nike Lunaracer
Pharrell in the Nike Lunaracer (photo via honeyee/Sneaker News)
Pharrell in the Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"
Pharrell in the Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach” (photo via Sneaker News/BBC Ice Cream Blog)
Pharrell in the LIVESTRONG x colette x Busy P x Nike Air Force 1 Low
Pharrell in the LIVESTRONG x colette x Busy P x Nike Air Force 1 Low (photo via BBC Ice Cream/Free Hustle)

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