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Image via NikeLab

Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 x Pedro Lourenco

Performance meets: High fashion
Best for: Running

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Pedro Lourenco is one of Brazil's brightest young designers. For this version of the Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4, Nike mirrored Lourenco’s couture aesthetic in crafting a shoe suitable for both the track and the runway. Equipped with Nike's Free technology and Flywire support, Laurenco's touch can be found in the sneaker's reflective finish and satin sockliner.


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Asics x Footpatrol Gel Kayano 

Performance meets: Streetwear
Best for: Training

With collaborations with KITH, Bodega and CNCPTS already under its belt, Asics has become one of the go to brands for sneaker collaborations. In partnering with Footpatrol, Asics has crafted the ideal late autumn sneaker. The shoe features an olive suede green upper with khaki and black accents inspired by the canvas bags and outerwear pieces worn in the military. As many of you already know, the Gel Kayano trainer was the sneaker that laid the groundwork for one of Asics' most successful line of running shoes.


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adidas Freak x Kevlar

Performance meets: Science
Best for: Football

For a proper tribute to the troops during Military Appreciation Month, adidas designed the Freak x Kevalr cleat by using canvas material and Velcro patches inspired by the uniforms, combat boots and backpacks used by the armed forces. The Three Stripes partnered with DuPont by incorporating a Kevlar fiber reinforced plate into the cleat's 5-Star Frame for for an optimal blend of lightweight, strength and traction.


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afew x Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

Performance meets: European style
Best for: Running

Düsseldorf’s afew recently celebrated its five-year anniversary and to celebrate the German sneaker retailer added some premium detailing to the Nike Flyknit Lunar 2. A leather swoosh, a red leather tongue, and black suede accents give a luxurious feel to one of Nike's most popular running shoes. With only 15 pairs made in total, the shoe is as exclusive as it gets, which explains the rather hefty price tag.


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Image via SneakerNews

Poler x Nike SB Trainerendor

Performance meets: Northwestern influence
Best for: Skateboarding and hiking

The Nike Trainerendor's actual purpose is a bit of a mystery. While it falls under the Nike SB umbrella, the shoe is mostly designed for the mountains and trails. The shoe's sticky rubber outsole features both climbing and descending patterns for excellent traction for use both on the trail and at the skatepark. For this collaboration, Nike's fellow Oregon inhabiters Poler added a touch of burnt orange and brown to give the shoe an earthy feel.


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The Mita x New Balance MT580 “Battle of Surfaces”

Performance meets: Sporting goods
Best for: 
Trail running and tennis

Mita is known as the king of the New Balance MT580 collaboration and "The Battle of the Surfaces"colorway may just top all of their previous takes on the classic trail runner. Mita took the iconic New Balance sneaker and basically turned it into a tennis ball with a neon yellow felt upper and a white Revlite cushioned midsole.

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Kith, Collette, Alife and Bape x Puma evoSpeed

Performance meets: Streetwear
Best for: Soccer

We had a hard time figuring out which of these collaborations with Puma to include on this list, so we just figured we'd include them all. To celebrate the World Cup in style this past summer, Puma partnered with leading street wear brands Kith, Collette, Alife and Bape in crafting a pack of limited evoSPEED soccer boots that basically shut down the Internet. Each cleat was designed with the purpose of evoking the collaborating brand's sense of style and received its very own release date.


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Nike Roshe LD-1000 By Fragment

Performance meets: Streetwear
Best for: Running

For this collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara's Fragment Design imprint, Nike reinvented the classic LD-1000 runner by adding Roshe NM tooling. Debuting in 1976, the LD-1000 was one of Nike's first nylon long-distance running shoes. Due to the popularity of this collaboration, Nike released additional "Varisty Royal" and "Varisty Maize" colorways of the 2014 update.


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Image via adidas

Yohji Yamamoto x adidas Adizero F50

Performance meets:  Avant-garde aesthetic
Best for: Soccer

Yohji Yamamoto drifted away from his usual Y-3 line with adidas for this eye-popping soccer collection that was prominently featured during Real Madrid's Champions League run. Among the players who wore these Japanese imperial lion dog adoring boots were Real's Kareem Benzema and Gareth Bale. To celebrate the collab, the Japanese master tailor also designed an accompanying third jersey for Real Madrid.


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NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 "Black Cement" by Jordan

Performance meets: Performance
Best for: Tennis

How could you top a collaboration combing arguably the greatest to ever play their sport? After the "White Cement" version was such a hit, Nike teamed up with Jordan Brand once again to bring us a "Black Cement" colorway of the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3. Elements of the iconic Air Jordan III like the black leather upper, iconic elephant print and Nike Air branding have been applied to Roger Federer's Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 silhouette making for an instant classic.

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