Virgil Abloh and Nike embarked on one of the greatest and most ambitious sneaker collaborations of all time in 2017. Called "The 10," the collection featured a full range of Nike, Air Jordan, and Converse sneakers that Abloh ripped apart and rebuilt to critical and secondary market acclaim.
After the first 10 silhouettes, Abloh and Nike continued to work together on collections for the World Cup or for Serena Williams, or just random shoes for sneakerheads in general. He’s released over 50 Dunks, which made Exclusive Access a buzzword. Taken on technical running models. Done a handful of Air Jordans at this point and made the Air Force 1 a centerpiece of his work.
The designer, who was announced as the new men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton six months after his first Nike work launched, would change the way we looked at sneakers forever. He passed away at the age of 41 in November from a rare form of heart cancer. Our thoughts are with his family and those close to him.
Here’s a retrospective, ranked look at his work with Nike.
67. Off-White x Nike Zoom Mercurial
66. Off-White x Converse Chuck Taylor '70s
65. Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial 'Orange'
64. Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial 'Black'
63. Off-White x Nike Blazer Low "Black"
62. Off-White x Nike Blazer Low 'White'
61. Off-White x Nike Vapor Street "Black"
60. Off-White x Nike Vapor Street "Blue"
59. Off-White x Nike Vapor Street "Yellow"
58. Off-White Nike Zoom Tempo "Solar Red"
57. Off-White x Nike Air Zoom Tempo "Black/Green"
56. Off-White x Nike Air Zoom Tempo "Pink Glow"
55. Off-White x Nike Court Flare Serena
Getting to design a sneaker for Serena Williams is a huge achievement. Especially something that’s made to be worn on court. In 2018 for the 50th U.S. Open, Abloh outfitted Williams with clothing and sneakers to wearing at Flushing Meadows. The Flare 2, a pefromane sneaker with a sock upper, was one of Abloh’s deepest moves into performance product, whereas the majority of his work was done on now-lifestyle models. The tennis sneakers sat along with an Air Max 97 and a Blazer High, both which will be featured later on in this list. With so much Nike work to his name, it’s almost easy to forget that he did a collection for Serena Williams. But how do you forget something as monumental as a Serena Williams collection. GOAT meets GOAT.
54. Off-White x Nike Rubber Dunk "University Gold"
53. Off-White x Nike Rubber Dunk "University Blue"
52. Off-White x Nike Rubber Dunk "Green Strike"
51. Off-White x Nike Waffle Racer "White"
50. Off-White x Nike Waffle Racer "Blue"
49. Off-White x Nike Waffle Racer "Black/Pink"
48. Off-White x Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 5 "Black"
47. Off-White x Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 5 "White"
46. Off-White x Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 5 "Green"
45. Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Mid "White"
44. Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Mid "Black"
43. Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly 'Pink'
42. Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly 'Black'
41. Off-White x Nike Air Force 1'Volt'
40. Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 "Black"
39. Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 'Menta'
38. Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 'Black'
37. Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 'Black'
36. Off-White x Nike Air VaporMax 'White'
35. Off-White x Nike Air VaporMax 'Black'
34. Off-White x Nike Blazer 'Grim Reaper'
33. Off-White x Nike React Hyperdunk 'The Ten'
32. Off-White x Nike Blazer 'Hallow's Eve'
31. Off-White x Nike Air Presto 'Black'
30. Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 "Desert Ore"
29. Off-White x Nike Blazer 'Serena'
Off-White x Air Jordan 2 Low "Black/Blue"
As for now, this is Abloh’s swan song. His final sneaker released while he was still here with us. And it was a beautiful thing to see. The Air Jordan 2 Low, a somewhat maligned shoe over the years. Not just the Low, but the 2 in general. Although it has had some highlights (collaborations with Don C, Doernbecher, etc.), it’s viewed as the most forgettable of the original Air Jordans, and it’s the sneaker that almost made MJ leave the brand all together. But Abloh’s spin on the shoe, taking a vintage pair from Michael Jordan’s archive, complete with a dry-rotted sole, and recreating it on a scanned midsole, complete with Jordan’s signature, felt special. It was masterful execution. Every attention to detail was paid. The white/red colorway is better than the black/blue, and I think time will favor it in the long run. But the overall story is there with this shoe. Thanks, Virgil.
28. Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "White/Green"
27. Off White x Nike Dunk Low "UNLV"
26. Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "Michigan"
25. Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "2-49"
24. Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 'The Ten'
23. Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly 'The Ten'
22. Off-White x Nike Air VaporMax 'The Ten'
This shoe looks nothing like your standard pair of Nike VaporMaxes, and that’s awesome. Nothing against that model, it did its thing in the lifestyle sector and helped the brand combat Boost at the time. But Abloh’s VaporMax proved that he could turn the ordinary into something special. The black bubble, the protruding tongue, the white laces. All of it fit.