The 60 Best Photos Featured In Sole Collector Magazine // #SoleDecade

The best photos, samples and exclusives featured in the magazine over the last ten years.

words // Nick DePaula

photography by Steve Mullholand, Kevin Roberts, Alex "Retrokid" Wang, Zac Dubasik, Vincent Clervi, Nick DePaula & Logan Carrington

Our last ten years have been nothing short of amazing.

Whether it was pulling up to Tracy McGrady's mansion for our first ever celebrity cover shoot, showing Penny Hardaway the Half Cent for the first time, or going behind-the-scenes with Tinker Hatfield, Eric Avar, Ken Link, Jason Petrie and countless other designers as they created footwear that would change the industry, we've seen it all over the past decade.

Now, to cap off our celebration of the Sole Decade, we'd like to showcase the 60 best photos ever featured in Sole Collector Magazine. From once-in-a-lifetime images of Kanye West working on the first Air Yeezy in the Innovation Kitchen, to Tinker Hatfield's letter that would go on to birth the entire Cross Training category, enjoy a dive into some of the gems we've been thrilled to cover through the years.

Let us know your favorites in the comments section below, and we can't wait to see what our next 10 years has in store.


Issue 1 // Cover Shot


Issue 1 // Slick Rick's Collection


Issue 2 // Laser Air Force 1 by Mark Smith


Issue 3 // Tracy McGrady Cover


Issue 3 // Original Nike Mag + Hoverboard


Issue 5 // Jojo Castillo's Foamposite Collection


Issue 6 // Ken Link's Nike Zoom LeBron II Sketch


Issue 7 // Spike Lee's "He Got Game" Film Slate


Issue 8 // Kanye West's "College Dropout" Nike Air Max 180 Exclusive


Issue 10 // Gentry Humphrey's Office


Issue 11 // Michael Jordan's Original Air Jordan XI Low PE


Issue 11 // Jamie Cloud


Issue 11 // Michael Jordan's Air Jordan XI Low PE


Issue 12 // The Embrace


Issue 13 // Dwyane Wade 


Air Force 1 Issue // Turtle's "Entourage" Nike Air Force 1


Air Force 1 Issue // Chi McBride's "VIBE" PEs


Issue 22 // Gentry Humphrey's Samples


Issue 22 // Air Jordan XX3 "Titanium" 


Issue 22 // Michael Jordan Viewing XX3 Samples


Issue 22 // Gentry Humphrey's Samples


Issue 22 // Tinker Hatfield


Issue 23 // Ken Link's Office


Issue 24 // Steve's Burberry Suit


Issue 25 // Clark Werner's "Focus: Street" Wedding Photo


Issue 25 // Penny Hardaway


Issue 25 // Penny Hardaway's Court


Issue 26 // Early Nike Innovation Kitchen Flywire Prototype


Issue 27 // Jordan Motorsports VI + Bike


Issue 29 // Air Yeezy Cover


Issue 29 // Kanye West In The Nike Innovation Kitchen


Issue 29 // Kanye West Receiving Air Yeezy Sample While On Tour


Issue 29 // Mark Smith's Destroyed Air Yeezy Prototype


Issue 30 // Bo Jackson


Issue 30 // Jerry Rice's Super Bowl Ring


Issue 30 // Tinker Hatfield's Air Trainer Inspiration Letter To Mark Parker


Issue 31 // Jason Petrie With Nike LeBron VII 3D Part


Issue 32 // Eric Avar & Kobe Bryant


Issue 33 // Tinker Hatfield & Mark Smith


Issue 33 // Air Jordan 2010


Issue 34 // Nike Zoom Talaria


Issue 34 // Rasheed Wallace


Issue 34 // Nike "McFly" Hyperdunk Group


Issue 34 // Nike Heel Logos


Issue 34 // Jordan CMFT 11 x Sole Collector


Issue 35 // Evan Turner's First Visit To China


Issue 37 // Air Jordan 2011


Issue 37 // Tinker Hatfield's Air Jordan XX3 PE


Issue 37 // Nike x Sole Collector Santa Monica Event Display


Issue 38 // Derrick Rose 


Issue 38 // Penny Hardaway Sees Nike x Sole Collector "Orlando" Zoom Rookie For First Time


Issue 39 // Nike Foamposite One "Shooting Stars" PE


Issue 40 // Nike LeBron 8 "Miami Nights" Mid Sample 


Issue 41 // Nate Robinson


Issue 41 // Allen Iverson Relaunches The Reebok Question


Issue 41 // adidas DRose 3


Issue 41 // Marc Dolce At Penny Hardaway's Treadwell High School In Memphis


Issue 42 // University of Oregon Air Jordan Exclusives


Mag Issue // Factory Prototype


Mag Issue // The Warehouse

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