Nicki Minaj once claimed, “Monster Giuseppe heel / That’s the monster shoe,” and while Giuseppe heels are definitely not for the faint of heart, many sneakerheads might beg to differ.
We believe there are myriad more “monstrous” kicks out there that deserve the title of best Halloween-themed sneaker. So, to put our money where our mouth is — and to celebrate the spooky season — we’ve put together a dark and twisted list of the spookiest Halloween sneaker releases ever.
Read on to see fresh-to-death inclusions from the likes of Nike, Reebok, Prada, and Amiri.
A Bathing Ape BapeSta FS-001 Low “Halloween” (Black/Orange)
Release Date: 2005 Buy: Flight Club Editor’s Notes: This BapeSta is a pumpkin-themed, patent leather masterpiece. It features an eerie interpretation of the BAPE motif on its heel, which perfectly encapsulates the zeitgeist of the mid-2000s.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Frankenstein”
Release Date: 2006 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: Designed by the mad scientists at Nike, this Air Force 1 Low “Frankenstein” features green leather, a metallic silver Swoosh, and decorative red stitching — all things one would associate with Frankenstein’s monster — and is as punchy and unapologetic as Victor's hulking creation.
ASICS Gel-Lyte III Alife “Green Monster”
Release Date: 2007 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: Fancy yourself as a monster hunter? We challenge you to hunt down the Alife x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 “Green Monster,” a kooky sneaker complete with co-branding, removable eyeballs, and decorative teeth and scales. Extra points for anyone who can source the rarer Black Lagoon and White Kryptonite colorways, too.
Nike SB Dunk High “Jason Voorhes”
Release Date: 2007 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: While you could say that the white overlay of the Nike SB Dunk High “Jason Voorhes” represents its namesake’s hockey mask, the black leather upper is symbolic of the handle of his knife, and the red hues nod to the blood of his victims, we feel the biggest thing this SB Dunk has in common with the slasher villain is that they're exceptionally hard to get your hands on.
Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger”
Release Date: 2007 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: The legend of the Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger” is second to none. There are only around 30 pairs of these sample sneakers in existence, due to a legal issue between Nike and New Line Cinema. The only place most of us will be seeing these is in our nightmares.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Savage Beast”
Release Date: 2009 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: This Nike Air Force 1 Low “Savage Beast” is spooky, goofy, and flashy — which is everything anyone tries to be when dressing up on Halloween.
Reebok Pump Omni Lite “Pumpkin”
Release Date: 2013 Buy: GOAT Editor’s Notes: Orange is a staple part of any style-savvy sneakerphile’s autumn rotation, which is why the Reebok Pump Omni Lite “Pumpkin” is still one of the most desired Halloween kicks ever. Oh, and did we mention that these bad boys glow in the dark?
Nike Air Max 95 “Halloween”
Release Date: 2014 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: Serving serious Danny Phantom vibes, these spectral sneaks have the power to instantly upgrade any fright night fit.
Nike Mid Blazer “Mummy”
Release Date: 2015 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: Nike’s flawlessly executed mummified Nike Mid Blazer is the perfect example of a fun but subtle — and wearable — Halloween-themed sneaker.
Saucony 9000 Hallowed Pack
Release Date: 2016 Buy: GOAT Editor’s Notes: You simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Saucony Grid 9000s — and the orange and black pair of 2016’s “Hallowed pack” are pumpkin-spiced and pared-back to perfection. If you’ve never owned a pair before, they’re supernaturally comfortable.
Bait x Stranger Things x Ghostbusters x Reebok Ex-O-Fit Clean Hi
Release Date: 2017 Buy: StockX Editor’s Notes: The Bait x Ghostbusters x Stranger Things x Reebok (yes, really) EX-O-Fit Clean Hi is a ghoulish crep that captures the spirit of Halloween in the ’80s.
Reebok Club C “Voodoo”
Release Date: 2017 Buy: GOAT Editor’s Notes: The devil is in the detail when it comes to the Reebok Club C “Voodoo.” While refreshingly neutral overall, the sneaker features gloomy hues, gimmicky motifs, and overt horror references upon closer inspection.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Skeleton”
Release Date: 2018 Buy: Stadium Goods Editor’s Notes: All-white Air Force 1s are about as classic as you can get. So when Nike dropped the Nike Air Force 1 Low Skeleton in 2018, we ate it up like trick-or-treat candy.
Off-White™ x Nike Mid Blazer “All Hallow’s Eve”
Release Date: 2018 Buy: Stadium Goods Editor’s Notes: Speaking of candy, Virgil’s 2018 “All Hallows Eve” Off-White™ x Nike Mid Blazer is candy corn in sneaker form. Giving “stepped in looking like a snack” a whole new meaning, this high-fructose take on the classic silhouette is still one of most sought-after Off-White™ x Nike releases.
Nike SB Dunk Low “Night of Mischief”
Release Date: 2019 Buy: Stadium Goods Editor’s Notes: On paper, this maximalist, monster mash-up of luminous hues and puckish embroidery is sartorial suicide; IRL, it's one of the most innovative Dunks to release in the last decade.
Prada Cloudbust Thunder “Army Green”
Release Date: 2019 Buy: Prada Editor’s Notes: No one inspires us to embrace our inner goth more than Miuccia Prada. Last year, Prada revealed the Cloudbust Thunder: a sturdy, low-top silhouette inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Yeezy 380 “Alien”
Release Date: 2019 Buy: Stadium Goods Editor’s Notes: So, these aren't technically Halloween-themed, but they dropped just two weeks after Halloween (November 16) and the otherworldly name gives us costume vibes.
Nike Air Trainer 3 “Dracula”
Release Date: 2020 Buy: Nike SNKRS Editor’s Notes: This fangtastic reboot of a cult-classic sneaker, unmistakably inspired by Bram Stoker’s bloodsucker, is one of the strongest Halloween releases this year. We can’t wait to sink our feet into a pair.
Nike Air Max 95 “Freddy Krueger”
Release Date: 2020 Buy: Stadium Goods Editor’s Notes: Nike’s second stab at a Nightmare on Elm Street-inspired crep is covered with overt references to Freddy Krueger. The creepy color palette, the rugged textiles, and the bloody heels have us hoping New Line Cinemas have signed off on these.
Amiri “Skel Top”
Release Date: 2020 Buy: Harvey Nichols, Mytheresa Editor’s Notes: Sorry Abel, there's a new king of the fall – and his name is Mike Amiri. For FW20, Amiri released the “Skel Top”: a hi-top interpretation of their voguish “Skel Toe” slip-on.
Reebok Shaqnosis “Spider Web”
Release Date: TBC Buy: TBC Editor’s Notes: Something wicked this way comes. What is it? It's Reebok’s Shaqnosis “Spider Web.” The retro silhouette features a spell-binding spider-web graphic and glow-in-the-dark outsole.
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