A Look Back at the Best Sneakers Inspired by Video Games

While esports has been around for many years, recent times have seen a huge spike in popularity of gaming tournaments and the athletes who take part. Popular gamers such as "Ninja" stream their content to millions globally, win 10,000 prize funds at tournament and collaborate with an array brands. 

It was only last year that KSwiss and Puma released pairs targeting gamers both sporting an ultra soft slipper like feel. Last week also saw the announcement of PlayStation linking up with Travis Scott with rumours circulating of a Nike pair between the three identities.

With all the recent move toward eSports, we decided to take a look back at previous collaboration that draw inspiration from the gaming community.

Vans x Nintendo 

Drawing inspiration form old-school gaming, to giants linked up to release a classic assortment of kicks. The teams did not hold back as you can iconic games plastered across a variety of brand silhouettes. The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong and more, the capsule does not hold back on nostalgia. 

Sega x Puma rs

Sega = Sonic. The fairly recent collection features 2 pairs that draw inspiration from the blue hedgehog and his nemesis dr.egg. 

PlayStation x Air Force 1

Released in a limited amount in 2006, 150 pairs to be precise, gaming giant PlayStation  coated the classic AF1 silhouette in patent leather and a variety of coloured panels. Handed out mostly to NBA players, the pair currently sits on stocks with a lowest asking price of £8000. 

Super Mario x converse

Add an iconic silhouette and mix it with an iconic game...your onto something. 2011 saw the clash of these two giants in the form of a trainer which featured a detailed illustration of the side scroll game across the upper. 


Nike SB Dunk x Pac Man

Nike SB dunk highs and lows for mr and ms Pac-Man. While the 2009 release has no official PAC-Man branding, the collection draws inspiration from the colour palette of the retro game.

Destiny x palladium

French based Palladium collaborated with video game franchise Destiny, to create a capsule re-imagined for the deep space explorative world of Destiny. The pairs feature key details of script and logos that are found as your work your day through the game.

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