5 Best Anime Sneaker Collaborations of 2022

5 Best Anime Sneaker Collaborations of 2022

Sneakerheads and otakus have always paid the most attention to anime-themed sneaker collaborations. Every year, the shoe community welcomes a number of anime sneaker collaborations, and this year has been no exception. These collaborations have undoubtedly rocked the sneaker world.

All the famous shoe brands, including Converse, Jordan and Vans, debuted anime ventures this year. Thanks to the brand, fans can embrace their favorite anime characters. The top five anime sneaker collaborations that excited the footwear industry are listed below for otakus who want to learn more about the popular anime collaborations of 2022.

Sailor Moon x Vans and four others popular 2022 anime sneaker collaborations that excited the sneaker world

1) Naruto x Jordan Zion 1

Here's a closer look at the three colors in the Naruto collection (image via eGames.news)
Here’s a closer look at the three colors in the Naruto collection (Image via eGames.news)

Undoubtedly one of the most famous anime sneaker partnerships of the year is Naruto x Jordan Zion 1. In addition to being a worldwide release of Nike’s highly coveted Jordan Zion line, it included a promo colorway for an additional Jordan 200E and three completely different Zion 1 colorways for the main release. In addition, the duo released a substantial clothing line with items to match each color, making the selection widely available to Naruto fans all over the world.

Each of these styles has color schemes and design approaches specific to a particular character from the “Big 3” series. “Kyuubi” depicts Naruto’s “Nine Tails” and “Sage of Six Paths” modes, two of the protagonists’ most prominent transformations, using shades like Electric Yellow, Alpha Orange and Black.

The “Sage of Six Paths” color scheme uses the similar white and black dots that appear in the character depiction of the Sage of Six Paths, a deity-like ancestor of the Shinobi. Next, “Nine Tails” depicts the “One/Four/Eight Tails” adaptation of Naruto with jagged lines as well as dynamic designs in orange and black.

Finally, “Jonin” combines the same colors found in the outfits of the high-ranking Jonin Shinobi, who play military commanders in the series: olive green, navy blue and white.

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Each pair was tagged with a $130 price tag and was offered through Nike’s SNKRS app and some of the brand’s select stores.

2) Pokemon x Converse

Take a closer look at the four colors under the collection (Image via Converse)
Take a closer look at the four colors under the collection (Image via Converse)

Although Pokemon and Converse collaborated as early as January 2022, and their May 2022 collaborative release caught everyone’s attention due to its distinctly minimalist interpretation of the anime sneakers. For this partnership, four pairs of Converse All-Star Chuck Taylors were created to represent the now-famous classic Pokémon – Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup and Mewtwo.

Each Chuck Taylor features a pixelated game character based on a primary color from the Pokémon design on the tongue tab. Another important feature is a small text box with the character’s name, height, weight and Pokédex code located under the heel.

Converse went across most brands, favoring minimalism as opposed to large statement pieces. Despite this, each pair of Chuck Taylors is easily distinguishable for the Pokémon it represents, making this collection special despite its subtlety.

Several size options for these footwear were offered by the Swoosh-owned sneaker brand. All four colors could be purchased for around $76 (¥9,900).

3) One Piece x Vans

Take a closer look at the authentic shoes of the upcoming collab collection (Image via Vans)
Take a closer look at the authentic shoes of the upcoming collab collection (Image via Vans)

Vans, the popular skateboard brand and staunch defender of artistic expression, announced a collaboration with the Japanese anime series One Piece. A range of footwear and apparel will be released to celebrate the amazing bond.

Fans can relive the stories from Vans x One Piece collection, which depicts the quest for the One Piece of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew. Vans’ iconic Sk8-Hi Punk Hazard, which features a 360-degree graphic wrap from the lateral side of the footwear, symbolizing the fiery side of the island, to the medial side, showing the frozen side, stands out from the rest of the collection. Each Straw Hat Crew shoe is embellished with the Vans checkerboard designs.

The Vans Classic Old Skool featuring the iconic devil fruit, which gave many of the story’s protagonists unique superhuman abilities but also rendered them unfit for swimming, is another highlight of the range.

Take a look at the high tops offered under the new line (Image via Vans)
Take a look at the high tops offered under the new line (Image via Vans)

This collection’s Vans Classic Authentic, which features a jute fabric top and embroidered with signature One Piece insignia to honor the straw hat was influenced by the traditional Americana nautical design.

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Featuring the infamous Wanted posters of “Cat Burglar” Nami on skate Sk8-Hi in orange and “Demon Child” Nico Robin in purple on Skate Old Skool, One Piece vibe is also present in the Vans Skate Classics collection. The One Piece insignia is wrapped around the outsole on both designs.

On November 11, a line of shoes and apparel will be offered online and in Vans stores. Stay tuned for pricing details for this collection.

4) Jujutsu Kaisen x Dolce & Gabbana

Jujutsu Kaisen and Dolce and Gabbana. Fashion victims. (But whoah, Maki!!!)

In the realm of manga and animation, Jujutsu Kaisen is on its way to becoming one of the “Next-gen Big 3.” Fans have drawn comparisons between it and contemporary masterpieces such as Hunter x hunter due to similar captivating plots, extensive superpower systems, lovable characters and superior animation.

Jujutsu Kaisen steadily increasing its presence in anime and modern culture. Additionally, in 2022, they took their first steps into the realm of high-end sneakers and apparel. They did this by collaborating with the Italian-born luxury fashion company Dolce & Gabbana.

The Jujutsu Kaisen x Dolce & Gabbana Lineup featured eight streetwear ensembles for eight characters, including two that featured brand new sneakers with the characters’ accents. Megumi Fushiguro and Togi Inumake, two of the series’ key characters, wear two different colors of the D&G Daymaster Sneakers.

The Jujutsu College School emblem, which is embossed on the outside of the upper and is a clear nod to the school that any fan will know, is the most striking feature in addition to the brilliant, eye-catching colors.

Despite not being worn by any characters, the white D&G NS1 Sneakers were also made available as part of the collection. Along with the Jujutsu Kaisen hangtags, it features the Jujutsu College color scheme and a more muted school emblem.

May 2, the wider release of Jujutsu Kaisen x Dolce & Gabbana collection took place in Japan. Yuji’s Portofino sneakers were priced at $860 (¥108,900), while Nobara Kugisaki ankle boots were marked down at $915 (¥115,500). Finally, the Daymaster Sneakers “Character color” were marked down for $1,026 (¥129,800), and the Gojo’s Space sneakers were priced at $1,174 (¥148,500).

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5) Sailor Moon x Vans

This spring, Vans and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon teamed up for a unique partnership guided by the beloved stories of friendship, justice and love from anime. Sailor Moon and Sailor Guardians’ stories are depicted in an action-packed line of shoes, apparel and accessories in legendary Vans styles.

The sneaker collection comes in a variety of styles in the women’s, men’s and children’s categories. The Sk8-Hi Stacked integrates materials with satin patches and overlays made from sleek leather, which is highlighted with a bow and a brooch from Sailor Moon’s transformations. The models feature translucent heels and toe bumpers with Sailor Guardian planetary motifs and colorful gradient sidewalls. Regarding the series’ notable characters, The Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask appeared on the Authentic shoes.

The wonderful patchwork of the Old Skool Patchwork illustrates the excellent anime. Each Sailor Guardian’s unique colorway of Vans’ signature Checkerboard design is featured on the Sailor Guardian. The Sailor Guardian planet images then reappear in another Old Skool style, this time with a starry night theme. A ComfyCush Slip-On featuring Sailor Guardians and Dark Kingdom completes the range of adult footwear.

Fans can choose from different styles for women, men and children in the collection’s clothing selection. This range of clothing and accessories offered t-shirts, jumpers, paneled caps and backpacks. All of these items were loaded with the series’ images.

The Sailor Moon x Vans collection was released on June 10. Items ranged from $17 to $180 for clothing and footwear.

These were some of the best anime collaborations we received in 2022. Fans interested in getting their hands on the above collectibles can certainly visit the respective brand’s website. Also, check these items with their partner outlets in case they are not available at the official brand store.

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