Contemporary art X street style

POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2016


With chic sportswear filling the FROW these days it’s hardly surprising that big name contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami have begun manifesting their artistry via the canvas of their hi-tops and slip ons. In conjunction with the release of Dave White’s latest creative collaboration with size? and the Nike Air Max 95’s we take a look at the best of the best, of the sneaker art movement...


All Star Aji Studio


Dave White x Nike 

With several seriously cool collaborations under his belt including his Air Jordan 1 Retro All Star edition, created to celebrate the launch of WINGS for the future (which raised $23,000 for the chairty at auction), and his latest collaboration with size? which sees the artists Albion artworks re-imagined along the no-sew panel of the iconic Nike Air Max 95’s, pioneer of the sneaker art movement Dave White takes the top spot. 


We’ve got major love for his latest Rabbit and Fox editions (the original artwork was displayed at the artists solo show Albion at Loughran Gallery back in 2014), where White aptly explores the natural rivalry between the two animals who, he says, are much like Athletes competing, theres a tension that exists based on survival of the fittest or fastest. 


Dave White Nike Albion Blog


Keith Haring x Reebok

If sometimes you feel not just a regular sneaker lover but rather a hunter for an artistic extravaganza, that’s the shoe you are looking for. Keith Harring, besides being very busy while producing some great contemporary art, has teamed up with Reebok designing an especially fanciful and sophisticated cartoon imagery shoe silhouette for the anti-drug campaign “Crack is Wack.”


Keith Haring X Reebok 2 Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Damien Hirst x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star

Taking inspiration from the “All You Need Is Love” painting, the famous British artist offered an exclusive Chuck Taylor All-Star shoe design for Converse. This particular print was made in red color with yellow and blue butterflies.

The original artwork “All You Need Is Love” was sold in 2008 at the Sotheby’s auction for $2,420,000 which was fully donated to the Global Fund that supports the fight to eliminate AIDS in Africa. This shoe design is also an important effort to generate funds for the campaign.


Damien Hirst X Converse Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Takashi Murakami x Vans

The famous Japanese artist created a limited edition of sneakers incorporating his anime imagery. The collection highlights two significant motifs of his work; both the smiling flower and the skull patterns mirror in the shoe design his characteristic “Superflat” style, which mixes anime, pop culture and otaku elements in a wide range of colors, prints and shapes.


Takashi Murakami X Vans Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Tom Sachs x Nike

Art meets technology. The NikeCraft Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe is set to be an appealing sneaker’s design reminiscent of NASA’s exploration of Mars. The shoe’s aerodynamic model combine scientific guidelines along with the artist’s aesthetics designed to walk hostile uneven terrains. Would you like to replicate an imaginative trip to space? Tom Sachs made it for you then!


Tom Sachs X Nike Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Korakrit Arunanondchai x Electrolites

Korakrit’s artistic style is renowned for its cultural interplay between colourful abstract shapes, Japanese pop culture and Buddhist elements. Do you love wearing a truly unique pair of sneakers with an art mingled background and character? Excellent choice! This step-responsive LED lights design is absolutely swinging for your crazy night out.


Korakrit Arunanondchai X Electrolites Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Jean-Michel Basquiat x Reebok

Inspired by the pioneering Neo-Expressionist iconography of Basquiat, Reebok decided to refresh in 2013 the Chi-Kaze’s silhouette using the artist’s bold messages in vivid colours as well as graffiti scrawl style prints. If you are Basquiat’s big fan, you should certainly wear them!


Jean Michel Basquiat X Reebok Sneakers Theartgorgeous


Andy Warhol x Converse

What is the first thing you that crosses your mind when seeing someone walking down the street with a Campbell’s Soup can print on Chuck Taylor All Star? A devoted believer to the American pop culture of course!


Andy Warhol X Converse Sneakers Theartgorgeous


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KAWS x Vans “The Simpsons”

The New York-based artist Brian Donelly, or professionally known as KAWS, collaborated with Vans creating a shoe collection inspired by KAWS’ remarkable art. Celebrating the launch of the Simpsons Movie, Vans created a series of sneakers showing the cartoon characters on a white fabric, along with KAWS’ signature XX, which is usually used on his Mega sculptures, but this time is integrated into the shoe design.


Kaws X Vans The Simpsons Sneakers Theartgorgeous


José Parlá x Converse

One of the latest art versions of the famous Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers is by the Brooklyn-based artist Jose Parla. Widely known for his abstract paintings, he designed a shoe line that reflects an elegantly urban attitude with some light abstract tints on fabric. It is an ideal way to be a fashionable art professional in the city.


Jose Parla X Converse Sneakers Theartgorgeous


GucciGhost x Gucci

Sport sneaker brands do not excite you with their style? If you are looking for something fresh straight from the 2016 fashion runway, the leading fashion house Gucci offers you a street-inspired slip-on sneaker print which won’t let your appetite down for posh adventures.


Guccigost X Gucci 2 Sneakers Theartgorgeous 


Thanks to NiceKicks, Hypebeast, Kicksonfire, Tom Sachs, Electrolitesfootwear, Visioninvisible, Hyperallergic, Heatclub, Exploregram, Freshnessmag, Gucci for the photos, and a big thank you to our friends at for publishing the artical (via Konbini) and sharing this super sneaker art inspo with us!