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Best Nike Collaborations 2020

Collaborations are key to Nike’s success, and 2020 is no different. Whether it’s with rapper Travis Scott or fashion giant Dior, we pick out the best from this year.

Nike Air SB Dunk Chunky Dunky on pale blue background with best Nike collaborations 2020 text

What are Nike collaborations?

When it comes to the freshest silhouettes, Nike trainers are undoubtedly top of the game. But, even the best sometimes need more heads in the room to keep innovating.

The ‘NikeLab’ is the place where the magic happens. Collaborators from across the globe come together with the sportswear giant to produce sometimes weird, and regularly very wonderful creations.

It’s been yet another exciting year for Nike collaborations, let’s take a look at the top 5.

Ben & Jerry's x Nike SB 'Chunky Dunky'

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When you think of Ben & Jerry’s, you don’t immediately think of sneakers. You’re more likely to think of that sick feeling you get from working your way through two thirds of a tub. It’s a leftfield collaboration which resulted in a seriously fun look for Nike SB Dunks.

The joyously named ‘Chunky Dunky’ has a bright colour combination, dripping Swoosh, and cowhide style all in perfect alignment with the world-famous B&J brand. Throw in some chunky laces and a fluorescent tongue/insole combo, and you’ve got yourselves a wacky wardrobe addition.

Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 5

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Jordan’s main collaborators will always be Pippen and Jackson, but in recent years some of the brand’s best work has come via assists by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Nike Air Jordan 5, Abloh adds his brilliantly unique twist on the silhouette.

This edition has a metallic and black colourway, fire red detailing and dashes of gum rubber keep the nostalgic juices flowing. Net side panels and the famous “23” have pride of place on the lateral upper. This is a game-winning shot in our humble opinion.

Sacai x Nike LDWaffle

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Japanese brand Sacai and its enigmatic founder Chitose Abe have been collaborating with Nike since 2015. We love their LDWaffle creation, and believe it adds much needed luxury to a classic running style. It’s so good they gave it two Swooshes. And two tongues for that matter.

A perfect mix of nylon with suede accents, the upper sits on a fresh white midsole with a statement protrusion on the heel. Satin laces remind the wearer (and the oglers) of Sacai’s high-fashion roots. Gold lace tips are the final embellishment that everyone needs.

Travis Scott x Nike Air Max 270 React 'Cactus Trails'

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It would be a B.I.G understatement to say popular hip-hop artists and trainers tend to perform well together. So, it’s not the marketing of this Nike Air Max 270 that we’re interested in here, it’s the peculiar design that made us sit up and listen.

The 270° Nike Air heel unit is tinged in amber, sitting within a desert trail inspired midsole. The entire sneaker has a sand-dusted look, with hints of suede and the reverse Swoosh on the instep adding another level of uniqueness. It may not be everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly our oasis.

Dior x Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG

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Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely yes. If you’ve never heard of Dior, then you’ve quite possibly had your head in the sand for decades. When one of the world’s biggest design houses coupled up with Nike trainers this year, big things were inevitable.

Just like the man who helped ball this silhouette into the sneaker hall of fame, grace and elegance are in abundance. An intricately stitched Swoosh sits proudly, and an Air Dior ‘Wings’ logo is embedded in the translucent outsole, all bridging the gap between high-fashion and streetwear. Step up, and turn the pavement into your own runway.

Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.