If you follow the lead of sneaker brands, Halloween isn’t just to be celebrated with a costume you’ll wear for one night. Every year, the likes of Nike and Adidas trot out spooky takes for some of their most popular silhouettes, and 2021 is proving to be an especially bountiful year for Halloween lovers.
Mismatched spider and Swoosh embroidery appear across the vamp for the Air Presto, one of NIke’s most underrated silhouettes of all-time. Even more fun is another spider hanging of the insole’s Swoosh logo, while the heel is printed with the same eye graphic found on the next sneaker on our list.
Vans began its Halloween celebration early in the month with a massive capsule of sneakers made in collaboration with some of the best horror movies of all-time. The highlight of the lot is a Nightmare on Elm Street SK8-Hi that does what Nike could not, getting an official sign-off for the Freddy Krueger sweater design.
Also in the pipeline from Adidas is a Halloween-themed Superstar that hews closer to cliche but doesn’t suffer from lack of fun. Once again the lace dubrae is the star, this time in the form of a jack-o’-lantern, while black corduroy, purple plaid, and a bright green shaggy sock liner bring a wonderful mix of color and texture.
Nike’s mummy-themed SB Dunk Low is one of the most creative takes on its most in-demand silhouette. A bandage-like, pre-distressed canvas makes up the upper with glow-in-the-dark detailing, a creepy pair of eyes on the heel, and spider embroidery. It’s worth getting your Brendan Fraser on to track down the Mummys at your local skate shop.