A showcase of the best Halloween-themed sneakers Nike has to offer.
When summer ends and fall begins, people look forward to wardrobe changes, as well as getting festive for three major holidays. The first holiday, Halloween is where we celebrate the dead and get dressed up in spooky (or slutty depending on your preference) vibes. All of the major brands out there have been releasing Halloween-themed sneakers well over the past twenty years, with some going all out while others more subtle. This is where Nike comes in. The Swoosh has a huge variety of themed sneakers for Spooky Season, some subtle and others on the wild side. With hundreds to choose from, let's go through and take a look at what is arguably the Top 10 Nike Halloween sneakers you can pick up today.
The OFF-WHITE x Nike Blazer Mid "All Hallows Eve" edition was a part of the Halloween Pack released in October 2018. While its "Grim Reaper" counterpart was black-based, fans seemed to like the lighter shaded "All Hallows Eve" edition a bit more. Sporting a cream-based design with an oversized orange Swoosh, classic OW detailing and Blazer hype at an all-time high, its no surprise that when you talk Halloween-themed Nikes, this pair is sure to come up in the conversation.
While most current sneakerheads might be too young to know about the Nike Dunk High "Glow-In-The-Dark" released in 2006, those from that era remember it well. Very simple and clean at first glance, you're probably thinking, what's the deal with these? Well, the beauty of this pair is illuminated when exposed to light. The entire upper, sans the Swoosh on the sides glows-in-the-dark, even the shoelaces! This is where subtle, yet striking from the NSW team came in full affect. While Dunk's weren't the craze when these were released, they were still coveted, unlike it's follow-up release one year later.
Mischief Night, also known as Devil's Night and more, happens on October 30th, the day before Halloween. This is where people go out and cause havoc, TP'ing trees, egging houses, and going all out bananas. To honor the "Night Of Mischief," Nike Skateboarding dropped a limited edition Dunk Low in 2019. Coming in classic Halloween colors of black, orange, and purple, the green-glow-in-the-dark outsole paired with detailing throughout the upper such as spidery accents and "Trick" "Treat" embroidery made this pair a must-have.
Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees. These serial killers are some of the most popular horror icons of all-time. To honor the masked killer from Crystal Lake, Nike SB dropped a Jason-themed Dunk High in 2007. Although this isn't an official collab, the inspiration is uncanny. From the bloody, deep red accents to the classic white and red seen on his hockey mask, the Nike SB Dunk High "Jason Voorhees" might've taken awhile to become sought after, but it is still one of the best Halloween-themed kicks of all-time, ch-ch-ch-ch, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah.
In 2005, the Nike Air Force 1 was still at the peak of its prime. Popular amongst all crowds, every colorway seemed to sell out. Patent leather even started adorning premium iterations, including the Nike Air Force 1 Low "Halloween." A very limited release at the time, this pair nailed the traditional Halloween theme. An all-patent leather upper in black with the heel wrapped in orange, leather lining, and a unique embroidered logo on the heels made these AF1s one of the most must-have releases of the year.
Besides serial killers, monsters are amongst some of the most popular characters tied to Halloween. Following up the Nike Air Force 1 Low "Halloween" was the "Frankenstein" edition in 2006. Continuing with a patent leather theme that was all the rage, various shades of green make out the upper on this pair. A metallic silver Swoosh on the sides and red stitching along the sides of the toe was all that was needed to make this one of the best Halloween-themed Nikes to ever release.
When you look at this Nike SB Dunk Low, it's hard not to get mummy vibes. I mean, that is the theme of this pair, after all. No matter what the theme is, Nike SB rarely every disappoints when they apply their designs onto kicks. The Nike SB Dunk Low "Mummy" dropped when the Dunk was on a comeback, making the hype surreal. No hype was needed though, as these Dunks were perfectly executed. The mummy wrap-like upper, eyes on the back heels, spider easter egg and full glow-in-the-dark outsole knocked these out of the park, or nailed them into the coffin in this case.
Dia de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. This is a traditional Mexican holiday, celebrating those whom has passed on, taking placing the day after Halloween. To celebrate this occasion, Nike SB cooked up a super limited Dunk Low inspired by the "DOTD." Legend has it only 200 pairs were released, exclusively in Mexico at select Nike SB retailers. With worldwide hype, it was no surprise to see these SB's garner high resale value, as well as being hard-to-find, especially in bigger sizes. It's classic Halloween colors pair with unique graphics throughout and a full icy sole make the Nike SB Dunk Low DOTD one of the most popular SB's of all-time, hands down. RIP.
While the Nike Air Foamposite One doesn't get the same love today as it did over ten years ago, it is still one of the most iconic silhouettes of all-time. While most prefer their Foams to not have a graphic on them, pairs like the "Galaxy" and this "Paranorman" edition are highly coveted. Made in collaboration with Laika Studios to commemorate the release of the movie, Paranorman, Nike released a very limited amount of pairs via a social media giveaway, as well as a partnership with Lady Gaga, through eBay. It's classic black-based design, paired with ghoulish green accents and a glow-in-the-dark outsole made these a must-have, if you could get your hands on a pair. Weird Wins, indeed.
Is this any surprise? It shouldn't be. If you're talking Halloween-themed sneakers and don't think about the elusive Nike SB Dunk Low "Freddy Krueger," your nightmares might just turn real. Inspired by the Springwood Slasher, the sneaker features a beige leather upper with blood splatter throughout, resembling Freddy's burned up flesh. This is paired with red and green stripes on the underlays, a homage to his classic sweater, while the metallic silver Swoosh on the sides represents his iconic knife bearing glove. Originally set to drop though select Nike SB retailers, once word got out to New Line Cinema, owner of the A Nightmare On Elm Street property, this release was canceled. Word is that the company wanted too much money and Nike wasn't willing to pay. Therefore all pairs were destroyed, with a very minimal amount leaking out, garnering massive resale prices that we still see to this day. While the majority will never own this pair, the design and history of the Nike SB Dunk Low Freddy Krueger will live on as the best Halloween-themed sneaker Nike has ever created. If you disagree (which we know you don't) then we will leave you with these choice words "1, 2, Freddy's coming for you...."