Going through some of the best Christmas-themed sneakers from brands across the footwear industry - sans Nike.
With less than a week out before Christmas Day, choosing what pair of kicks to celebrate the occasion can be a struggle, however, plenty of footwear brands have given us options to wake up on Christmas morning and pull off a fully Christmas-themed outfit. Most instantly think of the countless Nike releases over the years, so today we’ll show some love to the other footwear labels in the industry and take a look at the top 10 Christmas Sneakers Of All Time (Nike not included).
1. Adidas Forum Low “Home Alone”
Although not directly referencing the holiday, adidas’ collaboration with 20th Century Fox to pay tribute to a classic Christmas movie, Home Alone, brings us back to sitting around the TV during the winter watching Kevin fend off Harry and Marv. On top of the nostalgia, its crisp red and white colorway truly makes it a staple for Christmas.
2. Li-Ning Way Of Wade 2 “Christmas”
With Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade signing with Li-Ning, we were no longer going to see Wade rocking Jordan Brand products, however, the creativity that came from this deal has been unmatched. Bringing us Grinch-vibes, Wade’s second signature sneaker with the Chinese sportswear label is ready for a celebration around the tree.
3. Reebok Shaq Attack "Ghost Of Christmas Present"
Coming as a part of the “Ghost Of Christmas” Pack (which will also get touched on later in this list), the Reebok Shaq Attack “Ghost Of Christmas Present” truly brings Charles Dickenson’s classic character from “A Christmas Carol” to life through a direct translation of his outfit and appearance onto Shaq’s signature sneaker with Reebok. Its dark green upper is almost identical to the same shade Dickenson describes the ghost wearing in his story, so if you make it down to a theater to catch the story in play form maybe you can join the cast.
4. Adidas T-Mac Millennium 2 “Christmas Game”
Paying homage to Tracy McGrady going all-out for Christmas Day games in the NBA, adidas released a retro of his T-Mac Millennium 2 that comes with a direct nod to 12/25 as this date is spelled out on the sidewall near the toebox. With its classic Orlando Magic color scheme, stars on the tongue, and a galaxy graphic along the collar and midfoot, the sneaker is great for more than just Christmas day.
5. Adidas Crazy 8 Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a holiday tradition for many households celebrating Christmas and adidas brings Jack Skellington to life with a Crazy 8 that directly takes from the color palette of the movie and its cover. Purple shades covered with intricate patterns, splatter paint details, and a GITD sole unit help create a spooky, yet cheerful sneaker for the holiday season.
6. Adidas Forum Low “Grinch”
The latest sneaker to be released on this list, adidas did what many have been waiting for - an official collaboration with Dr. Seuss’ iconic character the Grinch. Hairy suede with various green hues, themed hangtags, and a depiction of the man whose heart grew three sizes make this the one of most fitting Grinch (and Christmas) themed sneakers in 2022.
7. Reebok Instapump Fury “Grinch”
Coming just behind the latest Grinch sneaker, Reebok went all out with the Steven Smith-designed Instapump Fury “Grinch” in 2016 by giving the sneaker faux fur in the same shade as Dr. Seuss’ character. Shades of red along the pump system, darker green hits on overlays, and a white/green sole unit come together well to pay tribute to the Grinch and deliver the wearer some needed Christmas spirit.
8. Reebok Court Victory Pump “Rudolph”
Another Pump model from Reebok on the list, the Reebok Court Victory Pump “Rudolph” will transport you to the North Pole (unfortunately not on a reindeer itself). This colorway dates back nearly two decades but Reebok truly brought the red-nose reindeer to life with the Pump button getting covered in his red shade as well as a cartoon depiction of the reindeer on the insole create a fitting tribute to the one who guides Santa’s sleigh through the night.
9. Asics Gel-Lyte III “Christmas Red”
Asics has forever been a king at executing themed colorways and their Gel-Lyte III “Christmas Red” nails the feeling of “White Christmas” through its snowflake-like sprinkles of white throughout the edge of the upper and sole unit. Above that sits a tonal red shade that is perfect for a sleigh ride tonight.
10. Reebok Kamikaze 2 “Ghost Of Christmas Past”
Last but not least, Reebok’s second entry in the “Ghost Of Christmas” Pack the Ghost Of Christmas Past follows a similar execution to the previously mentioned colorway in this set as the upper takes on the same color palette as the main character - Ebenezer Scrooge. Fiery red shades and stark whites mimic the scarf, hat, and pajamas Scrooge wears in the story while still fitting into your Christmas morning fit.