Nike and Supreme are two of the most recognizable names in sneakers and streetwear today, but both started out small — building their brands through premium products, storytelling and authenticity. Supreme started as a local New York skate shop in 1994, cultivating an underground following. Nike began in Beaverton, Oregon in 1972, crafting sneakers and apparel with peak performance capabilities for athletes and lifestyle needs. Staying true to each of their roots, while growing on a global scale and cultivating an affinity for their products, Supreme and Nike’s convergent paths met in 2002, with their first collaborative effort.
To celebrate the new Supreme x Nike SB Dunk, GOAT takes a look back at six iconic Supreme and Nike collaborations utilizing a mix of classic silhouettes and cult-favorites.
Release Date: April 27, 2019
Lowest Price: $245 USD
When the Air More Uptempo was originally released in 1996, it was the pinnacle of basketball footwear. Featuring a full-length visible Max Air unit and large ‘AIR’ lettering across the shoe, the More Uptempo dominated the hardwood with maximum cushioning and branding. Enter Supreme, putting its own golden touch on the shoe and reinventing it in a streetwear vein by replacing the ‘AIR’ lettering with ‘SUPREME’ spelled out across the entirety of the shoe, capped off with a bright “Metallic Gold” upper.
Release Date: April 04, 2014
Lowest Price: $350 USD
Another wonder of technology in Nike Basketball, the Air Foamposite One debuted in 1997 as Penny Hardaway’s signature shoe. Featuring a synthetic molded upper, carbon-fiber shank plate and Zoom Air cushioning, Supreme came in and turned function into form. Released during their 20th anniversary in 2014, Supreme decked out the Foamposite upper with a Versace-inspired metallic gold foliage motif on top of a Sport Red base. An accompanying jersey and short set tied the collection together as well.
Release Date: October 03, 2013
Lowest Price: $490 USD
Having primarily worked with Nike SB and Sportswear silhouettes, the Flyknit Lunar1+ caught many by surprise. As a full technical Nike Running model, Lunarlon cushioning paired with a full Flyknit upper that incorporated ‘SUP’ woven into the medial and lateral sides for superb performance ability and comfort. Supreme branding on the tongue and heel tab finished up the design.
Release Date: April 21, 2006
Lowest Price: $495 USD
Working with Nike SB in 2006, the Supreme x Blazer has become one of the most sought after silhouettes to this day. Featuring a mix of materials on the classic Nike Blazer, quilted leather uppers pair with a snakeskin Swoosh and a Gucci-inspired stripe on the heel for a luxurious look and feel. The “Sail” color was released alongside two more colors (Black and Red).
Release Date: September 07, 2018
Lowest Price: $140 USD
Originally designed as an indoor soccer shoe, the Nike Gato has transitioned to off-pitch lifestyle and now into the skateboarding realm. A lightweight, yet supportive design, Supreme added its own flair to the shoe, with four unique colorways and ‘WORLD FAMOUS’ stamped on the heels. The infamous red box ‘SUPREME’ logo sits placed on the side profile and tongue tab.
Release Date: September 01, 2002
Lowest Price: $995 USD
The collaboration that started it all. In 2002, Nike Skateboarding was a fledgling brand, still finding their roots with the Nike Dunk as one of their first silhouettes. Supreme used the Air Jordan 3 as inspiration, taking the “Black/Cement” colorway as well as the iconic elephant print to create a simple design that would make both the sneaker and streetwear worlds take notice. This began a partnership that extends through today, with the release of three new colors of the Dunk Low.