Halloween-themed footwear is nothing new, with propositions from the past having celebrated the October 31st holiday via various costumes. In recent years, spooky-inspired collections have been accompanied by capsules dedicated to the Día de Muertos event celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere, offering fans of festive sneakers even more treats to choose from.
Some on-theme designs from the past rely heavily on the colors most often associated with Halloween: bold orange, mischievous purple and terrifying black. Others have made the holiday’s protagonists – Jack-o’-lantern, ghouls, witches, mummies and more – front-and-center. Brands like Vans, Reebok and Le Coq Sportif have even brought some of the most recognizable figures from horror films to sneaker form through collaborations with the Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger or It franchises.
Although most of the best Halloween sneakers have been designed for casual use, some styles have appeared in the realm of modern performance sport. LeBron James, a strong proponent of the horror film genre, has outfitted pairs from his signature sneaker series in bloody costumes for the scariest dates of the year (that includes Friday the 13th). Nike SB has repeatedly reimagined the Nike Dunk through the lens of both Halloween and November 2nd’s “Day of the Dead,” resulting in some of the most celebrated festive designs across all holidays.
Ahead of Halloween 2022, we at Sneaker News have rounded up 22 of our favorite commemorative footwear releases from over the years, in no particular order. The list isn’t exhaustive, but includes several pairs sure to help you have a happy Halloween.