The 21 Spookiest Halloween Sneakers to Buy Right Now

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Nicki Minaj once claimed, “Monster Giuseppe heel / That’s the monster shoe,” and while Giuseppe heels are definitely not for the faint of heart, many sneakerheads might beg to differ.

We believe there are myriad more “monstrous” kicks out there that deserve the title of best Halloween-themed sneaker. So, to put our money where our mouth is — and to celebrate the spooky season — we’ve put together a dark and twisted list of the spookiest Halloween sneaker releases ever.

Read on to see fresh-to-death inclusions from the likes of Nike, Reebok, Prada, and Amiri.

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Release Date: 2005
Buy: Flight Club
Editor’s Notes: This BapeSta is a pumpkin-themed, patent leather masterpiece. It features an eerie interpretation of the BAPE motif on its heel, which perfectly encapsulates the zeitgeist of the mid-2000s.

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Release Date: 2006
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: Designed by the mad scientists at Nike, this Air Force 1 Low “Frankenstein” features green leather, a metallic silver Swoosh, and decorative red stitching — all things one would associate with Frankenstein’s monster — and is as punchy and unapologetic as Victor’s hulking creation.

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Release Date: 2007
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: Fancy yourself as a monster hunter? We challenge you to hunt down the Alife x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 “Green Monster,” a kooky sneaker complete with co-branding, removable eyeballs, and decorative teeth and scales. Extra points for anyone who can source the rarer Black Lagoon and White Kryptonite colorways, too.

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Release Date: 2007
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: While you could say that the white overlay of the Nike SB Dunk High “Jason Voorhes” represents its namesake’s hockey mask, the black leather upper is symbolic of the handle of his knife, and the red hues nod to the blood of his victims, we feel the biggest thing this SB Dunk has in common with the slasher villain is that they’re exceptionally hard to get your hands on.

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Release Date: 2007
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: The legend of the Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger” is second to none. There are only around 30 pairs of these sample sneakers in existence, due to a legal issue between Nike and New Line Cinema. The only place most of us will be seeing these is in our nightmares.

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Release Date: 2009
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: This Nike Air Force 1 Low “Savage Beast” is spooky, goofy, and flashy — which is everything anyone tries to be when dressing up on Halloween.

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Release Date: 2013
Buy: GOAT
Editor’s Notes: Orange is a staple part of any style-savvy sneakerphile’s autumn rotation, which is why the Reebok Pump Omni Lite “Pumpkin” is still one of the most desired Halloween kicks ever. Oh, and did we mention that these bad boys glow in the dark?

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Release Date: 2014
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: Serving serious Danny Phantom vibes, these spectral sneaks have the power to instantly upgrade any fright night fit.

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Release Date: 2015
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: Nike’s flawlessly executed mummified Nike Mid Blazer is the perfect example of a fun but subtle — and wearable — Halloween-themed sneaker.

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Release Date: 2016
Buy: GOAT
Editor’s Notes: You simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Saucony Grid 9000s — and the orange and black pair of 2016’s “Hallowed pack” are pumpkin-spiced and pared-back to perfection. If you’ve never owned a pair before, they’re supernaturally comfortable.

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Release Date: 2017
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: The Bait x Ghostbusters x Stranger Things x Reebok (yes, really) EX-O-Fit Clean Hi is a ghoulish crep that captures the spirit of Halloween in the ’80s.

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Release Date: 2017
Buy: GOAT
Editor’s Notes: The devil is in the detail when it comes to the Reebok Club C “Voodoo.” While refreshingly neutral overall, the sneaker features gloomy hues, gimmicky motifs, and overt horror references upon closer inspection.

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Release Date: 2018
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: All-white Air Force 1s are about as classic as you can get. So when Nike dropped the Nike Air Force 1 Low Skeleton in 2018, we ate it up like trick-or-treat candy.

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Release Date: 2018
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: Speaking of candy, Virgil’s 2018 “All Hallows Eve” Off-White™ x Nike Mid Blazer is candy corn in sneaker form. Giving “stepped in looking like a snack” a whole new meaning, this high-fructose take on the classic silhouette is still one of most sought-after Off-White™ x Nike releases.

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Release Date: 2019
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: On paper, this maximalist, monster mash-up of luminous hues and puckish embroidery is sartorial suicide; IRL, it’s one of the most innovative Dunks to release in the last decade.

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Release Date: 2019
Buy: Prada
Editor’s Notes: No one inspires us to embrace our inner goth more than Miuccia Prada. Last year, Prada revealed the Cloudbust Thunder: a sturdy, low-top silhouette inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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Release Date: 2019
Buy: StockX
Editor’s Notes: So, these aren’t technically Halloween-themed, but they dropped just two weeks after Halloween (November 16) and the otherworldly name gives us costume vibes.

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Release Date: 2020
Buy: Nike SNKRS
Editor’s Notes: This fangtastic reboot of a cult-classic sneaker, unmistakably inspired by Bram Stoker’s bloodsucker, is one of the strongest Halloween releases this year. We can’t wait to sink our feet into a pair.

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Release Date: 2020
Buy: Farfetch
Editor’s Notes: Sorry Abel, there’s a new king of the fall – and his name is Mike Amiri. For FW20, Amiri released the “Skel Top”: a hi-top interpretation of their voguish “Skel Toe” slip-on.

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Release Date: TBC
Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Something wicked this way comes. What is it? It’s Reebok’s Shaqnosis “Spider Web.” The retro silhouette features a spell-binding spider-web graphic and glow-in-the-dark outsole.

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Release Date: TBC
Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Nike’s second stab at a Nightmare on Elm Street-inspired crep is covered with overt references to Freddy Krueger. The creepy color palette, the rugged textiles, and the bloody heels have us hoping New Line Cinemas have signed off on these.

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