Holiday attire is, in general, absolutely rank. We’ve got no more patience for ugly, itchy holiday sweaters and the no-longer-funny (never-was-funny) reindeer or elf ears. There’s an exception to that rule, though. Stadium Goods has been quietly accruing an extensive selection of holiday-inspired sneakers and it stands as one of the only holiday clothing categories we’d actually wear. From Chinese New Year designs to Dia de los Muertos and, of course, Christmas, there’s a pair for every holiday.
We’re all about exclusive sneakers, and these holiday-specific drops are the perfect timely flex to catch eyes and impress on the given day. The best bit is that, while they are novelty pieces to an extent, every pair in this roundup stands as a strong design in its own right so you can save them for the relevant holiday or just sport them on any given day.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to not wear that ugly, itchy Christmas jumper this year, then here it is. Swap it out for this pair of 2017 Dunk Highs, featuring over-the-top festive motifs throughout.
While Valentine’s Day drops usually stick to a heady cocktail of soft uppers and light pink palettes, this Air Max 97 goes much more rugged. A leather and mesh upper in black and gray forms the backdrop for hits of University Red, which are the only signs of the romantic holiday.
Designed in collaboration with StrangeLove Skateboards, this Nike SB Dunk Low celebrates the most romantic of holidays with a baby pink color palette and velvet uppers to match.
Following the Chinese New Year for the Year of the Rat, Nike dropped this CNY Jordan 13. An ivory-white suede upper features an embossed traditional Chinese pattern, which allows the pink outsole and camel nubuck mudguard to pop.
2018 saw adidas get in on the Chinese New Year holiday with an exclusive version of the iconic Ultraboost. A Chinese character to each tongue symbolizes that this pair honors the Year of the Dog.
The Chinese shopping holiday of Single’s Day has picked up major momentum in the West recently and it’s understandable if this pair of Women’s Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG “Singles Day” is anything to go by. The vivid red hue isn’t all it seems, rubbing off over time to reveal an elegant floral pattern beneath.
A ruby-red overlay covers the laces of this womens-exclusive Jordan 6 for Singles Day. The sophisticated embellishment matches a pared-back, tonal floral pattern throughout the upper which contrasts with black nubuck hits.
Nike has been producing “Dia de los Muertos” designs for years now and they always come out well. This pair of Jordan 1s looks to an eye-catching pink and yellow palette to make its mark. Little details like contrast stitching and “Familia” text to the toe box distinguish the “Dia de Los Muertos” Jordan 1.
The purples and greens we associated with Halloween make for a winning color palette in sneaker form. This pair of Air Max 97 “Slime Halloween” features a glow-in-the-dark outsole to match the dripping slime motifs to the purple and black upper.
Perhaps one of the best-known holiday-inspired sneakers on the market, dropping in 2018 the All Hallows Eve iteration of the Nike Blazer from Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ sold out instantly and continues to be one of the most desirable Blazers available.
In celebration of Pride 2019, adidas released this pair of Ultraboost sneakers during the “Love Unites” month. A beautiful rainbow weave runs above the sole unit to characterize the style.
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