8 of the Weirdest Trainers Ever Made

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Often in the world of sports shoes, vintage styles sell. Big name marques such as Nike, Adidas, Converse and Puma shift serious numbers of shoes that have barely changed shape in nearly 40 years. But there’s a thriving scene for the more experimental trainer. The kind of thing that wouldn’t look out of place on Michael J. Fox’s feet, circa 1985 (or 2015) or even Kanye West’s. But one thing’s certain: they’re not everyone’s idea of food for the sole.  

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8. Kazuki Kuraishi Adidas ZX 750

Worried about getting your box-fresh trainers grubby? Well, with this pair of classic Adidas ZX 750 shoes from designers Kazuki Kuraishi and Ryan Gander, you’ll never have to fear dirt again. A brilliant-white leather upper has seemingly been dipped into thick, brown gloop, giving these trainers a unique two-tone effect: your shoes are essentially pre-muddied.

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7. Saint Laurent Court Classic High Top Rollers

These may look like an ordinary pair of Seventies roller boots, but one glance at the price tag will convince you otherwise – at £800, you wouldn’t want to be scuffing these up at your local roller rink. Featuring a shimmering silver finish and design by luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, these wouldn’t be the most practical choice for weaving through city traffic on your commute to work, but you’d look like a rocket-powered David Bowie doing so.  

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6. Sophia Chang X Trinomic Disc Women’s Wedge

Collaboration is king when it comes to sprinkling gold dust over new sneaker collection, and Puma’s partnership with New York designer Sophia Chang produced the much talked about Trinomic Disc Women’s Wedge . The hip hop loving Chang has built a career on bringing the spirit of hip hop and irrepressible youth to her street wear, and these trainers wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of an uber-cool magazine like Huck.

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5. Adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott JS Wings 3.0

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott created the humbly named Jeremy Scott JS Wings 3.0 sneakers for the Adidas Originals line, in a radical departure from the firm’s range of long-familiar shoe forms. In gold, they look like something comic book character Asterix might wear. In black, they wouldn’t look out of place in Batman’s wardrobe. The theme here is that, on regular people’s feet, these peculiar trainers probably wouldn’t give you wings, despite the giant ones sewn onto the sides.

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4. Giuseppe Zanotti High Top (Kid Cudi)

Actor, songwriter, singer and now, shoe designer, Kid Cudi has fashioned these distinctive high tops in collaboration with label Giuseppe Zanotti.

Featuring over the top padding and Velcro fasteners, they look like a bizarre cross between safety shoes and skate trainers. Perhaps the target market is the especially clumsy skateboarder.

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3. Hood by Air X Forfex 'Huarache Timberland'

They might not look strictly like trainers, but these Forfex boots are certainly inspired by them. Specifically, the famous Nike Air Huarache shoes, hugely popular in the early Nineties. Take the essence of these – most noticeably, the trademark plastic side strip – and hurl it into a pot with a pair of Timberland boots, and these Hood by Air X Forfex 'Huarache Timberlands' are what you’d get. Obviously.

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2. Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’

Not Nike’s most streamlined training shoe, the Foamposite One line was nevertheless incredibly popular, thanks largely to a very clever basketball tie-in. Modelled on the shoes worn by the likes of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, these rather clumpy looking boots became must-haves ahead of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. They featured a galaxy design and a glow in the dark sole, but it was the unheard-of hype ahead of their release that secured their iconic status.

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1. Adidas Originals X Jeremy Scott Bear

For those looking to make a real statement with their feet then another Adidas X Jeremy Scott collaboration trainer design should do the job. Designed back in 2011, these trainers have created a cult following with collectors around the world snapping them up to display proudly on their sneaker shelves. The design is also available in gorilla, glittery gold bear, panda and pink poodle versions - oh and you can even pick up a jacket to match. 
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