Ever since Iron Man debuted in 2008, comic book movie season has grown exponentially, taking over our summer film schedule with one blockbuster after another. 2016 got off to an especially early start with the release of Deadpool on Valentine’s Day and this weekend we are set to see the coming together of two of genre’s most iconic characters in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In anticipation of the maybe the biggest movie of the year that isn’t named Captain America: Civil War (because any movie that has Spider-Man proper just wins), here’s an updated look at our picks for the 10 Best Comic Book Sneakers ever made.

Nike SB Dunk Mid PRM Charlie Brown

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NSB

The lovable loser of the Peanuts comic strips gets the Nike SB treatment as Charlie Brown’s yellow shirt is featured on the heel of the sneaker with yellow and black suede while the French blue denim the shoe an extra pop and is different enough from the Charles M. Schulz’s creation that Snoopy and Woodstock won’t try and sue Nike for gimmick infringement.

adidas Prime Boost Amazing Spider-Man 2

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freshnet

Limited to only 100 pairs worldwide as a friends and family release, this PrimeKnit take on Peter Parker’s alter ego is the best and most fitting tribute yet.  Staying true to the Spider-Man character, the red is the most pronounced color on the shoe while black and blue alternate and become more noticeable depending on how the lighting hits the shoe, similar to how his costume actually works.  Basically, this is everything that terrible Nike Foamposite Pro that sneakerheads who have zero imagination and appreciation for comic books tried to call “Spider-Man” wasn’t. With the Civil War coming up, let’s hope for an Ultra Boost or an NMD that does right by Spidey…

Jordan CP3.II Incredible Hulk

Harlem Magazine
Harlem Magazine

Before there was Cliff Paul, Chris Paul was playing another character for Jordan Brand during his days for the New Orleans Hornets.  He might be mild-mannered off the court, but once Paul steps into his work environment, he transforms into a super-powered Point God that won’t be the easiest guy to talk to especially when he’s angry.  The Jordan CP3.II tapped into that change in Paul’s demeanor with this green and purple quickstrike colorway.

New Balance MT580J SPY Vs. SPY

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It’s SPY Vs. SPY, what’s there to not love?  Here’s some classic cartoons from MADtv if you’ve forgotten how awesome they were…

Nike’s Fantastic Four Pack

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While the Fantastic Four movies (all of them, sorry, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan) have not been uh, good (except for Jessica Alba because she’s Jessica Alba), the accompanying pack that Nike dropped alongside them have become the stuff of legend.  Each pair is a callback to one of the members of the super team.  There was also a Foamposite Pro that dropped around the same time that sneakerheads got around to calling Dr. Doom, but those people are misguided and shouldn’t be allowed to name their own children.  Because seriously, what the hell is Dr. Doom about this and is the Pro constantly being disrespected with colroways that don’t make sense?!

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Marvel x Reebok Pump Omni Lite Deadpool

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Ye-Wa

Marvel recently teamed up with Reebok to produce a collection that placed their popular characters onto equally popular Classics silhouettes.  The design team behind the collaboration did a really great job of hitting all of the points and nuances that make each character unique, but our choice for the best of the bunch was the Deadpool Omni Lite that turns the sneaker into a blood red and black instant hit with just enough subtle hints of “Merc With A Mouth” throughout (from the swords on the heel to the character on the sockliner) that it doesn’t overwhelm you with fourth-wall breaking madness.

DC Comics x Converse (multiple releases)

 

Converse
Converse

DC Comics and Converse have been frequent collaborators for so long that we just have to lump them all into one spot on our countdown. While most of the kicks that we have featured here are tributes, Converse took the more literal approach and put the actual characters as they actually look like in the comic books onto the canvas.  Chuck Taylors have long been a literal and figurative canvas for artists to play around with so this was the logical next step and just made it official.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Dark Knight

 

Foot Locker
Foot Locker

The Nike Zoom Kobe 5 “Dark Knight” is a loving tribute to the classic Frank Miller run where Batman went from colorful smarty pants who danced on TV to the gloomy badass that we know today.  And as much as it pains me to say it, this is only the third-best sneaker/comic book crossover ever.  Kobe Bryant and Batman are two of the greatest icons of their respective field but there’s no denying that they are two of the biggest jerks as well.  Cold and calculating, Bryant and Batman were the type of people who obsess over the most minute of details and have a specific plan of attack for every opponent that borders and eventually just shatters the wall of insanity.  Their singular focus on getting the job done at whatever the cost is unmatched to this day and that’s what makes them beloved by many and hated by even more.

Nike Foamposite Lite “Kryptonate”

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HS

What better way to finish off this countdown than by taking down Superman, right?  Inspired by Dwight Howard’s show-stealing performance during the 2008 NBA Dunk Contest (coincidentally, that was the last time anybody liked him), Nate Robinson had to put out all the stops to top Dwight the following year.  As if scripted like a WWE match, the 2009 edition would come down to Robinson and Howard and the show was on.  While Howard continued his Superman shtick from the previous year, Robinson took things to the next level and built an entire persona around Superman’s weakness Kryptonite by rocking his St. Patrick’s Day New York Knicks uniform and wearing a green colorway of the Nike Foamposite Lite with a “Kryptonate” logo.  Needless to say, the fans ate it up and Robinson defeated Howard and Superman in the final to take the Dunk Contest crown once more.  Because Superman blows…

Air Jordan 6 Slam Dunk

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Nike

When we first put this list together, it was just a month before Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan 6 Slam Dunk, a tribute to one of the most beloved manga and anime series ever. Here’s what we said about the shoe at the time:

The Air Jordan 6 “Slam Dunk” comes from a pure place.  Sure, it always surprised me that Nike never took legal action and shut down series creator Takehiko Inoue for using their kicks (and other brands for that matter), but it ended being a fun footnote in the history of one of the most beloved and historically significant sneakers ever made.  Those are the type of stories that Jordan Brand should be chasing; genuine moments that actually touched people and furthered their love of the brand even when they had no idea what a “brand” was.

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