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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
LeatherLeather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
CanvasThe material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
SuedeSuede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
MeshThe most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
KnitAt the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
Rubber SoleThe tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
Vulc SoleThe skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Gum SoleAlso known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup SoleCup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
BreathableAlthough breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Orthotic-friendlyFit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
VeganVegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
WaterproofStyle never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
ReflectiveSneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
DadAlso dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
ClassicIn the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
PlatformOversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
RetroThese are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
BoostAdidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
PrimeknitAdidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
AdipreneA midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
JoyrideThe Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
LunarlonThe Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
FlyknitThe top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
ComfyCushOne of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
UltraCushVans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
SpingThese are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
SummerThese must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
WinterStill retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Slip-onSneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Lace-upEasily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
StrapSneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Disney has a long history of fashion collaborations with brands, retail shops, fashion labels, high fashion designers, and notable personalities. More often than not, these collaborations work like magic even if the products involved are made for adults and not for kids considering that the huge chunk of Disney products is inclined to the youth. One reason is that because, through Disney products including Disney sneakers, consumers get to reminisce about their childhood dreams and memories as these products bring a sense of nostalgia. Of course, their playful yet pleasing aesthetic is another factor.
The sneaker market is comprised of a diverse set of footwear brands, and each of these brands possesses a signature look as reflected in their products. This is where Disney collaborations play a significant role. Despite these disparities between sneaker brands, Disney has its way of somehow unifying the footwear industry by producing Disney sneakers that are not defined solely by a “Three Stripes,” “Swoosh,” “Formstrip,” “Jumping Cat,” “Sidestripe,” or other forms of signature brandings.
Following this point, below are typical characteristics of Disney sneakers regardless of brand:
- Disney sneakers are typically limited-edition releases.
- Limited releases often sold out quickly. Because of this, limited-edition Disney sneakers are a common occurrence in the sneaker resale market and are being sold at a much higher price.
- Disney sneakers from a footwear brand collaboration are based on existing sneaker models which are just transformed with Disney-inspired design details.
- Often, the only difference between these Disney sneakers and their core sneaker models is the aesthetic or added Disney-inspired design accents. Sneaker technologies and other functional features are not altered most of the time.
- Pricing varies depending on the shoe model and brand.
- Same goes for fit. Usually, Disney sneakers fit the same way as the original shoe model that they are based on unless a significant material upgrade is made.
- Sizing of these sneakers also varies. Some models are released as a unisex shoe in men's sizing, while others are women-exclusive models. There are also Disney sneakers made all sizes for men, women, and kids.
- Disney sneakers are released in typically vibrant and eye-catching color combinations of purple, beige, gold, yellow, black, blue, red, white, and orange.
Current Disney Lifestyle Sneakers from Collaborations with Sneaker Brands
Disney sneakers are commonly produced under collaboration with sneaker brands. They are usually made in limited quantities, thus get discontinued after some time. Like other sneaker collaborations, these sneakers are designed and produced to commemorate particular events or celebrations including film anniversary, new movie release, character's birthday, and so on. Also, Disney sneakers produced in collaboration with sneaker brands are launched in collections along with several other sneaker models from the brands. Enumerated below are some of the recent collections of Disney sneakers from different brands:
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sneakers
Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first American-made animated film, which, in fact, is a hand-made animation. Many agreed that it may not be the best Disney movie ever created, but it is irrefutably the one that formed a template for every Disney animated film produced after that.
December 27, 2017, marked the film's 80th anniversary since it premiered in theaters. In commemoration of this event, Disney collaborated with sneaker brands for different collections of sneakers that are inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Some of these collections are the following:
Disney x Asics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Collection (2017)
Released initially in December 2017, the limited-edition Disney x Asics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Collection includes two women-exclusive Gel-Lyte V shoes and seven Gel-Lyte GS shoes. Below are some details about the Disney sneakers included in this collection:
- Disney Gel-Lyte V "Snow White"
These Disney sneakers are based on the silhouette of the classic Gel-Lyte V model. The entire upper and midsole are dressed in tonal burgundy as inspired by Snow White’s cape. A removable huge velvet bow highlights the midfoot, while an apple graphic along with a Snow White text is printed on the insoles. A Disney branding on the heel seals off the Disney Princesses-approved look.
The Asics Disney Gel-Lyte V “Snow White” is a women’s low-top shoe with sizes ranging from US 5.5 to 12 in B (M) Medium width. It retails at around $150.
- Disney Gel-Lyte V "The Evil Queen"
The Wicked Queen’s influence is evident on this special edition of the Gel-Lyte V shoe. The black exterior shows hints of purple while an exaggerated tongue displays the Queen's large gold crown as a primary design accent. Also featured are glittered outsoles as another subtle Disney reference.
Like the “Snow White” colorway, this shoe is a women-exclusive Disney low-top shoe with sizes ranging from US 5.5 to 12 in B (M) Medium width. It also retails at $150.
- Disney Gel-Lyte GS
The Disney Gel-Lyte GS, which is the first Asics Gel-Lyte for kids, released later than the two Gel-Lyte V Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney sneakers. It was inspired by the GT-II and aimed to be a stylish and comfortable casual kick.
This Asics low-top sneaker features fleece lining details, black laces, Disney branding on the heel, and a gum rubber outsole. Seven colorways released with each colorway representing the “Seven Dwarfs” – Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey.
Disney x Supra Snow White 80th Anniversary Collection (2018)
This Disney x Supra collection launched in February 2018 to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the iconic film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It includes limited-edition Disney sneakers, apparel, and skateboards. For sneakers, 11 Disney-inspired models based on 3 Supra silhouettes made their debut.
Each pair of these Disney sneakers comes with a molded character icon hang tag, specialty tissue paper with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs design, and a custom shoebox inspired by the film.
- Supra x Disney Cuba
The Supra x Disney Cuba is a low-top skate shoe released in limited quantities. It features premium nubuck material on the upper, vulcanized outsole, and a slip-on construction with decorative rope laces. Each colorway presents the character’s color, printed character’s name on the outsole, graphic print on the medial heel side, and sock liners printed with Supra x Disney branding on the left shoe and the character’s graphic on the right shoe. These unisex Disney sneakers retail at $85 with sizes available from US Men 4 to 14 in D Standard width.
Supra x Disney Cuba colorways:
- Supra x Disney Cuba “Sleepy” – gray and black
- Supra x Disney Cuba “Dopey” – black and purple
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc
These low-top Disney sneakers feature a premium nubuck upper, vulcanized outsole, and lace-up closure. Each colorway is inspired by the character as evident on the character-printed insoles with Supra x Disney branding, printed outsoles with character’s name, and character icon graphic print on the medial heel side.
Retailing at around $85, these limited-edition Disney sneakers are a unisex shoe model that comes in men’s sizing from US 4 to 11.5 in D Standard width.
Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc colorways:
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “All 7” – black and white
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “Happy” – black and yellow
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “Grumpy” – red and black
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “Sneezy” – green and black
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “Bashful” – pale pink and white
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc “Doc” – blue and white
- Supra x Disney Skytop
The Supra x Disney Skytop is a high top skate shoe that sits atop a vulcanized outsole. It has a nubuck upper, padded lining in the collar and tongue, and a lace-up closure. Character graphics prints are visible on the insoles and medial heel side, while Supra x Disney brandings are placed on the insoles and tongue. The character’s name is printed on the outsoles as well.
These special-edition Disney sneakers from Supra comes with an extra set of laces. Each pair retails at $145.
Supra x Disney Skytop colorways:
- Supra x Disney Skytop “Evil Queen” - reptile black and purple
- Supra x Disney Skytop “Poison Apple” - iridescent purple with gray details
- Supra x Disney Skytop “Snow White” - pure white and red
2. Beauty and the Beast Sneakers (2017)
Disney launched in theaters the live-action remake of its classic 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast in March 2017. As part of the celebration, several collaborations were made with different sneaker brands to produce Disney sneakers that are inspired by the film and its characters notably Belle and the Beast.
New Balance x Beauty and the Beast Collection (March 2017)
Launched in March 2017 is the New Balance x Beauty and the Beast Collection, which is composed of three limited-edition women-exclusive Disney sneakers and another one shoe model for kids in two colorways.
- New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3 Disney
The Fresh Foam Zante V3 Disney boasts a façade inspired by the magical rose in a black and mulberry color combination. Lightweight and breathable knit textile and synthetic materials cover the upper while a traditional lace-up closure offers a secure fit. The insoles are removable and printed with Disney x NB logo in gold text finish, which is similar to the branding seen on the tongue. The N logo on the sidewalls makes a nice touch as it is dressed with wildflowers accent.
This Disney-inspired women-exclusive running shoe is a limited-edition release that retails at $120.
- New Balance Vazee Transform Disney
The Vazee Transform Disney is a low-top cross-trainer shoe with design elements inspired by Belle’s gown. Retailing at $80, the shoe features a sea salt color with gold accents. The upper is of mesh and synthetic materials with a traditional lace-up closure for a secure fit. Each pair retails at $80 and comes in women’s sizing only in B – Medium and D – Wide width options.
- New Balance Vazee Rush Disney
One of the Disney sneakers in this lineup. It is a low-top, slip-on model of the Vazee Rush made exclusively for the ladies and dressed in blue with cobalt blue and blue ashes upper. Design inspirations from Beauty and the Beast are visible on the midfoot strap in the form of embroidered floral accent. Each pair retails at $100.
- New Balance 790v6 Disney
These Disney sneakers are made exclusively for kids with sizes ranging from infant to grade school. Two colorways released, one in “Poisonberry with Mulberry and Gold” and another in “Cornflower with Majestic Blue and Gold.” The infant and toddler version retails at $49.99 while the grade school version retails at $59.99.
The Disney-inspired NB 790v6 features embossed and metallic details inspired by Belle. The fit is secured with a hook and loop closure, while an injected molded EVA gives a plush feel. The leather and mesh upper sit atop a durable rubber outsole.
Disney x Asics Beauty and the Beast Collection (March 2017)
The Disney x Asics Beauty and the Beast collection dropped in March 2017 in time for the then-upcoming release of the live action film Beauty and the Beast. The women-exclusive collection includes seven Disney sneakers inspired by the film's characters, costumes, and personalities. Each of these Disney sneakers features an embossed "Disney" branding, as well as an embroidered red, rose on each heel as a nod to the magical rose in the film. Each shoe is made even more special with actual fabrics and patterns used in the movie. Prices range from $249 to $269.
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast
Asics’ Gel-Lyte III silhouette receive another Disney-inspired makeover that makes it one of the highly sought Disney sneakers ever released. These Disney sneakers launched in five new colorways for this collection. Features include tonal laces, traditional lace-up closure, split tongue, and Disney-inspired design details throughout the shoe. Upper materials vary from suede to leather or mesh.
Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast colorways:
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast “Coffee ”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast “Whisper ”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast “”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast “”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast “Corydalis ”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast
The Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast, or otherwise simply referred to as Asics Disney Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast, officially dropped on March 3, 2017, as women-exclusive Disney sneakers. The shoe features color swatches inspired by the mystical rose and enchanted castle. Beauty and the Beast-inspired design accents are seen in the sockliner and on the leather upper.
Like the core model, the Gel-Lyte V, these special editions Disney sneakers are infused with Asics' GEL technology for lightweight cushioning and comfort.
Two colorways of the Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast:
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast “Bleached ”
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte V Beauty and the Beast “Whisper ”
Disney x Supra Beauty and the Beast Collection
Disney also teamed up with skate-focused footwear brand Supra in celebration of the film Beauty and the Beast in March 2017. Supra’s Beauty and the Beast Collection is comprised of three skate-inspired Disney sneakers based on two Supra signature silhouettes – the Skytop and the Cubana. The initial release in March 2017 included women's and kid's Disney sneakers, while a men's Cubana followed suit in April 2017.
- Supra x Disney Skytop
The Beauty and the Beast version of the Supra Skytop silhouette comes in a fancy luxe velvet upper in black with Rococo era gold embroidered accents. Also featured are black flat waxed laces, black padded mesh lining, custom Disney x Supra footbed, and black vulcanized outsole with tonal foxing.
These limited editions Disney sneakers comes in women's sizing ($110) and kids’ sizing ($75).
- Supra x Disney Cuba
Inspired by the film’s magical red rose, the limited-edition Supra x Disney Cuba flaunts a crushed red velvet upper with embroidered rose accent on the toe box. Also featured are red nylon rope laces, custom Disney x Supra footbed, red vulcanized outsole, and white foxing with tonal pinstripes. Women’s Disney x Supra Cuba retails at $75. Kids’ Cuba, on the other hand, is available for $60.
Supra x Disney Cuba Beauty and the Beast colorways:
- Supra x Disney Cuba Beauty and the Beast “Red - ”
- Supra x Disney Cuba Beauty and the Beast “Black/ Gold – ”
3. Toy Story Sneakers
Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story debuted in theaters on November 22, 1995, and received lots of positive critic reviews and numerous recognitions from different award-giving bodies. It is a computer animated film that has brought about three sequels – the Toy Story 2 (1992), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Toy Story 4 which is set to release in 2019.
Toy Story x Converse (February 2018)
Converse collaborated with Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story in February 2018 for a three-part collection involving redesigned Converse classic silhouettes such as the Jack Purcell, the All Star 100 High, and the All Star Low. The Toy Story x Converse Jack Purcell carries a Buzz Lightyear-themed upper in white and green colors, while the two All Star models feature a selection of Toy Story characters including Woody, Rex, and Mr. Potato Head among others.
These Disney sneakers first released exclusively in Japan at atmos. Each shoe comes in special Toy Story x Converse packaging.
Vans x Toy Story (October 2016)
One of the many successful Vans and Disney collaborations is the Vans x Toy Story Collection. In this collection of Disney sneakers, Vans was able to showcase Andy’s love for his favorite toys including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Rex, and many others. Aside from Disney sneakers for adults and kids, the collection also includes apparel and accessories.
Disney sneakers included in the Vans x Toy Story Collection:
- Vans x Toy Story SK8-Hi Reissue PT “Woody.”
The Toy Story SK8-Hi Reissue PT “Woody” belongs to the high-top Disney sneakers category that released in limited quantities. It features a brown leather upper and tonal midsole, a lace-up closure, a heel pull tab, and an “ANDY” sole design accent. Disney·Pixar Toy Story’s icon is placed on the tongue. Design influence from Woody is evident through a custom cactus embroidery on the medial side and inner linings patterned after Woody’s shirt.
- Vans x Toy Story Old Skool “Woody”
The classic Old Skool shoe received an upgrade through these special edition Disney sneakers by using denim on the upper with cow skin printed side panels and brown leather signature Vans Sidestripe. An “ANDY” print is likewise seen on the outsole. Like the regular Old Skool, this low-top Vans features a lace up closure, padded collar, and signature waffle rubber outsole.
- Vans x Toy Story Old Skool “Buzz Lightyear”
No other Disney sneakers could give life to the statement “to infinity and beyond” other than the Toy Story Old Skool “Buzz Lightyear.” For this special, limited-edition release, the classic Old Skool silhouette from Vans features colors and design reminiscent of the well-loved movie character. The iconic Vans side stripe is retained, but some design elements are added to suit the theme. The sole bears the signature “ANDY” print, while the tongue branding is replaced with Disney·Pixar Toy Story’s icon.
- Vans x Toy Story Old Skool “Andy’s Room”
The Old Skool silhouette received another design upgrade by utilizing printed canvas upper inspired by Toy Story characters including Rex, Slinky Dog, Hamm, and Bo Peep. The Toy Story Old Skool “Andy’s Room” Disney sneakers also display white signature Vans Sidestripe, white laces in a typical lace-up closure, padded collar and footbed, black foxing stripe, and vulcanized outsoles. The handwritten “Andy” from the original Toy Story film also appear on these shoes’ soles.
- Vans x Toy Story Authentic “Woody”
These limited-edition Woody-inspired Disney sneakers feature textile uppers printed allover with images of the Sheriff. As based on the Vans Authentic silhouette, they also have metal eyelets, rounded waxed laces, and custom signature waffle rubber outsole. Like other Disney sneakers in the collection, these shoes display an “ANDY” print on the bottom part.
- Vans x Toy Story Authentic “Woody/ Bo Peep”
The “Woody/ Bo Peep” colorway of the Vans x Toy Story Authentic Disney sneakers showcases a durable canvas upper printed with images of Sheriff Woody and Little Bo Peep. This limited-edition low-top also features a lace-up closure, metal eyelets, waffle rubber outsole, Toy Story tongue branding, and “ANDY” sole design accent.
- Vans x Toy Story SK8-Hi Reissue “Buzz Lightyear”
The Toy Story SK8-Hi Reissue "Buzz Lightyear" features a suede and canvas upper in a high-top construction and lace-up closure. The black upper flaunts Buzz Lightyear-inspired graphics on the sidewalls that light up in the dark. Other features of these Disney sneakers include a padded collar, custom signature waffle outsole, and "ANDY" sole design detail.
- Vans x Toy Story Era “Aliens”
The Vans x Toy Story Era shoe is a low-top skate Disney shoe in sturdy textile upper printed allover with graphics of the Aliens from Pizza Planet. Interestingly, the aliens’ eyes glow in the dark as another excellent design accent. Other features include metal eyelets, padded collar, and waffle rubber outsole.
- Vans x Toy Story SK8-Hi Slim “Bo Peep”
The slimmed-down version of the high-top skate shoe Vans SK8-Hi also received a Disney makeover for this unique Disney x Vans collaboration. The shoe flaunts Bo Peep's color influence on the entire upper in suede and canvas material combination, while polka dots design details on the sidewalls add a nice touch to the shoe's feminine façade. The collars are padded for added support and comfort, and the outsole is of signature waffle rubber construction.
- Vans x Toy Story Classic Slip-On “Sid’s Mutants”
Sid’s mutant toys make an appearance on one of the iconic silhouettes from Vans, the Slip-On. Named officially as the Vans x Toy Story Classic Slip-On “Sid’s Mutants,” this low-top features a durable canvas upper in black base and images of Sid’s mutant toys all throughout. Slide on and off this unisex shoe with ease and help from the elastic side accents.
4. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Sneakers
Onitsuka Tiger x Mickey and Minnie
2018 marks the 90th anniversary of Mickey and Minnie and in celebration of this joyful event, Disney teamed up with footwear brand Onitsuka Tiger to come up with Disney sneakers that would reflect the heritage of the two well-loved Disney characters.
- Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation x Disney
The Disney-inspired Mexico Delegation sneakers first dropped on March 2, 2018, as the first Disney sneakers in the collection portraying Disney's power duo. Satin ribbon ruffles add a nice touch to the sporty façade of the shoe in either tonal black, white, or red colorway. “Minnie Mouse” text is printed on the insoles, and Minnie's name is stamped on the side. Minnie’s ribbon, on the other hand, is displayed on the heel tab.
- Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 x Disney (Mexico 66 Hands)
Launched on March 10, 2018, these low-top Disney sneakers offer nothing but the best of both worlds from Onitsuka and Disney. The sneaker brand’s classic roots are evident on the signature Mexico 66 slim and iconic profile, while Disney-inspired design elements are added on sides, heel, and insoles.
The upper is made of leather and suede reflective material in three color options – red, white, and black. On the side part of the heel is Mickey’s hand alongside Onitsuka Tiger’s signature stripes.
- Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 PS x Disney
Onitsuka Tiger and Disney also created Disney sneakers for kids that are based on Mexico 66 silhouette. Mickey and Minnie design elements are reflected in the colorways (red, black, or white) with either polka dots print or grid print.
Notable Disney Sneakers in the Past
1. Nike Air Force 1 Upstep Hi LX “The Glass Slipper” (2017)
- The Nike Air Force 1 Upstep Hi LX “The Glass Slipper is a Cinderella-inspired limited-edition Swoosh kick.
- It released on July 1, 2017, on Nike+, Nike's official website, SNKRS, and at select retailers for $200.
- The upper, in pink and teal colors with sequined design details, is comparable to the Disney Princess' fancy and magical glass slipper with contrasting Swoosh on the sides in white leather material.
2. Star Wars x Adidas Originals ZX Flux (2015)
- The Adidas ZX Flux received a Star Wars-themed treatment in a series of releases with varying design and colors.
- Some of these ZX Flux shoes have design accents inspired by Yoda, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, or the Millenium Falcon in either black, white, or multicolored upper.
- Regardless of colorway, this special edition Star Wars sneakers retain the classic ZX Flux’s breathable mesh upper, Three Stripes on the sidewalls, a heel pull tab, and traditional lace-up closure.
3. Keds Minnie Mouse Collection (2016)
- The Keds Minnie Mouse Collection includes three Keds silhouettes – the Champion, the Champion Triple, and the Triple Decker.
- These Disney sneakers are all dressed in Minnie Mouse-inspired prints and colors such as black, white, and red (and blue).
4. Disney Princess and Vans Collection (2015)
- The Disney Princess and Vans Collection is composed of five pairs of Disney sneakers inspired by princesses Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Jasmine.
- Classic Vans shoes involved in this collection is the Vans Classic Slip-On (Belle), Vans Authentic (Jasmine; Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty), Vans SK8-Hi Slim (Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty).
5. Disney x Adidas Originals Superstar II “Mickey X” (2011)
- These Disney sneakers are Mickey Mouse-themed Superstar II with a black leather upper, Mickey graphics on the tongue and insoles, and white crossbones with Mickey’s hands and feet at the tips.
- This special edition Superstar II “Mickey X” retailed at $80.
6. Disney x Vans 2015 Holiday “Alice in Wonderland” (2015)
- This special pack released as part of the Disney x Vans Young at Heart Collection.
- Alice and Wonderland characters including White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum made an appearance in classic Vans shoe silhouettes.
- The pack includes Vans SK8-Hi Reissue (adult sizing), Vans Classic Slip-On (women, kid, and toddler sizing).
- This Young at Heart collection released on October 9, 2015, in the US.
7. Minnie Mouse x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star (2017)
- The Minnie Mouse x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a women-exclusive release that debuted in August 2017 at atmos for approximately $82 per pair.
- Two shoe models were included, one in low-top construction and another in high-top built.
- The low-top Disney sneakers based on the classic All Star silhouette feature a large red polka dots bow accent on the tongue, black canvas upper, golden eyelets, and a clean white sole.
- The high-top Disney sneakers from this collection, on the other hand, feature a sturdy canvas upper with an all-over Minnie Mouse print, traditional lace-up closure, and white sole.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much are Disney sneakers?
Prices of Disney sneakers vary depending on the materials and technologies utilized or their brand. The collar height or profile is also a factor affecting their prices. Typically, like other sneakers, those built in high-top constructions are priced slightly higher than their lows or mids counterparts. Likewise, technologically advanced Disney sneakers are also more expensive than the regular ones.
To give you an idea, below are groupings of some Disney sneakers per price range.
Some examples of budget-friendly Disney sneakers (up to $90):
- New Balance Vazee Transform Disney Trainer
- Supra x Disney Cuba
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc
- New Balance 711v3 Disney Trainer
- New Balance 574 Disney
Some examples of affordable Disney sneakers (up to $120):
- New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3 Disney
- New Balance Vazee Rush Disney
- Supra x Disney Stacks II Vulc
- Disney x Asics Gel-Lyte III Beauty and the Beast
Some examples of expensive Disney sneakers (up to $250):
- Disney Gel Lyte V "Snow White"
- Disney Gel Lyte V "The Evil Queen"
2. What size options are available for Disney sneakers?
Often, Disney sneakers from collaborations with sneaker brands come either as unisex models in men’s sizing or as women-exclusive models. There are also shoes released both in adult and kids sizing from infant to grade school. One example is the Disney x Asics Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs collection which consists of women-exclusive Disney sneakers and one model made exclusively for kids.
3. Where can I buy a pair of Disney-inspired shoes?
Sneaker brands occasionally release Disney sneakers as part of their collaboration with Disney to celebrate an event, new movie release, or Disney movie’s or character’s anniversary. These sneakers are typically sold in limited quantities through the brand’s official website and stores, and at select retail shops.
4. Which brands of footwear make Disney-inspired sneakers?
Below are some of the sneaker brands that have collaborated with Disney in the past for Disney sneakers:
5. Why are these sneakers always challenging to find in my size?
Disney-inspired sneakers are challenging to find because they are usually released as limited-edition sneaker models. As such, sizes sold out quickly most especially if the shoe model is highly-anticipated even before its release date. Some of these sneakers are also evident in the resale market and sold at a much higher price.
6. What are high-tops, mid-tops, and low-tops Disney sneakers?
Like regular sneakers, Disney sneakers can be classified depending on the height of their collars. Low-tops have collars that fall below the ankle and offer ankle mobility and flexibility. Mid-top sneakers have collars that fall just at the ankle level and provide ample support and protection without much ankle restriction. High-tops, on the other hand, have high collars and provide excellent ankle support and stability.
Most of the current Disney sneakers are low-tops, and a few are high-tops. However, mid-top Disney sneakers are very limited and not as ubiquitous as the lows and the highs.
7. Why is the resale value of this kind of sneakers high?
Like previously mentioned, Disney sneakers are, most of the time, limited-edition releases and get sold out pretty quickly. This fact makes these sneakers even more desirable for sneaker collectors and Disney fanatics, thus a much higher price in the resale market.