The Best Horror Movie Inspired Sneakers
- by Nick Demaria
- May 28, 2021
It’s never too early to think about Halloween. Spooky season is one of the most popular times of the year; people love the opportunity to dress up as their favorite movie characters, historical figures, pop culture icons, and more. In addition to the dress-up opportunities, the Halloween season is perfect for watching all of your favorite horror movies. If you are a sneakerhead, this is the time of year to represent all of your favorite scary films in your footwear. We have compiled some of our favorite horror movie-inspired sneakers so you can be spooky whenever you want.
Nike SB Dunk Low’ Freddy Krueger’
This is one of the most well-known horror movie shoes because of controversy it sparked in 2007 when photos of the original design first leaked. As it turns out, Freddy Kreuger’s iconic sweater, which inspired the striped-knit overlay in the sneaker, is a registered trademark; New Line Cinema threatened legal action if Nike proceeded with the release, so the shoe was redesigned – but even that attempt was unsuccessful. Days before the planned release, Nike recalled all pairs from stores and sent them to be destroyed; however, due to some shops accidentally selling their stock early and other employees smuggling stock out of back doors, some retail pairs did make their way into public hands. To this day, the “Freddy Krueger” model remains one of the most iconic horror movie sneakers out there.
Nike SB Dunk High ‘Jason Voorhees’
With Freddy out of the way, the path was paved for Jason to take top billing in Nike’s SB’ Horror Pack’ of 2007. This model features a clean black, white, and red leather colorway that evokes memories of a certain hockey mask. As always with Nike, the details add even more intricacy: the red coating was actually applied loosely on top of other leather, allowing it to be scratched away with wear to give the shoes a bloody appearance.
Nike SB Air Trainer 1 ‘Dawn of the Dead’
This member of Nike’s SB’ Horror Pack’ is one of the most underrated, likely because it wasn’t a dunk. This Air Trainer 1 comes in a retro colorway that was inspired by the VHS cover of the incomparable 1978 zombie movie Dawn of the Dead. While it was one of the more understated shoes of the pack, the unsettling shade of grey, perfectly dyed to match the flesh of the undead from the movie, was a clever touch.
Laika x Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman’
For the younger horror buffs in the sneakerhead community, Nike teamed up with animation studio Laika to release a shoe inspired by the 2012 CGI animated horror classic ParaNorman. This official collaboration was limited to just 800 pairs, available only through an online competition. Not only are these shoes one of the best-looking horror movie sneakers out there, they are considered some of the best-looking Foams ever made, thanks to their eye-catching glow-in-the-dark outsoles and the attractive graphics on the uppers.
Reebok Ventilator ‘Chucky’
Reebok’s response to Nike’s 2007 ‘Horror Pack’ release was to put out a pack of its own. The star of this release was, without a doubt, the Chucky-inspired Ventilator. The design, loosely based on Chucky’s signature Good Guys outfit, consists of a red striped fabric upper balanced with white leather and blue accents. A gouged eyeball on the insoles makes the inspiration for this design abundantly clear. Alongside this model, Reebok also released a matching Ventilator designed after Tiffany, Chucky’s bride. Sneakerhead couples rejoice!