It’s Christmas, everybody! It is officially the festive silly season and that means crazy outfits, parties and news leading up to the New Year. Over the past decade, many brands have created Christmas-themed sneakers or goodies to fill our stockings come, Christmas Eve, Let’s take a look at some from the past.

Nike Kobe 6 “Grinch”
The Nike Kobe 6 'Grinch' stands as a formidable contender to the festive fervour and iconic status of the 'Ugly Christmas Sweaters.' Originating from the feet of Kobe Bryant himself on Christmas Day in 2010, these sneakers swiftly ascended to not only achieve legendary status in holiday footwear but also solidify their place among the finest Kobe releases to date. The magical aura surrounding the 'Grinch' is set to be revived this year as Nike prepares to launch the Kobe 6 Protro on Christmas Eve, offering enthusiasts and sneaker aficionados a chance to relive the momentous debut and embrace the spirit of the season with this iconic pair. They became surprisingly limited, especially after the passing of Kobe in 2020. The sneaker now fetches prices upwards of $800 on StockX
Reebok “Ghosts of Christmas” Pack
Charles Dickens's timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, holds a special place as one of the most enduring tales. Reflecting its deep status in festive culture, it has now inspired a festive sneaker release. Drawing inspiration from the three spectral entities that visit Ebenezer Scrooge, this special pack introduces the Question Mid 'Ghosts of Christmas Future,' the Kamikaze II 'Ghosts of Christmas Past,' and the Shaq Attaq 'Ghost of Christmas Present.' Beyond being a triumphant trio of Reebok basketball classics, the thematic connection to Dickens's narrative adds an extra layer of depth, compelling wearers to contemplate the true essence of Christmas as they lace up these unique and thought-provoking sneakers.
Nike SB Dunk Low “Candy Cane”
In 2015, Nike tapped into our collective love for Christmas indulgence with a holiday release that mirrored everyone's beloved edible ornament, the candy cane. Scattered with vibrant red and white stripes, the sneakers exuded a clear and tasty homage to the classic holiday treat, invoking the sensation of savouring its sweet mint flavour. Accents of green complemented the design, creating a festive theme that undoubtedly brings joy to even the most Grinch-like sneakerhead. These kicks, far from being tossed over power lines, seemed destined to be the highlight of the Christmas tree, turning the act of gracing one's feet into a holiday celebration.
Nike Air Max 90 “Gift Wrapped”
This Air Max 90 takes on the role of Santa's Workshop nestled in your local shopping centre. This holiday-themed sneaker transforms the shoe into a festive spectacle, featuring Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, and an abundance of decorations that rival the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. The upper boasts an all-over candy Swoosh print, complemented by a glimmering red mid-foot Swoosh and a sparkle-flecked outsole. Adding a literal bow to this holiday footwear are the eye-catching red ribbon laces, creating a whimsical touch reminiscent of presents waiting to be nestled under the Christmas tree.
Adidas Forum Low ‘Grinch”
In a departure from previous Grinch-inspired sneakers that merely drew aesthetic inspiration from the iconic Dr. Seuss character, the 2022 adidas Forum Low took the collaboration to an official level. This distinctive release left no room for ambiguity, featuring a myriad of unmistakable Grinch motifs alongside a fuzzy green suede upper that perfectly encapsulates the essence of the mischievous holiday character. As a final nod to the festive theme, the sneakers come packaged in a custom red shoe box, adding an extra touch of holiday cheer. Timed for a December release, these Grinch-themed kicks hit the shelves just in time to whimsically attempt to "steal Christmas" in the most stylish and playful manner possible.
Adam Jordan Moosa