Video Game Sneakers Sampler
Maybe you want to show off your gamer status and sneakerhead status at the same time, or maybe you want to add a bit of nostalgia to your lineup. Either way, there are quite a few options out there for video game sneakers. If your interests span games and shoes, I hope this post inspires you to add a pair of gaming kicks to your wardrobe.
If you want high quality work, Kyozokicks.com offers custom gaming apparel and currently features three sneaker designs. The Grand Theft Auto IV Nike Dunks design is included at the end in case you feel lucky: buy their GTA shirt and you’ll have a chance at winning a pair.
If you are looking for something more nostalgic, Ebay.com has listings for several different Super Mario Bros. sneakers. Just search “Mario Converse” and see if someone is offering your size in the style you want. At the time this post was written, the options were as follows:
I love the coins on the outside of the inner sleeve.
Your personal feelings on this design might depend on how good you were at jumping on Bowser’s head. (Photos via Streething)
If you simply cannot get enough Mario, these are a good option.
The last two are my personal favorites. The white ones feature Mario and a goomba while the black ones trade the little angry mushroom for Bowser.
If your tastes are for more modern games, like Mass Effect, the Bioware Store has some sneakers based on the iconic N7 armor. I love this subtle design: if you haven’t played the game, chances are good that you’ll miss the reference.
If you’re interested, follow this link to purchase. Be warned, only about half of the original sizes are left.
Etsy.com also has several hand-painted or hand-made options. Searching “video game shoes” on the site will give you a starting point, but make sure to search by your favorite franchises as well. I will warn you that it helps if your favorite franchise is from Nintendo, even better if it is from the NES era. Apparently the Etsy crowd and the Limbo/Uncharted/Halo crowds don’t overlap much. The pictures below will offer you a sampling: some good, some not so good, and some insanely overpriced.
More Bioware! These were inspired by Dragon Age: Origins.
A simpler time in gaming translates to a simpler shoe.
Do you dig these Mega Man and Assassin’s Creed inspired shoes as much as I do? You should.
If you’ve spent the entire post thinking that you want something more elaborate, these Metroid kicks might be for you.
Finally, we come to the end of the list with the KD V Christmas, a shoe that was inspired by video games. While the connection to gaming is arguably tenuous, and certainly abstract, they are pretty sweet sneakers anyway.
Any favorites out there I missed?