50 Times Rappers Have Had Their Own Kicks [Gallery]

When info dropped about Snoop’s adidas kicks a few days ago, we got to thinking: A lot of rappers have dabbled in the sneaker game. Their endeavors range from the good (Kanye’s Nike Air Yeezy), to the bad (Nelly’s Reebok Derrty I), to the ugly (“shit can get uglier than a Master P sneaker”…we see you Lloyd Banks). Some have been for the everyman (Fat Joe’s Protege They Sick line, which ran for $34.99), some just for a few lucky heads (there are only four pairs for Lupe Fiasco’s Air Force Ones), and some were for, well, basically no one (Big Boi’s diamond encrusted AF1s were set at a cool $50,000). There have been birthdays (Weezy got customized Supras when he turned 26) and charity (Eminem made the Big Proof Air Max for his late friend).

Below, you’ll find 50 of the most memorable rapper forays into the world of sneakers. What’s your favorite? What’s the most hideous? What did we miss? Which do you have?

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  • Lupe Fiasco Air Force One
    Lupe Fiasco <em>Air Force One Fall of Rome</em>: Only four pairs of Lupe's exclusive, named for his clothing line, were made.
  • Pharrell Nike Dunk
    Pharrell Williams <em>Nike Dunk High</em>: These dunks were all black, other than a grey swoosh, and featured Pharrell's logo on the heel.
  • Puma Clyde Ludacris
    Ludacris <em>Puma Clyde Ludacris</em>: With "DTP" on the heel and Luda's face on the insole, these new take on classic Pumas dropped in 2006.
  • Pharrell Christian Louboutin Studded
    Pharrell Williams <em>Christian Louboutin</em>: Skateboard P was the first seen rocking these studded high tops.
  • Pharrell Ice Creams
    Pharrell Williams <em>Ice Creams</em>: Along with Nigo, Pharrell launched Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club in 2005.
  • Kanye West Louis Vuitton Pink
    Kanye West <em>Kanye West for Louis Vuitton Jasper’s</em>: These standouts from the Louis Vuitton Don's 2009 line were named for his cohort and barber, Ibn Jasper.
  • Kanye West Louis Vuitton White Low
    Kanye West <em>Kanye West for Louis Vuitton Don’s</em>: These were one of a few colorways for the lows from the collection.
  • Air Yeezy Grey
    Kanye West <em>Nike Air Yeezy</em>: The Air Yeezy's were expensive, infamous and highly anticipated. Rightfully so.
  • DJ Premier Air Force One
    DJ Premier <em>Air Force One</em>: These black-based joints featured the words "DJ Premier" on the heels, in honor of the beat-making legend.
  • Jam Master Jay adidas
    <em>adidas Jam Master Jay Tribute</em>: Helping bring adidas prominence in the culture while repping them with Run DMC, Jam Master Jay was honored by the company with these tributes.
  • Run Athletics
    Rev Run <em>Run Athletics</em>: Esteemed mogul Russell Simmons teamed with his brother Rev Run for this line, launched in 2003.
  • Diggy Simmons Chivalrous
    Diggy Simmons <em>Chivalrous Culture</em>: Just like his pops and uncle, Diggy made sure to get in the shoe game. Young and in charge.
  • MC Shan Puma
    MC Shan <em> Yo! MTV Raps Puma</em>: Puma collaborated with Yo! MTV Raps to pay tribute to MC Shan (as well as some other legends). The shoe for the Queensbridge native and creator of "The Bridge" fittingly features an image of a bridge.
  • Cam'ron Air Force One
    Cam'ron <em>Nike Air Force</em>: JG Customs hooked Killa Cam up with these hand-painted customs back in 2006.
  • Snoop Dogg adidas Purp and Yellow
    Snoop Dogg <em>adidas Purp and Yellow</em>: With a colorway in honor of his hometown Lakers, Snoop's kicks will be dropping next month during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
  • Swizz Beatz Christian Louboutin
    Swizz Beatz <em>Christian Louboutin</em>: Swizzy came through the shoot for his Drake collabo "Fancy" rocking these Christian Louboutins.
  • Swizz Beatz Reebok
    Swizz Beatz <em>Reebok Black and Yellow</em>: In late 2010, Swizz tweeted pics of his collab with Reebok, set to drop this year.
  • Swizz Beatz Reebok Lime Green
    Swizz Beatz <em>Reebok Lime Green</em>: If you think this is the end of the colorways, you're wrong.
  • Swizz Beatz Grape Juice Reebok
    Swizz Beatz <em>Reebok Grape Juice</em>: Because Swizz will also be dropping these Grape Juice joints this year.
  • Swizz Beatz Gucci
    Swizz Beatz <em>Gucci</em>: In 2009, Swizz hooked up with Gucci for these casual sneakers set at a pricepoint just over $500.
  • S. Carter Red NY
    Jay-Z <em>Reebok S. Carter NY Low</em>: Hov had to show the hometown love with these low tops.
  • S. Carter White
    Jay-Z <em>Reebok S. Carter Low</em>: These all white S-Dots on his feet helped make Jiggaman's cipher complete.
  • S. Carter Blue Mid
    Jay-Z <em>Reebok S.Carter Mid</em>: The mids were a little more distinct, with "S. Carter" etched across the strap and the side panel.
  • S. Carter Blue LA
    Jay-Z <em>Reebok S. Carter L.A.</em>: Yeah, Jay-Z may be a New Yorker through and through, but he's also a business, man. In case you've never heard that before.
  • Kanye x S. Carter Yellow
    Kanye West <em>Reebok S. Carter x Kanye West</em>: Kanye teamed with Hov and Reebok for these S. Carters, coming in four colorways with material ranging from patent leather to suede.
  • Nelly Reebok Derrty One
    Nelly <em>Reebok Derrty I</em>: Even though he made a song about Nike kicks (we know you remember "Air Force Ones"), Nelly linked with Reebok for his signature line. We understand why he never made a song about these.
  • Nelly Reebok Derrty II
    Nelly <em>Reebok Derrty II</em>: It's safe to say that Nelly's second collab with Reebok was easier on the eyes than the first.
  • G Unit Blue
    G-Unit <em>Reebok G-Unit Low</em>: 50 Cent couldn't believe Reebok did a deal with a psycho. Um, you've sold millions upon millions of recods. Forget mental state; they did a deal with a star.
  • G Unit Reebok Pump
    G-Unit <em>Reebok G-Unit Pump</em>: The Pump was always one of Reebok's most timeless offerings.
  • Rick Ross Pony Black
    Rick Ross <em>Pony</em>: Pony decided to back away from these when some controversy stemming from past employment surrounded Rozay. Dude's got more momentum than ever lately. Wonder if they regret that decision now?
  • Eminem Encore Air Force 1
    Eminem <em>Nike Air Force One Encore</em>: For these forces, the title of Em's fourth major label release was etched on the heel.
  • Eminem Air Force 1
    Eminem <em>Nike Air Force One Shady</em>: Again creating an AF1, Em had Shady Records etched on these black, white and greys.
  • Eminem Air Max
    Eminem <em>Nike Air Max 90</em>: These multi-colored kicks were one of two Air Maxs that Em designed to help raise money for charity.
  • Eminem Proof Air Max
    Eminem <em>Nike Air Max 1 Big Proof</em>: These were also designed by Em to help raise money for charity, and featured a print of the face of his late friend Proof on the heel.
  • Shady Records Vans
    Eminem <em>Shady Records Vans</em>: While Em's more of a sneakerhead, these Vans were created for the Shade 45 staff in honor of <em>Eminem Presents: The Re-Up</em>.
  • Eminem Air Jordan 2 The Way I Am
    Eminem <em>Air Jordan II The Way I Am</em>: These black, grey and red Js featured Em's lyrics on the insoles, side panels and toes.
  • Air Slim Shady
    Eminem <em>Nike Air Slim Shady</em>: With "Air Slim Shady" written on the tongue, these grey kicks were also known as the Nike Air Max Shady Burst.
  • Eminem Air Jordan IV
    Eminem <em>Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem</em>: Only 50 pairs of these Jordans were made, each with Em's name stitched on the tongue.
  • Nas 310 Motoring The Disciple
    Nas <em>310 Motoring The Disciple</em>: Nas teamed with the Sketchers subsidiary for his first line of kicks.
  • Nas Fila Italia
    Nas <em>Fila Italia High</em>: After working with 310 Motoring, Esco worked with Fila to produce these patent leathers, coming in four colorways.
  • Lil Wayne Supra
    Lil Wayne <em>CLVII Supra Skytop</em>: For his birthday, Lil Wayne was sent these sequenced Supras, which he rocked at the 2009 BET Awards.
  • Fat Joe Protege Grey
    Fat Joe <em>Protege They Sick</em>: Just like fellow New Yorker and NBA player Stephon Marbury, Fat Joe linked with Protege to design a line of stylish and affordable sneakers.
  • Big Boi Diamond Studded Air Force 1
    Big Boi <em>Nike Air Force One So Cal</em>: Specialized for Big Boi, these Forces feature 11 carats of diamonds around the swoosh, making them worth 50k. For the everyman, they were available sans diamonds, for just over $200.
  • Missy Elliott adidas Ecstacy
    Missy Elliott <em>adidas Respect M.E. Ecstacy</em>: These pink-laced high tops were a re-release of an '80s favorite from adidas.
  • Missy Elliott adidas Respect M.E.
    Missy Elliott <em>adidas Respect M.E. Fly Hoops</em>: These basketball kicks came in four colorways and featured "Respect M.E." on the tongue tag.
  • Missy Elliott adidas Bassline
    Missy Elliott <em>adidas Bassline</em>: Yet another release from Misdemeanor's partnership with adidas, these lows featured the brand logo, rather than the patented three stripes.
  • Master P Kicks
    Master P <em>P. Miller</em>: Although these became a Lloyd Banks punchline in "Victory," how bad could they have been? After all, Master P is the only dude around that made it to the League (however brief).
  • Kidz In The Hall Reebok SK 7000 Blue
    Kidz In The Hall <em>Reebok SK7000</em>: Reebok teamed with the Ivy League grads to re-release these classics in new colorways. In return, as part of the collab, Naledge and Double-O remixed Special Ed's "I Got It Made."
  • Soulja Boy Yums Lemon Lime
    Soulja Boy <em>Yums Lemon Lime</em>: These patent leather signature's from SB dropped in a number of two-tone and solid colorways back in 2008.
  • Game 310 Hurricane Red
    Game <em>310 Motoring The Hurricane</em>: Not long after he released his debut <em>The Documentary</em>, The Game dropped the classic yet athletic Hurricane's as he partnered with 310 Motoring.
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    Kanye holding up his red Louis Vuitton's
  • http://harlemworld.wordpress.com New HarlemWorld Order

    The P Miller sneaker is what’s wrong with society today.

  • http://xxl biged

    i woulnt wear any of these ugly fuckin moon boots if u gave em go me. the shady jordan 4 was ok though

    • http://levidamillionair.blogspot.com LEVI

      LOL ..biged’s comment was funny as shit forreal…lol the only ones i woulde rock are the Air Yeezys and weezy’s supras

  • http://www.ptas.dk Peter PTA

    I liked Puma’s whole Yo! line alot. Shane’s was definitely cool but so was Big Daddy Kane’s and Doug E Fresh’s. They even had some limegreen DJ Cash Money sneaks.

    My fave though are the Air Jordan Sole II Sole because they’re a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s coverart without it having to be written all over the shoe, that’s real game to me.

    • Don mcCaine

      you forgot the Fab 5 Freddy Puma’s…

      but yeah, that whole line was tuff…

  • Naaaaaa

    Yo them all shit but Em had a good one, Nas and Game was aight too.

    Is it juss me or does Fifs sneaker look like some cheap ass quality shit? Whass wit the flag lmao.

  • http://www.youtube.com/irb302 purp kobain

    them tribe called quests jawns was the hottest ,them birdmans and them master p’s was dumpster juice in my day,,lmao

    • the1uluv2hate

      them musta bin ruff daise bak den, kwit tri’en tu sownd intelajint

  • purp kobain

    them hurricanes was poop as well.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Reebok G-Unit Low – Classic!

  • http://Vizualheat.com VizualHeat

    Alot of U to the G to the L to the Y going on here. I bet some of these still made money!

  • http://xxl turu

    i dont know about everybody else but i want a pair of those lupe’s

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