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57 Unconventionally Inspired Shoes

From Lobster-Inspired Sneakers to 420-Friendly Shoe Designs

— May 29, 2018 — Fashion
From doughnuts, ice teas and wasabi, to bridges, game consoles and renowned education-forward speaker series, there really seems to be no limit for unconventional shoe inspiration. Global and independent footwear brands are challenged with the extraction of an object's essence and its translation into a stylish footwear silhouette.

For instance, le coq sportif draws from the color palette of Levantine spreads for the creation of its LSC R800 'Hummus,' ARKK Copenhagen pays tribute to the city's famous Circle Bridge with its Velcalite CM H-X1 model and other non-footwear brands such as AriZona and Dunkin' Donuts offer their products as unconventional shoe inspirations to brands like Nike and Saucony.

If done right, the end result is successful in affirming that if one has a vision and creative design-thinking, even the most unconventional shoe inspiration can pan out as fashion-forward piece.
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American Bill-Inspired Sneakers
American Bill-Inspired Sneakers
YCMC and New Balance Rework The 990v4 Sneakers in a Unique Color
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56
Peppermint Liquor-Inspired Sneakers
Peppermint Liquor-Inspired Sneakers
Overkill and Puma Launched on a New Design That Honors Pfeffi
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55
Tasmanian Devil-Inspired Sneakers
Tasmanian Devil-Inspired Sneakers
New Balance and Sneaker Freaker Joined to Create a New Design
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54
Punch-Inspired Sneakers
Punch-Inspired Sneakers
These New Air VaporMax CS Sneakers Feature Bright Pink Accents
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53
Lobster-Inspired Sneakers
Lobster-Inspired Sneakers
End. & Saucony Draw Inspiration from the Sea to Rework Its Grid 8500
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Curry-Inspired Tonal Sneakers
Curry-Inspired Tonal Sneakers
Nike Unveiled Two New Colorways for the Air Max 1 Curry Sneakers
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51
Sleek Bee-Inspired Fashion Lines
Sleek Bee-Inspired Fashion Lines
Dior Homme Fall 2018 Boasts Recurring Minimalist Design Motifs
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50
Stained Glass-Inspired Sneakers
Stained Glass-Inspired Sneakers
The Reebok Instapump Fury Interrupt Features the Sistine Chapel
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49
Speaker Series-Inspired Sneakers
Speaker Series-Inspired Sneakers
The TEDx Nike Air Humara is Ultra-Sporty and Very Comfortable
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48
Convenience Store-Inspired Sandals
Convenience Store-Inspired Sandals
Zizi Donohoe's Furry Slip-Ons Were Made for Runs to 7-Eleven
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47
Shark-Inspired Sneakers
Shark-Inspired Sneakers
Nike's New Air VaporMax Plus HL 'Zig-Zag' Prepares for Shark Week
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46
Swan-Inspired Sneaker Packs
Swan-Inspired Sneaker Packs
The Laulujoutsen Pack by Karhu Looks to Archives from 1985
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45
Doll-Inspired Shoe Collections
Doll-Inspired Shoe Collections
American Girl Doll Created a Matching Line of Shoes for Children
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44
Shark Bite-Inspired Sneakers
Shark Bite-Inspired Sneakers
Nike's 'Tuned Air' Sneakers Imagines Before and After Shark Bites
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43
English Bird-Inspired Sneakers
English Bird-Inspired Sneakers
New Balance Reworked the 998 Sneaker After the Mallard Duck
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42
Minty Igloo-Inspired Sneakers
Minty Igloo-Inspired Sneakers
Nike's Latest Air Max 270s Boast a Sleek Blue and White Colorway
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41
Dolphin-Inspired Summer Sneakers
Dolphin-Inspired Summer Sneakers
adidas' NmD R2 Model Receives a 'Miami Dolphins' Colorway
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40
Mermaid-Inspired Platforms
Mermaid-Inspired Platforms
YRU's 'LALA MERMAID' Sneaker Features Holographic Sequins
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39
Bridge-Inspired Sneakers
Bridge-Inspired Sneakers
ARKK Copenhagen's Velcalite CM H-X1 Takes Cues from the Circle Bridge
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38
Video Game-Inspired Sneakers
Video Game-Inspired Sneakers
SEGA and PUMA Rework the RS-0 Sneaker with Sonic and Dr. Eggman
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37
Water Gun-Inspired Sneakers
Water Gun-Inspired Sneakers
The New Instapump Fury Splash Collection Features Vivid Colorways
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36
Tapestry-Inspired Platforms
Tapestry-Inspired Platforms
The Jeffrey Campbell Candice Heels Feature a Bold Jaquard Print
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35
420-Friendly Shoe Designs
420-Friendly Shoe Designs
The Latest Nike SB Dunk Mid Silhouette is a Unique Holiday Shoe
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34
Velvet Snack-Inspired Slippers
Velvet Snack-Inspired Slippers
Del Toro's Foodies Collection Arrives on Luxe Slippers
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33
Food-Themed Baby Moccasins
Food-Themed Baby Moccasins
Freshly Picked's Foodie Collection is Covered in Sushi and Pizza
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32
Cereal-Inspired Performance Shoes
Cereal-Inspired Performance Shoes
The Nike Lebron 15 Shoes are Multi-Colored and Texture-Rich
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31
Mythology-Inspired Pool Shoes
Mythology-Inspired Pool Shoes
Versace White Medusa Pool Slides are Perfect for Lounging
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30
Caribbean Oasis-Inspired Sneakers
Caribbean Oasis-Inspired Sneakers
Concepts and Vans Joined Forces to Create the 'Jamaica' Series
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29
Wasabi-Inspired Running Sneakers
Wasabi-Inspired Running Sneakers
The Footwear Design of the END. X ASICS Silhouette is Adorable
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28
Clay-Inspired Sneakers
Clay-Inspired Sneakers
Nike's New 'Dusted Clay' Collection Features Sleek Neutral Colorways
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Baseball Glove-Inspired Sneakers
Baseball Glove-Inspired Sneakers
These New Air Jordan 9s Honor Michael Jordan's Career Change
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Motorsport-Inspired Stilettos
Motorsport-Inspired Stilettos
These New Vetements Stilettos Boast a Racing-Inspired Look
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25
Advertisement-Referencing Shoes
Advertisement-Referencing Shoes
The Hanon x Reebok Collaboration References a 2000 UK TV Ad
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24
Candy-Inspired Slide Shoes
Candy-Inspired Slide Shoes
These Shoes Have Been Styled After Popular Candy Bar Wrappers
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23
Sleek Alligator-Inspired Sneakers
Sleek Alligator-Inspired Sneakers
New Balance's 247 Luxe Model Received a 'Reptile' Colorway
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22
Emoji-Inspired Soccer Cleats
Emoji-Inspired Soccer Cleats
adidas Football Unveils its Latest adizero 5-Star 7.0 Cleats
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21
Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
These Custom IKEA Sneakers Were Created by FRE Customs
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20
Cereal-Inspired Sneakers
Cereal-Inspired Sneakers
The Nike Little Posite Pro 'Fruity Pebbles' Sneakers are Colorful
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Cupcake-Inspired Basketball Shoes
Cupcake-Inspired Basketball Shoes
The Nike KDX Shoes Cheekily Reference Kevin Durant's Haters
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18
Whiskey-Inspired Sneakers
Whiskey-Inspired Sneakers
The Shoe Surgeon and Jack Daniel's Recreated the Nike Air Force 1
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17
Designer Disney Footwear
Designer Disney Footwear
The Feminine and Flirty Minnie Mouse Sandals were Designed by Oscar Tiye
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Grass-Inspired Combat Boots
Grass-Inspired Combat Boots
Current Mood's 'On My Turf' Boots Boast a Novelty-Themed Design
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Vivid Ice Cream Sneakers
Vivid Ice Cream Sneakers
The Latest InstaPump Fury Design was Inspired by Ice Cream Cones
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14
Life-Size Gummy Sneakers
Life-Size Gummy Sneakers
Trolli Recreated the adidas x James Harden Sneaker with Candy
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Sports Drink-Inspired Sneakers
Sports Drink-Inspired Sneakers
Nike Created a 'Like Mike' Range of Gatorade Air Jordan Shoes
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Sustainable Burger-Themed Sneakers
Sustainable Burger-Themed Sneakers
Allbirds & Shake Shack Teamed Up to Create a New Pair of Kicks
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11
Currency-Inspired Sneaker Packs
Currency-Inspired Sneaker Packs
The Nike Air More Uptempo Was Updated with Four Fresh Iterations
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Game Console-Inspired Sneakers
Game Console-Inspired Sneakers
These Nintendo-Themed Air Jordans are Any Gamer's Dream
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9
Donut-Inspired Sneakers
Donut-Inspired Sneakers
Saucony & Dunkin' Donuts Collaborated on a Pair of Tasty Shoes
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Hummus-Inspired Sneakers
Hummus-Inspired Sneakers
Le Coq Sportif's Shoe Designs Boasts Beige, Red and Green Hues
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Space Travel-Inspired Sneakers
Space Travel-Inspired Sneakers
This Conceptual New Balance Sneaker Design is Out of This World
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Unconventional Shoe Design Inspirations
Unconventional Shoe Design Inspirations
New Balance Offers a 'Caviar & Vodka' Three-Pack
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Lipstick-Inspired Sneakers
Lipstick-Inspired Sneakers
Puma and MAC Joined to Create a Range of Monochrome Sneakers
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Scuba-Inspired Shoes
Scuba-Inspired Shoes
The Prada Spring/Summer 2017 Shoes Draw Inspiration from Aquatic Equipment
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Sandwich-Themed Sneakers
Sandwich-Themed Sneakers
Diabora Designed a Pair of Philly Cheesesteak Sneakers with UBIQ
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Iconic Furniture Brand Sneakers
Iconic Furniture Brand Sneakers
These IKEA Yeezy Boosts Reference the Retailer's Brand Identity
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Iconic Ice Tea-Themed Streetwear
Iconic Ice Tea-Themed Streetwear
AriZona Launches a Limited Edition Fashion Collection
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