The link between food and footwear design has gotten stronger and stronger in recent years, and now we have enough food-inspired sneakers to carry us through all appetites of the day, from breakfast to lunch to dinner and even dessert. From coffee and Krispy Kreme sneakers to pizza, beer, and Eton Mess high-tops, options are stacked high for the sneaker junkie.
Several brands have seen the strong link between food and footwear design and decided to launch their own exclusive shoe lines. Most recently, David Chang, maestro of the Momofuku empire, collaborated with Nike on a limited-edition sneaker with the restaurant group’s infamous peach logo on the shoe’s heel. As expected, people went crazy for these peachy sneakers, waiting in line for hours.
The beauty of the food sneaker is not only its effortless style, but also its ability to display love and affection for one’s favorite foods and brands. Pizza is cool, loving pizza is cool. Instagrammed pizza is probably cooler, but posts on Instagram are fleeting. Pizza shoes extend the cool and cultural declaration as long as the wearer chooses.
A pair of Nike Dunks is at least $100, and special designs like the premium chicken and waffles pair goes for twice that. It’s not practical to buy the whole spectrum of food sneakers, so here's a ranking to make decision time easier. Here, now, a list of notable and recent food sneaker designs in shoe history. The list is ordered from the shoes that embrace the food theme most visibly, to those that only draw half-assed tie-ins like “food-inspired colors.”
Those pepperoni slices scream “these are pizza shoes.”
Waffle details are on point with the drizzle of maple syrup, but where is the fried chicken?
These are must-have items for passionate pizza lovers, along pizza t-shirts and pizza onesies.
No need to cut the rubber strap to move toes (or claws?); it’s removable.
5 (dessert-inspired tie). Vans Cupcake Sneakers
These cute sneakers will any outfit sweeter.
5 (dessert-inspired tie). Vans Rainbow Printed Macaroons Sneakers
Pretty sure that there are seven colors in the rainbow, but are there seven colors of macaroons on these sneakers? (No.) Regardless, they are cute.
No need to taco-bout how cute these sneakers are.
Again, there is a shrimp, but where are the grits?
Georgia Peach Shoe? More like Florida Orange Shoe.
Is this design a delicious-looking burger or a piece of art? Both.
10. Saucony Sushi
These stylish sneakers feature sushi-inspired colors: But since when is turquoise considered a sushi-inspired color?
What a cute pair of shoes! But still looking for the connection with this shoe and shrimp scampi.
This sporty pair of shoes has a beautiful balance of colors, just like the halal plate from the cart. But they need more signature white sauce.
This pair are just mint-colored shoes: no chocolate chips, no mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Are these shoes “Dirty Martini” inspired or just dirty green? (More olives, please.)
Eton Mess is a simple dessert, made with meringue, whipped cream, and strawberries. This stylish pair of shoes look white and airy like whipped cream and meringue, but are the strawberries spoiled?
This kick is missing Krispy Kreme’s signature thick, sugary glaze.
Green bottle and red stars are signature to Heineken beers, but are they obvious on these shoes? Don’t think so.
What’s missing in these on-brand sneakers are its signature square patties and cooked onions.
This Starbucks-inspired shoes are just brown shoes. Where is the iconic mermaid?
Of course, that skull design was necessary for Guy Fieri’s brand.
Look how tragically beautiful these shoes are.