Rappers and shoe deals practically go hand in hand these days. Whether they are still on the shelves or have since been debunked, odds are, every rapper you know has had a shoe deal. Obviously we all know and recognize the timeless ones like Kanye West’s Nikes (now Adidas), Run DMC’s classic Adidas and Pharrell’s Ice Creams but what about the bad ones? The ones that were either so ridiculously impractical or so outrageously bland that they had a shelf life of about a week. lets take a look at the worst rapper shoe deals of all time.
Nas & 310 Motoring
Back in 2007, Nas decided to get in on the kick game, teaming up with 310 Motoring for this sneaker/dress shoe hybrid called The Disciple. For some strange reason this shoe is still available from online retailers. So feel free to cop a pair if you find yourself looking for something you can wear for job interviews and pick up basketball.
Nelly & Reebok
Mr. Air Force One couldn’t ink a deal with Nike so defaulted to Reebok back in 2005 to created the Derrty One. The shoe came in a ton of different colorways that made literally no sense. I mean, a low cut sneaker with a top strap? C’mon Nelly. No wonder they were debunked almost immediately.
Dame Dash & Pro-Keds
Dame Dash might have created one of the most aesthetically off-putting shoes in hip-hop history. Teaming up with Pro-Keds for more than just an endorsement deal back in 2007, Dame’s first order of business was making a “hot” sneaker. The result? Just look below. They look more like a bag of Wonder Bread than shoes.
Daddy Yankee & Reebok
What was Reebok thinking? Daddy Yankee? Sure, he had a hit once upon a time but that doesn’t deserve a shoe deal. His collection cleverly entitled DY were pulled off the shelves quicker than his CDs.
Birdman & Lugz
Birdman teamed up with the Timberland copycat, Lugz, to make some of the most painfully generic shoes of all time. Surprisingly enough, these shoes did well online and in retail stores. So much so that Birdman was given a boot and dress show line shortly after. How? Beats me.
Hurricane Chris & Fila
Hurricane Chris capitalized on his 15 minutes of fame with a show deal with Fila. The abnormally tall basketball sneaker fell flat on its face right after its release. Probably due to the fact that it looks like an elongated water shoe. On the upside, they could probably keep your foot dry in a hurricane.