Ever since her debut in Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992, Harley Quinn has consistently been one of the most adored and intriguing figures in DC Comics. Beginning her journey as the Joker’s accomplice and romantic partner, she has transformed into a multi-layered, independent antiheroine who commands her own loyal followers. Perhaps her most evident evolution lies in her style. We have seen her look change from the iconic jester-inspired attire to her more recent punk-chic aesthetic. Reflecting on this style evolution, @sneakeranime and @dope_don_designs have created a pair of concept sneakers, the Harley Quinn x Nike Dunk Low, inspired by Harley Quinn’s various looks.
The unique feature of these sneakers lies in their ‘split design’ concept. On the left, a footwear concept created by @dope_don_design pays tribute to the traditional Harley Quinn look in her distinctive one-piece jumpsuit. In contrast, the right shoe, envisioned by @sneakeranime, honours her more modern and playful manifestation. Both, however, fully embrace the eccentric aesthetic that is synonymous with Harley.
Rich in black and red hues, the left shoe displays a split design right through the middle. The lateral half boasts red overlays with a black toe box and quarter panel, whereas the medial side stylishly inverts these colours. Twists of red and black engulf the Nike Swoosh, with the ends enveloped by red while black forms the middle. The colour scheme of the Swoosh is likely reversed on the medial side.
Elements from her trademark costume are cleverly incorporated into the design. The iconic diamond pattern from her outfit is incorporated into the mudguard, while the white rubber midsole flaunts a repeating laughter motif in red. The collar also boasts a pattern that mirrors her neck ruffle, adding a touch of whimsy to the overall design. Finishing off this side is a black and red outsole with matching laces.
The right sneaker features a mix of red, blue, pink, and white. The sneaker’s white base is adorned with red overlays at the front and blue at the back. To contrast this, a duo-toned outsole in a reverse colour scheme adorns the shoe. Signature elements like Harley’s infamous heart tattoo and sly grin are displayed prominently on the toe box. At the same time, the collar dons a chicken-wire pattern with nods to various aspects of Harley Quinn’s personality.
A multicoloured Nike swoosh, in tones of pink and blue, reminiscing Harley’s kaleidoscopic hair colour, graces the shoes side, while her emblematic phrase, “Daddy’s Little Monster”, can be found inscribed on the quarter panel behind it. Tying together the look is a flesh-toned midsole with the words “I’ll wait forever” written on the rear and vibrant yellow laces and heel tabs that offer a playful pop of colour in the otherwise relatively tamer colour scheme. Both sneakers in this Harley Quinn x Nike Dunk Low concept come together in a unique and eye-catching design that perfectly reflects the bold and quirky personality of Harley Quinn.
Dariyn Enriquez of @dope_don_design has been slowly turning some of his more popular sneaker concepts into reality, and we are hoping for this collaboration with @sneakeranime to make the cut, too. If you want to see this concept come to life, be sure to show these two talented creatives some love on their Instagram page, and make sure to follow us for more sneaker customs and concepts.