Comme des Garcons has collaborated with Nike multiple times and they have created some seriously stylish sneakers. We’re going to take a look at how they perform on the resell market and a little bit into why Nike collaborations like this are so popular among other resellers. Keep reading to learn all about the best Comme des Garcons collaborations for resale.

Image of Comme des Garcons t-shirts via Unsplash.
Image of Comme des Garcons t-shirts via Unsplash.

What is Comme des Garcons?

Rei Kawakubo created Comme des Garcons, a prominent Japanese fashion label known for its avant-garde and outlandish designs (commonly abbreviated as “CDG”).

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Rei Kawakubo, who was born in Tokyo in 1942, founded Comme des Garcons in 1969 despite having no official experience in the industry. Comme des Garcons, originally a womenswear company, began producing menswear in 1978 as a result of its success in Japan.

Comme des Garcons held its debut Paris exhibition in 1981. Kawakubo’s inaugural line included damaged, oversized, and asymmetrical all-black clothing meant to upend the European fashion landscape. It goes without saying that the collection, which was labeled “Hiroshima Chic,” was regarded with mistrust.

But the company swiftly developed a cult following all around the world. At a period when French couturiers controlled the fashion world with elegant, feminine shapes, Comme des Garcons upset the established quo with their deconstructed, black clothing. Comme des Garcons continues to be one of the most recognizable luxury labels in existence today.

One of the several brands that are included under the Comme des Garcons umbrella, PLAY Comme des Garcons is targeted at a younger demographic and is maybe the most well-known. The heart-shaped logo for PLAY, created by Filip Pagowski, is easily identifiable.

Image of the CDG logo and the CDG PLAY logo.
Image of the CDG logo and the CDG PLAY logo.

Why is Comme des Garcons Popular?

With major partnerships with well-known companies like Nike and Chrome Hearts over the years, the brand has become more well-known. Numerous celebrities have also been seen wearing the brand in performances, red carpets, and music videos.

When Anna Wintour revealed that Comme des Garcons will be the major exhibit at the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala, generally known as the MET Gala, the company received significant news coverage.

Comme des Garcons is regarded by many as one of the most unique and quirky high-end fashion labels. And it is, in our opinion. The brand has a significant and enduring impact. When creating her designs, Kawakubo frequently disregards the most recent trends.

Every collection feels surreal, almost out of the body. Every performance aims to enthrall the audience by acting as live, breathing art. The clothes displayed on the runway had the appearance of being worn in a fantastical universe where nothing is as it seems.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons PLAY Black

  • Retail Price: $125
  • Average Resell Price: $154
  • Colorway: Black, White, High Risk Red
  • Release Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Style Code: 150204C
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons PLAY Black via StockX.
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons PLAY Black via StockX.

One of the most successful fashion designers of all time is the Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. She has worked on several sneaker collaborations, including Nike collaborations, throughout the years in addition to her Comme des Garcons lines.

The Converse Chuck Taylor, which she has altered and styled with her sub-label Comme des Garcons PLAY, is one of the partnerships that stands out the most. In 2009, Kawakubo made the first version of his Converse Chuck Taylors by removing the contrast stitching from the original.

She used the All-Star Chuck 70s as her model six years later, in 2015, and produced a shoe that became so popular that it has since been re-released annually.

The heart and eyes emblem, which was first envisioned and made by Filip Pagowski, is the thing that stands out most about Comme des Garcons PLAY sneakers. Contrary to the first iteration from 2009, the 2015 model and each one that followed abandoned the minimalist aesthetic that gave Kawakubo the idea to begin this series of partnerships.

The 1970s Chuck Taylor Converse With a high-top collar that snugly embraces the ankles, a black upper, white laces, a white sole, and a white toe cap, the Comme des Garçons PLAY shoe pays homage to the iconic Chuck Taylor design from the 1970s.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Ox Comme des Garcons PLAY White

  • Retail Price: $120
  • Average Resell Price: $141
  • Colorway: Milk, White, High Risk Red
  • Release Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Style Code: 150207C
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Ox Comme des Garcons PLAY White via StockX.
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Ox Comme des Garcons PLAY White via StockX.

Comme des Garcons Chuck Taylor All-Star 70s Converse A low-top legendary collaboration is PLAY White. It combines the simplistic heart and eye logo on a white background.

This special edition CDG pair of Chuck Taylor All-Star 70s Converse A limited-edition hue called PLAY White was created by Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, and graphic designer Filip Pagowski.

The shoe typically has a Milk canvas top with quarter panels printed with the large trademark CDG red heart.

Nike Air Max 97 Comme des Garcons Homme Plus Glacier Grey

  • Retail Price: $290
  • Average Resell Price: $270
  • Colorway: Grey, White
  • Release Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
  • Style Code: DX6932-001
Official image of the Nike Air Max 97 Comme des Garcons Homme Plus Glacier Grey via StockX.
Official image of the Nike Air Max 97 Comme des Garcons Homme Plus Glacier Grey via StockX.

The classic running shoe gets a minimalist two-tone update in the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus x Nike Air Max 97 “Glacier Grey.” The classic silhouette made its runway debut during the Japanese company’s Fall/Winter 2022 catwalk show in Tokyo. It has a white mesh top with flowing grey suede overlays that are inspired by ocean ripples.

The tongue and quarter panel are embellished with embroidered Swooshes, while the webbing heel tab is imprinted with the words “Air Max” in silver letters. ‘Comme des Garçons Homme Plus’ is displayed on the sock liner, and it is encircled by many Swooshes.

A full-length Air-sole unit contained within a white polyurethane midsole offers buoyant cushioning.

We will admit that this sneaker doesn’t do as well as the others on this list in terms of profitability, but there is a pretty interesting potential reason behind why that is the case.

With the other sneakers on this list, there is clear Comme des Garcons branding and you can recognize the CDG PLAY logo clearly. With this sneaker, there is nothing obvious and no logos on the outside of the sneaker.

So the sneaker resale is slightly negative based on the numbers above, but if you keep reading you will learn about how you may be able to purchase for lower than the retail price…

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons Play Multi-Heart White

  • Retail Price: $145
  • Average Resell Price: $182
  • Colorway: White, Red, Egret
  • Release Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Style Code: 162972C
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons Play Multi-Heart White via StockX.
Official image of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Comme des Garcons Play Multi-Heart White via StockX.

A procession of heart emblems can be seen on the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70s Hi Comme des Garcons Play Multi-Heart White’s left side and wrap around the heel. The crisp, off-white backdrop of these emblems complements the tone of the laces and heels.

The off-white hue is only broken up by the emblems and a black strip at the heel as well as the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star logo on the side. Inside the heel, the Comme des Garcons Play logo is seen once again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Comme des Garcons mean?

Comme des Garçons translates directly in French to “like boys”. The name was inspired by Françoise Hardy’s song “Tous les garçons et les filles” (All the boys and the girls).

Is Comme des Garcons a luxury brand?

Yes, In the nearly half a century since Comme des Garçons was founded, the Japanese luxury brand has become one of the most well-known names in the world.

What is so special about the Comme des Garcons Converse?

Comme Des Garçons Converse resulted from a collaboration between New York graphic artist Filip Pagowski, and Rei Kawakubo. The end product resulted in an iconic sneaker that never seems out of style. They have a great vintage look and are funky, playful, and beyond comfortable.

When did CDG and Converse first collaborate?

Comme des Garçons Play, a diffusion line within Rei Kawakubo’s fashion-forward empire, first collaborated with Converse on the Chuck Taylor All-Star in 2009, introducing a new generation to the weird and wonderful world of sneakers.

How does Comme des Garcons fit?

Generally, clothes sizing is smaller than your usual size, so Comme des Garçons recommends going up a size. Fit in the label’s Converse shoe collaborations, in contrast, is larger than your usual sizing, so Play recommends you go down a half size.a

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