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4 Iconic Black and Yellow Nike Sneakers

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Melanie Kwok
May 1, 2022

Nike has dropped several iconic black and yellow sneakers that have become cult favorites like the Wu-Tang Dunks and Air Jordan 1 Retro high 'Pollen' . There is just something about the combination of bright yellow with a solid black that just can’t go wrong. These top 4 iconic black and yellow Nike sneakers curated by Ox Street are must-haves that are sure to make any outfit pop.

All images via Sneaker News and various brand images

Like Wiz Khalifa’s hit song “Black and Yellow”, Nike has dropped several iconic black and yellow sneakers over the years that have become cult favourites. There is just something about the combination of bright yellow with a solid black that just can’t go wrong and has proven to work well again and again. These 4 iconic black and yellow Nike sneakers curated by Ox Street are must-haves that are sure to make any outfit pop.

Nike “Wu-Tang” Dunks

When it comes to ultra rare sneakers, the Nike “Wu Tang” Dunk High definitely makes it to the top o f the list. Inspired by the Goldenrod colorway associated with the University of Iowa, Nike created this special edition Wu-Tang Clan “Friends & Family” edition after one of the most influential hip hop groups. These kicks were part of Nike’s 1999 re-released “Be True” Dunk High collection.

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It is said that only 36 pairs of these sneakers were sold at New York City sneaker shop Training Camp making it nearly impossible to get your hands on a pair. Since its launch, deadstocks of the famed “Wu-Tang” Dunks have popped up every few years in the resale market going for five figures. Even leap years occur more often than seeing a pair of these for sale, giving these yellow and black dunks a legendary status in terms of rarity.

Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG 'Pollen'

The Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’ sports a distinctive yellow and black color blocking that takes reference from the 1985 ‘Iowa’ Dunk from the original “Be True to Your School” series. The colorblocking on the AJ1 “Pollen” bears a close resemblance to the rare  “Wu-Tang” with its black tumbled leather uppers contrasted by Pollen yellow smooth leather overlays.

Shop the Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’ on Ox Street.
Shop the Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’ on Ox Street.

The AJ1’s flashy bumblebee color scheme is complete with a black nylon tongue, white midsole and yellow outsole at its base. The Wings logo can be found on the lateral side, and a woven Nike Air tag sits on the tongue. The Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’  was launched August 2021, with a retail price tag of $170 USD. With a brilliant colorway and rich history, this is definitely a pair you would want to cop.

Shop the Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’ on Ox Street.
Shop the Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’ on Ox Street.

Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade”

Previously known as the “University Gold” or the “Canary Yellow”, the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade” is on the top of our must-get OFF-WHITE sneakers list. Fans got a first look at the golden kicks when LeBron James debuted them during the NBA All-Star Weekend earlier this year.

Shop the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade” on Ox Street
Shop the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade” on Ox Street

The AJ1’s flashy bumblebee color scheme is complete with a black nylon tongue, white midsole and yellow outsole at its base. The Wings logo can be found on the lateral side, and a woven Nike Air tag sits on the tongue. The Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG ‘Pollen’  was launched August 2021, with a retail price tag of $170 USD. With a brilliant colorway and rich history, this is definitely a pair you would want to cop.

Shop the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade” on Ox Street
Shop the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low “Lemonade” on Ox Street

Air Jordan 4 Retro "Lightning"

The Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” was recently rereleased last month in celebration of its 15th anniversary. These iconic yellow and black sneakers were so popular that there is even a reverse iteration called “Thunder” and recently a red version the Air Jordan 4 “Red Thunder”.

Shop the The Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” on Ox Street
Shop the The Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” on Ox Street

Inspired by a seasonal strip of Michael Jordan’s former motorsports team, the sneakers sport a bright yellow and dark gray colorway. The AJ4’s nubuck uppers are covered in its signature Tour Yellow. The yellow is contrasted with black netting below the shoelaces and on the side quarter panels, complete with black metal eyelets for the top two and bottom two. These ultra rare kicks first debuted in 2006 in limited quantities, making them extremely rare.  Commanding $2,000 and above in the resale market, fans who were not able to cop a pair back then should definitely do so now.

Shop the The Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” on Ox Street
Shop the The Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” on Ox Street

Whether it is the attractive colors or its rarity, these black and yellow sneakers are instantly recognisable and simply iconic.Cop a pair to brighten up your closet, one of these hype kicks will definitely turn heads in any setting.  

Melanie is a contemporary art enthusiast, writer and cultural research strategist whose practice explores the areas inbetween art, design, commerce and the cult of collecting.