Whether you are a fan of Kanye West or not, you’ve most likely heard of his insanely popular and expensive Yeezy kicks. And as much as you want to dislike the guy, he really does bring something new and appealing to the world of shoes. It’s no wonder the Yeezys immediately get sold out upon release.
Now, let’s take a look back at the different designs Kanye West came up with through the years.
1. A Bathing Ape Bapesta “Dropout Bear”
Back then, when Kanye West wasn’t actually Yeezy, he was more likely to wear something bright, like a polo shirt combined with a backpack. Before he collaborated with Nike and adidas, he was proudly sporting his A Bathing Ape, so much so that he worked with Bape to release a special Bapesta model. This special, limited edition shoe had his Dropout Bear and it was made available in 2007, becoming sold out almost instantly. Today, it’s widely popular and desired by fans.
2. Kanye West x Louis Vuitton
By 2009, Kanye West was acknowledged as the Louis Vuitton Don, allowing him to work with the brand to create three shoe designs. They were called Ibn Jasper, Don C., and Mr. Hudson, respectively, referring to some prominent members of Yeezus’ circle. The LV Jasper, with its fine leather and suede finish, was sold for as much as $1,140 while the Don C. and Mr. Hudson were sold for $840 each.
3. Nike Air Yeezy I
This design was basically the start of how people would look at modern, fashionable footwear. Dubbed as the Nike Air Yeezy I, the release of this sneaker generated a lot of talk regarding its desirable and supposedly undesirable traits. Even Kanye West fans did not readily embrace this shoe. Back then, this was sold for just $215. Now, you’d be lucky if you could get a pair for less than $1,000. Some of its appealing features included perforated uppers and soles that would glow in the dark.
4. Nike Air Yeezy II
Following the hype surrounding the Nike Air Yeezy I, a sequel was unleashed that combined an athletic and a casual flair. The Air Yeezy II was worn not just by the most famous celebrities, but also by NBA players. These sneakers took inspiration from the earlier Nike trainers and blended them with Kanye’s aesthetic vision. They were sold for $245 each. By this time, Kanye West was already about to switch to adidas, but Nike was still able to release all three colorways.
5. adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 750
With Kanye West’s partnership with adidas finally established, the Yeezy Boost 350 was unleashed and it was definitely a product reminiscent of Kanye West’s vision. In fact, many people believe that Yeezus left Nike because he did not have as much creative freedom there compared to being in adidas. The kicks had a strap, a zipper, and purchasing a pair also gave you an extra pair of laces and a dust bag.
6. adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350
The adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 was initially revealed during New York Fashion Week, and the media quickly gave it attention because of its effectively simple design and the utilization of performance-based tech. Once it was made available to the public, the shoes were sold for $200 each and had three colorways: Turtle Dove, Pirate Black, and Moonrock.
7. adidas Originals Yeezy 950 Boot
While the 350 and the 750 had a lot of success, Kanye West and adidas also had another design up their sleeves. In line with the first season of Yeezy, the Yeezy 950 boot harkens back to the build of a traditional duck boot used for outdoor activities. It has a pretty thick sole that definitely provided quite the grip. It had various colorways such as Turtle Dove, Chocolate, Black, Moonrock, and Peyote, among others.
8. Unreleased Samples
When Kanye wasn’t partnering with Louis Vuitton or Nike or adidas, there were still several mockups created for him. You could have seen him sporting a Nike Air Max 180, but with a ‘College Dropout’ colorway. There were also various Reebok S. Carter Low mockups, along with special ‘Glow in the Dark Tour’ Nike Air Huarache, which was spotted in 2008.