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The Nike Air Yeezy was released in men's sizes only. If you are a lady sneakerhead and seeking for this pair, you should go 1.5 sizes down from your standard shoe size. Nike used the traditional lace-up closure system reinforced with midfoot strap. Meanwhile, the ample padding found on the ankle and tongue provides superb comfort and style.
A medley of numerous fashionable details, the sneakers in the Nike Air Yeezy collection exhibit a stylishly maximal design that reflects the trends during its year of release. Before the boom of minimal profiled shoes, the Air Yeezy is the epitome of trendy footwear. Its high-top silhouette coupled with a play on colors and textures, debossed prints, and glow in the dark outsole were deemed a unique and must-have shoe by sneaker and music fans.
People were seen rocking this kick with jeans or pants that are slightly bigger, but you can pair it with shorts or joggers for an athleisure-inspired street style.
Nike Air Yeezy vs. Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost
Following Kanye’s controversial move to the Swoosh brand’s rival is the release of the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoe. Although displaying the same high-top silhouette and midfoot Velcro strap as the Air Yeezy’s, the Three Stripe’s Yeezy 750 Boost clearly takes a step back when it comes to design details. Adidas’ rendition opts for a more minimal approach via plain suede uppers and earth-toned palette for its colorway options.
This apparent difference in Kanye’s Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost vs. Nike Yeezy also signifies the rapper’s transition from his late 2000 style to his early 2010 aesthetic - from bold and maximal to basic and minimal.
Styling-wise, the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost is easier to pair than the Nike version for obvious reasons. Consumers could ultimately decide whether they want a more eye-catching, statement-making everyday ensemble via the Nike Air Yeezy or if they want a more versatile-looking kick to match with more outfit choices via the Yeezy 750 Boost.
This kick's upper is mostly crafted from a premium leather material for durability, while a suede toecap with debossed 'Y' print serves as protection against bumps. A leather Velcro strap with debossed ‘Y' pattern is placed on the midfoot for a lockdown fit and visual appeal. Perforations are placed throughout the shoe's toebox, midfoot, and tongue for maximum breathability. A transparent round lace lockdown is also provided to keep laces in place and visual purposes.
A pull-tab with ‘YEEZY' stitched on it is placed in the heel area as an aid when putting the shoe on. It also features stylized metal lace aglets for visual purposes. Its midsole houses the brand's visible Air unit, which provides cushioning and absorbs impact. Lastly, the pair's outsole is made of rubber and glows in the dark for grip and visual appeal, respectively.
The Nike Air Yeezy is the first collaborative shoe produced by the Nike brand that is not done in partnership with an athlete. This collaboration was done with Kanye West – a rapper, producer, designer and one of the most popular and most influential celebrities today. But before Kanye teamed up with Nike, he did a shoe with Japanese brand ‘Bape' called the Bapesta College Dropout. The success of this kick proved that whatever Kanye releases would be profitable.
Kanye and Nike officially teamed up in 2007 and started planning on their collaborative shoe's design. Initially, the project was only expected to run for months but later turned out to be a 2-year course before the physical product was launched. The design process lasted for about a year then Kanye debuted an all-black sample shoe during his performance in the 2008 Grammys, then finally on 2009 the Nike Air Yeezy 1 was made available to the public.
The Nike Air Yeezy 1's release was surrounded by a lot of hype both from sneakerheads and West's fans. Hundreds of people camped outside Nike stores in the wee hours of the day of release with hopes of owning a pair. This hype was fueled by the shoe's ultra-limited availability coupled with fans' eagerness and dedication to doing whatever it takes to cop this kick.
The Nike Air Yeezy 1 was released in three colorways: black, zen gray, net/tan, and retailed for $215. Today the shoe is continuously coveted by sneakerheads while reselling prices soared to over $1,000. In fact, the all-black sample shoe that Kanye wore to the Grammys is selling today at a whopping $250,000.
Nike and Kanye eventually released another pair in 2012 and 2014 called the Nike Air Yeezy 2 with the same, if not, more hype and demand as the first release.
- The Swoosh logo in net/tan colorway also glows in the dark.
- The shoe’s collar and tongue are padded for added comfort and cushioning.
- The Nike Air Yeezy borrowed the Air Jordan 3’s midsole.