Continuing along the vain of the article we did with the Adidas Tubular shoes, we thought we would bring you some words regarding the much ballyhooed Yeezy Boost, aka, Yeezys.
You all know the ones, Kanye West’s signature shoe line with Adidas, the perfect balance of tech and casual comfort. Regardless of how you feel about the man himself (I am certainly not a devout follower of Yeezus, to be sure), you can’t really argue with his taste.
The initial release of the shoe a few years back saw only three models come out: the 350, which is a low-top, slip on type sneaker. The 750, which is a high-top/ space-age bounty hunter shit-kicker. The 950 is a duck boot and is actually fairly classically styled by my eye, but is quite a departure from the other two models. They each offer something quite different and you could conceivably add all three to your collection without any overlap.
This season Adidas and Kanye have added, somewhat unofficially I might add, the 550 and 650 models. These are much more of an extension of the 350 model in that they are the same sock-like style of knit tech-inspired sneaker. Both of these models are not much of a departure from the 350 but would be nice additions if you’re a collector or a real sneaker head.
What makes these so coveted, aside from the fact that Kanye has had a hand in designing them and given them his stamp of approval, is that Adidas only releases them in limited amounts.
This makes them extremely difficult to get from a shop or primary seller. If you have followed sneaker news over the last few years you’ve probably also heard that the aftermarket for highly coveted shoes has become a billion-dollar industry.
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This means that you can find Yeezys, there are plenty available actually, you just have to be willing to pay a month’s rent to get them. There’s also the added risk of not always being 100% certain you’re getting the real thing when you’re using sites like EBay. Be careful out there my friends.
While not all of us can abide that excessive price-tag, those that are wiling to break the bank do have a few options. One of the places I’ve found that sells a lot of coveted sneakers is a sight called Flight Club, whose speciality, not surprisingly, is Air Jordan’s.
Although the prices are quite high, you can at least rest assured that you’re going to be getting the real McCoy, which can be a guessing game online at times.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a more in-depth look at each model and all of the colourways offered within each category. We’ll try and help you style them to the best of our abilities, but these sneakers should be doing to the talking for you. We’ll do our best to keep up with release dates too, so if you’re on top of things you may be one of the lucky ones to actually snare a pair for a fair price; to you I say Godspeed.
The 350 was part of the initial drop of Yeezys, as I previously mentioned. These are probably the easiest of all the models to pull off, and what I believe to be the best looking.
They’re a fairly straightforward silhouette and the woven nature lends them a decidedly casual air. They’re going to be extremely comfortable and cool, and will look good with almost anything you can throw at ‘em.
A lot of the looks you see with the 350 consist of oversize tops, layered t-shirts, and ripped, skinny jeans. All of those work and are definitely “of the moment.” I’m always wary of being a bit too modern, so perhaps pare back a bit and just use on of these elements. I would recommend keeping the hem of your pants narrow, as a wider hem will eat up the shoes and make them look a little dumb. These are ripe to be worn sockless too, so rock a little ankle with your Yeezys.
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The oxford tan is a versatile colourway, as are all the 350s. it’s going to work with anything you own that’s black, blue, white, green, you get the picture. If I were to choose one colour to spend my hard-earned dollars on this one would probably be it.
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The moonrock, like the oxford tan, is an all-over colourway. The sole and the upper are both grey, similar to the colour of the moon I suppose. I quite like these ones as well, and they are going to be just as versatile as the oxford tans. If you’re not the biggest fan of a tan sneaker, then these are going to be the ones for you.
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The dove has a bit more of a traditional running shoe vibe. They have a light grey upper with a white sole. If you’re looking for something a little more techy and you like a lighter colour than this is a fine option. These are also a fine choice if you’re the type of person who likes their sneakers to be crisp and bright all the time.
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For those in the crowd that like to keep things dark. The Pirate black is a black upper and black soled version that look great. These will hide dirt quite well too, so if you’re not overly interested in tending to your shoes as frequently as some, you’ll like these. These will also look great with a pair of slim black jeans that are rolled up.
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Very similar to the original pirate black, obviously, but a little bit darker. The woven look of the shoe doesn’t quite shine through as much, and they’re along that goth vibe a la Rick Owens. If you like that neo-gothic look to go with flowing shirts and weird drop-crotch pants, I say you go with these.
The 750 is a high top sneaker that looks like something Marty Mcfly would wear if Back to the Future were to be released this year.
They’re quite a bit different than the 350 in that they’re not inspired by a classic Adidas silhouette, they’re completely unique. The 750 won’t be a shoe for everyone, but I’m fairly certain that’s the point here. Kanye has created this shoe to cater to the fashion crowd, what with the higher than normal high-top paired with the strap over the toe and weird lacing system.
The colourways aren’t too wild here, so they have reigned it in some. With that said, if you’re looking for something completely outside the box that’s original and fashion-centric, then I have to imagine this is something you’re going to like (even though you’ve probably already heard about it).
This is my favourite colourway for the 750. It’s a fairly classic look, all things considered, and lends itself quite well to this particular sneaker. These are going to pair quite well with a lot of different items, including standbys like jeans and chinos. Again I will stress that to pull these off properly you should ensure that your pants are quite narrow. They’re going to look good with any fashion piece you have too.
A more modern, cleaner take on the 750. If you can’t get behind the gum sole than these are probably a better option for you, as the grey on the upper is the same colour. All the same rules regarding pant fit and fashion pieces apply to this version as well.
This is the spacey fashion shoe fully realized. You’ll see a lot of guys wearing these with Rick Owens inspired gear (or quite possibly Rick Owens gear if they can afford it) as they seem to be the natural pairing for such a wild shoe. Not for the faint of heart, but if you can pull them off all the power to you.
The 950 is a completely different animal as it is by no means a sneaker. The 950 is actually a modern take on the duck boot, yes, like the one that L.L. Bean has been making for decades. A duck boot is a waterproof shoe-like boot that traditionally has a rubber lower section and a leather or fabric upper that is intended to be waterproof.
This version from Kanye and Adidas is relatively traditional in its make-up, featuring a rubber lower half and a synthetic upper. Now, if you’re looking for a duck boot to actually perform out in the wild, I probably wouldn’t recommend this one. Anytime you get the “fashion version” of something you can rest assured it wasn’t built on military specs. Anyway, if you’re looking for a new boot that combines the rugged looks of something traditional with a stylish twist, then the 950s might just be for you.
The first version of the 950 uses the same moonrock colouring that we find on the 350. There are a few slightly different shades on the upper, lower, and lacing bracket, but all relatively similar. This is a reasonably subtle option for this duck boot and are going to be able to work with almost anything in your wardrobe you can throw at them.
These too are relatively benign from a colour standpoint, which, come to think of it, pretty much all versions here are. These are a little better suited to outfits that lean toward the darker end of the spectrum but are also going to be versatile. Both of the colourways available in the 950 are versatile and will work well if this is the shoe you have in mind.