You know you must have got SOMETHING right when you’ve got people SO interested in your feet. Or, technically, what you have ON them – to be more specific. And, the Christian Genius Billionaire Yeezus definitely has us all excessively interested in his feet – that’s for sure. So, the matter of Kanye West Sneakers – everything he’s ever put on his feet – is definitely something we’re interested in.
That’s exactly why we’ve taken matters into our own hands and compiled a list of Kanye’s epic sneaker highlights. Minus when he was a kid – this ain’t about kid sneakers. Of course, we’re pretty sure little ‘Ye didn’t get to dress up in sick Yeezys as our kiddos do. But, regardless, he DID go on a fashion rollercoaster throughout the years.
Kanye West Sneakers: Key Highlights Silver Jubilee
Kanye is one of the most influential people in the world. And Kanye West sneakers are the most coveted sneakers in the world. So, anything related to Yeezus seems to always be on a global level. A pair of Kanye West sneakers has the potential of being extremely groundbreaking. The sneakers that play with the laws of logic – the immortal soles!
A little while ago a pair of shoes Kanye West wore at the Grammys in 2008 just broke the record for the most valuable sneaker sale EVER. This sale was actually most probably the biggest sale in sneaker history. This sale marks the highest publicly recorded price for a sneaker sale and the first pair of sneakers to top $1 MILLION. It is the “Grammy Worn” Nike Air Yeezy I that fetched $1.8 Million dollars to RARES.
Kanye West Sneakers Taking on the Swoosh
If you looked at the Kanye West sneakers collection back in the early 2000s you’d be surprised. He was WIDELY popular for his pink polos, backpacks, and, above all, his Nike Air Force 1s. All throughout those years, you could always spot Kanye wearing a different model of Nike. From Air Max to Nike Blazers, to Vandals, and more. He still expresses his fondness for the Swoosh sneakers to this day.
Of course, his sneaker deal with Adidas completely forbids him from wearing sneakers from their competitors! IS there really much of a competition for the sneaker throne, though? We already know who’s winning the game so far in 2021.
Just last month he was spotted in a pair of Nike High Vandals with a full-on face mask. This excessive show of public appreciation to the Swoosh really has sneakerheads confused. But, then again, this IS Kanye West. And, no one really knows what’s happening in the head of ‘Ye.
Of course, later on in 2009, Kanye signed a brief deal with Nike to create the Nike Air Yeezys in the “I. AM. WARHOL” phase. The sneakers eerily look a lot like Ato Matsumoto’s. But, of course, it all ended with Kanye demanding to be his own creative mastermind genius designer. We’re not mad though. We got our Yeezys.
Yeezus in Ato Matsumoto
One of the strangest Kanye West sneakers is the Ato Matsumoto kicks of his infamous “Stronger” music video. With the shutter shades, of course. He had a Versace shirt, Dior Homme jeans, and high-top Ato Matsumoto Cowhide Boots.
This was Kanye’s biggest sneaker flex moment because EVERYONE wanted to know what sneaker he was wearing. Of course, if you take a look at these kicks, they look oddly familiar to other Kanye West sneakers. You know, like the Nike Air Yeezys? The Japanese high-fashion brand designed these $500 boots.
Kanye West in Louis Vuitton
Kanye West sneakers initially took off with the French fashion house and luxury goods company Louis Vuitton. This was way before Yeezus fueled the Nike VS Adidas fight and changed sneaker history. It was all about luxury sneakers and expensive AF footwear. Kanye signed a deal with LV back in 2009 and took on the name Louis Vuitton Don!
It was luxury fashion meets streetwear, and it was groundbreaking. Fashion enthusiasts and Kanye fans worldwide were absolutely raptured by the line of sneakers. And so, sneakers became a part of fashion history. Kanye obviously has a thing for luxury sneakers like Balenciaga, Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, Hermes, and anything that says EXPENSIVE. Amongst the most memorable is the Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Jaspers with a retail price of $1140. It also holds a reseller value with an average of $11625.
Does this explain why Yeezys are kinda expensive now? Does it explain a lot about the nature of Kanye West himself with all his strangest quirks? The man’s got money. He wants luxury. Can you blame him?
Chilling with the Jumpman
Amongst the most cherished Kanye West sneakers are the Jordans themselves. Kanye loves Jordans! It is no secret that he does. In an interview with Nick Cannon last year, ‘Ye admitted that he wishes he could still wear Jordans.
“In my Adidas contract, [I] definitely should be able to wear Jordans,” West said. “Jordans need to be part of reparations. You can’t tell a Black man not to wear Jordans. It should be in any deal. And also, you can wear your friend’s clothes.”
This just proves that Kanye is truly a marketing genius and knows the true innovation and unmatched strength of Nike. It also shows that he’s in it for the game – a true sneakerhead at heart. He knows what the sneaker community is about, and how to keep the competition alive – through the hype and flexing his sneaker collection.