What’s the difference between the cult-status kicks?
Some sneaker fans are all about the Nike Yeezy, while for others the adidas Yeezy wins hands down. Both Kanye’s sneaker collaborations have produced cult-status shoes and the star’s impact on sneaker style can’t be denied. The Yeezy Boost 350 was named 2015’s ‘Shoe of the Year’ at the New York Footwear News Achievement Awards, and Nike Air Yeezy II ‘Red October’ is one of the most sought after sneakers in history. In this post we explore the aesthetic differences between Nike Yeezy vs Adidas Yeezy and the costs associated with the iconic kicks.
Nike Air Yeezy
Nike Air Yeezys were first seen on Kanye in all black suede at the 2008 Grammy Awards. After a long sampling process in which several features and colourways were trialed, a trio of colours – Zen Grey, Blink and Net – were released in April, May and June of 2009. Each colourway of the high-top basketball inspired shoe had the same structure, perforated uppers and mid-strap with different detailing such as glow-in-the-dark soles and printing on the strap. The first generation Nike Air Yeezy’s, retailing at $215 USD, sold out almost immediately. You can find the highly coveted model reselling on FlightClub.com for $3,000.
Nike Air Yeezy 2
In June 2012, Nike released its Air Yeezy II. 5000 of each colourway were produced, retailing at $245. Colours were Solar Red and Pure Platinum, followed by a surprise release in February 2014 of ‘Red October’, which sold out within 11 minutes. Prices of all the Nike Air Yeezy 2s quickly inflated to over $4000 on sites such as ebay, with a pair of ‘Red Octobers’ in a UK men’s size 8 driving bids as high as
$16 million USD. Today you can find a UK men’s size 10 for sale on ebay for $7,975 USD. It remains one of the most expensive sneakers in history.
The silhouette of the second generation Nike Air Yeezy was toned down to create a more casual vibe; it was shorter and slimmer for a sleeker look. Egyptian inspired styling elements included the god Horus on the tongue, hieroglyphics spelling out YZY under the strap and obelisk shaped aglets at the end of each lace. Reptilian features included molding protruding from the heel counter and a snakeskin pattern on the back quarters.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 750
After leaving Nike due to a dispute over royalties, Kanye’s next collaboration delivered the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 in February 2015. A limited number were released in flagship stores and a week later the 750 was made available through a wider range of retailers. The shoe was a departure from the Nike Yeezy, with the high-top featuring a zipper and mid-foot strap on top of an off-white Boost sole. Colours included black, brown and lavender; the upper a luxurious suede. Though adidas won’t release production figures, according to solecollector.com rumours put the number of black adidas Yeezy 750 Boosts at around 5,000. The shoe, retailing at $350, sold out within 10 minutes.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350
First released in Turtledove in June 2015, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 was very different again – far more traditional and understated. A low-rise lightweight every day sneaker, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 was similar to Nike Roshe Run, it’s soft look created using a one-piece primeknit construction. The shoe featured one visible line of stitching on the front, canvas detailing on the heel, black YZY detailing on the inner side and adidas boost technology in the rubber sole. Retailing for $200, the sneaker was available in a range of stores including Finishline, footlocker, Jimmy Jazz, City Gear and End Clothing. The Pirate Black colourway followed Turtle Dove in August 2015, with Moonrock released three months later.
Nike Yeezy vs Adidas Yeezy – the story so far
As with all Kanye’s Nike and adidas Yeezy releases, runs have been minimal with far more disappointed footwear fans than satisfied ones. Though Kanye tweeted that adidas would make a million Yeezy’s in 2015, Sneakerheads the world over are still desperate to get their hands on the shoe. (It’s clear the only surefire way to cop a pair is using add to cart software that does the hard work for you). So what do you think about Nike Yeezy vs Adidas Yeezy? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
|April 2009||Nike Air Yeezy||Zen Grey||High-top||$215|
|May 2009||Nike Air Yeezy||Blink||High-top||$215|
|June 2009||Nike Air Yeezy||Net||High-top||$215|
|June 2012||Nike Air Yeezy 2’s||Solar Red, Platinum||High-top||$245|
|Feb 2014||Nike Air Yeezy 2’s||Red Octobers||High-top||$245|
|Feb 2015||Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost||Light Brown||Mid-top||$350|
|June 2015||Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost||Turtledove||Low-top||$200|
|Aug 2015||Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost||Black||Low-top||$200|
|Oct 2015||Adidas Yeezy 950||Peyote||Duckboot||$585|
|Oct 2015||Adidas Yeezy 950||Moonrock||Duckboot||$585|
|Oct 2015||Adidas Yeezy 950||Chocolate||Duckboot||$585|
|Oct 2015||Adidas Yeezy 950||Black||Duckboot||$585|
|Nov 2015||Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost||Agagra/Moorock||Low-top||$200|
|Dec 2015||Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost||Black||Mid-top||$350|