Adidas Yeezy is a collaboration between German sportswear brand Adidas and American rapper Kanye West. The Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost "Grey" was the first sneaker to release from this collaboration on February 23, 2015. The second shoe to release was the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 "Turtle Dove". "Yeezy Season 1" was the first apparel collection to release from this collaboration. It was officially released on October 29th, 2015. The Adidas Yeezy 950 Boot was also part of this collection and it was released in four different colorways. The name "Boost" refers to a material used by Adidas.
Kanye West originally designed a shoe for Adidas in 2006, but it was never released. The first brand to officially collaborate with Kanye West and have a shoe line was Bape. Together, West and Bape released a pair of Bapesta "College Dropout" shoes. He has also designed shoes for Louis Vuitton and Nike. His collaboration with Nike lasted for five years and a total of three (two silhouettes, Yeezy 1 and the Yeezy 2) sneaker styles were released. In 2013, after the release of the "Red October" Air Yeezy 2s, Kanye West officially left Nike. Kanye West wanted Nike to grant him royalties, but they denied his request. Kanye West reached out to Adidas and they agreed to give him royalties. In February 2015, a year and three months after the confirmation of the Adidas and Kanye West collaboration, the collaboration officially debuted. "Yeezy Season 1" was highly anticipated and celebrities such as Rihanna, Diddy, and Kim Kardashian were at the showing. Relatedly, "Yeezy Season 2" and "Yeezy Season 3" has seen notable amounts of success.
"Yeezy Season 1" officially released on October 29, 2015. This collection was noted for its stripped down, ready-to-wear style, which drew on military clothing and flesh-toned colors. The prices ranged from $600 for sweatpants to $3,000 for jackets. Although, the footwear sold out quickly, the apparel collection did not. West revealed in a 2018 interview that he was in talks with Louis Vuitton for a $30 million apparel deal. The deal was not approved by the LVMH board and West was left with no clothing partners. After the "Yeezy Season 1" show, Adidas announced they would no longer be a part of Yeezy apparel. Instead, they will only be collaborating on footwear. With Yeezy Season 6, we are introduced to several articles of clothing with adidas branding.
As of December, 2017, a total of 19 colorways and 6 designs have been released between the Adidas and Yeezy collaboration. Through a combination of factors including popularization by celebrities, Adidas Yeezy sneakers have come to be extremely influential and highly coveted.
Yeezy Boost 750
On December 3, 2013, Adidas confirmed a new shoe collaboration deal with West. On February 8, 2015, the name and design for the Kanye West and Adidas collaboration shoe was revealed. On February 10 Adidas revealed posters of the Yeezy Boost 750 "Light Brown" all throughout their flagship stores. The Yeezy boost 750 "Light Brown" was initially released on February 14, 2015, exclusively for those who confirmed a reservation through the Adidas mobile app. This initial release of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 "Light Brown" was limited to 9000 pairs to be available only in New York City via the Adidas smartphone app; the Adidas Yeezy Boosts were sold out within 10 minutes. Between February 21 and February 28 the Yeezy Boost 750 "Light Brown" was available through a wider range of retailers and boutiques. The shoe retailed for $350.
On June 11, 2016, Yeezy Season 2 began with the second set of releases of the Yeezy Boost 750 "Glow in the Dark". The shoe was sold in an all-grey color scheme with a phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) gum outsole. This was the first time a glow-in-the-dark sole has been featured since the [Nike Air Yeezy] line. The shoe features improved materials such as higher quality suede and leather. Like the previous 750s, this was sold for a retail price of $350.
The next Yeezy Boost 750 featured a brown suede and leather upper with the same fluorescent sole as the previous model. This colorway was dubbed "Chocolate" and retailed for $350 like all previous 750 models. There have been no further releases of the sneaker.
Yeezy Boost 350
On June 27, 2015, the second shoe from the collaboration, the Yeezy Boost 350 was made available through a worldwide release. The shoe was first released in a white and grey "Turtle Dove" Color scheme. On August 22, 2015, an all-black version of the Yeezy Boost 350 released, known as the "Pirate Black." An olivine variant, the "Moonrock," was released exclusively to stores who were vendors for the Yeezy Season 1 clothing line. The fourth and final version of Season 1's 350 Boost was the "Oxford Tan," which featured a light-brown color scheme. In early 2016, a revised version of the Pirate Black colorway was released. Revisions included additional support and padding to the heel. However, both iterations are relatively identical in appearance. All variants of the shoe retailed for $200.
On August 27, 2016, the Yeezy Boost 350 re-released in infant sizes. The shoe was released in the "Turtle Dove" and "Pirate Black" color scheme. There have been no further releases or restocks of the sneaker.
The Yeezy 950 was first released on October 29, 2015 at select retail stores and online. It was part of the Yeezy season 1 collection and came in four different colorways: Peyote, Moonrock, Chocolate, and Pirate black. Each shoe was retailed at US$500. "The Adidas Yeezy 950 extended the Kanye West and Adidas partnership outside of the sneaker space with its military duckboot inspired design." There have been no further releases of the sneaker.
Yeezy 350 Cleat
The Adidas Yeezy 350 Football Boost "Turtle dove" colorway was originally released on September 15, 2016. The Yeezy 350 cleat "Turtle Dove" is the first athletic footwear product from the Adidas and Yeezy collaboration. "The shoe took the overall look and feel of the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 however they installed a Primeknit upper reinforced with SprintSkin sitting on a 5-star cleat frame." The cleat was designed for football and it had made its first appearance in a 2016 NFL kickoff game. Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined $6,000 for wearing the cleats because they broke the NFL uniform policy by not having a solid base color.
There have been no further releases of this cleat.
Yeezy Boost 350 V2
The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Beluga" was revealed at the Yeezy Season 3 show and was released on September 24, 2016. It is considered a remake of the previous Yeezy Boost 350 and features several outer changes, such as a different pattern, removed heel tab, and a large stripe running around the outer side of the shoe with the characters "SPLY-350". The sole was also updated to be transparent and featured full-length visibility of the boost material midsole through a grid-pattern opening on the outsole. On September 24, 2016, the Yeezy Boost V2 "Beluga” released. It featured an all Grey outsole and primeknit, with a large colored orange stripe with the characters "SPLY-350". On November 23, 2016, three new colorways released, "Copper", "Green", and "Red", featuring an all black outsole and primeknit, with a large colored stripe with the words "SPLY-350". A “Core Black/Core White” colorway, dubbed "Oreo", was released December 17, 2016. It also featured a black outsole and prime knit, as well as a white stripe across the shoe.
A notable change to the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 line was when a black and red, or "Bred", colorway released February 11, 2017. The colorway possesses a "triple black" colorway, with the "SPLY-350" displayed in a red tint. Additionally, itlikliliuizzukkuhhukhu officially became the first 350 to opt out the prominent stripe. A "Zebra" colorway was released on February 25, 2017 and later restocked online and in various adidas stores and retailers on June 24, 2017. The colorway featured prominent black stripes over a never before seen white overlay, prompting a surge of value and hype from the sneaker community. On April 29, 2017, a long awaited model labeled as "Cream White" was released to the public. All such colorways were released for a retail price of $220.
Three new colorways of the Yeezy 350 V2 model later surfaced. A "Semi-Frozen Yellow" colorway, featuring a bright yellow prime knit upper and unique "gum soles", released on November 18, 2017 in limited quantity. Additionally, a colorway with a strikingly familiar pattern (to the first release of the Yeezy 350 V2 ) dubbed the "Beluga 2.0" released at various retailers in large quantity seven days after the "Semi-Frozen Yellow" released on November 25, 2017. It subsequently restocked on the 30th of November. The third colorway, "Blue Tint," was released the December 16th. All colorways have opted to possess consistent prime knit patterns without a prominent stripe on the sides; however, the iconic "SPLY-350" will still be retained on all three pairs with prices being set at $220.
In 2018, many colorways of the 350 V2 were released, and there were also many restocks. On June 30, the first new 350 V2 colorway of 2018 dropped called the "Butter". The Triple White color restocked on September 21  and was said to have been the biggest Yeezy drop ever. On November 16, the zebra colorway of the 350 restocked. Shortly after, a new colorway called the “Sesame” released on Black Friday of 2018 (November 23). It featured a grey upper, with a white boost and midsole, completed with a gum coloured outsole. The final 350 V2 colorway of 2018 released on December 27, called the “static”. These featured a very different design. A lower quantity reflective version of the static also released; however, it released on December 26th, the day before the non-reflective release. The “static reflective” 350 V2 was not known about up until the week of the release (unlike most Yeezy releases) and were a Yeezy Supply exclusive. All 350 V2 releases in 2018, including the special "Static Reflective", maintained the $220 USD/ $300 CAD price tag.
The Adidas Powerphase was released on March 28, 2017. "The retro sneakers are an update of an Adidas trainer from the '80s. They feature a premium white leather upper with perforated striped, green Adidas branding and a red Trefoil logo." A tonal grey colorway released globally on December 9th, 2018 for a retail price of $120;  a "Core Black" colorway released shortly after on March 17, 2018.
Yeezy Boost 700
The Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 is the official name for Kanye West's new Adidas Yeezy running shoe. It debuted during the Yeezy Season 5 fashion show in 2017. The shoe released on August 12, 2017 for $300, exclusively via Yeezy Supply. At the time, two colorways of white/gum and black were also expected to release in 2018. The shoe itself has faced large amounts of controversy due to its appearance.
The Yeezy 700 was released in three different colorways: the "Wave Runner", "Mauve", and "Salt" colorways. Another colorway called the "Inertia" released in March 9, 2019. Additionally, two colorways of the Yeezy Boost 700 V2 were made, the "Static" and "Geode" colorways. On March 23, 2019, the 700 V2 “Geode” colorway was released synchronously with a nationwide lemonade stand charity campaign raising money for the National Alliance of Mental Illness. All proceeds from stand sales were donated to NAMII, which is the “largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”
Desert Rat Colorway - This Adidas Yeezy 500 was released in December 2017, as a pre-order with delivery slated for March 2018. It was only available in a colorway later called Blush, and only available in a bundle with a hoodie and sweat shorts. Later, the Super Moon Yellow, Utility Black and Salt colorways were released.
While at first being criticized for their visual appearance, the Yeezy 500 has gained immense popularity and is now reselling for hundreds of dollars over its original retail price. As 4 colorways have released, the original Blush is still the most sought after.
The Yeezy 451 is slated to release in late 2019. The shoe will arrive in the classic brown pull-out box with the all black lettering showing the "451". The shoes is also to be the first Adidas Yeezy to not contain either Boost or adiPRENE cushioning in the sole. The 451 will feature a large, web-like midsole that reaches high up the shoe, and an abstract lacing system. The shoes was designed by Steven Smith who was responsible to the designs of the Reebok instapump and the Nike Zoom streak spectrum plus.
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