Say what you want about the man, but Kanye West knew how to design some sneakers. It could be said that Ye’s influence on sneaker culture rivals that of Virgil Abloh or Travis Scott. With over a dozen silhouettes under the Yeezy flag, it’s impossible to deny the impact the label had on the sneaker world.
Known for its catchy colorway names WaveRunner, Beluga, or Salt Adidas and Yeezy ran through sneaker sales so hard that they actually gave the Jordan Brand a run for their money. Those days are gone now and all we’re left with is a retrospective of some very special sneakers.
With over 200 total releases in the books, here’s a look at the Top 10 Yeezy’s of all time. (Note: This is only one blogger's opinion and not based on any data)
- adidas Yeezy Power Phase Clear Brown: The very definition of easy to wear. The Powerphase was a simple silhouette and the Clear Brown used some of the best and softest suede I have ever seen.
- adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Utility Black: From the mixed materials and varying shades of black on the uppers to the classic gum bottom on the outsole the Utility Black is equal parts clean and tough.
- adidas Yeezy 500 Ash Grey: The 500 is an outlier, Yeezy enthusiasts either love it or hate it. The build is unique, and the use of different materials and monochromatic grey tones make for a timeless look.
- Yeezy Desert Boot Rock: Yeezy took on the Timberland with this colorway and had the streets searching everywhere for a pair. The chunky sole combat boot-like upper made the boot perfect for tough weather and hard fits.
- adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Semi Frozen Yellow: For the most part Yeezy designs keep calming neutral color palettes, not this one. The bright yellow 350 stands out in the crowd with its zebra striping and gum rubber outsole.
- adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Inertia: The cool grey and light blue tones on the upper make this 700 a smooth offering that’s relatively easy to style. The tangerine hits on the contoured midsole are just enough to brighten the shoe up while keeping its cool demeanor intact.
- adidas Yeezy Slide Pure: Simplicity is the key with Yeezy Slides. The no-frills construction and versatile pure color make this the official footwear of the summer, every summer.
- adidas Yeezy Foam Runner MX Cream Clay: This silhouette stands on its own as something that has never been done and likely will never have an equal. The full lightweight foam construction gives the “shoe” incomparable comfort and the mixture of Cream, Grey, and Brown makes for an aesthetic masterpiece.
- adidas Yeezy Boost 750 OG: Sometimes the first one is the best one. The shoe was ahead of its time and paved the way for today's fashion-forward sneakers. The unique cut and premium materials set a standard that still stands tall. I really wish they kept this model alive.
- adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga Reflective: The quintessential Yeezy silhouette coupled with an iconically clean colorway gives the Beluga the top slot. As if the steely grey and bright orange weren’t enough on their own, the ultra-comfy 350 Boost can actually stop traffic with its reflective Prime Knit engineering.
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