Official Introduction: Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy
After months of several posts across the web with scattered looks at Kanye West’s mystery Nikes, Sole Collector gives the Nike Air Yeezy a more formal introduction with a look at three colorways and information on the design behind this most talked about shoe of 2008.
Words by Nick DePaula of Solecollector:
The Air Yeezy is inspired by Kanye’s love for high top designer shoes, drafting from the collar molding seen in the Air Jordan V and featuring a thin midfoot strap hardly meant for support. While originally conceptualized atop a Dunk midsole, the final version of the Yeezy features the familiar shared tooling from the Jordan III and Air Revolution, which most recently was also featured on Jordan Brand’s Spiz’ike and a lesser known model that deservedly flew under the radar, the Flight 48. It’s also the bulkiness of the shoe’s tongue that stands out most, with West always opting to pop the tongue and leave the waxed laces loosely tied. An ode to his tour, the model’s outsole also actually glows in the dark, as similar to a common glow stick, if the shoe is held near light, the familiar green glowing hue will radiate afterwards out from under the shoe. This black/glow colorway features a ridiculously high quality full grain leather along the heel quarter, with rich suede making up the toe and midfoot overlays and patent leather highlighting the dominant midfoot strap.
Check out pictures of the black/grey and the beige/orange colorway after the jump!