Adidas Yeezy is a style collaboration between German sportswear firm Adidas and American designer, rapper, entrepreneur and character Kanye West. The collaboration has change into notable for its high-end restricted version colorways and basic releases provided by the Yeezy Enhance sneakers line up. The collaboration has additionally produced shirts, jackets, monitor pants, socks, girls’s sneakers and slippers. The primary shoe mannequin (“Enhance 750”) was launched in February 2015.[1]

Historical past[edit]

American rapper Kanye West had collaborated with Nike earlier than his partnership with Adidas

Kanye West initially designed a shoe for Adidas in 2006, but it surely was by no means launched.[2] The primary model to formally collaborate with Kanye West was Bape. Collectively, West and Bape launched a pair of Bapesta “Faculty Dropout” sneakers, which are actually fairly uncommon and garner excessive resell costs.[3] He has additionally designed sneakers for Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti, and (most notably) Nike.[4] His collaboration with Nike lasted for 5 years and led to the discharge of a complete of three (two silhouettes, Yeezy 1 and the Yeezy 2) sneaker kinds.

In 2013, after the discharge of the “Pink October” Air Yeezy 2s, Kanye West formally left Nike. Though West described this break as “heartbreaking”, he claimed that Nike wouldn’t pay him royalties for his shoe designs, as a substitute providing to pay a number of the proceeds to a charity of West’s selection. This finally led West to achieve out to Adidas.[1] Adidas agreed to present him royalties, and West described the CEO of Adidas as “somebody who allowed [him] to construct one thing”.[5] In February 2015, a yr and three months after the affirmation of the Adidas and Kanye West collaboration, the collaboration formally debuted. “Yeezy Season 1” was extremely anticipated and celebrities corresponding to Rihanna, Diddy, and West’s spouse Kim Kardashian have been on the displaying. “Yeezy Season 2” and “Yeezy Season 3” additionally noticed notable quantities of success upon their releases.[citation needed]

In the course of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Yeezy acquired a $2–5 million Paycheck Safety Program mortgage to assist it retain its 106 workers.[6]


“Yeezy Season 1” was launched on October 29, 2015, and was the primary attire assortment to launch from this collaboration.[7][8] This assortment was famous for its stripped-down, ready-to-wear model, which drew on army clothes and flesh-toned colours.[9] The costs ranged from $600 for sweatpants to $3,000 for jackets.[10] Though the footwear offered out shortly, the attire assortment didn’t. West revealed in a 2018 interview that he was in talks with Louis Vuitton for a $30 million attire deal. The deal was not authorised by the LVMH board and West was left with no clothes companions. After the “Yeezy Season 1” present, Adidas introduced they’d now not be part of Yeezy attire, as a substitute specializing in the footwear assortment with West.

With Yeezy Season 6, Adidas and West re-introduced a number of articles of clothes with Adidas branding.[10] Season 6 premiered in January 2018, with an advert marketing campaign that includes porn star Lela Star (famous for her resemblance to Kim Kardashian), in addition to Paris Hilton and different fashions. The individuals have been made as much as seem like Kardashian.[11][12][13][14] West would later use Star once more as a mannequin for a June 2018 shoe marketing campaign.[15][16]

Via a mix of things together with popularization by celebrities, Adidas Yeezy sneakers have come to be extraordinarily influential and extremely coveted.[17]

Many of the sneakers make the most of Adidas’s Enhance materials.[18]

Yeezy Enhance 750[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Adidas confirmed a brand new shoe collaboration cope with West.[19] The preliminary launch of the Adidas Yeezy Enhance 750 “Gentle Brown” was restricted to 9000 pairs and offered out inside 10 minutes.[20] Between February 21 and February 28, the Yeezy Enhance 750 “Gentle Brown” was accessible via a wider vary of outlets and boutiques.[21]

Yeezy Enhance 350[edit]

Adidas Yeezy Enhance 350 within the “Pirate Black” colorway

On June 27, 2015, the second shoe from the collaboration, the Yeezy Enhance 350 was made accessible via a worldwide launch.[22]

Yeezy 950[edit]

The Yeezy 950 was first launched on October 29, 2015 at choose retail shops and on-line.[23] It was a part of the Yeezy season 1 assortment and got here in 4 completely different colorways: Peyote, Moonrock, Chocolate, and Pirate black. Every shoe was retailed at $399.[24] “The Adidas Yeezy 950 prolonged the Kanye West and Adidas partnership exterior of the sneaker house with its army duckboot impressed design.”[25] There have been no additional releases of the sneaker.

Yeezy 350 Cleat[edit]

The Adidas Yeezy 350 Soccer Enhance cleat was designed for soccer and it had made its first look in a 2016 NFL kickoff recreation. Texans large receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for $6,000 for sporting the cleats as a result of they broke the NFL uniform coverage by not having a stable base color.[26]

Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas[edit]

The Adidas Powerphase Calabasas was launched on March 28, 2017.[27] “The retro sneakers are an replace of an Adidas coach from the ’80s They characteristic a premium white leather-based higher with perforated stripes, inexperienced Adidas branding, and a crimson Trefoil brand.”[28] A tonal gray colorway launched globally on December 9, 2017 for a retail worth of $120;[29] a “Core Black” colorway launched shortly after on March 17, 2018. After the preliminary Three colourways of the Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas, Adidas then continued releasing a number of Powerphase Enhance with out the Yeezy Calabasas branding.Adidas then introduced again the ’80s Adidas Coach mannequin that’s the “YEEZY-Impressed Powerphase Mannequin.”[30]

Yeezy Enhance 700[edit]

The Adidas Yeezy Enhance 700 was debuted throughout the Yeezy Season 5 style present in 2017. The shoe launched on August 12, 2017, for $300, solely by way of Yeezy Provide. On the time, two colourways of white/gum and black have been additionally anticipated to launch in 2018.[31]

On March 23, 2019, the 700 V2 “Geode” colourway was launched synchronously with a nationwide lemonade stand charity marketing campaign elevating cash for the Nationwide Alliance of Psychological Sickness.[32]

Yeezy 500[edit]

Desert Rat Colorway – This Adidas Yeezy 500 was launched in December 2017, as a pre-order with supply slated for March 2018.[33]

Yeezy Enhance 380[edit]

The primary Adidas Yeezy Enhance 380 was launched in December 2019, as a shock launch on West’s clothes launch web site Yeezy Provide. The debut colorway was referred to as “Alien.” [34]

Yeezy Foam Runner[edit]

The Yeezy Foam Runner is the primary Adidas Yeezy shoe made in the US, and first launched solely via Yeezy Provide on June 26, 2020. The shoe retailed for $75 and was partially made from harvested algae. The debut colorway was referred to as “Ararat”.[35][36]


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