Kanye West's Top Yeezys Sneakers Rankings. The Very Best and Worst.
YEEZY, YEEZY, YEEZY just jumped over JUMPMAN. These bars were spit by Ye himself on his song "Facts' part of his The Life of Pablo album. Though Yeezy has not quite reached the valuation valuation of the Jordan Brand. Yeezy has rose to prominence as an entity of its own. Similar to what Jordan Brand was able to do with its partnership with Nike.
Several private banks have reportedly estimated that Yeezy is a $4 billion – $5 billion brand. In March 2021, a UBS valuation estimated that the brand adds approximately $3-4 billion to the rapper’s net worth. Figures released by Bloomberg, stated the YEEZY sneaker business, is valued between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion. However, according to Forbes the Jordan Brand is easily valued at over 10 billion dollars
Kanye's sneaker journey started in 2009 when he partnered with Nike to release the Nike Air Yeezy 1 release which was a hit. In 2009, Kanye West and Louis Vuitton released a range of mens shoes named the "Louis Vuitton Don". Kanye followed up the Air Yeezy 1 with the Air Yeezy II. Kanye felt like Nike was limiting the amount of product he could produce but also the amount of creativity he could express. With that, leads a move to Adidas and rest is history.
We ranked Kanye's top 25 sneaker creations. Regardless if you rock with it or not you cannot deny Kanye pushes boundaries and has extreme attention to detail.
Kanye West’s first performance basketball sneaker had the opportunity to shift the basketball culture. With Yeezy being a prominent player in the streetwear category. The QNTM sneaker was going to be Yeezys introduction into the basketball/sports performance world. Ye deemed it the most comfortable basketball shoe ever. Brandon Ingram debuted the shoe during the 2020 All-Star game which Ye was in attendance for. Unfortunately it did not live it up to its hype. It is undoubtedly a dope basketball sneaker, but very few adidas spoonsored NBA players play in the shoe or basketball players in general. Many have incited its bulkiness to be the main issue. Kanye West's Donda Academy Doves have opted to play in Adidas Yeezy 500s.
The adidas Yeezy 450 ‘Dark Slate’ delivers a blacked-out iteration of Kanye West’s futuristic silhouette. There is no external branding of this shoe and the knit upper is secured with an integrated lacing system and topped with an elastic, sock-like cuff. In lieu of a traditional midsole, the rubber outsole sprouts tapered appendages that wrap up the heel and side panels of the deconstructed build, providing support and enhanced durability within its grasp.
The adidas Yeezy Knit Runner Boot ‘Sulfur’ made its global debut at the Yeezy Season 8 runway show in Paris. Based on the low-top Yeezy Knit Runner, the futuristic silhouette features a calf-length canvas collar lined in a waterproof membrane and 150 grams of Thinsulate insulation for added warmth. Velcro closure allows for easy on and off. The minimalist upper is constructed from a single piece of knit textile, finished in a deep yellow hue and shored up with a reinforced PU toe. A matching yellow finish is executed on a textured EVA midsole, supported underfoot by a high-traction rubber outsole.
The adidas Yeezy NSLTD Boot ‘Khaki’ debuted in Paris during the Yeezy Season 8 runway show in March 2020. A monochrome tan hue suffuses the hybrid silhouette, built for the cold weather months with a puffy textile upper in a mid-calf height. Velcro closure on the lateral side allows for easy on and off. Supporting the insulated build is sculpted foam tooling that recalls the Yeezy Foam Runner, complete with flowing lines and a trio of large ventilation ports.
Kanye went crazy on the iteration of the Yeezy 700. The V3 Dark Glow, Alvah, Azael were on fire when they released. The white and dark black colorways seem to Yeezy lover favorites.The adidas Yeezy 700 V3 ’Features a black engineered mesh upper with charcoal accents and smoky RPU overlays . Lightweight cushioning arrives via a solid black EVA midsole with an encapsulated polyurethane core. Underfoot, a herringbone-traction rubber outsole delivers superior grip.
The Yeezy Slide 'is Kanye West’s take on an everyday sandal. Who would have thought that a SANDAL what be so hard to obtain. These slides sell out in seconds with resell prices well over 500% of retail. The minimalist design is good for a sleek, contemporary look, with exterior branding limited to adidas’ three-stripe logo debossed at the heel of the footbed. The slip-on build rides atop a high-traction outsole, fitted with strategically placed grooves for sure footing.
Its been almost 6 years since these dropped! First seen during Kanye’s Yeezy Season 2 presentation at New York Fashion Week, the Yeezy Boost 750 ‘Chocolate’ sneaker was officially released a month later on October 15, 2016. The design combines a light brown nubuck upper with an elasticated mid-foot strap, perforated vamp, and a gum Boost midsole that glows in the dark. The sneaker also features an upgraded YKK ankle zipper. Can Kanye bring these back please.
The adidas Yeezy Foam Runner ‘Ochre’ complements its futuristic aesthetic with a subdued, monochromatic finish. A dark beige hue suffuses the one-piece foam build, featuring ventilation ports of varying shapes and dimensions that enhance breathability while adding depth to the slip-on’s flowing lines. ‘FOAM RNNR’ is debossed on the interior collar, alongside the shoe size and ‘Made in USA’ branding. Underfoot, the outsole features a wavy traction pattern for reliable grip.
Adidas and Kanye released the Yeezy Boost 350. The release of the new silhouette, first released in a 'Turtle Dove' colorway in June 2015. It has been the Yeezy most released model and also its most produced and popular model. Some would liken the 350s to the Jordan 11s for its popularity.
This inaugural colorway of Kanye West’s Yeezy Wave Runner 700 launched in November 2017, following a public debut earlier in the year as part of the Yeezy Season 5 runway show. The sneaker’s retro-inspired lines worked in tandem with a chunky silhouette reminiscent of an earlier era. A mesh base is finished in grey on the quarter panels and bright blue and teal on the forefoot. Suede overlays arrive on the toe and heel accented grey leather eyestays. Other details include neon green laces, a bulky white midsole, and pops of black and bright orange.