Some will just remain classics…
As sad as it may seem, the Yeezy Hype will die out someday. It’s the nature of the game. Similar to the Nike Dunk, weekly releases or generic colorways will eventually kill the demand and smother the excitement. The joy of finally getting a W on the SNKRS or Confirmed App doesn’t feel as nice when the same sneaker in a slightly adjusted colorway releases just a few days later.
Therefore, just like Virgil did so well with Dunk Low, adidas has to develop a strategy to keep Yeezy going. They need a long-term strategy for the ultra-successful partnership to ensure their sought-after sneakers remain sold out for years to come.
We have indeed seen a shift in Yeezy designs in the last few months. Kanye West’s aspiration to change footwear to a minimalistic earth-focused approach has become noticeable in the sneaker world, with other brands adopting the trend. The Foam RNNR, the Slide, the 700V3, and spaceship-like silhouettes are reinventing sneaker trends.
Whether this approach is successful or not has yet to be seen (and depends on whether Kanye finally drops “Donda”). Still, one thing is certain – adidas is slowly but surely getting rid of the old, classic Yeezy silhouettes.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the 350 V2s, the 700V1’s or the 500’s will soon see an end of production. While many (and there really are many) silhouettes will soon become forgotten, a few will remain.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 classic Yeezy shoes that will remain timeless:
The Zebra turned the sneaker world upside down in its inaugural release in early 2017. One of the first 350 V2s to be introduced, it received love for its unconventional design — mixing heavy contrasts and bright reds into a monochrome sneaker. While opinions were mixed at first, on-feet pictures convinced sneakerheads to indulge in Kanye West’s creative vision that would later change the footwear industry for good.
Still, production numbers were so limited that resale became sky-high and just kept climbing. Even after numerous re-releases by adidas, which caused prices to drop slightly, the sneaker just kept growing in popularity. Today, being one of the top classic Yeezy shoes of all time, it deserves a place on this list.
The Yeezy that’ll remain on the top picks amongst hypebeasts is certainly the Yeezreel. Its striking colorway elevated with black and grey freckles, reflective lace-ups, and translucent monofilament stripe at the sides harmonize with its cool, catchy appeal. These shoes are an ideal reflection of Kanye West’s bold and outrageous personality and the perfect extension of the Yeezy 350 V2 collection.
Released in 2019, Yeezreel is a popular pick among patrons who like making a casual statement with their looks. From comfy and simple to a little dressy, Yeezy 350 V2 Yeezreel is a fun pair to wear and style with different outfits. So, if you have a pair, we recommend holding it close for a few more years. You can wear the Yeezreels out and feel above the clouds for a while, or sell them and buy a new Yeezy model. It’s your choice!
Many sneakerheads who prefer clean, athletic silhouettes over intricate and complex designs claim the Yeezy 700 V2 Static to be one of the best Yeezy shoes and their all-time favorite. Can’t blame them! The sneaker is perfection in what it aims to be – sleek yet loud, minimalistic yet bulky, comfortable, durable, and breathable.
The quality on Static is also absolutely stunning; Nike has no chance of keeping up here. To put the icing on the cake, reflective 3M three-stripes on the side add that touch of flex in the dark.
While Yeezy’s evolution is continuous, the Static is static in its beauty.
You don’t need to be a shoe expert to recognize this sneaker. Most people have (at least, unnoticed) seen these shoes and were probably not unimpressed either. If you would like to convince a non-sneakerhead of Yeezy’s design quality, the Black-Red may be the ideal shoe to use.
While the sneaker is (nearly) all-black, it does not carry the same negative connotations as a pair of Black Forces might. Instead, it extracts the best features from a black athletic shoe to provide maximal comfort and sleekness.
The Black Red was originally released in late 2016, one of the frontrunners of the Yeezy lineup, and was re-released in late 2020. It’s an absolute classic, essentially works with any outfit for any season, won’t get dirty, and carries all the comfort qualities that Yeezy fans adore so much about the 350 V2.
The Wave Runner may have been the most influential Yeezy silhouette of all time. Yes, the 350s changed athletic footwear, but the Wave Runner did even more than that. At a time when bulky sneakers were slowly creeping into mainstream fashion culture, Balenciaga was overwhelming casual sneaker enthusiasts with its crazy Triple S and Versace’s Chain Reaction sneakers were too much for those who were used to Ultra Boosts and Yeezy 350s.
The Wave Runner arrived at the ideal time point for what it delivered. An athletic, durable, and comfortable shoe – in the form of a chunky dad-shoe. It desensitized masses towards more chunky sneakers, contributing to the success of the Fila’s, the Rhytons, the Triple S’s, the Monarch’s, and the list goes on.
Without the Wave Runner, these sneakers would have never reached the success they experienced. The shoe really demonstrated Ye’s leverage in the sneaker industry.
Do you agree that the charm of these five Classic Yeezy shoes will last forever?
Article reposted from Drip Drops By Freddy Schwoerer