Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Made with a thick, one-piece Primeknit upper, expect this shoe’s breathable and stretchy fabric to expand and mold to your feet’s shape. Although it will give a sock-like fit, the interior caging system found below the PK material in the forefront of the shoe provides the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 a structured shape as well as reliable support.
This iconic shoe is available in a wide array of visually-attractive color schemes. Neutral-toned models accented by a rich-colored stripe as well as the monochromatic cream white edition are considered versatile since it matches well with various kinds of outfits. The brightly-colored versions of the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2, on the other hand, pop when paired with simple casual or sporty clothing.
To top it off, this bestselling shoe, with its soft upper and well-cushioned sole, both undeniably lightweight, provides sufficient comfort that lasts. This makes the Yeezy 350 Boost v2 a reliable lifestyle sneaker that can be worn for night outs, traveling and more. At some point for many millennials wearing a Yeezy sneaker is already a fashion statement that working with minimalist clothing is best when you want to rock your Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2.
Sneakerheads worldwide will recognize this shoe instantly for the SPLY-350 callout written across its lateral side. How this wordmark is displayed on the shoe, however, varies, depending on the colorway.
Moreover, the Yeezy 350 Boost v2 is also noticed for its aggressively-shaped rubber outsole that is translucent, flexible and durable. It also has windows to reveal the full-length Boost midsole encased inside it. The Boost provides energy-returning and responsive cushioning.
What happens when a legendary footwear brand like Adidas teams up with a multi-talented musician and Grammy-winning rapper? You can expect the sneaker collaboration to be explosive. In the year 2014, Adidas, a brand that has always been at the forefront of introducing new designs and shoe technology, agreed to have a long-term partnership with recording artist, songwriter, producer and now fashion designer Kanye West.
Before this, West has already designed shoes for other fashion icons and global brands, Nike included. His partnership with Nike, although fruitful at the beginning had to end prematurely because of the brand’s inability to grant him enough royalties and what he calls as a “creative space” in designing contemporary footwear. Adidas, however, was happy to give Kanye West’s request and welcomed him on board.
Interestingly, back in 2006, before the entire Yeezy line became such a coveted sneaker collection, West designed a shoe for Adidas, but it never came out. Nonetheless, West now has the opportunity to show off his creativity through his new line, popularly known as the Yeezys.
The first version of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 was dropped through a worldwide release on June 27, 2015. The design featured a grey and white colorway called turtle dove. Some two months later, on August 22, 2015, an all-black variant was released called the pirate black colorway. Another rare colorway of the Yeezy 350 Boost is the moonrock colorway which had an exclusive drop in stores that sold the season 1 of the Yeezy clothing line. The Yeezy 350 Boost’s oxford tan colorway showed the silhouette in a light brown color scheme.
In 2016, the shoe drenched in a pirate black colorway was further re-released with improvements in the heel padding. The Yeezy 350 Boost was also released in infant sizes for the turtle dove and pirate black colorways.
Over three years since the first Adidas Yeezy drop, the collaboration’s collection of sneakers maintains its iconic and highly-coveted status. Every footwear Kanye West has put on the market is sold out instantly. Lines for copping a pair start as early as several days before drop date while resellers further increase prices of these kicks due to high demand.
As of June 2017, six Yeezy models have already been released including the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2. The Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 made its first appearance in the Yeezys Season 3 show and was released on September 24, 2016. This version, compared to its predecessor, had a bigger Boost sole and a higher cut. It is also made more popular by the “SPLY-350: wordmark that is written along the shoe’s lateral side. Some later 350 versions, however, would remove this stripe and wordmark for a more subtle design.
The German sneaker brand, in response to the public’s demand, to make Yeezy's more available, increased this model's production numbers. In spite of the significant increase, the Yeezy 350 Boost v2 is still hard to obtain. Fans have to endure long wait times, whether they’re buying online or in brick and mortar stores, getting a pair.
New Yeezy 350 Boost v2 colorways
What makes the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 shoes such an exciting silhouette to anticipate are the unique colorways that are released and re-released almost every season. The Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Beluga” colorway was first seen at the third Yeezy season show and dropped on September 24, 2016.
The Yeezy 350 silhouette remained almost the same except for a few exterior changes such as a different Primeknit pattern, removal of the heel tab, and the placement of a stripe on the lateral side with the characters “SPLY-350” embroidered in the Primeknit upper. The Yeezy 350 Beluga also came out with a translucent grey-colored outsole with a visible Boost cushioning that peeks through a grid-pattern in the outsole.
Three new colorways were also released on November 23, 2016 namely the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Copper”, Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Green”, and Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Red” with an all-black soles, Primeknit upper, and a large colored stripe on the lateral side with “SPLY-350”. The following month on November 23, 2016, the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Oreo” colorway was released with a Black/Core White Primeknit upper color combination and a white stripe on the lateral side.
On February 11, 2017, the “Bred” colorway was released. In this version, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 is drenched in black and red with a triple black colorway for the upper and the “SPLY-350” in red color. The design also decided to remove the prominent stripe and only retained the wordmark.
A week later on February 25, 2017, a “Zebra” colorway was released with black stripes over a white overlay resembling that of a zebra. The design was a hit among hypebeasts who instantly copped pairs of the unique colorway that was also re-released several months later due to huge demand.
Another sought after model, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Cream White,” was released on April 29, 2017. The newer colorways were sold at $220 at retail, but these prices soared to as high as double or triple their prices with some resellers.
Three new colorways were released in November and December 2017. The Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Semi-Frozen Yellow” came out in limited quantity featuring a bright yellow Primeknit upper and gum soles on November 18, 2017. An updated Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Beluga 2.0” were released in a large quantity some days later on November 25, 2017. A third colorway came out on December 16, 2017, called the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Blue Tint.” The three new colorways had almost the same Primeknit patterns removing the prominent lateral side stripes of the previous colorways and only retaining the wordmark “SPLY-350” and had a retail price of $220.
Demand for the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 sneakers rolled over into 2018 with more exciting colorways and restocked of previous bestselling colorways. A new colorway called the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Butter” was released on June 30, 2018. The shoe also became a bestseller while other sneakerheads await other restocks of their favorite Yeezy 350 colorways.
Restocks of the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Cream White” on September 21, 2018, was the biggest release with thousands of pairs of the shoe dropped with retailers. Two months later, the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Zebra” was also restocked.
Joining the Black Friday releases, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Sesame” was released on November 23, 2018. The new colorway came out in a grey Primeknit upper with a white Boost midsole and a gum outsole.
The latest and most exciting yet of the Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 colorway releases is the “Static” colorway. The Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost v2 “Static” was dropped on December 27, 2018, with a unique design consisting of a grey and white re-engineered Primeknit material with a transparent monofilament lateral side stripe in the woven upper. It sits on a Boost midsole with white gum sole.
A limited Yeezy supply and Adidas online exclusive release colorway called the “Static Reflective” was dropped a day earlier than the regular Static Yeezy 350 on December 26, 2018. The glow in the dark design has 3M reflective material embedded in the knit upper that resembles that of speckles that flashes when it gets struck by light. All Yeezy 350 releases in 2018 retained the $220 price tag and cost a few dollars higher with some resellers depending on demand while some other versions were already gaining retail price drops in outlets after the hype slowly diminishes.
- The SPLY-350 wordmark is written usually on both shoes of the Beluga colorway. The red, copper and green colorways, on the other hand, have the SPLY-350 written backward on the right shoe. This callout, however, is written on both the right and left shoe of the Zebra and BRED colorways. The cream-white version of this model also has this word written on its lateral side, but it is barely noticeable.
- The Yeezy 350 Boost v2 Bred colorway does not show any stripe running across its lateral side.
- For a secure and snug fit, the lace-up closure is added. The rope laces on this model go through the Primeknit upper.
- The collar’s cut gives the shoe a snug yet comfortable fit while providing the ankle enough room for movement.
- The addition of removable insoles and padding on the ankle and heel area improves the shoe’s comfort level.
- The extra heel pull tab is added on some colorways for a more comfortable slip on and off.
- The patches of the suede material line the interior of the tongue and act as support and reinforcement for the lacing system.
- Other distinguishable features are the Boost and Adidas logo on the shoe’s sole. The former is engraved on the Yeezy 350 Boost v2’s heel while the latter is stamped on the tip of the undersole’s front.
- The heel's interior shows the iconic Three stripes in 3M material for visibility at night.
- Subtle Three stripes can also be seen in the rearfoot Boost midsole.
- The resale value of this model most especially the rare and limited colorways ranges from $750-$1250.