Size and fit

The new Yeezy 500 High Slate is only available in men's sizing, but women may get a pair by choosing, at least, one size smaller than usual. 

When it comes to comfort, the Yeezy 500 High Slate trumps other Yeezys in many ways. The upper gives extreme comfort and more support with its padded neoprene material, especially from top to ankle downwards. This kick cushions the foot in cloud-like comfort and feels warm making it good for the wintertime. Considering it's a high-top, this kick is supremely light, flexible, and can be easily slipped on, which we don't normally get with leathers and traditional materials. When it comes to traction, the shoe feels grippy.

Adidas Yeezy 500 High Slate Style

The Adidas Yeezy 500 High Slate follows its predecessor, for having a unique, eye-catching design and exceptional craftsmanship. 

The midsole made from Adeprene cushioning has a striking well-sculpted design that fits Kanye's signature style. The detail of this kick gives appeal to many sneaker fans. Although it doesn't have the Boost technology which most of the Yeezys have, this kick still feels soft and comfortable on feet.

Finally, the kick's outsole aligned the shape of the midsole and used a rubber material that is softer from the typical outsoles. For a high-top kick, it can pair with loose jogger pants and plain tees for a more relaxed style, or slim-fit jeans and an oversized shirt for a simple, rugged look.

Notable Features

The well-sculpted midsole and high-top construction of the Yeezy 500 High Slate are the highlights of this kick. Its signature design gives a dynamic hallmark look to the shoe. The shoe's Adiprene technology provides undeniable comfort and lightweight ride. This kick also effectively optimizes rebound and absorbs the impact with its cushioning material.

Adidas Yeezy 500 High Slate History

The partnership of Adidas and Kanye began in 2015 after Kanye ended his years of partnership with Nike in 2013. In that same year, they launched their first Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 in a Three-Stripe label.  The shoe immediately sold out when it first dropped the market. Following the success of their first collaboration, Kanye unveiled his next silhouette dubbed as the Yeezy Boost 350.  The Yeezy Boost 350 won at the Footwear News Annual Achievement Awards as the shoe of the year. 

In 2017, Kanye and Adidas launched their first Boost-less Yeezy sneaker, the Yeezy 500 in a bundle pack together with sweat shorts and hoodie. The revolutionary shoe featured a futuristic look in a paneled mesh and suede with chunky soles. The pump got its inspiration from 20-year old footwear, Adidas KB8 III. The sneaker's chunky sole prevents the rolling of the ankle of basketball players.  

The Yeezy 500 gained so much popularity and, at the same time, criticism for its visual appearance and performance. This kick was resold for hundreds of dollars higher than its original price, and until today, people still consider it as one of the most popular shoes in the Yeezy lineup. In 2020, the Adidas Yeezy has officially released seven colorways and unveiled its first high-top version called the Yeezy 500 High Slate.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Yeezy 500
Style: Dad, Sporty, Chunky
Top: High
Inspired from: Training
Collaboration: Kanye West
Collection: Adidas Yeezy, Adidas Adiprene
Closure: Laces

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.