Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $120
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Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Compared to most Yeezy’s, the Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas are the most affordable ones in the market to date.
  • Most users commend the buttery leather used on the shoe. It makes the price worth it and justifiable.
  • These sneakers are very lightweight according to one reviewer.
  • A reviewer noted that these sneakers are comparable to the Air Jordan I and Common Projects in terms of how premium it feels. These two sneakers are two of the most covetable sneakers in the market.
  • The clean and minimalist style is very trendy, according to several users.
  • One reviewer noted that the upper bends and conforms but does not cause a crease after.  This is a good sign because the shoe can maintain its structure.
  • These shoes are very comfortable even without the Boost technology, according to a great number of testers.
  • The off-white color is loved by a couple of online reviewers. It is a better color compared to a stark white.
  • One user loves how versatile these shoes are. It can go with almost any outfit.
  • Some reviewers note that the Gucci colors on the Adidas logo are a great addition to its aesthetic.

3 reasons not to buy

  • These sneakers look very similar to the Reebok Classics sneakers, according to a great number of reviewers.
  • Because the leather feels buttery and thin, some users feel that these sneakers may not be that durable and can be hard to maintain.
  • Some online customers notice that the upper of the shoe is different from one another. The one has a smooth upper while the other is wrinkly.

Bottom line

Like most of Kanye West’s Yeezy’s, the Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas receives extremely opposing reactions. This only proves that Kanye West is testing the market by releasing a shoe that greatly deviates from his other collection. Apart from its retro and simple look, this is also his first Adidas collaboration not carrying the Boost technology. The affordable price point justifies its ordinary look because it uses premium materials. Purchasing these sneakers are comparably easy compared to other Yeezy sneakers. However, because of its great resemblance with Reebok Classics, most users do not feel its worth.

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Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas History

Albeit having a different silhouette from the usual Yeezy's that the market has been familiar with, the Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas is an eyebrow raiser. The simple silhouette gives an impression that the Adidas Yeezy creator, Kanye West, can create something new and buzz-worthy. His footwear line has been one of the most powerful names in the history as most of his releases become instant Holy Grails.

Kanye West started his footwear venture with Adidas in 2006. Although the release of this sneaker didn’t pursue, Kanye continued his passion for sneakers and teamed up with BAPE a year later. In 2008, the artist collaborated with the luxury line Louis Vuitton and released three different silhouettes. These sneakers were creatively named after the important members of his circle namely Ibn Jasper, Don C., and Mr. Hudson. In 2009, he released his first shoe collaboration with Nike. The Nike Air Yeezy I made noise because of its atypical aesthetic. Like how the market treats the artist, the Air Yeezy I also had the same reaction-- creating buzz because of extreme love or hate. His 2nd sneaker with Nike, the Air Yeezy II, is a more toned down version of the first.

Released in 3 colorways, it created noise as the only two colorways were launched on schedule. Nike surprised its fans by releasing the 3rd colorway, the Red October, in time when Kanye departed from the brand and partnered with its rival, Adidas. The Red Octobers are known to hold a groundbreaking record of selling out in 11 minutes since its release.

Until today, Kanye West proves that his name creates a mark on the sneaker community. His name is not defined by the brand he is collaborating with but his name as an artist.

Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas Style

The Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas is the first sneaker that deviates from the futuristic Yeezy silhouette that seems to be Kanye’s signature style. Rocking a tennis-style profile, a lot of sneakerheads observe this shoe as being identical to the Reebok Classics.

These sneakers come in an off-white colorway with a soft buttery leather upper that seals the retro look of the shoes. Its model name “Calabasas”, Kanye’s current California residence, is imprinted on the sides with a gold foil.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas is available in men’s sizes from 4-14. Half sizes are available as well for a wider selection. Although these sneakers are generally true to size, going up half a size is recommended as the style of the shoe is narrow and the insoles are not removable. Women who wish to wear these sneakers may need to go down a size and a half to get the perfect fit.

The low-top silhouette of these sneakers allows more freedom and movement on the ankles. It comes with a lace-up closure which permits a more secure and snug fit on the feet.

Notable Features

From all the futuristic and most controversial shoes that Kanye West released, the Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas is the most rebellious and most unexpected of them all. This vintage 80s tennis sneaker is resurrected and debuted in a simple and monochromatic silhouette. The minimalist and clean design is unexpected, especially because it carries the Yeezy name. The sneaker, however, doesn’t scream its brand as no imprint of the Yeezy can be found on the sneaker other than the box.

Additional Info

  • These sneakers are the most covetable and most affordable out of all the Yeezy sneakers. The resale value, however, offers a significantly higher value than the original price.
  • The Kardashian family joined the Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas wagon. Scott Disick, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner were seen relentlessly wearing these on their off-cam outfits.