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.
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.
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.
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.