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
    $215
Show more facts

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are sneaker fanatics, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

  • First look / Unboxing | Seth Fowler

  • First look / Unboxing | Seth Fowler

  • First look / Unboxing | Seth Fowler

Apply to become an expert

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Yeezy was released in men's sizes only, which ranged from 9 to 14. If you are a lady sneakerhead and seeking for this pair, you should go 1.5 sizes down from your standard shoe size. Moreover, this shoe reportedly runs bigger than normal sizes, going half a size down is recommended.

Nike Air Yeezy Style

A medley of numerous fashionable details, the sneakers in the Nike Air Yeezy collection exhibit a stylishly maximal design that reflects the trends during its year of release. Before the boom of minimal profiled shoes, the Air Yeezy is the epitome of trendy footwear. Its high-top silhouette coupled with a play on colors and textures, debossed prints, and glow in the dark outsole were deemed a unique and must-have shoe by sneaker and music fans.

People were seen rocking this kick with jeans or pants that are slightly bigger, but you can pair it with shorts or joggers for an athleisure-inspired street style.

  Nike Air Yeezy vs. Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost

Following Kanye’s controversial move to the Swoosh brand’s rival is the release of the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoe. Although displaying the same high-top silhouette and midfoot Velcro strap as the Air Yeezy’s, the Three Stripe’s Yeezy 750 Boost clearly takes a step back when it comes to design details. Adidas’ rendition opts for a more minimal approach via plain suede uppers and earth-toned palette for its colorway options.

This apparent difference in Kanye’s Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost vs. Nike Yeezy also signifies the rapper’s transition from his late 2000 style to his early 2010 aesthetic - from bold and maximal to basic and minimal.

Styling-wise, the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost is easier to pair than the Nike version for obvious reasons. Consumers could ultimately decide whether they want a more eye-catching, statement-making everyday ensemble via the Nike Air Yeezy or if they want a more versatile-looking kick to match with more outfit choices via the Yeezy 750 Boost.

Notable Features

This kick's upper is mostly crafted from a premium leather material for durability, while a suede toecap with debossed 'Y' print serves as protection against bumps. A leather Velcro strap with debossed ‘Y' pattern is placed on the midfoot for a lockdown fit and visual appeal. Perforations are placed throughout the shoe's toebox, midfoot, and tongue for maximum breathability. A transparent round lace lockdown is also provided to keep laces in place and visual purposes.

A pull-tab with ‘YEEZY' stitched on it is placed in the heel area as an aid when putting the shoe on. It also features stylized metal lace aglets for visual purposes. Its midsole houses the brand's visible Air unit, which provides cushioning and absorbs impact. Lastly, the pair's outsole is made of rubber and glows in the dark for grip and visual appeal, respectively.

Nike Air Yeezy History

The Nike Air Yeezy is the first collaborative shoe produced by the Nike brand that is not done in partnership with an athlete. This collaboration was done with Kanye West – a rapper, producer, designer and one of the most popular and most influential celebrities today. But before Kanye teamed up with Nike, he did a shoe with Japanese brand ‘Bape' called the Bapesta College Dropout. The success of this kick proved that whatever Kanye releases would be profitable.

Kanye and Nike officially teamed up in 2007 and started planning on their collaborative shoe's design. Initially, the project was only expected to run for months but later turned out to be a 2-year course before the physical product was launched. The design process lasted for about a year then Kanye debuted an all-black sample shoe during his performance in the 2008 Grammys, then finally on 2009 the Nike Air Yeezy 1 was made available to the public.

The Nike Air Yeezy 1's release was surrounded by a lot of hype both from sneakerheads and West's fans. Hundreds of people camped outside Nike stores in the wee hours of the day of release with hopes of owning a pair. This hype was fueled by the shoe's ultra-limited availability coupled with fans' eagerness and dedication to doing whatever it takes to cop this kick.

The Nike Air Yeezy 1 was released in three colorways: Black, Zen Gray, Net/Tan, and retailed for $215. Today the shoe is continuously coveted by sneakerheads while reselling prices soared to over $1,000. In fact, the all-black sample shoe that Kanye wore to the Grammys is selling today at a whopping $250,000.

Nike and Kanye eventually released another pair in 2012 and 2014 called the Nike Air Yeezy 2 with the same, if not, more hype and demand as the first release.

Additional Info

  • It is available in D – Medium width.
  • The Swoosh logo in Net/Tan colorway also glows in the dark.
  • The shoe’s collar and tongue are padded for added comfort and cushioning.
  • The Nike Air Yeezy borrowed the Air Jordan 3’s midsole.

Comparison