Verdict from 42 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG is the second model released from one of the most iconic collaborations in sneaker history. 
  • It is the last kick that Kanye West co-designed with the brand and his fame and status undeniably helped the shoe in reaching its prominent reputation in the sneaker world.
  • The shoe is available in a number of colorways.
  • Most reviewers applauded the sneaker's materials and construction for having excellent quality.
  • This kick made use of the brand's visible Air unit technology, which provides superior cushioning and reduces the force of impacts making it an ideal pair for all-day wear.
  • Most Air Yeezy fans admired this kick's unique design and its combination of different elements that, according to them, beautifully worked as a unit.
  • The design shows excellent attention to detail.
  • This model's switch to mesh upper allows for a more breathable fit.
  • Some reviewers pointed out that the spiky heel counter's material provides excellent aid when wearing the kick, as it is hard and sturdy instead of the usual flimsy ones.
  • Most sneakerheads consider this pair a "Holy Grail" for its hype, limited nature, and high demand.
  • Die-hard fans of this shoe consider the shoe's lavish price tag to be worth it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most weren't fond of the kick's overpriced amount.
  • Some consumers didn't like the shoe's over the top design.

Bottom line

The second and last installment to the controversial partnership between Nike and musician Kanye West, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG is regarded as the more popular and more sought after pair out of the two, which could be contributed to its more detailed design and an unquenched demand from the first model's release.

The shoe provides excellent comfort, support, and durability. An insole combined with the visible Air unit and high-top construction offers ankle support and overall comfort ideal for all-day wear.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG is exclusively released in men’s sizes that stretched from 9 to 14. Lady sneakerheads should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. It is constructed to fit true to size.

A fusion of various fashionably unique details, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG exudes a bold yet sleek style that appealed to many sneaker enthusiasts. Its tall silhouette that's embellished with different textures, a midfoot strap, and a glow-in-the-dark outsole was unprecedented and deemed as a must-have to most music and sneaker aficionados.

Celebrities have been see rocking these with a pair of loose jeans, a t-shirt, and a fitted cap but you could also match it with shorts or joggers for a casual day out. Moreover, its Velcro strap could be fastened or left undone to add another stylish detail to your ensemble.

The Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG is a notable kick in itself. Its unique silhouette is easily recognizable even by the non-sneakerheads thanks to its eye-catching details such as the snake textured leather panels on the sides, spikes on the heel counter, midfoot strap, and the glow-in-the-dark outsole. Lastly, the contrasting textures of the mesh upper and suede accents elevate the kick's overall stylish appeal.

Before Kanye West got with Adidas, he was with Nike first. Together with the "Swoosh" brand, Kanye released two sneaker models that went down in sneaker history as one of the most successful and most hyped. The first kick was dubbed as the Nike Air Yeezy and was released in 2009 in three colorways. Its limited release created hype and increased demand for the collaborative shoe.

Years had passed since the first kick was released and sneaker fans were still as eager to get their hands on a pair of the Air Yeezys, no matter the cost. So when the second model has launched the clamor and hunger were very high and was met with even longer lines of customers camping out of the store and resellers ramping up their prices to more than 100% of the original cost.

The Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG was introduced to the public on June 9, 2012, in two colorways, Solar Red and Platinum Wolf Grey, and retailed for $245. Along with Kanye, the shoe was designed by Nathan Van Hook and took influence from several classic Nike silhouettes such as the Air Trainer 1, Air Foamposite One, and the Air Tech Challenge 2. It resulted in a hybrid model that's equally rooted in the past, present, and future.

Shortly after the release of the Air Yeezy 2 NRG, Kanye and Nike had a falling out making the kick the last model from the collaboration hence making it even more popular. But rumors of an unreleased colorway started circulating on the web, and in October of the same year, Nike launched the "Red Octobers" colorway. Today, reselling prices start anywhere from $2,000 up to over $20,000.

  • Both the collar and tongue are padded providing added cushioning and comfort.
  • The kick comes with a dust bag.
  • Shoelaces feature metallic gold tips that can be screwed on and off.
  • It has a leather lace lock with the Roman numeral 2 in it.
  • The word Yeezy written in hieroglyphics is embedded in the Velcro part of the strap.
  • The leather insole is removable.
  • Its midsole design with the visible Air unit is derived from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II.


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