Verdict from 3 experts and 16 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Some people say that the Yeezy 500 High Slate stands out from other Yeezys like the 350s and 750s. They love the look of this high-top compared to different low versions.
  • A lot of people appreciate how comfortable the shoes feel on feet.
  • Many reviewers like how the high-top silhouette is somewhat similar to Air Jordan 11 or 13.
  • Many wearers mention how incredibly lightweight the Yeezy 500 High Slate is.
  • A lot of buyers don't like the look of the Yeezy 500 until they saw the Yeezy 500 High Slate and got their pair.
  • Many buyers like the ankle and foot support of these kicks. 
  • Many notice the premium materials used in these kicks.
  • A lot of buyers like how the shoe is as cheap as the Yeezy 500 lows, yet it provides better qualities from its predecessor.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some say that the colorway doesn't look interesting enough.
  • The tongue of the shoe doesn't look aesthetically pleasing, others note.
  • Some people think that it doesn't feel good on foot when worn during the summer.

Bottom line

The Addidas Yeezy 500 High Slate is an underrated and overlooked shoe in the expanding Yeezy lineup. This latest collaboration from Adidas and Kanye is the very first high-top from the Yeezy 500 silhouette with neoprene upper and chunky outsoles that give extreme comfort and superior quality performance.  With the quality that it offers, the high-top sneaker also keeps the wearer in style with its design.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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