Kanye West provides a lot to the entertainment industry. He is consistently ranked among the best rappers of the 21st century and has sold millions of albums and digital downloads. He is also a 21-time Grammy winner – beating out many artists over the past century and every artist who debuted in the 2000s. However, West’s talents extend beyond music. He also has a good eye for fashion and a great business sense.
One of the most famous sneaker brands in the world is Kanye West’s Yeezy line. West and Nike released the first Air Yeezy shoe in 2009. It was quite successful, leading them to release a second version of the shoe by 2012. Though the Nike deal fizzled out, Adidas approached Kanye for a new collaboration that was finalized by December of 2013.
The Yeezy line boasts some of the coolest shoes in the industry. They have distinct stylings and are often sold out within minutes of release. This leads them to be highly-collectible – and with their rarity comes a price. Many people who purchased these shoes for an initial price of around $200 have walked away with thousands after reselling them. Read on to learn more about the Ten Most Expensive Models of Yeezy Shoes.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 ‘Chocolate/Gum’ - $950
These shoes boast a nice, subdued brown color that mixes well with the gum-colored sole. They are created from premium suede and are fastened with a Velcro strap. They have a side zipper that makes them easy to put on or take off. In addition, the perforated vamp on the shoe helps to maintain proper airflow when they are being worn.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 ‘Solid Grey/Chalk’ - $1,200
These shoes stand apart from other Yeezy offerings as they have an avant-garde style that lends itself well to the Kanye West name. These shoes are lace-fastened and have some perforations that allow improved airflow. They may be expensive, but they are created from the highest-quality materials available and are appropriate for pretty much any application. Well, given that it is something you would want to be doing in thousand-dollar shoes.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 950M Duckboot ‘Chocolate’ - $1,700
These stylish and durable boots boast some of the best construction quality on our list. They have double-stitching throughout, meaning that the shoe will stay together even under stress. These boots are also created from high quality materials – such as canvas and real leather. The thick laces on the Yeezy 950M Duckboots are also sure to stay tied without fraying for quite some time.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 ‘Grey/Gum’ - $2,500
This sneaker is a great example of how some colors are more desirable than others when it comes to collectible shoes. They are over $1000 more expensive than the same shoes that are tagged ‘Chocolate/Gum’. However, they are made from the same high-quality suede and use a similar Velcro strap for fastening. Notably, the Boost refers to a cushioning system that helps the wearer retain some energy with each step.
Nike Air Yeezy 1-36614 002 ‘Zen Grey/Light Charcoal’ - $3,275
This pair of shoes represents Kanye West’s initial foray into the world of sneaker design. It was the first model released by Nike and had a cool high-top design that was easy to distinguish from other shoes. They are created entirely of leather and suede and boast some nice pink and orange accents. These shoes even have a glow-in-the-dark outsole, tying the whole pair together – especially at a club or another dark place.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Moon Rock’ - $3,330
These low-tops are another cool entry in the Yeezy shoe line. They have a cool pattern of dark and light greys that help them to be easily-recognized, even from a distance. They fasten with laces and rest on a light grey 100% rubber sole. Their price is indicative of the quality and collectability that the Yeezy line is known for.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Black’ - $3,400
Here is another example of how the color combination can determine the price of a shoe. These are the exact same shoe as the preceding ‘Moon Rock’ style but use a combination of blacks and greys instead of light and dark grey to create the trademark Boost 350 style. They also make use of a full-rubber sole that provides the wearer with comfort and durability.
Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG ‘Black/Solar Red’ - $6,000
This pair of collectible shoes is a part of the second line of Yeezy footwear from Nike. They make use of a slightly-different design that combines Velcro and laces for fastening purposes. They include a trademark Nike swoop and a rubber sole. Plus, these shoes have a ridged back that serves as a key and distinctive aesthetic feature.
Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG ‘Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum’ - $9,100
This is the best example of how color can affect price. The difference between this shoe and the ‘Black/Solar Red’ shoe comes down to color only. Because the ‘Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum’ version was not as popular initially, it fetches a price that is thousands of dollars higher today due to simple economics. These Air Yeezy 2s all have the same basic features regardless of color.
Nike Air Yeezy 2 SP ‘Red October’ - $11,400
This pair of shoes is a part of an extremely small special edition run. They are completely red and pink – almost garishly so – and will definitely be recognizable. These Yeezy 2s have a full-rubber sole, a combination lace-and-Velcro fastening system, and killer aesthetics that are unmatched by any other pair. These are the prime choice for a discerning footwear collector, as their limited run will ensure that their price continues to rise as time goes on.
Written by Garrett Parker
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