Kanye West is and has been one of the top Hip-Hop artist ever since he started rapping around 2004. He has now gone on to being more than just a rapper, he is a songwriter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His fashion designing interest eventually led him to collaborating with major brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton in 2009. He is now one of the very few music artists that have endorsement deals and their own shoes with major sneaker companies.
Nike Air Yeezy
When Kanye West had his endorsement deal with Nike, he was able to create his own shoes. He had the Nike Air Yeezy 1 and Nike Air Yeezy 2 which released in very limited quantities. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a pair when they released for retail, you would have a hard time getting a pair now due to the limited amount and the resell price. The Nike Air Yeezy 1 released in three different colorways back in 2009 and they retailed for $215. The Nike Yeezy 2 retailed for $245 in three colorways as well. The Nike Yeezy 2 was the favorite of the Nike Yeezy line and is one of the most sought out shoes ever. A pair of the Nike Yeezy 2’s are reselling for over $4,000-5,000 and the Nike Yeezy 1 is reselling for about $2,000-$3,500 depending on the condition and the colorway.
Adidas Yeezy Boost
Kanye has since parted ways with Nike due to the lack of support and creative ability Nike gave to Kanye to create sneakers and fashion. He signed a deal with Adidas in 2013 and has enhanced the brand. Adidas gave Kanye more creative freedom and has allowed him to design sneakers, apparel, and boots. The favorites so far have been the Adidas Yeezy Boost 750, Adidas Yeezy Boost 350, and Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2. The Adidas Yeezy 750’s retailed for $350. The 350’s retailed for $200 and the 350 V2’s retailed for $220. The Adidas Yeezy’s have been limited as well, but more available than the Nike Yeezy’s. Still with the resell for the Adidas Yeezy’s are still outrageous and range from $700-$2,000.
The conversation that people in the sneaker community are having now is if the Adidas Yeezy’s are better than the Nike Yeezy’s and vice versa. I personally favor the Nike Yeezy 2’s the most, but I like the Adidas Yeezy 350’s and V2’s as well. Let me know how you feel about Yeezy’s and what your favorite model is in the comments section below.