10 Must-Have Yeezys
Few people in history have been famous enough to get by on a single name: Madonna, Oprah, Beyoncé, MJ. Kanye West, or more recently, Ye, is another. Kanye lent part of his name to Nike when the first Yeezys were born in 2009. Five years later, Nike and Kanye went their separate ways and the rapper took his talents to adidas. That marriage has been going strong ever since, pulling in a whopping $1.7 billion in sales in 2020 alone. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 Yeezy shoes, from Carbon to Calcite Glow.
1adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Carbon
The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 is the sneaker that changed the game — for Kanye, adidas, and sneakerheads everywhere. The Yeezy 350 made its debut in 2016, the same year Kanye released his album, “The Life of Pablo.” The first iteration was the gray and orange ‘Beluga’ and has been followed by numerous colorways since, each a success in its own right. The Yeezy 350 V2 Carbon continues on Kanye’s most successful silhouette with a decidedly neutral set of colors. The breathable Primeknit upper dons a black and gray finish. The outer side of the Yeezy 350 Carbon showcases a signature black stripe that separates gray weave on the top, black on the bottom, and wraps around the heel. A yellow-tinged midsole and no-tie bungee laces complete the look.
2adidas Yeezy 500 Utility Black
Monochromatic takes center stage in the adidas Yeezy 500 Utility Black. Outfitted in tone-on-tone black in varying materials of leather, mesh, suede and nubuck, the single color styling perfectly pairs with the chunkier retro-inspired silhouette. The shoe sits on a neoprene base with a rubber wrap around the midsole that lends additional support to the foot. The midsole of the Yeezy 500 Utility Black also boasts adidas’ adiPRENE cushioning technology. Reflective piping around the lace eyelets adds visual interest and increased visibility in low-light conditions. The most unique feature of the Yeezy 500 Utility Black is in the black itself, which is slightly faded and gives the Yeezy 500 Utility Black a vintage vibe that other black sneakers just can’t match.
3adidas Yeezy 500 Salt
Where the adidas Yeezy 500 Utility Black features tonal shades of black, the adidas Yeezy 500 Salt boasts clean tonal shades of gray. Both share a vintage-inspired silhouette in suede, leather, mesh, and nubuck. It also features the same rubber wrap on the midsole’s tops for support and stability and reflective trim for added visibility. An oversized sole is a hallmark of these Yeezy shoes, which marries retro sports styling with today’s modern fashion.
4adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 True Form
The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 True Form is a peach and not just because it boasts a muted orange color under the shoe’s clear stripe and translucent midsole. True Form pairs a gray Primeknit upper with the peachy hue, which can also be seen on the shoe’s rear pull tab. This silhouette got the multiple colorway treatment depending on where on the globe they were released. The tan and orange Yeezy 350 V2 Clay, released in the U.S. and Asia, while the Yeezy 350 V2 Hyperspace was a blue-tinted release in Asia and Australia. Kanye’s neutral-focused Yeezy Boost 350 V2 True Form was a European and Russian release with a ribbed midsole and full-length Boost cushioning. The trio released simultaneously, perhaps as an homage to adidas’ trademark three stripes.
5adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Salt
Kanye’s love of neutrals continues with the adidas Yeezy 700 Salt, another nod to a tonal gray look using a variety of materials from smooth leather to suede to mesh. Part of the season 8 lineup of Yeezy masterpieces, the Yeezy Boost 700 ‘Salt’ is heavy on panels and patterns with the shoe’s traditional bulky midsole and a black gum sole with a reflective heel. The shoe’s sole got the herringbone treatment, providing treads that offer serious traction, along with a full-length Boost midsole. The Yeezy Boost 700 ‘Salt’ shares a likeness with the Yeezy 500, which came out just three months before the 700 was released in February 2019.
6adidas Yeezy Boost 380 Mist Reflective
Consider the Yeezy 380 Mist Reflective a case of multiple identities. Originally known as the Yeezy Boost 350 V3, this earth-toned shoe got its own name upon release. Featuring a camouflage-style pattern on its Primeknit upper and sidewall perforations for breathability, the Yeezy 380 Mist Reflective skips the traditional lateral side stripe in favor of a beige splotch on the upper with matching laces. A translucent Boost midsole, gum outsole and elevated heel give this shoe its signature look. The Mist colorway was released in both reflective and non-reflective variations.
7adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Lundmark Non-Reflective
Having a reflective Yeezy shoe on this list calls for a non-reflective option: the adidas Yeezy 350 Lundmark Non-Reflective. Drawing from Kanye’s most successful silhouette, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Lundmark Non-Reflective is a neutral treatment of the 350 silhouette with a cream and black Primeknit upper. It is accented by a monofilament stripe across the shoe’s lateral side, Boost midsole and reflective laces. Unlike others in the Yeezy shoe family, the Yeezy 350 Lundmark Non-Reflective does not feature a heel tab. The light tan rubber outsole houses a stripe of pink down the middle. The Yeezy 350 Lundmark Non-Reflective was a North and Latin America exclusive upon release.
8adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Semi Frozen Yellow
If you’re looking for a Yeezy shoe that makes a statement, look no further than the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Semi Frozen Yellow. This Yeezy veers from Kanye’s traditional preference for earth tones with a vibrant neon yellow Primeknit upper that features a gray wave pattern throughout. The “SPLY-350” wording in bright red on the shoe’s lateral edge has drawn speculation as to its meaning, with many believing it stands for either “Supply 350” or “Saint Pablo Loves You.” The Boost 350 V2 Semi Frozen Yellow has a gum rubber sole that balances the bold look and neon yellow laces to match. Kanye fanned the flames of anticipation for this colorway when he donned it in an appearance with Kid Cudi at Takashi Murakami’s studio in Tokyo before its public release. Murakami’s artistry graces the cover of Kanye’s “Graduation” album.
9adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 Vanta
The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 Vanta is a return to traditional Kanye with a series of black hues on a heavily-paneled build that has a mix of suede, mesh and leather. Boasting a black upper, black midsole and black sole, the Yeezy Boost 700 V2 Vanta blacks are crisper compared to the faded look of the Yeezy 500 Utility Black. This Yeezy Season 8 alumnus is considered by many to be the follow-up to the first Yeezy 700 that made its appearance in 2017. The Yeezy Boost 700 V2 series keeps the original design elements in place with a sleeker design. A bulky Boost midsole offers extra cushion and a herringbone-patterned outsole delivers excellent traction. The Yeezy 700 V2 Vanta is the darkest of this silhouette, which also came in white/light gray and dark gray/brown tones; the ‘Vanta’ name references Vantablack, a pigment coating that was, at one time, the darkest shade of black created.
10adidas Yeezy Boost 380 Calcite Glow
Get out of the way for adidas x Kanye’s first glow-in-the-dark colorway for the Yeezy Boost 380. The Yeezy Boost 380 Calcite Glow has a creamy white Primeknit upper with blue highlights that gives off a neon yellow glow when exposed to light in the dark. The Yeezy 380 Calcite Glow has a contrasting gray monofilament stripe that cuts across the upper and is complemented by a similarly colored sock-like collar around the ankle. The Yeezy 380 Calcite Glow is enhanced by sidewall perforations for breathability, Boost cushioning and a semi-translucent midsole. An elevated heel and no-tie laces complete the look.