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Kanye West Designs Kicks For Nike

Kanye West Designs Kicks For Nike
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Combining elements of tennis sneakers, cross trainers, and organic textures, the Air Yeezy II is set for release this June.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 1 june 2012

Whether you’re a big fan of American musician Kanye West or a follower of the “Just Do It” philosophy, the multiple Grammy award-winner’s upcoming signature sneaker, the Nike Air Yeezy 2, is something worth checking out. West’s second collaboration with the global shoe brand features a mixture of luxurious leather, suede, and nylon, giving the appearance of snake skin on the sides of the shoe. In terms of build, the Yeezy 2 draws design inspiration from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis sneaker (outsole) and cross trainers (upper). Initially available in France, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 is set for a global release on June 9th for 400 Euros or roughly 494 USD. From the official Nike press release:

There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.

An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’

Check out the detailed pictures of the Yeezy 2 in the gallery below:

Nike Air Yeezy II

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