September has a dizzying release schedule for Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers. The Yeezy line is Adidas’ collaborative project with the rap star and celebrity Kanye West, and has built a reputation for itself for consistently releasing dark colored, fashionable shoes for men that are still comfortable to wear and last a long time. 2019 has been a busy year for the line, with the end of the year promising to continue the trend. Though the new releases continue to steal the limelight, the most popular purchases of the year have been a mix of old classics and new favorites.
3. Adidas Yeezy 350 v2 Zebra
At this point, there are so many variations of the Yeezy 350 it could be its own line. But the Yeezy 350 v2 Zebra colorway continues to be a favorite. Though its zebra-striped patterning is the selling point, the thing people talk about the most is just how comfortable this shoe is to wear. Often we have to sacrifice comfort for fashion, but this shoe consistently satisfies on both counts. And it is quite a fashionable shoe as well. One of the most unique designs in the Yeezy 350 line, it features monochrome striping on the upper (hence the “zebra” label) with a red SPLY – 350 detailed backward on the side. The monochrome patterning and numeric detailing gives this shoe an edge that’s hard to achieve with sneakers, especially ones that are this comfortable. With the black-striping, letting the white fade to grey could quickly send these shoes from edgy to grimy, but this model is also reportedly easy to clean. The materials make it easy to wash back to its clean white look without damaging the shoe or causing the black patterning to fade overtime. Though these are low-top shoes, the ankle has a low scoop that creates a high pull-tab above the heel. Not only does it give the shoe an interesting silhouette, but it makes it very easy to slip these shoes on and off.
2. Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost
The 350 model has been released in so many different colorways, version, and models, but the original 350 Boost continues to remain a favorite. For one thing, it’s hard to compete with the comfort afforded by the Primeknit material on the upper, even if other shoes in the line have been more interesting, stylish, or durable. Another great feature of this deceptively simple shoe is the full-length boost sole. It’s thick appearance gives the shoe a unique silhouette, but it also provides a great deal of comfort and support, which makes this a great shoe to both wear and look at. And it’s not just about cushioning. The soles are also built for maximum shock absorption and energy release, which makes this one of the few Yeezy models that could hold its own as a workout shoe, albeit a light one. Priced at $200, this, shockingly, remains one of the cheapest Yeezy 350 models on offer despite its continued popularity. And beyond its make, this silhouette does continue to be stylish and trendy. Though Adidas Yeezy Boost has gone on to release several variations of this shoe, they all harken back in some way to the original silhouette, which makes it a shoe that continues to be unique and culturally relevant.
1. Adidas Yeezy Boost 700
September’s release schedule will begin and end with a Yeezy 700 colorway, and so perhaps it’s no surprise that the year’s most popular model is the Yeezy Boost 700. It’s quite a bulky shoe with an almost comically thick sole, but it somehow manages to look sleek and athletically sound on the feet. In fact, it’s bulky white outline has given it a reputation for being a “Dad shoe.” Whether that term is applied with affection or scorn is almost irrelevant – it’s a silhouette that just about everyone has an opinion about, and it’s certainly something that people recognize when you wear it. Perhaps the real charm of this shoe is the pairing of a chunky silhouette with a muted, winter-scale color palette. Since chunky shoes often come in crazy colors, they’re rarely marketed toward men who are serious about cultivating a mature, masculine look. But the greys, blacks, and blues of this model appeal even to people who insist they hate chunky shoes, making the “Dad shoe” label just as much a nod toward the maturity of the shoe’s look as it is a tongue-in-cheek slight at the shoe’s unconventional bulk. But no matter the look, a sneaker that isn’t comfortable to wear can never be too popular, and the Yeezy Boost 700 is no exception to that rule. Even the tongue is padded, making this shoe as comfortable to wear as it is interesting to look at.