Can we get much higher? If having a front row spot at the Yeezus tour wasn’t enough, Kanye West helped two fans take it to the next level by stopping the show to sign their sneakers. Of course, these weren’t just any sneakers. Red renditions of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 and Louis Vuitton Don were handed to West during the show, who politely smiled and signed each sneaker. This move sent not just the two lucky fans, but also the whole crowd into a frenzy. Peep the top two videos by @dillonhughes below and congrats to @jvill_ and @dique_serg on their signed shoes.
Still searching for your “Red Octobers?” If the bots didn’t beat you then neither did the big spenders (yet) as the quickstrike Nike Air Yeezy 2 is nowhere to be found in this week’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. Kanye West comes through in his first Three Stripe sighting since signing, while big homie Jay Z pops up in an ultra-rare pair of retros. Roc stars aside, we catch Chumlee in the weekend’s other big release and Skateboard P tagging his Stan Smiths. Peep the “Infrared” 6s, decade old Air Force 1s and more in this installment of CSS.
Which celeb rocked the best kicks over the course of 2013? Oh, we’ve got an award for that. Yesterday, we unveiled the 2013 All-CSS Second Team. Today, we release the First Team nods. Whose kicks matched the Celebrity Sneaker Stalker championship belt the best in 2013? Keep reading to see our candidates below and let us know who gets your vote by tagging @nicekicks with the hashtag #CSSMVP on Twitter.
A common thread among all of the recent Yeezus Tour stop interviews is Kanye West’s desire to create and produce more. Footwear has been the catalyst for such conversations, citing the lack of opportunity to create and release more product with Nike and Louis Vuitton following the popularity of his collaborative launches. Now at adidas, it appears that change is on the horizon. While taking to The Morning Riot in Chicago, West confirmed the September launch date for his collection and even spoke on the abundant design progress so far:
“I just got back from Germany. It was one of the greatest creative days of my life. We designed the entire women’s collection, we designed the entire men’s collection, and we designed 20 shoes. We’re coming in September and it’s about to be a paradigm shift.”
Whether or not 20 different Kanye West x adidas designs will launch in the first rollout is unknown at this time, but it certainly seems a possibility. West has made it very clear that he wants to produce more. In addition, distribution already appears to be more widespread than the Yeezy- an issue he expressed his displeasure on in regard to leverage put on shops to buy in additional product when booking the Air Yeezy. Listen to the interview below to hear more from West on adidas, Nike and Louis Vuitton (the conversation jumps around throughout the entire interview, with much of the sneaker convo starting around 15 minutes mark.) Let us know your hopes for the Kanye West x adidas collection in the comment section.
Are rappers more influential than athletes when it comes to sneaker sales? That very question has become a hot topic as of late, following the partnership between Kanye and adidas as well Drake’s signing to Jordan Brand. In a new article from TIME, the success and longevity of artist endorsed shoe lines is explored in relation to hype, availability and distribution. Check it out here and give us your opinion on the subject in the comment section.
While Kanye West to adidas is official, much is still unknown in regard to the product, price and placement of his upcoming collection. Light is shed on the last category today, as Karmaloop Owner Greg Selkoe has announced via Twitter that the streetwear superstore will carry product from the upcoming Kanye West x adidas collection. The product is slated to hit the site in 2014, with all other specifics still uncertain. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more details.