A History of Kanye West’s Footwear at the MTV VMAs

Aug 29, 2016 | Ian Stonebrook |

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Last night, Kanye West took the stage at the 2016 MTV VMAs to speak some inspiration to the world and debut the video for “Fade” which stars CSS staple Teyana Taylor and KOC regular Iman Shumpert. West hit the show in the yet to release adidas Yeezy 1050, a new boot from the adidas Yeezy collection which features Boost cushioning (an improvement on the 950) and what appears to be reflective detailing.

While Kanye’s early days at the VMAs saw many a performance in dress shoes or loafers, the event, red carpet and even the rehearsal have been a stage for Ye to break out sneaker heat of the retro and signature variety. See the highlights below.

2004 (Rehearsal)

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 4 "Classic Green"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 4 “Classic Green” (photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

2005 (Rehearsal)

Kanye West in the Union x Nike Air Force 180
Kanye West in the Union x Nike Air Force 180 (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Pinterest)

2007

Kanye West in Lanvin sneakers
Kanye West in Lanvin sneakers (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio)

2009

Kanye West in Timberland 6" Boots
Kanye West in Timberland 6″ Boots (photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images via Zimbio)

2010

Kanye West in the Louis Vuitton Don Red/Red
Kanye West in the Louis Vuitton Don Red/Red (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio)

2011

Kanye West in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Pure Platinum"
Kanye West in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum” (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio)

2013

Kanye West in the Visvim FBT Shaman-Folk
Kanye West in the Visvim FBT Shaman-Folk (photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images via Zimbio)

2015

Kanye West adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Beige Tan
Kanye West adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Oxord Tan”

2016

Kanye West in the adidas Yeezy 1050
Kanye West in the adidas Yeezy 1050 (photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images via Zimbio)

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