Road Rotation // Highlighting Kanye West’s Kicks on Tour

Aug 26, 2016 | Ian Stonebrook |

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Much like Michael Jordan in the playoffs, Kanye West tends to break out his best kicks for his best performances. This has proven true over the course of his career, as The College Dropout has donned retros on the road and later his own signatures on stage. As the Saint Pablo Tour gets rolling, check out a history of the sneakers Kanye has worn while touring.

Air Jordan 7 “Raptor”

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 "Raptor"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 “Raptor” (photos by Jo Hale via Getty Images)

Tour: Overseas Promo for The College Dropout

Signed to the Roc but sans sneaker deal, Kanye’s early days on stage and on the mic saw him wear a plethora of brands. Retro offerings from Nike, Reebok, adidas and Vans all received wear, with the Air Jordan 7 “Raptor” getting shine on stage and in video during his promo run for The College Dropout. Much like today’s upstart artists, a young Ye earned his stripes by opening for other artists, including Usher and Talib Kweli, and building buzz overseas. While his sophomore effort Late Registration saw its own arena tour, photos and footwear still prove hard to spot.

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