Kanye West and Adidas officially launched Yeezy in 2015 with the release of the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 during All-Star Weekend in New York City. The collaboration between Kanye and Adidas was the first of its kind building out an entire brand between an entertainer and an athletic sportswear company.
Kanye was no stranger to footwear projects by the time that Yeezy was launched. Nearly a decade before in 2006, Kanye West collaborated with A Bathing Ape for a small collection including a Bape Sta.
As soon as December of 2006, it was confirmed that Nike and Kanye West had been in contact about creating a shoe together. At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008, Kanye West was nominated for a total of eight Grammys (taking home four awards), but one of the most talked-about moments came from his performance dedicated to his late mother Donda West while he wore a Nike shoe we would later know to be the Nike Air Yeezy.
In 2009, a footwear project between Kanye West and Louis Vuitton released along with his collection with Nike – a trio of colorways of the first Nike Air Yeezy.
In 2012, Nike and Kanye would see sophomore success with the launch of the Nike Air Yeezy II, but a dispute of royalties would end the relationship after just two models.
On January 1, 2014, Kanye West was officially signed to Adidas and work began almost immediately on the first season of Yeezy shoes and apparel.
While the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 was the first model to release from the newly formed Adidas and Kanye West partnership, the shoe that made the biggest impact out of the gate that year was the adidas Yeezy Boost 350. The low-top single piece upper had a minimal design with a soft sock-like feel but sat atop a comfortably cushioned outsole packed with Adidas’ latest and greatest cushioning technology – Adidas Boost.
The following year, the Yeezy Boost 350 would receive an update and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 was born. While there have been a number of other models added to the mix by the Yeezy line including the 380, 500, 700 (three models), slides, desert boots, basketball shoes, and foam runners, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 has remained the most popular model by far.
In the first four years that the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 was made available, a total of 55 different colorways and various iterations have been released in men’s sizes. This count does not account for re-releases and restocks of some of the most popular colorways such as the Cream and Zebra.
Since the first rumors of Kanye West joining Adidas were floating around, Nice Kicks was delivering the updates. We have built a dedicated Yeezy release dates calendar to stay up to date on all upcoming Yeezy drops and provide links of where you can buy new Yeezy shoes.