This right here is a shoe that pisses people off.
Kanye has a habit of doing that. If you attended any of the WTT shows last week, no matter how begrudgingly, you've got to concede that he was good. 2009's original round of Mark Smith designed Yeezys caused some consternation, but that buttery leather, comfort fit and weirdo patent strap aesthetic seemed to capture a certain zeitgeist moment, while others decried it as the death of sneaker design, like, "he had the run of the Innovation Kitchen and came up with that
?" It is what it is. We liked the colours and quality, with resale value sustaining to indicate that the appeal remains. Part 2 is the difficult second album, with several months at gestation stage, spotted in Kobe commercials and on stage before one release date after another crumbled. It's a whole different shoe, as a meeting of minds with Nate VanHook — tennis tooling (via a glow in the dark Tech Challenge II sole unit) maintains the visible air and the fit's narrower (we believe it's an Air Royal last). For the record, whether your feet are wide or slim, you need to go up half a size and while we miss that beautiful leather, the Huarache style neoprene inside is a welcome touch again. Those dinosaur style TPU scales on the heel are the most problematic element aesthetically — if a glossy strap had you concerned, these are sigificantly more bizarre.
However, if you're after some couture luggage, Lynch's 'Dune', Ned Flanders' Assassin shoes, Agassi and 'Stargate' style with ancient Egyptian cues that are guaranteed to get the Illuminati brigade talking theories, this is the shoe to set them off. The drawstring bag with screw-off gold lacetips is a nice touch too, even if those metal obelisks are too heavyweight for everyday wear — they'll take the cat's eye out if you're not careful. We still think the use of a generic box (especially after the Tom Sachs packaging) is a missed opportunity, but it is what it is. Let the love and hate commence. We'll be trying to offer more of an opinion on these beyond the press shots tomorrow, but as it stands, we've heard the facts now — they release on June 9th at End, Hanon, Footpatrol and 1948 in both colours and they'll cost £210 — £60 more than the first Air Yeezy. That's just under 10 days to save money and woo the relevant store workers with flowers and chocolates to secure a pair. Bar some cryptic Twitter activity, Nike have been particularly close-lipped on the Yeezy subject, but now it's all out there. Scroll down to see how they look on the feet of somebody who still opts to wear their jeans childishly loose rather than skintight Dior denim or Givenchy leathers...