With a second chance to grab the new black/laser crimson Nike Foamposite Pro PRM tonight, we take a look back and rank the best Yeezy-inspired sneakers from the past few years. Both the Nike Air Yeezy and Air Yeezy II have been unquestionably super popular and extremely sought after. But what both models have additionally achieved is the fact that design elements and color schemes have also found their way onto a number of different sneakers. And when that has happened and it is clearly recognizable, all it takes is for one person to dub the sneaker with the ‘Yeezy’ nickname and the sky could be the limit for its popularity. Take a look at the sneakers we have picked out and let us know what ranks number one for you in the comments section below!
Nike RT1 High
Releasing right around the same time as the first Nike Air Yeezy, the RT1 High drew immediate comparisons design-wise to Kanye’s first kicks. These were obviously priced much more favorably compared to the Yeezy, and oh yeah, you could actually get your hands on a pair too if you were a fan.
Jordan SC-3 (GS)
Okay, so these Jordan SC-3s are technically a drop for the ladies, but be real, the resemblance is uncanny. The SC-3 even looks all the more Yeezy-ish by utilizing the Air Jordan III outsole, which the original Yeezy used. It all comes full circle. You gotta start ’em young!
Supra Skytop IV
The fourth installation of Supra’s iconic Skytop silhouette already looks similar to the Yeezy from a profile view. But throw in the fact that they started off by dropping two colorways, a primarily bright red iteration and a black/pink colorway, it’s obvious where at least some of the ‘inspiration’ came from.
Nike Flystepper 2K3 'Laser Crimson'
To say that this Flystepper, the lifestyle version of the Nike’s 2K3 silo, is inspired by the Yeezy is quite the understatement. Not only does it use Nike’s increasingly common ‘Laser Crimson’ color, but the addition of the straps and icy outsole make these look quite familiar.
Nike Solarsoft Mocassin Woven "Year of the Snake" QS
Sure, the Nike Solarsoft is an acquired taste…particularly the woven version. But this Nike Quickstrike release for the “Year of the Snake” celebration last year was pretty awesome. Nike can call it whatever they like, but there’s no doubt about it that they bear a striking resemblance to the most famous Yeezy colorway.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Black/Laser Crimson
Another ‘Laser Crimson’ highlighted colorway hits one of Nike’s iconic silhouettes; this time, the Air Force 1 Low. These will certainly come in handy for those of us who struck out yet again on the Yeezy, sorry ‘Laser Crimson’ Foams.
Nike ACG Trainerendor Black/White
While we obviously can’t say for sure if design inspiration was pulled from the Yeezy II for the popular Nike ACG Trainerendor model, we don’t think it’s a stretch to say they’re basically a cross between the Yeezy II and a Roshe. And if the above pictured black/white iteration sported a pink flash or laser crimson lining, these would have easily earned the ‘Yeezy’ nickname moniker.
Nike Roshe Run (NIKEiD) "Platinum"
Ah, NIKEiD…a constant threat to our disposable income (they should really make that their official slogan). The many amazing possibilities all became that much more alluring when Nike brought some Yeezy inspired colorway options to the table last year. It was quite apparent early on that one could make a “Platinum” iteration of the beloved Roshe Run and frankly, the finished versions looked great and they’re perfect for the warm weather.
Nike Roshe Run FB Black/Pink-Mint
Yeezy hype or not, the ‘Mint’ Roshe Run FB would be a phenomenon on it’s own merit. But throw in the fact that when they dropped, the Roshe silo was at the peak of it’s hype and tons of us missed out on the actual Yeezys. So, it’s no wonder this has been one of the most difficult and costly Roshe’s to get your hands on.
Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse "USA" Sport Red
Sure, last June’s Air Max 90 Hyperfuse “Independence Day” pack was really a nod to the stars and stripes of Old Glory. But the “Red October” hype had just started a couple months prior and the ‘sport red’ colorway from the pack was timed perfectly to capitalize. These were actually a little bit easy to grab when they initially dropped, but once everybody started loving the all-red look and the fact that Kanye was seen wearing ’em, the demand went through the roof for these trainers. Even though you may be able to ID a similar pair on Nike’s website, we’re still on the lookout for a reasonably priced pair of these bangers.
Nike Air Max 1 FB Black/Mint-Pink Flash
Another colorway that enjoyed crazy success from the hype of the Air Yeezy, is the ‘Mint’ Nike Air Max 1 FB. Even though this dope AM1 would have pretty well without all the Yeezy nickname talk, just the fact that it bears similar tones to it, was enough to ensure that, if you weren’t quick with it, you’d be paying resale on these. The good news was there were a good amount of pairs of these, so hopefully most could avoid the resell route.
Nike Foamposite Pro PRM Black/Laser Crimson
Despite how you may feel about the over saturation of the Foamposite, the latest Yeezy-inspired colorway is simply fantastic. We really feel this is one of the better looking Foams to come our way in a long time and as evidenced by Nike’s checkout basically buckling down upon initial launch, we aren’t the only ones who are fans. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t get through on NDC last weekend, we got another shot at them tonight!