Kanye’s Oddest Sneaker Choices

Kanye West has worn a lot of different sneakers throughout his time in the spotlight and we take a look at 15 of his oddest footwear choices over the years. By no means are we saying that any of these kicks are wack or not highly rated, but Kanye has achieved a certain level of expectation when it comes to what he wears out in public. With that said, it's interesting to see some of the kicks 'Ye rocked back in the day during The College Dropout years, as well as the times he chose to wear supper affordable options such as Vans or Converse Chucks.

Air Jordan Spiz'ike "Grape"

Look, we’ve been proponents of good Jordan Spiz’ike colorways for a long time now. When done right, they can genuinely be a dope shoe that stand on it’s own as more than just a “hybrid.” But the “Grape” colorway Yeezy rocked a few times? Definitely not one of our favorites. Which makes it all the more surprising that Kanye donned these as many times as he did.

Air Jordan Spiz'ike "Fresh Since 1985"

Forget the Grapes, this is the kind of Spiz’ike we love. The “Fresh Since 1985″ colorway, drawing heavy from the Black Cement IVs, is by far one of the best colorways the silo has ever seen. But what puts it on this list is the simple fact that ‘Ye is wearing Spiz’ikes. We didn’t see that one coming!

Ato Matsumoto Cow Hide Boots

We all know Kanye West stays putting folks on to brands they’ve never even heard of, and we’re no different. No lie, but prior to Yeezus rocking these wild strapped-up Ato Matsumoto Cow Hide Boots, we’d never even heard of the brand. Not that they’re a terribly ugly shoe. But, truth be told, we’re not feeling the exaggerated straps on these.

Ato Matsumoto Cow Hide Studded Boots

And while we actually did like the colorway on those pre-Red October Ato Matsumoto Boots, we can’t say the same when ‘Ye dropped the red in favor of the studded version of the silo. Perhaps this high fashion is over our heads here, but this one is a hard pass.

Geoff McFetridge x Nike Vandal

A lot of people forget about these Vandals, but not Yeezy. A 2003 collabo between Nike and LA-based artist Geoff McFetridge brought us the game-changing wear-away layered design. Long before the “Lance Mountain” Jordans or “Statue of Liberty” Dunks, these Vandals showed us the way. And while we actually love the shoe itself, it’s surprising to see Kanye rock these gems on the pages of Complex back in 2005.

'Tan' Combat Boots

Okay, so maybe rocking combat boots with your Saint Laurent jacket is perfectly “Kanye.” Let’s be real, the boots are probably another crazy high fashion label that he hasn’t put us on to yet. But when looking at ‘Ye’s history of footwear choices, seeing him rocking these high cut combat boots alongside high-end couture just looks odd. Or maybe we just don’t get it yet.

Nike Air Flight '89 "True Blue"

These “True Blue” Nike Air Flight 89s are a clean shoe and we really like them. However, they’re something of an odd choice for a guy like Kanye: a general release! While ‘Ye’s usually draped up in some uber-limited ish, it’s always odd to see him rocking stuff you can frequently catch on the sale racks. See? Celebrities, they’re just like us!

adidas Pure Boost

It’s certainly not odd to see Kanye in adidas sneakers these days, so this is strictly a selection based upon performance in regards to the chosen activity. We’ve professed our love for the revolutionary cushion game that is adidas Boost, so there’s no hate here. But, seeing Yeezy lace up his Pure Boosts while hooping had the internet going nuts. Gotta watch those ankles homie!

Vans Slip-On "Checkerboard"

As we’ve pointed out here earlier, Kanye’s shoe game is on a level all of it’s own. So much so that when your boy Yeezus rocks something the rest of us plebes have such easy access to, it’s considered an oddity. Like back in 2006 when he slid in to some classic “Checkerboard” Vans Slip-Ons.

Neil Barrett Baseball Boot

With as many different sneakers as Kanye’s has at his disposal, there just has to be some misses, right? Look, these neon Neil Barret joints aren’t horrible. We know that Neil Barret makes crazy high-quality product, but when compared with ‘Ye’s illustrius footwear portfolio, these just don’t make the cut for us. Rarely has such a bright shoe been so dull.

Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

This is another instance where what’s being worn isn’t what makes it odd, it’s who is wearing them. This one had us cracking up because it proves that, back in 2003, prior to The College Dropout changing the game, Kanye was just another swaggy rapper. A human being, if you will. And here he is, on a promo shoot, rocking some Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66s. Ahh, the internet is a wonderful place sometimes.

Nike Alpholution "Carbon Fiber"

See? This is how you know Kanye’s got good style. Sure, he’s often caught in super-limited, exclusive, or prohibitively expensive kicks. But, there are also plenty of instances of him rocking dope shoes that aren’t on the hypebeast collective radar. Like these “Carbon Fiber” Nike Alpholutions he rocked back in 2010. These are clean!

Creative Recreation Cesario

Another one from The College Dropout-era vault, here is ‘Ye rocking the Creative Rec Cesario. Look, this isn’t intended as a knock on Creative Rec. But, how much you think you’d have to pay him to rock these in a magazine shoot in 2015?

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

In yet another instance of us doing a double take, here we have Mr. West rocking the iconic Chuck Taylors. Now, if/when we rock Chucks, it ain’t even worth the ‘gram. But when Kanye wears Chucks? That’s definitely more memorable…and something you don’t see everyday.

Vans Era

Speaking of iconic classics, does it get any more clean and subtle than a pair of white/white Vans Eras? We love the simplicity of the silo and apparently, Kanye does too. He’s rocked them quite a few times publicly, most often while donning all white himself. It’s interesting that for a guy with an endless sneaker closet, when he’s going for the simplicity of an all-white sneaker, he grabs his $40 Vans. Odd? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely.

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20 Sneakers To Wear In Summer Instead Of Sandals

Vans Era

The warmer months are all about plush comfort, and adidas knocked it out of the park with their (relatively) new Boost technology. Perfectly blending form and function, the new adidas Pure Boost draws a clean aesthetic from the brand’s Y-3 line, while keeping it real on the performance front. Really comfy.

adidas Pure Boost

The warmer months are all about plush comfort, and adidas knocked it out of the park with their (relatively) new Boost technology. Perfectly blending form and function, the new adidas Pure Boost draws a clean aesthetic from the brand’s Y-3 line, while keeping it real on the performance front. Really comfy.

Nike Kukini

Sure, the Nike Kukini silhouette isn’t for everybody. It is pretty wild. But try a pair on, and they just might sway you. Pairing ‘outside the box’ lace-less technology with Free 5.0 soles, these are plush for summertime.

adidas ZX Flux and ZX Flux Weave

Another example of the “Marque aux Trois Bandes” really stepping the game up lately, has been the introduction of the adidas ZX Flux. Hitting the market in a wide variety of colors and materials (including the dope Flux Weave), the ZX Flux is on pace to give Nike’s Roshe a run for the money. And with the introduction of their crazy ambitious mi adidas ZX Flux Photo Print app (seriously, check it out), the Flux has a bright future ahead.

Nike Solarsoft Moccasin

Another love-it-or-leave-it silo from the Swoosh boys, the Solarsoft Moccasin is most certainly proper summertime footwear. The lightweight mesh upper and cushy foam outsole, coupled with a wide array of styles, both loud and subtle, make these kicks like Goldilocks in summertime: jussst right.

Nike Free Trainer 5.0

Summertime also means training season for those fall sports, which makes Nike’s latest Free Trainer 5.0 hit right on time. So far, we’ve seen a few dope colorways. But the standouts are certainly the fantastic “Paid in Full” and “Jerry Rice” editions. In the gym or out, these lightweight trainers are banging.

adidas Originals ZX 500 OG Weave

Oh these are super clean. Taking the OG adidas ZX 500 and throwing a breathable woven upper on it, brings these babies to the next level. Yeah, you could catch us in these all summer long.

Nike Flyknit Lunar2

Ah, the Flyknit Lunar2. Improving on one of our favorites silhouettes from 2013, the Flyknit Lunar2 is just an essential staple of the summertime sneakerhead. Whether hitting the gym, getting a run on, or just chilling wherever, it doesn’t get much more comfortable than this. Trust.

Nike Roshe Run "Gold Trophy" Pack

While we’d like to believe Nike is also clairvoyant, and they put out their “Gold Trophy” pack to predict a trophy for the US in the upcoming World Cup, some dope shoes are a decent consolation prize. Delivered on a variety of iconic Nike silos, including one of our favorites, the Roshe Run, the Gold Trophy Roshe is going to be an amazing summer sneaker.

Nike Flyknit Chukka (Lunar or Free-soled)

Oh, and if the trainer style isn’t really for you, the Flyknit silo also comes in a Chukka model. The Lunar versions are some of the most comfortable sneakers we own and recently we’ve seen Nike slap a sweet Free sole on them in some fantastic colorways. Ah, summer. BBQs, sunshine and Flyknit. These truly are like socks for your feet and you won’t believe how light they are until you have them in your hands.

adidas Y3 Yohji Boost

Okay, so we know there are a lot of barriers to entry on these upcoming bangers from adidas. Limited numbers, high prices and a new-found hype surrounding the upper-end of adidas labels, makes the adidas Y3 Yohji Boost a tough get. But seriously, just look at them. Beautiful. Picking sandals over these? Child please.

Invincible x Reebok Instapump Fury

No doubt, we’ve seen plenty of collabs on the Reebok Instapump Fury. And the silo may not be for everyone. But this upcoming release, from Taiwanese brand Invincible, is one of our favorites yet. That floral patter on the upper just screams summertime and the openness of the design will still keep you cool. Plain and simple, these are gorgeous.

adidas Originals Primeknit 3.0

Adidas is really coming after that Nike market. Not only do they have the “Roshe-killer” ZX Flux, the crazy comfort of Boost technology, and the big-ticket endorsements from some of the biggest names in music, but adidas also has its own knitted technology with Primeknit. Just another great trainer you will barely even know you’re wearing.

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Nike had some real success the past few years when pairing that wonderful Flyknit technology with their tried-and-true Free outsoles. And their latest entry in the series, the Free 4.0 Flyknit is a winner. We’re particularly fond of their retread of the hugely popular “Multicolor” makeup, but we’re starting to see Nike really come through with some true heat in the colorway department, like these awesome Bright Crimson bangers.

adidas Element Refine JS

When you think of eco-friendly, hippies and sandals often spring to mind. But don’t fret fellow green sneakerheads, adidas has you covered. Utilizing 90% recycled PET materials and a solid-pieced upper, the adidas Element Refine are perfect for the warmer months. Style and performance all in one package.

Nike Free Hyperfeel

Okay, so the Nike Free Hyperfeel is technically a running shoe. But with the low-profile and crazy Hyperfeel soles, you can rock these babies all summer long. Hey, if you’re looking for low-profile, the Free Hyperfeel is head and shoulders above the sandal option.

adidas Primeknit Pure Boost

Another tough-to-get recent adi release, the Solar Blue Primeknit Pure Boost is definitely primed for summertime. But, with only 266 pairs released, it’s certainly a quality over quantity kind of sneaker. If you were one of the lucky 266, you better not let us catch you wearing sandals instead. Come on man!

Nike SB Koston 2 Max

What the Koston 2 Max lacks in the hype or “swag” department, it more than makes up for with a minamalistic silhouette, legendary tech and super clean colorways. That makes the Koston 2 Max an excellent choice…particularly the fantastic ‘Light Crimson’ makeup. If they’re almost lighter than feathers in your hand, imagine how great they feel on foot.

Nike Flyknit Racer

You already know what these are. If you’ve been fortunate enough to catch any of the Nike Flyknit Racer releases in the past, you already know they’re one of the best and most comfortable summertime sneaker options in your arsenal. And we’re really feeling the recent colorways Nike has put out lately. The white/black and the ‘sport turqouise’ iterations are particularly awesome.

Nike Flyknit Trainer

Yeah, after Kanye spent last summer rocking the Flyknit Trainer, the surrounding hype made these beauties tough to cop. But, if you got on the Flyknit Trainer bandwagon before the hype, or you simply bit the bullet and paid the higher resale costs, you better be picking these over sandals this summer. These are proper.

Nike Air Max 'Breathe / Barefoot' Collection

The Nike Air Max ‘Breathe’ collection was engineered with summer in mind. Employing a mash-up of breathable mesh uppers, taped seams and elastic laces, all draped over several of our favorite Air Max silhouettes, the ‘Breathe’ collection is the right choice for summer. Always choose Air over sandals. Always.

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