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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25 Subtle, But Awesome, Sneaker Moments In Movies

Vans Era

Movie: Back to the Future

Back to the Future was littered with awesome Nike’s of the era, but the tried-and-true classic that is the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star also made an appearance when Marty ventured back in time.

Nike Cortez

Movie: Wolf of Wall Street

We have a feeling Leo wasn’t the first person to be tripping on something while rocking these classic West Coast kicks.

Nike Air Woven

Movie: Lost in Translation

Bill Murray’s been rocking the lifestyle Nike heat with suits before you, bruh. The Air Wovens are fire and seeing Murray rock them while playing an actor in Japan made all the style sense. Sophia Coppola keeping it G like her father.

Nike Internationalist

Movie: The Breakfast Club

J. Crew’s current top seller was a staple in “the geek’s” closet even back in the ’80s.

Nike Bruin

Movie: Back To The Future

Everyone knows about the Nike Air Mags but before Marty McFly auto-laced in the future kicks, he still was killing it with the vest and Nike Bruins.

Nike Sky Force High

Movie: The Goonies

Goonies never die and neither does a classic such as the Sky Force High. Your pair probably wasn’t as pimped out as Data’s though.

adidas Phantom High

Movie: New Jack City

Kinda like the (adidas) crack did to Pookie. In certain areas, rocking what the drug dealers have on is just as major as trying to be like the city’s best baller.

Nike Air More Uptempo

Movie: George of the Jungle

Honestly, the kicks are dope but never seen the film. Good for Brendan Frazier doing something right in a movie.

adidas Tourney

Movie: Teen Wolf

Such an underrated film and underrated sneaker. Both were a staple when the film dropped, but nowadays you could probably pick up the DVD in the $5 sales bin and the kicks for the same price at Goodwill.

Nike Vandal

Movie: Back to the Future

Even Doc Brown was bringing the heat prior to the Nike Air Mags cameo. Back to the Future might not have the rotation of He Got Game or Above The Rim, but you can’t debate that the film was just as trendsetting.

Nike Air Force II

Movie: Big

When you’re 12 all you dream about it having the funds to pick up any sneaker you want. Young Josh Baskin was wise choppin’ it up in the wildly underrated AFIIs.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Movie: Back to the Future

Back to the Future was littered with awesome Nike’s of the era, but the tried-and-true classic that is the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star also made an appearance when Marty ventured back in time.

Nike Cortez

Movie: Karate Kid

The Cortez model did have somewhat of an early ninja-slipper feel before Y-3 and adidas went all in. Daniel-san was perfecting the craft, waxing on and off in the classic kicks with Mr. Miyagi.

Nike Air Trainer III

Movie: Batman

You might have known Bruce Wayne rocked Jordan VIs but the Trainer IIIs seem more appropriate for the high intensity work he is putting in outside the gym. Unless you’re a memorabilia stan, you probably won’t ever see these in person.

Nike Air Mission

Movie: Bad Boys

Will Smith has always come correct with footwear choices and during his period owning the box office sales, he also pulled out some ill ’90s football turf trainers while fighting crime in Bad Boys alongside Martin Lawrence. If you’re as nostalgic as most ’90s sneakerheads, you were able to cop these for next to nothing last year.

adidas Country

Movie: Beverly Hills Cop

Even the 5-0 can have a little street cred, especially if you’re Axel Foley and have zero F’s given about what the man thinks.

Asics Gel-Saga II

Movie: Clerks

In between his hysterical vulgar rants and dealing a little green, Jay kept his sneaker game on point as well. 37??? If you don’t know, watch the film youngblood.

Reebok Pump Twilight Zone

Movie: Juice

Hood classics always have a few things in common and making sure the sneaker game is always on point is certainly one of them. Q breaks out the Boks in this particular scene before swapping out to a pair of fresh Nikes.

Nike Air Max 90

Movie: King Ralph

You probably remember the “Grape” Jordan Vs from the original movie poster, but the ‘Infrared’ runners were a little more “across the pond” for John Goodman.

Nike Air Revolution

Movie: Do The Right Thing

Take a close look at Radio Raheem’s kicks and you will see the biological father to the Air Jordan III. The sole, Air unit, and plastic lace loops influenced one of the greatest sneakers of all time – the Air Jordan III was initially even called the Air Jordan Revolution. Sorry for the spoiler alert, but his Nike Air Revs three inches off the ground are the last of his role. Love KO’ed by hate.

adidas Zissou

Movie: The Life Aquatic

Bill Murray’s sneaker game is better than you think – in films at least. For this particular Wes Andersen film he gets his own special makeup of an adidas that would later influence a CLAE model to be named after the film.

Nike Vandal

Movie: The Terminator

When you’re running from Armageddon butt-ass naked, any clothes and kicks will work but a department store full of Nike Vandals isn’t a bad hook-up.

Vans Slip-On

Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

One of the greatest fictional characters of all time (Jeff Spicoli) kept it 100 with his laid back surfer kicks to match his apathetic outlook on homework and class.

Reebok Alien Stompers

Movie: Alien

Yeah, the sneaker is named after the kicks but who really caught that or is even old enough to have seen the film?! Pretty dope how much impact sneaker culture had on films in the ’80s.

Nike Air Max Triax

Movie: Space Jam

You know the Js that were inspired by the film, but do you remember MJ lacing up in these Nike trainers? If you follow his collection close enough, he had quite the affinity for runners off the court.

Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi

Movie: Game of Death

Now you know where those Bruce Lee Kobes came from. Bruce Lee was a G, more than karate kickin’ his way to fame, he was a pretty cool cat with a matching sneaker game – even on the big screen.

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Better With Age: Sneakers That Look Better Worn

Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi

The vintage of the vintage, Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars simply don’t look right without a little bit of dirt around the outsole. Sure, most of them aren’t considered kicks you need to keep on ice, but the Chuck Taylor All Star seems like it was designed to be broken in.

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Nike SB Dunk High "Statue of Liberty"

One of our favorite SB Dunks of all time, the “Statue of Liberty” Highs are just fantastic. Even if you’re not a huge fan of green, over time these beauties wear away to reveal a vintage looking bronze below. These are some of the best ‘color-revealing’ sneakers ever made.

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Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III "Selvedge"

Just like their selvedge denim namesake, the Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Selvedge” collab just looks better after it’s been worn in. Sure, you can’t really wash them like you can jeans, but as they age, they pick up a truly awesome broken-in look. These are just proper.

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Air Jordan XI

By sneakerhead terms, we’re old. So when Jordan Brand starting doing retros with the ‘icy soles,’ we were hesitant. Particularly when it came to the iconic Air Jordan XI. Even though we know their hearts are in the right place, trying to make the kicks actually last longer, we feel they look better when they’ve actually been worn in a bit, so they lose some of that initial blue hue.

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Nike SB Dunk High "Cheech and Chong"

Nike SB always puts out a sweet QS release right around that infamous April 20th ‘holiday’ a lot of folks are so fond of. But these “Cheech and Chong” Nike SB Dunk Highs, from 2011, are our favorite of all the “4/20″ releases. Done up in an asymmetrical colorway, these Dunks wear away to reveal that ominous ‘sticky’ green colorway below. Sweet.

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Converse x Maison Martin Margiela

Likely the newest release on our list brings the luxury on an iconic silhouette. Just recently released a few weeks back, the Converse x Maison Martin Margiela pack is amazing. Taking a classically-colored Converse Chuck Taylor and/or Jack Purcell, hand-painting then in MMM’s traditional off-white premium paint, the results are fantastic. As you wear them, the white color breaks away and reveals the OG Converse colors beneath. Premium, unique, whatever you want to call it, these are amazing.

Air Jordan III

We all know the Air Jordan III has a notorious creasing “problem” with the toebox. Probably more prominent than any other Air Jordan sneaker out there. But one man’s problem is another’s feature. While the compulsive sneakerheads take their time to keep their toe boxes as mint as possible, we actually prefer the III with that worn-in look. Just gorgeous.

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Vans Vault Premio Pack

Look, everyone loves a crispy new pair of Vans, especially in the summer time. But be real, they just look better with some wear and tear. Especially the Vault line’s “Premio” pack, featuring super high quality Italian calfskin leather. These are just begging to be broken in.

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adidas Stan Smith

Whether you’re new to the legendary adidas Stan Smith silo, or you’ve been kicking them around for years, the adage is still the same; these beauties just get better with age. And, with all the recent retros going on, the time has never been better to break ’em out and put some miles on those tires.

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Nike Air Max 90 "Infrared"

The OG of OG Air Maxes, the Nike Air Max 90 “Infrared” just looks better with a little dirt around the outsoles. Whether you’ve got a new Lunar90, a Hyperfuse model, or you’ve got some old vintage heat, the Air Max 90 is a staple of sneakerhead closets worldwide.

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Nike Air Force 1 Low 'White-on-White'

For any good sneakerhead worth his (or her) salt, summer time means hot days, long nights and white-on-white Forces. Perhaps no Nike classic epitomizes that pre-Labor Day sneaker heat than the white-on-white Nike Air Force 1 Low. And you already know they look better after a couple wears.

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Supreme x Nike SB Blazer

Grails to some, just some more heat to rock for some (lucky) others, the Supreme x Nike SB Blazers are just amazing. White, red or black, this is a collab we’ll remember for decades. And while some folks are happy just putting these beauties on ice, that leather has to age, and it looks far better as you wear and break them in. So, if you’re in possession of these grails, don’t take them for granted; you need to rock ’em!

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Nike SB Dunk High PRM "Born in the USA"

Man, just looking at these classic Nike SBs, you can practically hear Springsteen screaming “Boorrrrn in the USAAAA!” With those hits of clean denim on the upper and Old Glory wrapped around the collar, the SB Dunk High PRM “Born in the USA” just looks better broken in. Fly those flags!

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Air Jordan IV

You already know the Air Jordan IV is a classic, an icon, whatever pedestal you want to put it on…just make sure you’re also putting them on your feet from time to time. We’re partial to the classics; White Cement, Black Cement and Fire Reds. But perhaps no other Jordan retro gets better new colorways than the IV…just remember those “Fear” pack IVs…dope.

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

The vintage of the vintage, Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars simply don’t look right without a little bit of dirt around the outsole. Sure, most of them aren’t considered kicks you need to keep on ice, but the Chuck Taylor All Star seems like it was designed to be broken in.

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Air Jordan I High

Perhaps no shoe on this list looks better broken in than the iconic Air Jordan I. It doesn’t matter which retro you’ve got (or even if, somehow, your OGs haven’t crumbled yet). The Air Jordan I High is like a fine wine; it just gets better with age…and crinkles, dirt and creases don’t hurt either.

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Bonus: Nike SB x Jordan I Lance Mountain

The hype. Ohhhhh the hype. The teams from Nike SB and Jordan Brand have already dropped a future classic earlier this year. But their upcoming “Lance Mountain” pack has the internet buzzing like a hive of bees. Black or white, you simply can’t go wrong…these are going to be super in-demand and amazing. Either colorway, as you wear them, the white or black overlay paint begins to wear off to reveal arguably the two most popular OG Jordan I makeups. And you can see in the pic above that Lance Mountain himself has wasted no time grinding away with ’em. So call in those favors sneakerheads, Saturday is gonna be crazy.

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