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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15 Sneakers That Can Be The Only Pair You Pack For A Vacation

Vans Era

Type of vacation/travel: Summer Vacation in San Diego

Seriously, is there anywhere you can’t wear a pair of Vans Eras? Well, if such a place does exist, we don’t want to go there anyway. But, if you ever find yourself in San Diego, these are the perfect kicks to blend in with the locals. It’s San Diego…you can get in virtually anywhere wearing a pair of Eras.

Nike Roshe Run

Type of vacation/travel: Spring Break Beach Trip

With the plethora of releases over the years, we’re not the only ones who have experienced Roshe-fatigue lately. But, the fact remains, the Roshe is a fantastic vacation shoe. Especially if you’re hitting up a beach town for Spring Break. Light, comfortable, versatile, but perhaps most importantly, affordable. That will come in handy should you mess them up while you’re, uhh, not of sound mind. We won’t judge.

Nike LunarTerra Arktos Boot

Type of vacation/travel: Ski/Snowboard Weekend Trip

Headed somewhere cold for your next trip? Don’t worry, Nike’s got you there too. Flywire, Hyperfuse, Vac Tec and Lunarlon all combine with an insulated, modular bootie to form the most badass boot Nike has ever made: the LunarTerra Arktos. Available in a handful of clean colorways, the Arktos is basically a Humvee for your foot. This is what the ACG program is all about.

Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka

Type of vacation/travel: Theme Park Trip

Ultra light Flyknit uppers combined with cushy Lunarlon soles? That’s an easy win. Especially if you’re going to spend your whole day in ridiculous lines, like at a theme park. You simply won’t find a more comfortable pair of kicks than the Lunar Flyknit Chukka. And they’re also dope with both pants and shorts, so they’re versatile to boot.

Nike Air Force 1 Duckboot

Type of vacation/travel: Back Home for Thanksgiving

Not all of us are fortunate to be able to return to a place that’s sunny and 70 degrees in November. So if you’ve got to go back home for the holidays, and moms lives in a place that gets a bit wet (like, say the Pacific Nortwest), you can’t go wrong with the Air Force 1 Duckboot. These will keep you both dry and stylish, no matter how much rain Mother Nature throws down at you.

Nike Air Force 1 White/White

Type of vacation/travel: Spring in NYC

The unofficial sneaker of New York City, the white-on-white Nike Air Force 1 is a must-have during Gotham’s warmer months. Highs, lows or mids, you simply can’t go wrong. Frankly, is there anything fresher than a crispy pair of uptowns? They literally go with anything.

Nike Flyknit Air Max

Type of vacation/travel: Sight Seeing

When Nike first introduced Flyknit technology back in 2012, it blew our minds to think about all it’s potential applications. But what intrigued us the most was the combinations with other cutting-edge Nike tech that the designers would inevitably cook up. And, one of our favorites thus far has been this excellent mashup of Flyknit with the iconic Air Max technology. Lightweight, responsive and comfortable as hell, the Flyknit Air Max is perfect for those sight-seeing trips that have you running all over town.

Air Jordan III Black/Cement

Type of vacation/travel: Anywhere

We’ve already droned on for an entire post about how we think the Black Cement Air Jordan III is quite possibly the greatest athletic sneaker of all time. But seriously, these go with anything, in any weather and in nearly any setting, so they deserve a place on this list.

Nike Flyknit Racer

Type of vacation/travel: Euro Trip

Breathable, lightweight and amazingly comfortable, the Flyknit Racer is everything the hype has made them out to be. And they’re also the perfect sneaker for a vacation like a trip to Europe. Not only are they fashionable, but they’ll keep your feet cool and supported, no matter how many museums or churches you get lined up to see.

Vans Sk8-Hi

Type of vacation/travel: Fall in Southern California

Headed to SoCal in the Fall? You already know Vans are the move. The Chuck Taylor for the new era, the Vans Sk8-Hi in simple black and white is as solid as they come. And it’s perfect for a little bit of skating down by the boardwalks too.

Air Jordan XI

Type of vacation/travel: A Sneakerhead’s Wedding Weekend

You know, as much as we love the Air Jordan line, we’ve got to be real: we’re not a big fan of dress attire with basketball shoes. HOWEVUH…one of the only shoes that can pull of this delicate dance is the Air Jordan XI. Not only is it a pretty solid performance sneaker, but that patent leather trim provides the shine you want for that wedding weekend stunting. Just hope the wedding you’re headed to has a few sneakerheads in it though!

adidas Stan Smith

Type of vacation/travel: Weekend Miami Beach Retreat

You already know the adidas Stan Smith goes with everything and comes in 8 million different styles and colorways. But, with the introduction of Primeknit to the silohuette, it makes them a perfect candidate for a beach weekend retreat. And you can never go wrong with the classic white/green Stan Smith’s while kicking it with some sun bunnies!

Nike Air Mowabb

Type of vacation/travel: Weekend Hiking Trip

For those times when you need your kicks to hold up to the stresses of a long hike, but you still want to flex a little when you get back to civilization. The OG Mowabbs ride that line perfectly.

Vans Era

Type of vacation/travel: Summer Vacation in San Diego

Seriously, is there anywhere you can’t wear a pair of Vans Eras? Well, if such a place does exist, we don’t want to go there anyway. But, if you ever find yourself in San Diego, these are the perfect kicks to blend in with the locals. It’s San Diego…you can get in virtually anywhere wearing a pair of Eras.

Nike Air Presto

Type of vacation/travel: A Plane Trip Anywhere

This ain’t the ’50s anymore. When we fly somewhere, we’re not trying to stuff ourselves into a suit. We’re looking strictly at comfort. And the Nike Air Presto’s got that in spades. Not to mention the often slip-on fit the silo is known for will help you get through security without Paul Blart hassling you.

Timberland 6-Inch 'Wheat' Boots

Type of vacation/travel: Holidays in NYC

You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you when you hit up the Big Apple around the holidays. But one thing’s for sure, Wheat Timbs are good for wherever you’re headed.

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