Wed 30 May 2012
(Kanye West wearing platinum Air Yeezy 2’s at London Fashion Week in February)
It’s been three years since the initial spring/summer debut of Kanye West’s collaboration with Nike, the Air Yeezy 2. After debuting his Cruel Summer film in Cannes, Kanye West is set to release the second installment of his ever popular sneaker. After much speculation, rumors, and changed release dates, Nike announced this morning the Air Yeezy 2 officially drops on Saturday, June 9 in the U.S. and internationally at select retailers. Retail is set at $245 u.s. as the sneaker comes in two colorways (platinum and black colorways). Going back to last year we’ve seen both models on Kanye himself, along with Jay-Z, Don C., and more recently Shawn “Pecas” Costner of Def Jam Records.
On Tuesday, the first batch of celebrities, influencers, and notable Nike team members got their hands on delivered pairs from the man himself. That included Chris Brown, Pete Wentz, Jadakiss, Bun B, DJ Clark Kent, and others. View their photos, and Nike’s official press release below…..
Photos via Twitter and Instagram
The Nike Air Yeezy II
The much anticipated second installment of the Nike Air Yeezy will release globally on June 9th
Forging a new form of sport craftsmanship, the Nike Air Yeezy II blends classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demands of bringing hype to a crowd of thousands.
A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the Nike Air Yeezy II. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.
Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980’s basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.
An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
The Nike Air Yeezy II in the Platinum and the Black edition will release June 9th at select global retailers in limited numbers.
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