According to a press release from Nike, the Air Yeezy II’s outsole is based on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis sneaker and its upper is inspired by cross trainers.
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.’
Although thought to be dropping in France first, the Platinum and Black colorways of the Nike Air Yeezy II will be available globally at select retailers June 9th. Sneaker News reports the Air Yeezy 2 will retail for $250. Peep photos, along with color design sketches, of the highly coveted show in the gallery. How many pairs are you copping? Wait, do you even have a job that allow you to afford these kicks?
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