The Nike Air Yeezy II is set to come out in 10 days, and while most people just see it as a cool shoe that Kanye West has been wearing for the past year, the entire sneaker community’s mouth is watering.
Quite possibly the most hyped sneaker to be released this year, the Air Yeezy actually lives up to the hype. The craftsmanship that went into the final product is something you don’t see often from an athletic brand, but Nike is obviously not your average athletic brand.
The Yeezy II was set to come out months ago, however it has since been pushed back twice. But based on the work and detailing on the shoes, it was well worth the wait.
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 both Platinum and Black/Solar Red will be available for purchase in limited quantities at select Nike Retailers on June 9th. So that gives you a little over a week to get your money together. Although an official pricepoint has not been released, you should expect to spend about $250 for the shoes, assuming that the $200 pricepoint went up since the original Air Yeezy release.
Take a look at some detailed shots of the Nike Air Yeezy II in the gallery above.