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Which are the most expensive Yeezys ever?

We’re all aware that Kanye West’s Yeezys come with a big price tag, but which are the most expensive out there? Plus, we take a glance at ones you can actually afford too.

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What are adidas Yeezy?

Born as recently as 2015, the adidas Yeezy has become one of the most sought after trainers in the world. A collaboration between the Marmite rap phenomenon Kanye West and sportswear giant adidas, the release could have gone either way. Spoiler alert: it went very much the right way.

Since West jumped ship (more on that shortly) there have been a total of 9 iterations, each with a limited circulation, providing that undeniable Yeezy FOMO crave every time. Inevitably leading to some of the most expensive Yeezys ever seen.

collection of adidas Yeezy boost 350 in white and black
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What are Nike Air Yeezy?

Most people are unaware, but the Yeezy brand began back in 2007 when Kanye West first paired up with Nike senior designer Mark Smith. The first sneaker was a blend of the Air Tech Challenge II, the early Air Jordan III and IV silhouettes. In 2009, the first 5,000 Nike Air Yeezy flew off the shelves as quickly as bars from West’s own tongue.

In 2012, the Nike Air Yeezy II was released to the public. The design leaned strongly on that of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis model, with the usual twist of multiple lively colourways, including a ‘surprise release’ of the Red Octobers, which sold out within minutes.

collection of Nike Air Yeezy 2 in white on black background
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The most expensive Yeezys ever released

It’s time to talk about the major sums that these trainers raise, and we’re not just talking retail price here. When it comes to limited releases, there will always be a market for resales and auctions. The Yeezy dominates this market.

Mix an already popular shoe with collaborations, celebrities and limited editions, then you’ve got yourself an equation that ends in serious cash. Here’s the top 3 that we’ve spotted.

 

Nike Air Yeezy 1 Grammy Prototype - £39,000+

Nike Air Yeezy 1 Grammy Prototype in black on white background
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Worn by Kanye West himself at the 2008 Grammy Awards, where he picked up no fewer than 4 gongs. This prototype shoe was created as a teaser to the real thing, which would be released the following year, and it worked beautifully. If you can get your hands on a pair, you better have been a Gold Digger first.

 

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October - £9,000+

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October in red on white background
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Remember those Red Octobers I mentioned earlier? Well, here they are. They sit in the most expensive list due to that genius ‘surprise release’. It meant a mad rush to the Nike site for buyers, selling out in minutes and pushing resale costs up to insane levels. I think your head would just about Touch The Sky when you saw the price tag.

 

adidas Yeezy 350 Pirate Black - £2,900+

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 in Pirate Black on white background
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Even though these are a reasonably standard pair of Yeezys, the colourway was massively popular with sneakerheads. Immediately selling out of their limited numbers (shock), the classic style meant it was one suited to all. You’ll do well to get your hands on a pair for less than £2,900, Diamonds could be useful for a part exchange.


The best adidas Yeezys you can buy today

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Cinder

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Don’t want to get robbed by the ‘pirate’ above? Well, these 'almost' black Yeezys which can certainly do the trick. We don’t expect anything less from the most popular model out there, and the cinder-coloured Boost 350 look amazing. Boost technology is encased in the brown outsole, adding a twist on the stealthy shade.

 

adidas Yeezy Boost V2 700 Tephra

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We love this colourway on the Boost 700 v2. The rubber gum outsole adds a retro vibe to a trainer which is already effortlessly stylish. The thick midsole and layered upper work together perfectly for a balanced, modern silhouette. Kanye didn’t mention it, but if Jesus had the choice, he may have just chosen to walk in these.

 

adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas OG White

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Not the silhouette you immediately think of when you hear ‘Yeezy’, but still a class act. Harking back to the 80s, these trainers are a versatile match-up for any fashion style. Crafted from 100% leather, with perforated detailing on the upper, this shoe would be a timeless edition to any collection. If you don’t agree, We Don’t Care.

 

adidas Yeezy Boost 380 Mist

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Yeezus! We threw it out there from the standard colourways with this one. The 380 ‘Mist’ is affectionately known as ‘mouldy bread’. Sounds bad, but it’s so unique that it works. The overarching theme was to create a space-age sneaker, you can clearly see what adidas and Kanye were experimenting with. A higher midsole rounds the entire creation off nicely.

 

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Grey/Gum/GITD

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For us, it wouldn’t be a sneaker list without including a high top. Turn off All Of The Lights, these literally glow in the dark. A little pricier than our other options, but you certainly get an outstanding fashion statement in return. With the Boost midsole and suede upper covered by a bold over-top strap for supported fit.

Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.