Kanye West's adidas Yeezy line might be at the forefront of sneaker culture today, but his legendary Nike Air Yeezy 1 silhouette will always remain in the sneaker hall of fame. Long-term collectors would know about the model's colourways, now all fetching an insane resell price, although this year it was reported that a 1-of-1 Nike Air Yeezy 1 sample that Ye wore at the 2008 Annual Grammy Awards has sold for $1.8 million. And if you think that's the only pair Mr West had in store, we've now got a closer look at a never-before-seen Nike Air Yeezy 1 wear test sample.
Leaked by reputable Lebanese sneaker insider @mc1skrs, these wear test Nike Air Yeezy samples arrive without a forefoot strap, unlike the "Blink", "Zen Grey", and "Net" iterations. The sneaker sample collector also stated that Kanye cut off the strap himself to see what the silhouette would look like without it.
For those new to the game, the purpose of wear test sample shoes is to examine the specifications before they hit the stores—this includes a test on colours, construction, comfort, and durability. In this wear test Air Yeezy 1s, the clean white perforated leather base invites bright hues to deliver a pop of contrast via the collars, midfoot components and rubber outsole.
Whether or not these will be up for grabs, selling your current sneaker collection won't be enough to cover the aftermarket price of the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Wear Test Sample. Although, if you don't want to miss out on high-heat releases from Kanye's Yeezy collection, then keep it locked in right here at all times! In related news, this is your best look yet at the Travis Scott x Nike Air Max 1 "Wheat".