Back in October, we reported that the long awaited Yeezy BSKTBL would be dropping in two versions over NBA All-Star Weekend. Since then, many sneakerheads have been wondering what the difference between the two really is, and now, sneaker insiders Yeezy Mafia have arrived to clear up the confusion.
While both versions feature more-or-less the same design, the main difference is what the adidas shoes will be used for. The first one, dubbed the Yeezy BSKTBL "Quantum", focuses mainly on court performance. Not only does it feature a transparent TPU shell that is overlaid on top of the Primeknit upper, the neoprene ankle has also been considerably beefed up for extra support and stability.
On the other hand, the curiously named Yeezy QNTM "Quantum" boasts the same zebra-striped upper but with transparent striped running across the lateral and and medial side panels, just like the most recent Yeezy Boost 350 V2s. In between each stripe is a 3M-infused zig-zag pattern that shines brightly against the light when it's dark.
The reason why this reflective feature has been removed from the basketball-ready version is simply because it's prohibited by the NBA. Back in October 2018 when Kanye West first stepped out in a pair of these, ESPN reported that the "NBA would find potentially distracting for both in-arena spectators and television viewers." Hence, the unique feature was removed.
Launching over NBA All-Star Weekend from February 14th to February 16th, the adidas Yeezy BSKTBL "Quantum" and the adidas Yeezy QNTM "Quantum" are set to be two of the most limited Yeezys ever made. According to our sources, they'll be exclusive to Chicago only with numbers around 5,000 units, though this has not been officially confirmed.
If you want a pair, make sure you keep it locked at The Sole Supplier and we'll let you know when or if these ever get a wider release. If not, don't worry, as you've still got the upcoming Yeezy QNTM "Barium" to look forward to!