There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Yeezy 450 is Kanye West's most experimental silhouette to date. Made in collaboration with adidas, the first time we saw these crazy creps was all the way back in August 2018 when Ye himself took to Twitter to reveal them. Originally nicknamed the Yeezy 451, they're the brainchild of legendary designer Steven Smith, who also so happened to be the mind behind other legendary silhouettes such as the Reebok InstaPump Fury, the New Balance 1500, and the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Caged 2.
Unlike anything we've seen before, the adidas Yeezy 450 is set to debut in a "Cloud White" colorway. Initially set to drop exclusively at Yeezy Supply on March 6th, it coincided with the return of adidas Confirmed, and thus became a worldwide release instead. While the overall the shoe may look a little wacky, if you take a closer look, you can see that many of the elements have actually been taken from the beloved Yeezy Boost 350.
With a full mesh upper that offers up a sock-like experience, this new Yeezy boasts an integrated lacing system that's very much like the one found on the Yeezy Boost 350. The ankle features a stretchy collar for the ultimate lockdown fit, and down below, you'll be presented with a midsole that looks like it's taken off a sci-fi movie set. Bearing a striking resemblance to a set of shark teeth, the Yeezy 450 is surrounded by a series of sharp spikes that offer up the perfect amount of support. The outsole is then given a slightly grooved look for durable traction with every step.
For whatever reason, Kanye West decided to forgo the use of adidas Boost or the Yeezy 500's adiPRENE, instead it looks like he's infused the shoe with EVA foam that's a lot more versatile and shapable. While this may seem like a strange decision, he's used this cushioning material for other models such as the Yeezy 700 V3. This technology is also a mainstay for a ton of other brands including Nike and New Balance, resulting in a much lower retail price.
There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Yeezy 450 is made to turn heads. Unlike retro models such as the Air Force 1, the Air Jordan 1 High, or even the Air Jordan 4, this new Yeezy was designed to attract attention, so it may not be for those who love a lowkey fit. In terms of other colorways, rumour has it that a triple black "Dark Slate" is in the works and a "Kyanite"-style blue and white pair that will be perfect for the summer months ahead.
If you're not a fan of the shoe and prefer something a little more unrestricted, then Steven Smith has also created another variant that's perfect for you.
Yeezy 450 Slides
In addition to the conventional 450, adidas will also be releasing the Yeezy 450 Slides. Building on the Yeezy Slide silhouette, these were teased by Kim Kardashian at the end of 2020 in a clean "Ophani" colour scheme. Featuring a spiderweb like design, the entire shoe is crafted from a one-piece EVA foam construction that makes it ultra wearable and very lightweight. A release date for these have yet to be officially confirmed, but rumour has it that they will land on platforms like Yeezy Supply within the coming months.
Yeezy 450 Laceless
While this has yet to be confirmed, rumour has it that a Yeezy 450 Laceless is also in the works. Spotted on social media on the feet of Kanye West himself these boast a much tighter Primeknit construction as well as taping and 3M reflective elements. With a midsole that's a lot more similar to the original Yeezy 451 that was teased in '18, these may turn out to just be another sample that won't ever get a release date.
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