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Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra

The latest addition to the Yeezy family dropped in February only a week after the most recent release of the Core Blacks. The difference being however, that these Zebras were exclusive to the Adidas website, unlike recent drops where most shoes of the Yeezy family have been divided and sold via separate websites. Each new drop fully sells out almost instantly, most bought by bots that automatically add the item to your shopping cart and check out faster than Aretha Franklin could sign up to a butter convention. But multiple websites still offer a slim chance of copping the new shoe. This exclusivity meant that estimated resale prices are almost at x8 the retail price.

Appreciations to the Yeezy Mafia, we have been able to find out that there were 7,000 pairs sold solely online making it the most limited edition V2 Adidas have ever offered. As if this wasn’t hard enough already, those who did manage to add the shoe to their shopping cart have a 10-minute timer to fully checkout and add in all details before the shoe was placed back into the store and ready for another person to buy. The system on which people were able to purchase the shoe became a long queue causing avid buyers to wait in an online line before the opportunity to add them to the cart. Release time was at 8:00am GMT but the flow of buyers being let into the shop did not start until around 9:00am. Rumour had it, some people experienced waiting for up to 4 hours in the queue before being given the chance to purchase.

Thankfully I was lucky enough to get hands on with the shoe through a source a day after release. The price of the shoe had surprisingly stayed the same and the build quality was still what you would expect from an Adidas shoe. Possibly my favourite addition to the Zebras was the heel tab, a slim hook for the fingers allowing the shoe to be put on with ease. I can’t fathom why Sneakerheads were cutting off an essential part of the shoe that prevents the shoe getting damaged. It’s a very loud shoe in person, the patterned design makes a statement, great if you want people to notice that your rocking Yeezys - it’s a good thing, but personally the pattern is not my thing. However, the double undertone below the SPLY – 350 allows for breathability and the hugging material shoe that it is, the aerated holes allow for the foot to remain cool when wearing.

In person, the sole thankfully looks fresh white. Online there was a worry that some pictures circling the internet had the shoe with a cream sole. Additionally, the shoe feels somewhat lighter than the other V2’s in the range but it could just be due to the size difference and volume of Boost technology. A translucent sole is also a nice addition to complement the smooth prime knit upper on the right-hand side. Finally, the padding on the inside of the ankle helps secure the foot and makes it feel as if the shoes justify their £150 price tag. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Boost V2 range. It ensures quality over quantity incorporating a well-built shoe with a variation of designs (even though I could only really justify buying 1 pair). In my opinion the shoes design lets it down big time, yet makes me think Adidas and Kanye are reverting back to their roots by releasing the shoe exclusively online with outlandish designs.

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