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Nike Air Yeezy “Zen Grey” vs. “Pure Platinum”

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nike air yeezy grey comparison 15 Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey vs. Pure Platinum

The gap between signature shoe 1 and II is most often the widest among all others breaks between volumes. The Air Jordan, Zoom LeBron, and Zoom Kobe, etc. have all withstood that extra distance in the evolutionary jump, with the respective sequel taking on a much more distinct persona of the individual it was designed for. The Air Yeezy, however, is the exception to that rule; the first Yeezy, which officially released back in 2009, had some heavy expectations on its shoulders as it would represent the entire ‘sneakerhead’ constituency into one design. A bulky strap, a mega-high ankle cut, custom-designed lace-locks, an all-over ‘Y’ Yeezy press-mold print, glow-in-the-dark outsoles – it was the perfect sneakerhead’s shoe designed by perhaps the exemplar of the sub-culture in Kanye West. The Air Yeezy is also credited as the first signature shoe for an influential non-athlete, so the finished product was certainly an enticing news story for media outlets outside the bounds of the sneaker culture; the biggest pop culture superstar is getting his own Nike sneaker – this we gotta see.

The public outcry for a sequel followed not much after the mid-2009 release of the Air Yeezy, and since we first spotted it with our own eyes during the February 2011 world premiere of Kobe Bryant’s ‘Black Mamba’ short, the Air Yeezy 2 was a massive ongoing headline over the last sixteen months. The sneaker was kept under heavy wraps, with Kanye himself acting as lone ‘trailer’ as we witnessed him rotate a variety of different colorways on the street and during live musical performances. Eventually (in a long and dragging saga), Nike unveiled the final release information and the Air Yeezy 2 released globally this past Saturday, but what was already considered to be one of the toughest sneaker acquisitions of the year turned out to be much more difficult due to a variety of factors, with many pointing to the overall mainstream movement of ‘sneakers’ being the primary culprit. The landscape of the Air Yeezy 2 release was in clear contrast with the original Air Yeezy release; while many stores – official Nike retailers included – celebrated the momentous Yeezy occasion with themed in-store events, the dangerously high demand and ultra-low supply raised major concerns for Nike and ultimately forced the release to take on a ‘quick and painless’ approach; the Twitter RSVP took center stage (with controversial results) while other stores depended on controlled raffle/lottery arrangements, and a massive chunk of the hungry were left un-fed. The demand remained, and so the resale market value of the Air Yeezy 2 eclipsed that of the original Air Yeezy at its highest point, reaching jaw-dropping amounts in a short period of time.

The design contrast between the Air Yeezy and Air Yeezy 2, displayed in the following gallery, also speaks on Kanye West’s changing tastes in fashion and style, but surely Kanye’s own sneaker obsession played a major role in the design concept as the base of the shoe is shared with one of Nike’s most revered designs – the Air Tech Challenge. Above it is a slimmer, sleeker, and more luxurious build, opting for extravagant tastes like anaconda-skin and intricate details like the hieroglyphics and Horus logo on the tongue. The Air Yeezy 2 certainly met Nike’s fastidious demands of a signature shoe, as the overall design exuded Kanye’s more recent fascination with high-end luxury and fashion and grandiose self-imagery. The Air Yeezy 2 was a clear overlap of the sneakerhead community and the pop-culture/contemporary fashion circles, becoming a must-have item for a much larger population of fashion-forward, but Kanye’s ongoing relationship with Nike, based not only on this release but his participation in Kobe Bryant’s ‘The Kobe System’ ad campaign, will always be on the sneakerhead’s radar – regardless of where (or when) fashion trends evolve. Will there be an Air Yeezy 3? Kanye’s already hinted at that a few months back, but for now, let’s enjoy the Air Yeezy 2 for what it is and see for yourself just how similar and different the Air Yeezy 1 and 2 truly is by flipping through the gallery below.

nike air yeezy grey comparison Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey vs. Pure Platinum

nike air yeezy grey comparison 1 Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey vs. Pure Platinum

nike air yeezy grey comparison 14 Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey vs. Pure Platinum

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nike air yeezy grey comparison 25 Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey vs. Pure Platinum

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Pusha
Pusha

Do the yeezy 2s run half a size big like the first yeezys?

AllanCuadra
AllanCuadra

Great article and this just reassure me that I need !! The yeezys two

Slo poke
Slo poke

These shoes almost remind me of electronics. They make one version and just continuosly upgrade it. When i look at these pictures i do like the 2's more. They seem more futuristic most likely because thats what an upgraded shoe should look like based on the first one. IMO there both nice, but i do prefer the yeezy 2's for now. Who knows maybe in the future i will prefer to get the 1's just like how i wish i never sold my nintendo 64. I miss that thing.

wuterr.
wuterr.

Both shoes are very distinct in their own right, but the design cues are pretty much the exact same. The toe panel is still suede and is still in the same place. The ballistic mesh replaces the perforated upper. The strap, though slimmer and reduced on the YII, is in the same position as before. The heel panels of both shoes rise vertically from the midsole to meet the ankle and are both brought back to a unifying design aspect. In the YI, it was the heel tab. In the YII, it's the speed curves. Both shoes have an elephant-print-esque pattern. Snakeskin replaces the Y's and are placed in the back instead of the front because you can't pattern snakeskin on suede or on the YII's strap. And it doesn't take a genius to know that the a lot of Nike air bubble soles are aesthetically similar in many respects. Even the Horus symbol is in the same place as the lacelock.

heat_meiser
heat_meiser

Great article SneakerNews! Really shows the details in texture and materials. I love em both; but each has dominating elements. Yeezy II = great sequel and worth the wait.

opkicksnlaces
opkicksnlaces

i honestly like both, i rather have a pair of 1s over a pair of 2s. they are two different types of shoe tho, the Y1 is more basketball built n inspired the Y2 is more casual made. so for what each one truly is they're both good shoes. but i still take 1 over 2

Rick
Rick

Can we stop talking about these shoes, to be honest I have the yeezy 1 in Zen grey but I am still salty over this unattainable shoe. Just make more, it makes the game better for all of us ...15 years strong in the game! On to the next one.

polo
polo

can someone sell me a pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! twitter @p0lod0n or email me four4calibar@aol.com not looking to pay $2k for these not worth........ so please come correct if your looking to make fast money.......

_idgaf22
_idgaf22

IIs are my favorite & IMO better than the 1s. There's so much more detail & creativity in the shoe that the 1 doesn't have. All the one has is a Air Jordan 3 midsole & outsole & they basically jocked the whole elephant print but made it it's own. Only thing the Yeezy 2 took from another shoe was the sole. Which I can understand. But from the heel to the toe...the Yeezy 2 is def a better sneaker.

cucumelow
cucumelow

yo i got a pair of the black/solar red sz 10.5 holla at me..... no lowballers!!! ..... cucumelow@aol.com

COMMUNITYJUICE
COMMUNITYJUICE

YEEZY 1's are way better to me. I have the Zen's and i love them things. They YEEZY 2's were just straight ugly to me. I liked a few small things about them, but overall they were ugly to me. When i heard rumors of the yeezy 2 not too long after the yeezy 1 came out (kanye video in hawaii) i was hype and knew i would cop, but then i seen the pics and it was a fail in my eyes. The shape of them is the major thing i dont like, then the height. And when i seen pics of them in sizes 10 and up, the shoe looks long as hell like a clown shoe. I knew from the jump i was passing on these. This shoe was over hyped to me, but then again what shoe isn't these days

Javi
Javi

I don't no but no grown man should be wearing glow in the dark shoes. Just childish.

npt
npt

Got the Black/Solar pair here in New Zealand walking in the afternoon of release day..Not a hard cop for me at all

A-Boog
A-Boog

I agree. The Yeezy II are a unique shoe but were built off the success of the Yeezy OG. Anything Kanye stamps his name on will turn gold because of his popularity. As long as he stays relevant, it wont matter what he endorses...we will buy!

barsverses
barsverses

2s for me. Less bulky and prefer the pure platinum to the zen grey

b.walsh
b.walsh

should of kept my 1's :( both are dope tho!!

uhduhello
uhduhello

i prefer the 1s. just because overall, the shoe is what started it all, not to mention the shoe wasnt just built on pure hype but also for a unique design. the 2s are great, but appear as a mere reduced form of the originals. the 2s are basically for the individuals who werent able to pick up the 1sr pair. but all in all, both models are on equal grounds in terms of overall looks, but with the 1st yeezys slightly ahead, due to it being a modern classic that has broke down many boundaries in our culture.

PocketFulofJays
PocketFulofJays

everyone has their own opinion but to me both are dope with great details

xavi
xavi

just sold my yeezy2 and net $1,800. Now I could get myself some new Js!!! SWEET!!!

Kev2324
Kev2324

Yeezy 1s for me. But i wish the Yeezy 1s outsole were as green as the 2s

Flako
Flako

I'll take yeezy 1 over 2

getbig828
getbig828

at first i didnt think that there was that big of a difference from the yeezy 1s and 2s but holy shit there way different and the yeezy 1 is fucking huge

***~Big Infinite~***
***~Big Infinite~***

Yeezy 1s over Yeezy 2s... yeezys2s glow in da dark bottoms are better tho

mrELsenor
mrELsenor

its a close call but i'm a bigger fan of the 2...i'm not one to wear super high shoes like the 1s.

james lowery!
james lowery!

really don't know which I prefer..... possibly 2s.. but very very close

jheyking
jheyking

i still like the yeezy 1s better

continued
continued

Kanye took the same shoe, dropped the contour, took out some padding, enhanced and switched a couple of materials/designs, and added an ultimately useless Egyptian motif to raise eyebrows. Broken down, the YII, though it's admittedly more luxurious, is not that different than its predecessor, yet the price tag is considerably larger. If anything, it just goes to show the differences in "sneakerheads" in 2012 than in 2009. Blame it on whatever you like, but there's an obvious disconnect in consumer awareness nowadays.

Yerp
Yerp

Funny nigga. Guess you dont want em then

Loonygoon510
Loonygoon510

THERE AINT SHIT UNIQUE ABOUT THE YEEZY'S THAT NIQQA BIT OFF OF AIR JORDANS FOR BOTH DESIGNS JUST LOOK AT THE MIDSOLES THEY LOOK PRETTY EFFIN FAMILIAR TO ME

awwyeeahboi
awwyeeahboi

how did you not before this post?...lol

littleacker09
littleacker09

idk about the glow in the dark though...... seriously i use my yeezy 1s to find things in the dark when I'm too lazy to reach my light switch........

TRS
TRS

you finally got a thumbs up out of me

more jordans please
more jordans please

yeezy 1 has a better design (i like highs though) and yeezy two has better materials

donadamsky
donadamsky

dont like either cw here, but the tan yeezy 1 is the best of all

luikang
luikang

Im feeling the ONES better too, but something about those 2's are unique to me...

-t-
-t-

i always liked the 2s better idk the 1s are nice but 2s are dream shoes for me too bad im not getting either so whatever lol

Nohype96
Nohype96

The yeezy 1s seem more for casual wear and the 2s seem more "preppy"

ToneyCosmos
ToneyCosmos

I dont have either one, so fuhck Air Yeezys. *hater post* jk. The II's are nice though. Dont look like moon boots and the sole glows way better.

Clownmaster145
Clownmaster145

If your Refering to the sole of the yeezy 1s bro thats not a jordan sole thats a nike air assault sole the spizikes have a air jordan 3 sole look at the yeezy 1 sole and the airjordan 3 sole you will see the difference.

@Jon_Soares
@Jon_Soares

the 2's use a Air Tech Challenge sole...

***~Big Infinite~***
***~Big Infinite~***

Lol... I got da yeezy 1s too.. they do come in handy when u laid up chillin

cuz236
cuz236

Pic can not describe how yeezy 1 glows if you had them you would understand they glow better than what you see here.

ToneyCosmos
ToneyCosmos

True, but my comment is coming from the experiences of actually seeing them in person.



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