June 13, 2012 BY John Kim / 59
Looking at the Nike Air Yeezy 1 and the just released Nike Air Yeezy 2 side by side, it’s immediately evident that they come from the same lineage. The obvious similarities in shape, the mid-foot strap treatment, and the whole glow in the dark opulence lying underneath set up a clear bridge between these two entrances into the high end of collaborative Nike models. The climates the respective models arrived in weren’t quite so similar however, as the sneakerhead landscape changed quite a bit from the short span of the 2009 release of the first to last weekend’s debut of the second. Similarly the release approach was much more traditional, lineups and the occasional raffle here and there, where the second was forced to adjust after the looming threats on public safety posed by the ‘Galaxy’ business just a few months back.
The Nike Air Yeezy 1 was a bit more insular, a release seemingly driven to a much larger extent by the core sneakerhead crowd rather than the media at large. There was no heavy celebrity seeding (and obviously, no celebrity ‘Tweeting’ of their early pairs), no extensive CNN coverage building up to the moment, no fake $90,000+ auctions. Furthermore Kanye West himself was a bit of a different character back then, with the Nike Air Yeezy 1 more rooted in a history of sports footwear where the 2’s reflect his quick switch to the high-fashion houses right after, a trend played out in his lyrics and his on-going creative endeavors (recall the Louis Vuitton Pack that allegedly had Nike fuming).
Which of these two similar colorways of two separate sneakers in the Kanye West x Nike oeuvre will history be more kind to? At the moment the Nike Air Yeezy 2 ‘Black/Solar’ is a hotter commodity, with prices hovering around $2,000 on eBay whereas the ‘Black/Pink’ Nike Air Yeezy 1 only rose to that figure over the span of three years, but it will take some time before things level out and we can collectively look at them from a distance. There’s no doubt the sentimental attachment and historical signifance of the Nike Air Yeezy 1 will be unmatched for many, but there’s also the consideration of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 being that much harder to track down and arriving with a fervor much greater than before. We’re finishing off our 1 vs. 2 comparisons here with a detailed look at the Black/Pink and Black/Solar Red, so enjoy the gallery and let us know which of the two you like better!
Filed under: Air Yeezy
I got a full size run of both of the y2's. I'm selling them for 10 grand each! You bum a** hype beasts!!! HAAAA!!!
both designs from a loser singer presented as superman's shoes..sorry, wont wear loser's shoes. even the v2. as long as the designer is the same, shoes are crap, even worse having his name.
In my opinion, I think both the Y1s and Y2s are awesome and nice in their own way. I have the Zen Y1s but had no luck in grabbing either of the Y2s. If I had to choose the greys and blinks of both the 1s and 2s, this is how I'd rank em. Platinum 2s >>> Zen 1s & Blink 1s >>> Solar Red 2s The platinum 2s are by far my favorite. The platinum 2s shows more detail than the solar red 2s. The solar red 2s look a bit dull to me....But again this is just my opinion.
I personally think that they yeezy 2 looks like a souped up air trainer 1 mid the yeezy 1 had its own look and its own persona not that the 2 doesnt but whenever i look at the 2 i cant help but think that its a air trainer 1 thats GITD so its twice the price IMO. There both still very fresh though
Yeezy 2. errything about the shoe is dope but, the strap looks like its floating and that just looks soo smooth. LUXURY DOPE
Who cares, after spending 30 minutes on eBay looking at Yeezys I have determined that not one single arsehole that got his/her hands on a pair is a true sneakerhead. Everyone is selling them F-that GO AWAY RESELLERS!!
I would have loved to have a pair of these. It's sad that high price makes them a dream but damn even if u have the doe. U still can't get them. Its crazy man. If ur a working man with s family there's no way u van get shoes now a days. These ppl with no live,or young dubbies can shit our there and cop kicks. Shit I can even allow my kicks to enjoy or understand the shoe game. Shit there on 1000 pair if shoes a state it seems like. It crazy. But a much ppr the pplthe that grops to the ppl that were able to set and wait for hours and who actually didn't have to drive 30up plus miles to get to the one store that had them lol and the ppl that had 100 bones to buy a raffle ticket to have the possiblity to cop and couldn't cop. Big ups to y'all.
you can't really compare em, the yeezy 1s represented kanye's fashion when they released; and the same for the 2s. i personally like the 1s though
The Yeezy 2 is bit more sleek, mo refined and not so bulky or goddy. Nice upgrade and the ridge on back was a nice touch as well.
I have the yeezy 1, but dont have the yeezy 2, but wow they look very dope. Especially that bluish glow in dark sole. Jealous of u guys who got them, but what i can i do. Move to next shoes.
Yeezy 2s over yeezy 1s in dis cw... but y1 over y2 as in overall shoe.... still can't believe niiiggas spending over 3 stacks fa shoes tho...
2nd consecutive thumbs up out of me...but I'm a take the 1s just because of materials. I prefer the neoprene to the ballistic nylon on the toe box, although the solars pull it off better than the platinums