Nike Announces Kanye West-Designed Air Yeezy 2

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Credit: Courtesy of Nike

Nike has announced the Nike Air Yeezy 2, the second installment of its collaboration with Kanye West. The sneaker will be released globally in both Platinum and Black limited editions on June 9th, three years after the original Air Yeezy marked the sneaker brand's first collaboration with a non-athlete.

The late 1980s basketball design foundation of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 follows in the footsteps of the successful original, with several high-end custom touches in true 'Ye fashion. The Yeezy 2 comes with hand-skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels and a reptilian-like rear spike, as well as opulent details and references to ancient civilizations: hieroglyphics spell out "YZY" on the shoe's loop strap and the Roman numeral "II" is etched on the leather lace toggle. The Yeezy 2 prototype was also tailored to West's own foot, rendering it slimmer than the original.

West is no stranger to the fashion world. He has previously interned at Gap and Fendi, designed shoes for Louis Vuitton and premiered his own womenswear line last October with a markedly-improved follow-up this past March. In December, West tweeted he was already at work on the Air Yeezy 3.

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