As anticipation builds for the YEEZYs, Kanye West’s first sneaker design since joining Adidas Originals, it turns out the first Kanye x Adidas sneakers are already on the market!
Ibn Jasper, West’s barber and long-time friend, revealed on his Instagram that the Adidas DB ZX 800’s and ZX 850’s are based on a silhouette designed by Kanye….8 years ago!
Back in 2006, Kanye designed a sneaker for Reebok but it was never released. Adidas then acquired Reebok and allegedly reworked the Kanye design for the David Beckham ZX 800’s, released in 2011. Adidas added 3 stripes to the design and released the ZX 850's in 2013 (pictured above). Here is what Ibn Jasper had to say about the design process:
So, TECHNICALLY these are the first Kanye X adidas sneakers, although we are anxiously waiting for the real thing, which is slated to drop sometime this year!
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