Nike Air Yeezy 1 Zen Grey “Sample”

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Nike Air Yeezy 1 Sample

The Sotheby’s “From the Archive” auction which opened July 21st, included rare collectibles from the worlds of sport, film, music and fashion – also featuring a series of extremely rare sneakers.

One that caught the eye of sneakerheads around the world was a prototype of a Nike Air Yeezy “Zen Grey” co-created by Kanye West and Mark Smith in pristine condition with the original box.

HypePlug had the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the auction, and this size 9 pair, equipped with Nike’s Feng Tay factory tag, arrived to our headquarters.

“The Air Yeezy was developed from a strong relationship between West and Nike. Partnering with Nike Creative Director, Mark Smith, the creative duo of Smith and West’s talents as designers yielded a unique Nike Sportswear sneaker worth the wait.”

Nike, April 6, 2009

“Kanye West is known for his non-stop energy both on the stage and off so the Air Yeezy had to support and sustain West from start to finish. An almost obsessive focus was put on delivering supreme comfort throughout the development of the shoe. Equipped with debossed ankle collar pods for added support and protection, extra-thick sock liners, a forefoot support strap, original functional tension lace loops, and Phylon tooling taken from the 1987 Nike Air Assault for added performance and comfort—all developed and integrated with one goal in mind: to keep Kanye on lock down in cushioned comfort during his performances during his many notoriously strenuous artistic live performances.”

The sneaker initially caused commotion when the rapper appeared in his 2008 Grammy performance of “Stronger” wearing this silhouette.

It is said that the Black/Pink colourway was predominantly Mark Smith influenced, the Net colourway being Kanye influenced, and the Zen Grey being the true collaboration between the two creatives.


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