A History of Kanye West Sneaker Collaborations

Ray P


Yeezy is doing good as far as genius' go.

Kanye West without a doubt has left his mark not only in the music culture, but also the sneaker culture as well. And if you think that Kanye West is just about his signature Nike sneakers, then you're in for a rude awakening.

We compiled a list of the different footwear brands that Kanye West collaborated with throughout the years. Click through the History of Kanye West Sneaker Collaborations below and let us know what Kanye sneaker you love , hate the most, or wished would release.


Kanye WestNike Air 180 (2006)

Released for Kanye as well as Friends & Family, never hit retail.

Here's an interesting comment left by a Hypebeast forum member back in 2006 about this shoe:

hey man ^^ 180's arent that bad yeah the animal skin is a little to much .. they look dope anywyays i would cop


Kanye West Bapesta fs 001 - (2007)

Kanye was no stranger to Bape, from tiger full zip-up hoodies to having the opportunity to design his first shoe to hit retail.


Kanye West Reebok S.Carter CL Low (2008)

Yes, these actually hit retail! Kanye and Jay-Z have been collaborating since The Dynasty - Roc La Familia album. Back in 2008, not many people were checking for this collaboration though.


Kanye West Reebok S.Carter CL Low (2008)

With this color, it's obvious Kanye wanted to introduce his love for BAPE on the S.Carter with an all patent leather look.


Kanye West Reebok S.Carter CL Low (2008)

This may not be your style, your cousin's style, or your auntie's style, but it definitely is Kanye's style. Kanye was famously known for wearing bright colored Polo's, such as pink and yellow.


Kanye West Reebok S.Carter CL Low (2008)

Kanye is consistent with his designs. You'll notice a pattern: suede, leather, patent leather. Even from the early 2008 days with this S.Carter model all the way to the Yeezy 2.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Don's (2009)

Kanye made his lyrics come alive with this collaboration. Is there anything bad we can say about this model? NO. Kanye was always fashion forward, however Louis Vuitton help solidify Kanye West's place in the fashion world.

"I'm Kan the Louis Vuitton Don / bought my mom a purse, now she Louis Vuitton Mom."


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Don's (2009)

Kanye kept things simple, plain, and leather. Never a bad move when the quality is up to par like on this Don.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Don's (2009)

The three different materials used on this model made up for the lack of color. This shoe is a perfect example of less is more.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Don's (2009)

Just like many other trends, Kanye made the all red shoe very hot. Little did we know, Red October was the real bomb Kanye was holding out on us.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Don's (2009)

All black everything. Not as popular as the Red Don, but the suede was a great touch.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Mr.Hudson's (2009)

Kanye pays respect to his artist - Mr.Hudson who helped Kanye work on 808s and Heartbreaks, as well as The Blueprint 3. The simplicity of the boat shoe is synonymous with Mr.Hudson's style as well as Kanye West.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Mr.Hudson's (2009)

In 2009, Kanye perhaps was the best thing to happen to boat shoes. The Mr.Hudson combines Kanye's flashy style with his prep style.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Jasper's (2009)

Kanye almost shut down the internet when he announced his collaboration with Louis Vuitton. This particular Jasper seems as though Kanye created the perfect shoe for "Ballers." Kanye's barber, Jasper, was the inspiration for the name of this model.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Jasper's (2009)

Interestingly enough, Kanye West shows all sides of his fashion personality ranging from subtle colorways such as this all black Jasper all the way to his flashy personality with the pink soles.


Kanye West for Louis Vuitton - Jasper's (2009)

This colorway might not be seen on foot as much because it hurts the soul to pay $990 for a creme colored shoe, only to be stepped on by the guy who doesn't pay attention, and happens to have been walking in mud all day before he stepped on you. Nonetheless, Kanye came correct with this colorway.


One of the original samples of the Yeezy 1 with the sole of the Air Jordan VI which we all know was Kanye's favorite Jordan.

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This sample will forever be historical as Kanye wore them for his 2008 emotional Grammy Performance of "Hey Mama." 


At this point Kanye was just hitting us with samples on samples of his Yeezy 1.


Another sample worn by Kanye, another dope colorway.


Nike Air Yeezy 1 - 2009

Limited x Hype x Quality x Nike x Kanye West = The most in-demand shoe since the Pigeon Nike SB Dunk. Hats off to Kanye for an amazing shoe.

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Nike Air Yeezy 1 - 2009

Some call it the "Strawberry Shortcakes." Others call them the Net/Net. We just call it a dope colorway.

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Nike Air Yeezy 1 - 2009

You guys don’t understand that Kanye West did the Yeezys and...you know the rest.

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Tiffany Beers broke out these special All glow in the dark Yeezy 1 samples in 2011 during a presentation unveiling the Air Mag.

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Kanye stepped out fresh in a traditional black sample colorway of the Yeezy 2. 


Nike Air Yeezy 2 - 2012

The moment the Air Yeezy 2 was announced, the camping chairs lined up. TSG was on sight at Fresh Boutique where many people from Georgia and surrounding states set up camp to try and cop. The Yeezy 2s is both limited and hyped, so good luck on finding a DS pair for under a $1000, bruh.


Nike Air Yeezy 2 - 2012

Arguably the most popular of the two colorways released for retail. Whether you grabbed a pair to resell or wear, congratulations because this was a tough shoe to acquire for most. Have you tried to buy a pair recently? We would love to tell you what the resell prices are currently, but here at TSG we are not in the business of hurting feelings.


Rumored to be a 1 of 1 shoe made for Kobe Bryant. One word, AMAZING!


Another amazing Yeezy 2 sample featuring the Air Jordan White/Cement IV colorway.


The almighty Red Octobers that may be Red Decembers now, who knows. Those who were selected to win the Red Octobers should be receiving them at some point in the next year.