By Steven Roberts
If your obsession with sneakers is as unhealthy as mine, you’ve probably been keeping track of Kanye West’s Air Yeezy IIs’ for quite some time now. Sketches of the supposed sequel have been floating around for a while, but the first glimpse of the new kicks first appeared back in February in Robert Rodriguez’s commercial “The Black Mamba” for Lakers star Kobe Bryant. During the grind house trailer commercial Bryant—incorrectly named the seventh best player in the NBA by ESPN—dribbles his way through cameo after cameo until he faces off with The Boss, played by West. After he's defeated, West retreats to his helicopter—naturally—and there’s a great shot of the Air Yeezy IIs as he ascends the copter’s rope ladder.
Fast forward a few months to the 2011 VMAs where West and Jay-Z make a “surprise” appearance to perform “Otis.” As West and Hov walked onto the VMA stage, those who share my obsession–again, unhealthy–only cared about the kicks ‘Ye was rocking. The Yeezy IIs could be seen as clear as day in HD. They were a similar colorway to the first Air Yeezys, which dropped in 2009, but clearly there were a few alterations. The strap doesn’t seem as dominant, the shoe seems to be comprised of several different materials from crocodile to leather and there is some type of pronounced rubber ribbing on the heel counter.
A few weeks later, at the opening show for Kayne and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour in Atlanta, Ye appeared on stage rocking not only a leather kilt, but also the black and pink Yeezy IIs. The gang over at Nice Kicks has a few awesome, up-close pictures of the sneakers. There’s no word yet on a release date, but hopefully Nike gives us an inside peek at the release like last time And hopefully they send me a pair—unlike last time.