The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West has been a fruitful one, to say the least. One of the best-selling sneakers in history, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 has become a cultural staple and a sought-after grail in the eyes of many sneakerheads.
But even the best have to rise to the top. Because of that we’re taking a look at the five best Yeezy 350 colourways Adidas and Kanye have blessed the game with.
1. “Turtle Dove”
The Yeezy 350 that started it all, the “Turtle Dove” colourway dropped in June 2015 and turned the sneaker world on its head with a minimalist aesthetic that has now become a signature of the union between Adidas and Kanye.
Going for upwards of $2,000 in some resale circles, all you have to do is go down to your local mall to see just how many knockoffs have been inspired by this timeless Yeezy 350. This sneaker single-handedly started the red-hot Yeezy hype train and will definitely go down in history as one of the most iconic releases in sneaker history.
2. “Pirate Black”
Is there really anything cleaner than an all-black colourway? Not only does it give sneakerheads the perfect colour (or shade, if you’re like that) to match with any fit, but they’re also great in case some dude steps on your kicks at the club.
Originally released in February 2016, the “Pirate Black” Yeezy 350s were an instant smash and became a must-have for collectors. This is still the best black Yeezy 350 colourway and despite the three dope V2 drops for “Black Friday,” which included coloured stripes on the side in copper, green and red — there’s something about an all-black on-feet aesthetic that just goes hard.
Listen, the “Beluga 2.0” drop of the Yeezy 350 V2s last November was solid, but Adidas and Kanye were simply trying to recreate a classic that really didn’t need a facelift. The Yeezy 350 V2s in the original “Beluga” colourway that dropped in September 2016 would be the official spokesperson for the V2 if only they could talk.
Featuring different tones of gray with splashes of orange sprinkled into the fabric, the big selling point of the “Beluga” is definitely the bright orange stripe on the side with a very pronounced “SPLY-350” on it. As far as V2s are concerned, the “Beluga” is definitely the OG and one of the most highly sought-after and imitated pairs of Yeezys to this day.
This was when Adidas and Kanye started to switch things up by bringing in some real creative colourways for the Yeezy 350 V2. There’s no other way to describe the “Zebra” colourway other than it just pops. When you see someone rocking a pair, you immediately can identify that it’s a pair in that particular colourway.
Brought together by a black and white swirl pattern that is reminiscent of a (you guessed it) zebra, this pair of Yeezy 350 V2s also has an understated white stripe with bold red “SPLY-350” lettering on it to give it that extra oomph. This also seems to be the preferred sneaker of young hypebeasts worldwide so just be forewarned that you’re probably not the only one with a pair in your city, town or remote village.
5. “Semi Frozen Yellow”
Disregard the pretty stupid colourway nickname, but the “Semi Frozen Yellow” Yeezy 350 V2s might’ve been the most limited release of Yeezys in recent history and the wild colour scheme makes them all the more desirable.
Let’s start with that beautiful gum bottom that looks oh so crispy holding up what is essentially a yellow version of the “Zebra.” It’s not just any yellow though, looking like some straight up alien liquid or Mountain Dew, this colourway screams for attention everywhere you go. You definitely have to feel pretty comfortable about getting stopped by older people at the grocery store who pull up on you and hit you with the “where did you get those, (insert generic young person line here)?”