Yeezy 500, the chunky sneaker signed by Kanye West
By the time the Yeezy 500 was unveiled in 2017, the American rapper's brand had already secured a prominent place in the sneaker pantheon.
Founded in 2013, Yeezy - a reference to Kanye West's nickname Yeezus a.k.a. Ye - was born out of a collaboration between the jack-of-all-trades artist and Adidas. After a disappointing partnership with Nike, the rapper joined forces with the 3-stripes brand to found a label of his own: Yeezy was born.
In a few years, the brand became a must-have on the fashion scene, with the release of the Yeezy 750 followed by the now mythical Yeezy Boost 350, quickly revamped as Yeezy Boost 350 V2. So when the rapper announces the release of a new model, the sneakerheads of the en$er world are in a frenzy!
But when the new model is unveiled to the public, the response is... mixed. And we have to admit that the Yeezy 500 is a mixed bag! Inspired by the chunky sneaker trend and dad shoes - the big sneakers worn by American fathers in the 90s - the Yeezy 500 is far from the minimalist and futuristic aesthetic of the Yeezy 350 Boost V2 (or the Yeezy 380 Boost which will be released two years later).
That said, once the shock is digested, the Yeezy 500 is quickly adopted by sneaker lovers and even becomes a bestseller! As you can see, the first impression is not always the right one!
The Yeezy 500, the dad-shoe trend
Kanye West had accustomed sneakerheads to futuristic models with clean and pure lines... with the Yeezy 500, it's a whole different story!
In terms of silhouette, the rapper relies on a chunky shape with a thick sole and round lines. Less flexible and light than other models of the brand (the Yeezy 380 slips on like a slipper), the Yeezy 500 plays the dad-shoe card.
The high-end lining is a mix of mesh and suede (some models also feature neoprene inserts).
The Yeezy 500 has also been released in a high top version: the Yeezy 500 High.
The Yeezy 500 and Adiprene technology
With the Yeezy 500, the rapper abandons the Boost technology of the Yeezy 350 and Yeezy 700 for the Adiprene technology, which is just as efficient, but less expensive, and allows to lower the price of sneakers.
Developed by Adidas, Adiprene is specifically designed for running athletes and is implanted under the heel for better shock absorption.
The Adiprene technology has gained a lot of popularity following collaborations between Yeezy and famous players (like Damian Lilliard or John Wall) for models dedicated to the practice of basketball.
Fun Fact: the German firm invests a lot in R&D (Research & Development), especially in the field of soles to compete with Nike and its Nike Air technology.
New colorways for men and women
In terms of colorways, the Yeezy 500 relies on monochrome and powdered colors. No flashy shades, but rather a pale palette of muted colors that suit both men and women.
When the Yeezy 500 was first released, it was available in one colour, Blush. Since then, a nice selection of new colors have been made available: Utility Black, Bone White, Salt, Desert Rat, Super Yellow Moon, SoÄ Vision or Stone.
How big is the Yeezy 500?
The Yeezy 500 is a small size, so it is better to choose a half size above your usual size.