After months of rumors and teaser images, Kanye West and adidas have officially announced the YEEZY 500 HIGH “Slate.” The newest adidas YEEZY silhouette, it presents a high-top take on the popular YEEZY 500 — and combines West’s signature earthy palettes with a healthy dose of basketball-style flair.
Crafted from elastane and featuring leather/cow suede accents, the shoe’s upper offers a layered look that sits between sneaker and boot. Although each piece is dressed in a dark slate hue, the material differences add subtle tonal accents. The high-cut collar provides extra padding, while a rubber wrap that separates the upper from the midsole adds abrasion resistance.
Moving to the lower half, a sail-colored adiPRENE midsole brings both comfort and contrast. It also amps up the aforementioned basketball stylings, working with the high-top cut to offer shades of the adidas Crazy 8, a shoe that was once worn by Kobe Bryant. A similarly colored rubber outsole finalizes the look.
The adidas YEEZY 500 HIGH “Slate” will release via adidas.com/yeezy on December 16, exclusively in men’s sizes. The MSRP is set at $220 USD, $20 USD more than its low-top counterpart.