BEST SNEAKERS 2009 CONTD.
Putting aside my own prejudices, because frankly, he is the COMPLETE dingbat, I’m gonna have to call out the Yeezy. I honestly thought at least one aficionado would plump for him as their favorite, but it simply didn’t roll that way. Perhaps April is too far gone for memories to be vivid, but peoples, think back to the barren landscape at that time. Like it or loathe it, the Yeezy was if nothing else, a breath of startlingly fresh air and the ‘biggest’ shoe we’ve covered in the last eight years.
Overshadowing the actual shoe of course were the shenanigans behind the scenes. Demand was off the hook. Raffles were drawn, rewards were offered, favors called in, hook-ups were de riguer and scatty rumours were rife. Not since the crazed days of Nike SB have we witnessed such pandemonium. Like it or loathe it, no one can deny the Yeezy breathed fire (not to mention queues outside stores) back into a product matrix that was at that time (and still is), ruled by terminal velocity neo-conservatism. The end result solidified both Kanye’s self-proclaimed ‘greatness’ and his ability to get kids moving in the same direction.
Whilst his moonwalking boots might already be a mere footnote in history, for three months during what was reputed to be the ‘end of the world,’ the Yeezy had kids wetting their pants from here to Timbuktu. For that reason alone, it’ll do me as the shoe for the year, predictable or not!
SNEAKER FREAKER ED.
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