Laced Up: A Look Back At The Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”

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Before the flash and fame of Adidas Yeezy, there was a simple sneaker from a simpler time. We’re talking about the Nike Air Yeezy 2 SP “Red October” shoe! Now you might be thinking, “Nike Air Yeezy? I thought Kanye was partnered with Adidas.” While you are right, what you may not know is that he was also signed to Nike back in the early 2010s. This resulted in the Nike Air Yeezy collection, often considered a holy-grail amongst sneakerheads.

As the hype continued to build, Kanye announced something that shocked the entire community. On November 25th, 2013 he announced on the Angie Martinez Show that he was partnering with Adidas, effectively ending his partnership with Nike. This helped to skyrocket the value of the Yeezy Red Octobers, and fans were now legit foaming at the mouth for a pair of Red Octobers. On December 20th, 2013, Foot Locker announced they were planning to release the Red Octobers on their website on December 27th. Unfortunately, they quickly backed out, disappointing fans once again.

Rightfully so, it is still one of the most sought after sneakers in the streetwear community. The solid solar red base paired with the sleek and sharp Nike Air Yeezy 2 silhouette makes for an incredible shoe to look at, both in the box and on the foot. The strap on top of the laces does not take away from the design (as most straps tend to do on hyped sneakers). Honestly, the solar red Nike swoosh is jaw-dropping.