It’s been a rollercoaster ride over the past year when it comes to all things Kanye West. Irrespective of opinion and personal struggles, the fallout between the adidas brand and Ye has been the most talked about. Things came to a head in October 2022 when adidas announced they would split with Kanye and the Yeezy brand, which was then overturned in 2023 when it then decided to sell all remaining stock. While we may have come to expect that it would be the end after the sales, all things point to anything but. The leaked sample of the Yeezy 150 Samba is a great example of adidas and Kanye extending their partnership.
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Since the inception of the partnership in 2015, the Yeezy sneaker brand has seen plenty of highs and lows. While some sneakers are beloved, some others haven’t garnered the same admiration. The latter includes the likes of the KNIT RNR and YZY D ROSE. However, the outright favourites amongst fans have been the 700, 500, 350 V2 and even the Slides.
Irrespective of their standing or mockery from the public, each pair of Yeezy sneakers has almost always sold out immediately. Getting your hands on a pair of Yeezys even just five minutes after their release seemed an impossible task for the majority of sneakerheads.
Interestingly, the Yeezy 150 was first revealed in an Instagram story by A$AP Bari way back in 2019. After four years in the wilderness, it has once again resurfaced as a sample edition in glorious detail.
The Samba is an iconic sneaker in the football (soccer) community. Its refresh with the Yeezy touch sees it feature the WYOMING text in a gold foil. This is an homage to Kanye’s hometown. The soft black suede has been specially cured, giving it a darker aesthetic that matches its oval laces. Additionally, the sneaker has a cushioned take featuring a sculpted heel collar and tongue.
Furthermore, the Samba has a new midsole featuring a raised finish, along with a gum sole build. Lastly, while it may be less visible, the serrated 3 stripes continue to be a mainstay of the Samba. Its stitches take on the form of the stripes to give it a classy feel. Overall, it keeps its design ethos, with distinct touches from Kanye’s vision.
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All said and done, it remains to be seen whether the Yeezy Samba 150 will see the light of day in full production. It was not announced as part of the stock sales, and since it had never entered into the manufacturing state, chances are it won’t reach that point.
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