Kanye West's Favorite Sneakers: A Year-by-Year Breakdown

Nike Air Yeezy Prototype 

Year: 2008 

The prototype Air Yeezy surfaced first, and then during an energetic and emotional performance of “Stronger” and “Hey Mama” at the 2009 Grammys, sneakerheads caught a glimpse of a sample all-black version of Kanye’s first signature shoe. If you were fortunate enough to catch Kanye’s Glow in the Dark Tour back in ’08 the original Nike Air Yeezy prototype was a staple in his concert uniform. The blogs caught on quick, but we had no clue how much transformation the shoe would go through before the final version hit retail. The prototype was just as sick as the ones we actually got to rock and Kanye stunted on us all for a full year. 

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