Retail Price: $215
Issue: April/May 2009

The man who turned thousands of people into hypebeasts overnight did it with this shoe and helped create the current phenomenon in the sneaker game. It's been just over four years since the Air Yeezys released and the shoe is already on so many respectable sneakerheads "classic" list. The design was wildly over the top, which fit the artist perfectly, but the Jordan III sole kept it clean and made the boot-cut sneaker work. From the first moment we saw him rock samples of the shoe to Kanye's Grammy performance, you knew Mr. West had only just begun.