The latest installment from the Kanye West and adidas collaboration, the "Pirate Black" Yeezy Boost 350, hit retailers and select online locations on Saturday. Priced at $200, the limited sneaker sold out within seconds, which caused an uproar from salty sneakerheads.
Interestingly enough, a timeline put together by Nice Kicks shows that the retail prices for Kanye-endorsed kicks actually haven't changed very much since the "Dropout Bear" Bapestas in 2007. Aside from a high-end collection with Louis Vuitton in 2009 ($840 to $1,140) and February's Yeezy Boost 750 ($350), the majority of Kanye's sneakers have been priced right around $200 to $250.
All things considered, this range is actually quite fair for a pair of premium, highly sought after sneakers from one of the most heralded artists of our generation. To give the numbers some perspective, consider that Nike's LeBron XII Elite releases go for $275, while Made in USA New Balance models can run as high as $300. While it may be difficult to justify the high price points, it's definitely worth noting that the Yeezys are hardly the most expensive sneakers around today.
For the complete breakdown of the retail prices for Kanye's sneakers, head over to Nice Kicks now.