Kanye’s swan song with the Swoosh remains his best work to date. The snakeskin side panels, hieroglyphic hits, and glow-in-the-dark Air Tech Challenge II sole made for a much more wearable silhouette than the Air Yeezy I. The initial “Pure Platinum” and “Solar Red” colorways dropped in 2012, just as sneaker culture was really starting to gain more mainstream attention. Let’s be honest though, the “Red October” that would release two years later is the crown jewel. From the time he spit the line, “Yeezys all on your sofa/These the Red Octobers,” on the Yeezus cut “Hold My Liquor,” the hype train ran wild. The release almost didn’t happen either as West was in the process of leaving his Nike deal for greener pastures, which made the random nike.com drop in February 2014 that much more monumental. The Air Yeezy II is still the ultimate grail for many collectors and was the perfect send off to West’s time at Nike. Mike DeStefano