Replica Yeezy Boosts Are About to Get Easier to Buy

Adidas is introducing a new update to its sneaker-reservation app Confirmed, in hopes of giving people who actually want to wear replica Yeezy Boosts the chance to buy ’em. Of course, Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers have been some of the most—if not the most—highly coveted sneakers out there ever since they debuted in 2015, which is why nabbing a pair at retail (and not for a jacked-up price on the after-market) requires Olympic-athlete-level shopping skills. You have to know which raffles to enter, when to enter them, and, if you’re lucky enough to add a pair in your size to a cart, you need have the data-entry skills of a professional to complete the transaction before they’re gone. That’s why many compete for a pair of replica Yeezy Boosts every drop, but only a small, small, small few emerge victorious.

The fake Yeezy Boost market is driven in large part not by fashion experts but by computer experts who develop “bots”—algorithms designed to enter credit card info and “complete purchases” faster than any human could. Because of this, resellers of in-demand kicks have been able to make small fortunes off the limited-edition releases while the majority of customers are left out in the cold (or to fend for themselves on Grailed and eBay).

With this latest update to the app—which already requires users to register for drops hours before they go on sale and to be physically present within certain GPS-located zones—users will have to answer questions to successfully reserve pairs of shoes. The way it works is simple: After selecting your size in a shoe, you will have to answer a multiple-choice question with nine potential answers before the reservation is complete. But rest assured, despite the Q&A format, we doubt Yeezy shopping is about to become Sneaker Jeopardy!

Rather, Confirmed will utilize a system many are already familiar with—in which you will be asked to select the photos that correspond to a question, a task easy enough to most people but hard enough to outsmart a bot. For instance, the software will ask, “Which of these photos is of a dog?” and of nine boxes, only one will be of a dog while the other eight are of cats, birds, and dragons. By answering the obvious (to a real live human), you will successfully pass the security checkpoint.

By creating an extra step to the process, Adidas hopes to make the playing field for Yeezy shopping a little more democratic. They’re right to fight bots because of the supply-chain nightmare they create, as well as the billion-dollar reseller market that already exists.

But the challenge they face is that the brands vs. bots battle seems to be nothing more than an arms race. When reached for comment, the guys at Yeezy Mafia, who run a controversial business of selling backdoor entry to Adidas’s online site, bluntly stated that this app update will only be a temporary measure. “It’s more or less a short delay, though. I’m pretty sure we will figure it out,” said Yeezy Mafia. But at least when it comes to this next drop (a restock of the Yeezy Boost 350 “Zebra” on June 24), know that buying Yeezys, for the first time in months, will be at least a little more fair.

Adidas Shopper Claims He Found Yeezys at Outlet

Every once in a while, a story of a sneaker sale that seems too good to be true surfaces on social media. The latest of those instances is the case of Josh Sta Ana, who claims he found a pair of the very limited “Triple Black” replica Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 at an outlet in Scotland for just £35.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Sta Ana told Sole Collector about finding the sneakers sitting on a shelf at the Adidas store at the Livingston Designer yeezy boost Outlet. “I almost passed out. Grabbed them right away.”

This pair of cheap Adidas Yeezy Boosts originally retailed for $350 and sells for over $1,000 on the secondary market, hence the haste.

Sta Ana asked if there were more pairs, but to no avail. He says the outlet’s had a number of good finds in recent months, with “Pirate Black” Yeezys, “OG” NMDs, and more appearing there.

Understandably, this story about finding replica Yeezys at an outlet has been met with much speculation online. After all, one presumes that any Adidas employee working at the store would have bought the shoes before they hit the floor—although Sta Ana says the cashier didn’t know they were from Kanye West’s Adidas Yeezy line. What’s more, there are plenty of examples of social media users pretending to find hyped sneakers at outlets just for a bit of attention on the internet.

“They can call the store themselves,” Sta Ana said of the many doubters commenting on the pictures he’s posted of the shoes. He provided Sole Collector with a photo of the receipt from his purchase that matches the tag seen on the Yeezys in the photos he posted, although neither specifically mentions the shoe by name. Instead, the sneakers on the receipt and tags are listed plainly as a “TECH Shoe” with an accompanying price—there is no more detailed name or SKU info. Sta Ana says this info was the same for the Yeezys and a pair of James Harden basketball sneakers he bought for the same price.

As Sta Ana already has this Yeezy sneaker in his size, he’s planning to cash out with his purchase by reselling the pair of 750s.

Kanye West’s New foke Yeezy Sneakers Are Now Available

Yesterday, we told you that Kanye West was spotted wearing a brand new, “Frozen Yellow” version the replica Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker. (We also noted that West was showing off the kicks by sporting a rather odd cuff on his jeans.) But a brand new cheap Yeezy silhouette—dubbed the replica Yeezy Waverunner 700—was just dropped in a surprise release on the official Yeezy website, Yeezy Supply. The kicks retail for $300 and were released alongside a grip of new Calabasas merch, including hoodies, shorts, sweatpants and hats. (The yellow products are in fact dubbed “Frozen Yellow,” confirming the colorway name that previously was just a rumor.)

No release information was given before they appeared on fake Yeezy Supply, but West had been spotted wearing the kicks in the lead up to his cheap Yeezy Season 5 show back in February. (The kicks also appeared on the runway for that show.) The replica shoes are a radical departure design-wise from cheap Yeezy Boost 350s and 750s, in that they’re a chunky running style that’s in line with the trend of similar styles from brands like Balenciaga, Dior Homme, Lanvin and more. Where the shoes replica differentiate themselves from those kicks is three-fold. One, the Yeezy Waverunner 700 is less than half the price of Balenciaga’s version. Two, the Waverunners have Adidas Boost technology in the sole, which stands a chance to make them the most comfortable ugly kicks on the market. (Watch out, Nike Monarchs.) And three, the Waverunners benefit from having Kanye West’s design touch, which only stands to make them more popular and harder to get (a few sizes have already sold out on Yeezy Supply).

Replica Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core Black Sneakers Will Be Yours With These Steps

The first cheap Yeezy Boost release of 2017 is one sneakerheads and Yeezy fanatics have been anticipating for months. The Yeezy 350 V2 “Core Black”—a low-top, all-black, Boost-soled, Primeknit sneaker with the text “SPLY 350” printed on the side—was first spotted on Kanye West back in September, but is finally set for an official release this Saturday, February 11 in both adult and infant sizes.

For those hoping to use Adidas’s totally-reliable Confirmed app to get their, know that the release unfortunately already happened yesterday. But fear not—there are still lots of chances to have your heart broken by this latest replica Yeezy Boost drop. To guarantee the most comprehensive raffle list possible, we called upon the folks at Yeezy Mafia for the assist. Yeezy Mafia is an online community of 50 people who occupy the rare overlap between computer experts and sneakerheads, and which serves two simple purposes— to get people Yeezy info (often before Adidas makes official announcements) and more importantly, actual Yeezys in their lives.

How? Well, for one, Yeezy Mafia isn’t a place to buy a “sneaker bot,” the questionably-reliable tool used to help customers check out instantly (and which have been banned by almost every e-commerce site on the planet). Rather, Yeezy Mafia claims to use hard work and a few backdoor tricks to access shopping pages before anyone else. If that’s something you might be interested in, we won’t stop you from becoming a Yeezy Mafia member (which comes with a fee), but at GQ we like to help out the old fashioned way—through a simple raffle list and a whole lot of prayers.

One last thing: If you don’t score a pair time around, Yeezy Mafia has informed us that on February 25 there may very well be another Yeezy drop, for what’s being called the Yeezy 350 V2 “Zebra.” However, they also say the Zebras will be even harder to get.

Replica Yeezys Are Being Stolen Right off of People’s Feet in New York

The appeal of hot sneakers continues to create challenges for shoe owners and police departments alike. A new series of incident reports from the New York Police Department, obtained by NYC lifestyle publication Gothamist, is shedding light on just how prevalent sneaker robberies are these days — particularly at a time when social media seems to be making it easier for criminals to orchestrate bogus transactions.

Gothamist compiled reports of six robberies involving footwear, which police say are all connected. The common thread in each crime is a pair of suspects, who, according to the NYPD, have allegedly lured victims by setting up transactions on Facebook. Upon meeting up in person, the suspects have a pattern of brandishing firearms and absconding with valuable goods — which have included cheap Yeezys boost and other Adidas sneakers, iPhones and cash.

The string of robberies reportedly occurred in Brooklyn from April through as recently as July 12. In five of the six incidents, the suspects are accused of displaying firearms and physically removing sneakers from their victims.

Another bit worth noting is that each robbery apparently happened in broad daylight, with a report coming in as early as 9:40 a.m. ET on May 5 and the latest time being a 3:40 p.m. ET heist on June 16.

According to Gothamist’s report, the NYPD says the same two suspects are responsible for all six robberies.

Your second chance to cop the first non-Yeezy Adidas x Kanye West sneaker.

Adidas Cheap Yeezy Boosts have driven the success of Kanye West’s ongoing collaboration with the German athletic giant, but this week a non-Boost sneaker is up for grabs—again. The retro-inspired Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas first released in extremely limited quantities on Kanye West’s online store back in March alongside tracksuits, hats, and more, but it is getting a proper release from Adidas on Sunday, June 4.

The sneaker was plucked from the 1980s archives of Adidas and updated with a gold foil “Calabasas” logo. It’s a small, subtle detail that turns the clean sneakers from nurse replica shoes into hyped-up must-haves. It certainly helps that West and his posse of Kardashian adjacent friends have been wearing them for months. (The drawn out hype cycle has kind of become West’s signature rollout move for new products.)

The off-white kicks feature a soft leather upper that bends around the toe box, a touch that enhances the sneakers’ vintage vibes. Back in the day, supple, buttery leather on sneakers was standard fare, but over the past 20 years softer leathers have given way to lower quality, stiffer fabrics. Good news is that even with the quality materials, the Calabsasas Powerphases will still only set you back a pretty reasonable (for a West-created sneaker) $120. The bad is, as always, that the hard part will be actually getting your hands on a pair.

So here are the stores that will be carrying the kicks come Sunday. Unlike previous releases there aren’t as many chances to scoop them up via raffle. (Note: We will update this post as new raffles are announced.) However, considering the kicks are only dropping in the United States, there’s a good chance many hopefuls will come up short of picking up a pair of these geriatric-turned-grail kicks.

Nike Reported to Have Been Working on an Air Yeezy 3 Before Deal With Kanye West Soured

With the beef between Kanye West and Nike having received mass attention following its upheaval some years ago, it would appear that the collaborative partnership broke just before the release of a third cheap Air Yeezy.

In an article recently published by Complex, evidence pertaining to the never-to-be sneaker has surfaced. In a brief statement by Esaie Witherspoon, who was, at the time, the Global Product Line Manager for one of Nike’s athletic departments and its ACG collections, she is reported to have having said that, “I heard word that the next shoe was already started,” before going on to mention that, “When the rants started, I was like, “It’s a wrap… put a fork in it.”” Witherspoon was in fact referring to West’s open criticisms of Nike and its CEO, Mark Parker, where it would appear that the artist’s actions were the straw that broke the camel’s back moments before what could have been another hit collaboration.

Despite Kanye West having left social media some time ago, further evidence has been found online, pertaining to a Tweet he sent out back in December 2011. A screenshot of the Tweet can be seen below.

Fake YEEZYs Are Everywhere: Here’s How to Spot Them

Believe it or not, but we’re already approaching two years since Kanye linked up with adidas to release the first cheap YEEZY Boost 350. What started as a snowflake (albeit a big one) has snowballed into a seemingly unstoppable avalanche, with the latest releases only intensifying the hype.

Unfortunately for sneakerheads, that came at a price. Pairs are so scarce, thanks to both bots and people with inhuman mouse-maneuvering skills, that fans around the world are now wearing fake YEEZYs — whether knowingly or not. Read below for how to spot fake YEEZYs.

The online community is split into two camps: the larger, louder bunch that thinks fake shoes are the ultimate faux pas any sneakerhead can ever commit; and the smaller, coyer group who are simply fed up with resell prices and are willing to forego the real deal to get the look.

Both groups, however, need to know how to spot them. The former because, you know, they might actually die if they knew they were rocking fake kicks, and the latter so they don’t get ripped off paying official prices for unofficial shoes. So, let’s take a look.

How to Spot Fake YEEZYs

The fakes are getting closer to real deal than ever before, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few telltale signs to look for when spotting a dud. Here are the big ones for the YEEZY Boost 350 V1, courtesy of Klekt.

What you’re looking for here is for the tiny lines that make the design so unique to be running left to right. Many fakes erroneously have them running from top to bottom. Eagle-eyed sneaker freaks can mark these ones as fake from a mile away.

The stitching straight down the middle of the upper should run all the way down and under the tip of the outsole — you can check this fairly easily by simply running your finger along the seam. It goes without saying that each shoe should be symmetrical.

The heel tabs should have nine stitches across the center box. Many fakes manage to get this right, but the back stitching is often wrong. There should be stitching on both sides, and the side boxes should have five red stitch spots. The tab and collar is one centimeter.

We Bought Eerily Convincing Fake Sneakers at Dubai’s Karama Market

Buying and selling counterfeit clothing, bags and footwear is a booming global hustle that reaches far beyond Bangkok, Thailand, where Highsnobiety first started the “Legit Check” series. No matter which city you visit, no matter the corner of the world, chances are, if you know who to ask you can (and will) find knockoff versions of your favorite brands.

This time we visited Dubai, a city crowned by sleek skyscrapers that rise from the surrounding desert like futuristic mirages. Known for its luxury shopping and plethora of premium experiences, the small-but-mighty emirate has cemented itself as a modern day capital of material excess.

Aside from being home to the current tallest building in the world, the only seven-star hotel in existence, and a 15-year-old who owns about 16,000 more pairs of replica yeezy shoes than the average person, Dubai still has a beating human heart that is neither diamond, platinum or gold.

Outside of well-traversed beacons for luxury acquisitions, such as the Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates, there are shopping centers that cater to those with less disposable incomes. One such place is Karama Market, a sprawling multiplex set in the heart of true residential Dubai.

Frequented by the city’s vast immigrant population – over 83% of inhabitants identified as foreign-born as of 2016 – the market serves as an intersection of economy, culture and counterfeit goods. The latter proved especially easy to find once I’d met the plug.

On initial glance, Karama is exactly what it seems – a charming, slightly tumble-down row of storefronts where everything from jewelry to handbags, children’s backpacks, suitcases and formal dresses can be found. For the most part, the store’s main displays are comprised of a few brand name items alongside their unbranded, less-costly counterparts. However, before long my starry-eyed, tourist’s gaze drew the attention of the market’s other denizens – the middle-men who connect counterfeit sellers and buyers, that is.

“What are you looking for?” a portly, middle-aged man asks, his tone all business.

“Sneakers,” I responded, pointing to my feet for extra emphasis.

“Real or imitation?”

“Imitation,” I say.

He grins, “follow me.” And like that, we were off. What quickly became apparent is that in Karama there is a market within a market if you know who to ask.

Boosts seem to be one of the most frequently purchased counterfeits. Since starting the series, I’ve easily been able to find a pair in every country I’ve visited. This version holds up to the real thing quite well, perhaps even a bit better than the version I found in Jamaica. The material has a substantial hand-feel, and the soles are equally as hardwearing. Also, unlike the pair I bought in Kingston, the stripe doesn’t curve up slightly which only adds to the authentic look.

I’m sure a real collector would be able to spot the minute details that set this shoe apart from an actual pair of Jordans. I, however, am not one, and I’ve got to say these are pretty much a ringer for replica shoes the real thing to my untrained eye. I’ll admit, there are slight issues in quality – the insole is flimsy and the sole has been attached to the upper sloppily. Aside from that, it’s hard to detect any real differences.

I was probably most impressed by the quality of these. They were such a close match that we actually did a side-by-side comparison with an authentic pair of Stan Smiths. The only real differences were in material, color and the typeface. While an authentic pair is genuine leather, the above were obviously faux.

Additionally, the signature green was slightly brighter and less rich than an authentic pair. Lastly, the typeface was chunkier and less delicate which was likely the result of it being a literal copy of the branding on a real pair.

These are fairly convincing as well, but once again little details give them away. For instance, a closer look reveals slight issues with the sole structure, and the red patch on the bottom is a bit more pigmented than the original. Additionally, the actual construction, when closely inspected, looks a bit shoddier than what you might expect from an actual adidas shoe. Nevertheless, these could easily pass as real at first glance.

Meet the Mysterious Man Leaking replica Adidas’ yeezy Top Releases

The man walking around our office has his face hidden, with black sunglasses and a cap pulled low masking his identity. He’s in all black, down to the Yeezy sneakers on his feet. It’s not a terribly uncommon sight in New York City media circles, but this guy different. He’s wearing black gloves too, the accessory looking like a signifier that he intends to leave no evidence of his presence behind. And he doesn’t want me to use his real name.

Why the spy act? The man in black is a thorn in the side of Adidas as the leader of
replica Yeezy Mafia, an online group dedicated to leaking release dates and info for high-profile shoes (like those from Kanye West’s Adidas Yeezy Boost line) months before the brand announces them. Since its start in December, 2015, the group has amassed 140,000 followers on Twitter and 233,000 on Instagram. Its members are staying anonymous to avoid detection by Adidas, which could threaten the team’s ability to access sneaker info so early.

While the social media accounts replica Yeezy Mafia runs are public services of sorts, there’s a profit aspect involved. For one, it sells add-to-cart services for releases that help people trick websites and buy shoes more easily. Mafia members also resell some of the Yeezys they buy, and there are occasional merch offerings. But the man representing the group sees what he’s doing as a net plus for the community.

“It’s exciting to do because, besides us, there are very few leaks concerning Adidas,” he tells Sole Collector in a foreign accent. “That’s really, really confidential. I think we’re bringing something positive to the game ‘cause people can plan their upcoming months. We all have lives.”

What, then, is the life this shadowy spokesperson leads outside of the internet? As with most topics, he’s not saying much. He used to work as a developer, but left that career behind to dedicate more time to the pursuit of shoes. He decided to quit after discovering an exploit on a sneaker site and realizing the potential for profit that acquiring and reselling hyped sneakers through online trickery represented.

“I copped like four or five pairs on the same website, it was revealing to me,” he remembers. “I was like, ‘Damn, if I could just use my knowledge to get some pairs and make money off that…’”

His interest in cheap Yeezys is relatively new—he used to collect Jordans, but started buying Yeezys at the 2015 release of the “Moonrock” Adidas Yeezy Boost 350. He says that he’s been able to buy most Yeezys since. A lot of them too—the Mafia’s founder claims to have purchased around 40 pairs of the 2016 “Beluga” Adidas Yeezy outlet Boost 350 V2, which represents an initial investment of $8,800 that would be worth around $34,000 on the resale market today.

He asserts that none of the advantages he uses to purchase pairs or leak info come from a personal connection to Adidas and that nobody in the Yeezy Mafia works for the brand. Where does all the info come from? He is cryptic again on this point: “We just got a crystal ball, that’s it. We are fortune-tellers.”

Replica Yeezy Mafia’s crystal ball has been unable to accurately predict the future a few times, the group is willing to admit that. It’s tough to tell though when they legitimately had bad info and when Adidas has merely moved dates in response to leaked info. Or if any of the other things that can delay a shoe—production issues, shipping delays, etc.—caused dates to move. Take the black and white “Oreo” Adidas
cheap Yeezy Boost 350 V2 for example, a sneaker that the Mafia pegged as a November release in several tweets. November came and went without the shoes, which eventually arrived in the middle of December.