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.