Kanye West Wins “Shoe of the Year” Award

Somebody say YEEZY!!!
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Kanye West received the “Shoe of the Year” trophy at an awards show in New York last night, for the Yeezy Boost 350 he designed as part of his collaboration with Adidas. The time, the place, the mood, the prestige, the je ne sais quoi: It was all just right for another A++ Kanye speech, which has since been transcribed in full by Fashionista. I mean, one of his opening lines is, “If you don’t like 10-minute profanity-ridden speeches that end with a presidential bid, you can go to the bathroom.” It’s a good Kanye moment.
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His journey to the Yeezy sneaker series began with “the infamous Taylor Swift moment,” or just afterward, Kanye explained, when he went to Japan to decompress. “I sort of did a little self-exile,” he said, “just to get away from paparazzi, have people not just fucking with me constantly.” In true Kanye stream-of-consciousness monologue style, that journey then took him from Japan to Milan, Hawaii (this was a problematic locale, because ” it’s hard to really get fresh in Hawaii because you can’t, like, layer up”), Stockholm, Paris, “my baby mama’s pool house,” shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti’s castle, and probably lots of other places in between, working with many of the fashion industry’s biggest names along the way. Why? Because globe-trotting is fun, sure, but also because, says Kanye, “I’m waking up in cold sweats every night being like, ‘I want to fucking draw shoes.'” And look, he’s made good of his fever dreams!

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