Words by Jared Michael Lowe
Didn’t get your hands on the latest Yeezy’s? You just joined a brotherhood of millions who are missing out on the sneaker phenomenon. Although soul crushing, it’s probably for the better. For one, who has the time to refresh their browser every nanosecond on yeezy.supply for a chance to purchase? Also, you’re an original and do you really want to be seen on the block rocking the latest trend? Alas, think of how many more fire kicks you can get for a single pair of Boosts – many!
We’ve compiled a list of six other excellent sneakers currently on the market that are more than suitable alternatives to the elusive Yeezys. Another bonus? You’ll look like you’ll stand out from the crowd instead of blending into one.
New Balance Wings + Horns x New Balance MT580 Deconstructed
Reengineered for it’s 20th anniversary, New Balance’s MT580 is making a strong comeback. Featured in tan (the shoe also comes in black), it’s imagined with a modern three-piece construction, crafted from laser-cut leather and finished with a whipstitch heel, offering the rare balance between comfort, breathability and style.
Adidas Originals Tubular Doom
A distant cousin to the Yeezy boost 750 Grey Gum, adidas’ Tubular Doom has a similar grey colorway, but that’s pretty much all they have in similarities. Known for it’s tubular sole inspired from Adidas’ popular running shoe of the 90’s, the updated model features a reflective snakeskin textured upper with knit sock collar matched with EVA foam cushioning for long lasting support.
Adidas Originals Tubular Doom ($150) ➔
Nike Ultra XT Mesh
Fan hype for Kanye’s turbulent Air Yeezy Red October 2 hasn’t gone away since it’s 2014 release. In fact, if you’re willing to shell out $5,000 on ebay, you can still claim the beloved shoe. Unless you’re a die-hard fan and capable of spending that kind of mullah, you’ll probably admire a similar Nike version, the Ultra XT Mesh. Designed with breathable mesh and an adjustable midfoot strap, the shoe is a close alternative to the Red October at a drastic fraction of the price.
Diadora V7000 Weave
Nike has Flyknit, adidas has Primeknit and Italian based Diadora uses ‘Weave’ as their version of knit for modern performance runners. Weave material adds for lightweight and a breezy feel that offers the perfect comfort for a runner with a distinctly nod to retro aesthetics. In it’s latest incarnation, the Diadora V7000 Weave offers a monochromatic color scheme with suede heel panels.
Puma Blaze of Glory Soft
Want the feeling of walking on air without actually levitating? The Puma Blaze of Glory Soft might just be your type. Constructed from suede coupled with a neoprene boot, the Puma update retains the iconic runner’s profile while sitting atop a Trinomic sole that’s built to made like you’re floating on a cloud. Who doesn’t love that?
Filling Pieces Low Top Sneaker
This Amsterdam based brand does exactly what their name intends – fill the gap between street sneakers and haute couture. Filling Pieces’ have steadily become a hype boy cult sensation on Instagram with thousands of tags. But we can’t deny the simplicity of their Low Top Sneaker with that features a full nubuck upper in a striking, hand painted degrade design.