The Air Yeezy 1 is still a legend 12 years later. The trio of retail colors, “Blink,” Zen Grey,” and “Net” all fetch impressive four-figure prices on the aftermarket. However, West and Nike Sportswear’s high cut creation holds the distinction as the most expensive athletic shoe ever. A sample West wore to the 2008 Grammys was sold for $1.8million USD in April.
The legend of the Air Yeezy 1 is growing with a first glimpse at a colorful wear-test sample. These wear test samples are created well before the sneaker hits shelves and are used to verify color, construction, and durability. They often differ from the final product. This is certainly the case with this Air Yeezy 1.
It has a perforated leather upper, trimmed in neon pink collar lining, and gray suede mudguards. The midfoot overlay is made of patent leather. The Air Jordan 3-inspired midsoles have been dressed up in white and the outsoles seem to feature glow-in–the-dark detailing. Nike Yeezy lovers will notice that the wear test sample has lost its trademark midfoot strap.
According to post on Instagram, West removed the strap to test how the Air Yeezy 1 would appear without it. The Air Yeezy 1 test sample is a rare style and will not be available for sale. However, PJ Tucker, the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA “sneaker king”, is probably trying to find a way to obtain them.