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Kanye West’s Yeezy trainers sell for record-breaking $1.8m

Written by on 27 April 2021

Kanye West’s Yeezy trainers have sold for a record-breaking $1.8m (£1.3m).

The sale price was about three times the previous record: a pair of autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by the famous basketballer in 1985, which went for $615,000 (£442,000) last year.

The trainers were prototypes for the Yeezy line developed by West and Mark Smith for Nike and worn by the rapper during a performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

The black leather, size 12 Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes have a Yeezy forefoot strap and the brand’s signature Y medallion lace locks in pink.

They were put up for sale by New York collector Ryan Chang and acquired by sneaker investing platform RARES at a private auction run by Sotheby’s.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, said: “The sale speaks volumes of Kanye’s legacy as one of the most influential clothing and sneaker designers of our time.”

Gerome Sapp, RARES co-founder and chief executive, said: “Our goal in purchasing such an iconic shoe – and a piece of history – is to increase accessibility and empower the communities that birthed sneaker culture with the tools to gain financial freedom through RARES.”

West ended his collaboration with Nike in 2013 and moved the Yeezy brand to Adidas.