Kanye West's Yeezy Sneakers Sold For A Whooping Ksh194 Million
by Helvine Achieng
April 29, 2021
Kanye West's Air Yeezys from his 2008 Grammy Awards performance is now the most expensive sneakers ever sold. The Yeezys sneakers have fetched a record-breaking $1.8 million at a private auction.
The footwear sold for almost three times more than the previous record-holder, basketball legend Michael Jordan's signed Nike Air Jordan 1 sneakers, which went for $560,000 at Sotheby's online auction last year. Sotheby's sold the size 12 footwear, which the 43-year-old rap megastar wore for his iconic 2008 Grammys performance, to sneaker investment platform RARES.
The black leather shoes with a faded Nike Swoosh were designed by Kanye, Mark Smith at Nike's Tiffany Beers at the Innovation Kitchen in Oregon.
Opening up about the Nike Air Yeezy II release in 2012, Kanye stated,
"It was the first shoe to have the same level of impact as an Air Jordan, and I wanted to do more. And at that time Nike refused to give celebrities royalties on their shoes."