kanye west sues walmart for selling fake versions of his footwear.

Kanye West [Photo courtesy]>

Kanye West [Photo courtesy]

by Helvine Achieng June 30, 2021

American rapper and businessman Kanye West is suing Walmart. The rapper and his Yeezy brand have taken legal action against the discount retailer Wal-Mart and have accused them of selling fake versions of his Foam Runner footwear.

According to the filed lawsuit, Yeezy has previously sent warnings demanding Walmart remove their slides from the sale, but the retail giant has yet to do so. The suit also further insisted the Yeezy Foam Runners are "virtually indistinguishable" from shows being sold on Walmart.com.

"Walmart is flagrantly trading off of his and Yeezy brand's popularity by offering for sale an imitation version of the Yeezy Foam Runner."

"The Yeezy brand is worth 'billions of dollars, and the potential loss from the imitation shoes in the 'hundreds of millions.'"

"Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe."

The Yeezy slides were introduced last year and retailed at $75. In legal documents filed on Thursday (24.06.21), the company claimed Walmart is "trading off" Kanye's popularity to sell their versions online, which sell for between $21.99 and $33.99 a pair.

Kanye's claim was accompanied by customer complaints that the shoes didn't fit well and "ripped after 20 minutes of wear".