It’s been a while, but dad kicks are still in—chunky, highly noticeable, only-a-few-could-rock sneakers that divide people into admiration and repulsion. But among them, the Adidas x Yeezy Desert Rat 500 stands out, yet another high-profile release from the hottest collabs in recent memory.
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Release date: 2017
When news broke of another Kanye West-designed sneakers to be released by footwear giant Adidas, sneakerheads all over proceeded immediately to pre-order the shoes, scheduled to be released on the first half of 2017. The shoes were sold out in minutes, much to the happiness of those who copped them and dismay of those who didn’t, having the option of either waiting for new batches to be released or handing out $500 more than the original price from retail stores that stocked them.
The 500s, which became among last year’s top releases, is a retro-looking pair inspired by the 1990s. It is distinct in that it is only the second of Adidas Yeezys to not use the Boost technology, instead opting for an “Feet You Wear” sole. This is not in any way new despite its futuristic vibe—it was first featured almost 20 years ago. And yet, its comeback is very much welcome when shoppers around the world are warming to the idea of rocking big, loud sneakers.
Dad sneakers are polarizing and color preferences are subjective, but the choices on the 500s are subdued, which is appealing especially to those who do not want their kicks to have loud, vibrant colors. These also make matching them with clothes easier as the colors are not overwhelming compared to the rest of your wardrobe. The pump buyers are after anyway are from more than what the eye can see: the shoes feel luxurious with its soft suede and mesh panels, and the feet have support in the adequately padded midsole that wearing them for the whole day won’t be the worst thing. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, and is even podiatrist-approved with its Ortholite insole, keeping away humidity and balancing the soft and the firm with the cushioning. They have a great fit, too, even to those with wide feet as the shoes are capacious enough. Your feet won’t be in trouble even if you’re in them the whole day.
Those who are used to Adidas’ Boost may miss the more updated technology, although the 500s’ soles give enough protection and prevention from accidents. Great and modern as it may look, the silhouette doesn’t suit everyone. The limited shoes are also hard to come by, so even if you’re sold on them, you won’t necessarily have them immediately. Plus, the markup can be significant, and the shoes are already pricey enough.