Hands-On Review: adidas Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Pirate Black’
"Wake Up Mister West!"
Photos by Jacob Pedersen – Alter Ego Visuals
Following the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Turtle Dove’ earlier this June, Kanye West and adidas hit us with another dope weekend drop in the form of the Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Pirate Black’. Both models lend closely to each other, with the recent release consisting of an all-black Primeknit upper highlighted by speckled detailing. The new colour-way sees the return of rope laces and a red-stitched back heel tab. Of course, the very popular Boost cushioning returns throughout the sole and is sure to please just about everyone in terms of comfort.
First thoughts of the shoe were fairly mixed, with the box being constructed from plain brown cardboard and the basic adidas/Yeezy labelling. However, upon opening up and seeing the textures used and overall in hand feel, it was pretty easy to see just what all the hype was about. The shoes went straight on, and the super comfy Boost technology was noticeable right away. It must be noted that the cushioning in the Yeezy 350 isn’t quite as obvious as that used in something like the Ultra Boost – but, it’s still pretty good. It’s absolutely stacked in the heel compartment, with responsiveness starting to dissolve into the forefoot. Overall, it’s like walking on a soft, supportive cloud.
The upper really enhances this with the Primeknit feeling like what Nike’s Flyknit should actually feel like around your foot. Ever since ‘Ye left Nike for ‘creative differences’ the whole world has been waiting to see what he can to pull together. The Yeezy 350 Boost shows exactly that. It’s the clear result of what happens when you mix together elements from both sneaker and high-end fashion cultures. The silhouette of the 350 allows it to be embraced by absolutely anyone and with this particular colour-way, the Pirate Black offers a sleek, clean shoe that is functional for all methods of wear. If you’re into sneaker culture, or like more of a fashionable shoe – have no worries when considering the Yeezy 350 Boost ‘Pirate Black’.