A trio of new Yeezy Powerphase

Kanye West has expanded almost every one of his Yeezy product lines in 2019. We have seen welcome additions to the Yeezy 350, 500 and 700 silhouettes. As well as teasing multiple new silhouettes that look poised to expand the Yeezy portfolio going forward in 2019 into 2020. What we perhaps didn’t see coming among all this activity. Was that Kanye West would also be adding new colourways to his Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas collection. Arriving September 18th in a trio of colours entitled ‘Quiet Grey’, ‘Clear Brown’ and ‘Simple Brown’. The Yeezy Powerphase stands as the most affordable Yeezy money can buy, available for just £95.

Yeezy Powerphase

While it definitely isn’t going to turn as many heads as its more coveted relations. For a lot of people including myself, the Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas when it debuted back in 2017 with the OG colourway definitely piqued some interest. Fast forward to 2019 and unfortunately, however, I’m struggling to understand the appeal.

What is different about the newest Powerphase?

Unlike the previously released leather versions of the Yeezy Powerphase. The trio of new pairs features a premium suede upper along with a die-cut EVA midsole. While the iconic Three Stripes have been embossed in a gold “Calabasas” motif paying homage to West’s current residence. While the trio of colourways follow the typical earthy tones that we see painted across the vast majority of Yeezy designs. With two different shades of brown represented, as well as a ‘Quiet Grey’ which isn’t far off the original Yeezy Powerphase Grey which is slightly more blue than this new addition.

Is there still a market for the Yeezy Powerphase?

As I previously alluded to. Although the trio of new Powerphase has upgraded their construction from leather to suede. With the new colourways available at least by Kanye Wests standards relatively different from one another. I still am struggling to see if there is going to be a huge market for them in 2019. Since 2017 the silhouette has received numerous renditions from Adidas, the only difference being it is minus the Yeezy name. In the form of the Adidas Powerphase, which for all intents and purposes is the same shoe, at a much more affordable price on the online trainers market. So I am struggling to see how people are going to be excited about paying more money for a shoe they can already get for a lot cheaper. Essentially what you are buying is some suede and the name ‘Yeezy’. That may be enough some, but I’m not sure it is enough for me.