A pair of Kanye West-branded running shoes went on sale at a charity shop in Dublin, with many asking how they got there and why anyone would want to pay the €1,000 asking price.
According to reports, the black Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers have appeared in the display window of the Oxfam store in Malahide, north Dublin.
The trainers cost a staggering €1,020, with the shop quoting a suggested retail price of €1,364, according to a picture of the display posted on Twitter by Dublin’s popular Gutter Bookshop.
“This is Yeezy’s season,” reads the tag that comes with celebrity-attached trainers in the store window.
“Love the #Malahide… #Bargain charity shop,” Gutter Bookshop writes, with a hint of irony.
However, some social media users have cast a cold eye on the expensive shoes.
“I mean, this is classic Malahide,” wrote one respondent, while another said: “I mean the most disturbing thing is how much you can charge the ugliest trainers go!”
“Seen the same thing at Penneys for €10,” wrote another Twitter user.
Others simply point out that runners don’t necessarily represent value for money despite celebrity involvement.
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Others made clear mentions of the hard work of the rapper also known as Ye, who recently split from wife Kim Kardashian, with sponsors including Adidas cutting ties with him after a series of spats. declared opposition in recent weeks.
Adidas has been unable to sell its inventory of more than $500 million worth of Yeezy sneakers after severing ties with Kanye West, a new report says.
According to the Financial Times, the German sportswear brand is currently trying to sell Yeezy items under its own brand to “minimize possible losses”. The publication also said Yeezy accounted for 7% of Adidas sales this year, with total sales of $1.8 billion.
In October, Adidas ended its partnership with West after some anti-Semitic comments by the rapper.
“Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other type of hate speech,” the company said in a statement at the time. “Ye’s recent comments and actions are unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and equal.”
Along with Adidas, both Balenciaga and Gap severed their partnership with West after he made several comments aimed at Jews – claiming to “execute the 3rd scammer for JESUS” .
After Yeezy lost its partnership with Adidas, Forbes stripped Yeezy’s billionaire status from $2 billion to $400 million.
Despite severing ties, Adidas said it will continue to sell shoes designed in collaboration with Kanye West without the Yeezy branding. Adidas executives insist they are “the sole owner” of the design rights and upcoming color schemes, and plan to use them next year.
“Adidas is the sole owner of all registered design rights to existing products. We plan to use these rights as early as 2023,” said Adidas chief financial officer Harm Ohlmeyer.
Last month, Adidas announced it would conduct “an independent investigation” into allegations that West showed Adidas employees sexually explicit images of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian. A Rolling Stone report accused the rapper and fashion designer of showing a potential new employee an “intimate” photo of Kardashian during a job interview in 2018, when he is still married to a reality TV star.
West, who is legally known as Ye, allegedly showed the person a “very revealing and private” photo on his phone, telling them: “My wife just sent it to me. this”.
The statement was made in an open letter by “prominent former members of the Yeezy team,” sent to members of Adidas’ executive board with the authors allegedly urging Adidas to address the “environmental environment.” toxic and chaotic field that Kanye West has created.”
The Financial Times report comes after NBC News said West’s brand, Yeezy, owes $600,000 in unpaid taxes to the state of California. The state of California has issued multiple tax liens over the past two years to Yeezy Apparel, with the first letter of notice sent in July 2021, followed by one in February and September of this year.
Meanwhile, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian reached a divorce settlement in November, including $200k per month in child support from West to Kardashian.
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