If you ever wanted an example of a pair of sneakers that instantly confers on its wearer the status of a style icon, it has to be the Kanye West's Yeezys. Buying Yeezys is a process in itself - they're so in-demand they sell out in minutes - so only dedicated fans with first access to Yeezy at Adidas are usually able to buy a pair brand-new. GQ, the acclaimed international men's magazine once called the Yeezys "the coolest shoes on the planet". The interesting thing about the article that made this bold proclamation was it was supposed to be a piece criticizing the famous sneakers. Then, in its style guide, Farfetch also called the shoes "decade-defining sneakers". So, what's so great about these Adidas and Nike release limited edition sneakers? And if it's so hard to buy a pair when they're released, how else can you grab them? Through re-seller sites, of course. In this guide, we'll talk you through finally landing a pair of limited release Yeezy sneaks. Ready? Let's go.
Firstly - Are the Adidas Yeezys Worth it?Yeezys are undoubtedly one of the biggest status symbols in the world of fashion. Plus, they are insanely comfy. Kanye West and Adidas really created one of the greatest things since sliced bread. And I am sure you would agree with that statement. The best part for me is their flexibility. I can comfortably wear them to the gym in the morning. I can then turn up for date night later in the evening with the same Yeezys and still compete with Fashion Bean's list of best-dressed men in the world. That for me is what I love about my current pair of Adidas Yeezy Boost 700s.
Can You Purchase Adidas Yeezys Online?Remember what you had to go through to get your first pair? I mean, I couldn't get my first Yeezys till the release of the 2018 Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2. You? Pre-2018, Kanye West's Yeezys were produced in limited quantities, so it was a tad difficult to cop a pair. However, it's become much easier to buy a pair of Adidas Yeezy on almost every reputable online store. eBay, Goat, StockX, Farfetch, and every other online fashion store that matters now stock Yeezy sneakers. With online stores, however, you need to worry about fakes.
How Much Does it Cost to Buy Yeezys?According to Sole Collector, a leading online publication that dives deep into sneakers and the culture surrounding them, you can get a new pair of the Adidas Yeezy for between $200 - $350. However, this depends on the year the model was released. For example, if you are trying to cop a pair of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 that was released in 2015, you can spend upwards of $1300. Why? They're out of stock and the resell value is pretty high. If you found a Nike Yeezy on any marketplace, it would go for upwards of $4,000.
Now, you'll want to know where online is the best place to score some second-hand sneaks when the Yeezy Supply store has no new releases in stock. Here we'll list the best ways to go about it:
1. eBayeBay was launched back in 1995, since becoming the internet's biggest reseller auction site, and is probably the first online selling platform you thought of. On the marketplace, you can either buy your Yeezys on buy-now listings, or you can explore the auction listings. When trying to buy Yeezys on an auction listing, the top bid gets the sneakers. I personally love the fact that eBay ensures that any item is authenticated by the buyer, which protects you somewhat from buying fake Adidas Yeezy sneakers. This is important because any item that has attained the cult status Yeezy has on social media and in general is bound to have knockoffs. Despite this, proceed with caution and ensure that the Yeezy Boost you are about to pay for is the real deal. Platform Fees: On eBay, the seller gets 50 free listings monthly. If they need to list above that, they'll need to pay $0.30 per listing. This is one reason prices of the Yeezy Boost 350 and other models are more affordable when compared to other platforms. Sellers usually don't have to pass much cost onto the buyer. Payment Methods: With eBay, you have multiple payment methods. I prefer to use PayPal because of the buyer protection in case I buy a knockoff Yeezy by accident. However, you can also pay with your credit and debit cards. Shipping: Unlike most other sneaker marketplaces, eBay doesn't handle shipping. The seller is responsible for shipping your new shoes to your doorstep. Pros
- Multiple payment methods.
- Buyer protection.
- Wide range of Adidas Yeezy models.
- Merchants handle shipping.
- As with most online platforms, eBay has a problem with fakes. Be sure to know your buyer protection rights.
2. StockXStockX is an online bidding platform for coveted accessories like sneakers, watches and handbags. Based in Detroit, the popular sneaker marketplace operates akin to the stock exchange. The platform launched as a sneakers portal that scraped data from eBay. As it gained popularity, it developed into a marketplace for clothing, shoes, and accessories. You can get almost all the iconic sneaker and fashion brands on StockX. On the StockX marketplace, you buy sneakers the same way you would purchase stock on the stock exchange. The price is dependent on the seller. The good thing is you can choose to ignore the sellers with high rates and buy your Yeezy Boost 350 from the price that works for your wallet. While all this is happening, you can give real-time feedback on the buying process and price you paid for your pair of Yeezys. Platform Fees: On StockX, the seller is charged 9.5% on every sale. However, these rates drop once you have made three verified sales. There's also a payment processing charge of 3%. Seller fees could also go up if they don't ship a pair of sneakers to Detroit for authentication on time. Sellers have two days to ship a pair of sneakers to the Detroit headquarters once a buyer accepts the set price. Payment Method: With StockX, you can either pay via PayPal or direct deposit into the seller's account. Shipping: The platform charges $13.95 for shipping. This is usually included in the listing price. Your sneakers are shipped from the StockX headquarters once they pass through the vetting process. Pros
- The StockX process guarantees that you get an authentic pair of Yeezy every time. Sneakers are first sent to the company's Detroit office and checked before they are shipped to the buyer.
- If you want to sell a pair of Yeezy sneakers, you'll get your money the instant the sneakers are verified.
- The platform's fees are on the high side, which affects the final selling price.
- Despite its authentication process, StockX has had issues with sellers who retail low-quality Yeezy sneakers.
3. GoatGoat is a Los-Angeles based online and app-based marketplace that was launched in 2015. It boasts of having over 75,000 pairs of sneakers for sale, which means they are likely to have a huge supply of Yeezy sneakers. If you like sneakers, you'll love Goat! Goat is one of those platforms where you can find rare pairs of shoes or sneakers. You can also find the latest release of all the big sneaker brands - Adidas, Nike, Converse, etc. They employ a similar authentication process to StockX. Once a buyer pays for a pair of sneakers, it is sent to Goat for verification. If the sneakers pass Goat's rigorous authentication process, they are shipped to the buyer. Platform Fees: Goat charges its sellers a 9.5% commission like StockX. They also pay an official seller fee - $5 for sellers based in the United States, $30 for those in other parts of the world. If your sneakers continuously fail the verification process, your commission fees increase. In some instances, it can get to 20%. They also charge a 2.9% commission on cash-out. Payment Method: Buyers can pay with all the major methods, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc. You can also use Apple Pay, Google Pay, and more. Shipping: Shipping costs $10 to most states in the United States. For Canada, it'll cost you $30, while international shipping rates are $40. It can take about eight business days for customers within the US to get their sneakers. This is because sneakers are first sent to Goat and then shipped to the buyer. Pros
- Fast and easy process for buying, selling, and payment.
- You can sell both used and new sneakers, unlike StockX where it must be new and with a box.
- They also clean the sneakers - you have to request for this service.
- As a buyer, you are assured every seller on Goat has been verified.
- You need to be verified on Goat to start selling, and this takes a long time.
- Shipping can seem to take forever.
4. GrailedAnother popular online sneakers marketplace, Grailed is based in New York City and is similar to Facebook marketplace. The best way to describe it would be an online free market. It isn't as structured or formal as the other marketplaces I discussed earlier. The platform has four sections, namely: Grails (here you can buy high-end sneakers), Hype (for cult-status sneakers such as the Kanye West Yeezys), Sartorial (for first-rate menswear), and Core (for mainstream brands). They also curate and handpick collections for their users - a popular curated collection is the Grailed 100. These collections are highly anticipated as you can purchase rare designs of iconic brands. Platform Fees: Sellers are charged a 6% commission. This commission is the same for domestic and international sellers. They also have an additional 2.9% charge plus a $0.30 fee for Paypal. If it's an international transaction, they'll charge an additional 4.4% plus the $0.30 to cover for PayPal's fees. Payment Method: Grailed only accepts PayPal payments. Shipping: Grailed is similar to eBay in how they handle shipping. The seller takes care of shipping, and Grailed acts as the middle man in the transaction. Pros
- You can be assured of a large supply of Yeezys due to the size of the Grailed marketplace.
- The buying and selling process is speedy.
- You need to verify yourself if the sneakers are authentic.
- The listings can be confusing because there's no structure or form around how sellers should list their products.