Desert Rat. The YEEZY 500 was introduced during YEEZY Season 6.
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- Blush Suede Upper
- Mesh across the Sidewall & Lace Guard
- Textured Leather Panel above Midsole and on Heel Counter
- Unique Lacing System
- 3M Reflective Piping
- adiPRENE® Sole
Debuting during YEEZY SEASON 6, the YEEZY 500 was met with ambivalence with a number of critics comparing the shoe to an orthopaedic runner. However, once available, the apprehension died down and the 500s have gone on to be one of the most popular YEEZY silhouettes. Upon touch, the Blush 500 has a velvety texture as it primarily consists of a beige suede upper gives the shoe breathability, this in conjunction with the adiPRENE® sole that has a repeated cylindrical pattern tread heightens the wearers experience by optimising comfort. The 500 uses a unique lacing system, with traditional circular lace locks placed in suede oval panels. The remaining lace guard and upper sidewall is completed in mesh, providing an air vent like feel to the foot and giving the foot air to breath. The silhouette has no visible Adidas branding present. The highlight of the silhouette is the 3M piping across the medial and lateral sidewall and on the tongue of the shoe. The midsole has a distinct curved shaped, that gives the 500 its signature bulk.
Silhouette Explored – adiPRENE®
adiPRENE® was introduced in 1998, as a newly developed type of polyurethane foam technology. Segmented into 2 sections, the anterior area (or forefoot) prioritised energy rebound through adiPRENE+ whilst the posterior section was created for energy absorption, creating a seamless transition between absorption and propulsion for running. adiPRENE® is still actively used in Adidas silhouettes, but has been phased out and overshadowed by its newer sibling, Boost™.