Kanye West took to Instagram on Monday (June 13) to chastise Adidas for allegedly ripping off his YEEZY slides design.
As Adidas prepares to unveil its Adilette 22 footwear on June 23, the Chicago native took aim at the clothing behemoth with whom he’s been doing business since 2015.
“THIS IS YE driving down the same street Kobe passed on,” he wrote. “Maybe I feel that Mamba spirit right now To Kasper I’m not standing for this blatant copying no more To all sneaker culture To every ball player rapper or even if you work at the store This is for everyone who wants to express themselves but feel they can’t cause they’ll loose their contract or be called crazy Bravery is not being afraid Bravery is overcoming your fear for your truth.”
“This Ye with the blue paint on my face These shoes represent the disrespect that people in power have to the talent This shoe is a fake Yeezy made by adidas themselves I’m not talking to DC about this either Kasper come talk to me Happy Monday.”
Kasper Rrsted, the CEO of Adidas, has yet to reply to Ye’s claims. Everything appeared to be running well in Adidas and YEEZY’s profitable alliance, since the empire they’ve built is a key component of Kanye’s billionaire status.
The Adilette 22 will still be available on June 23, with a retail price of $55. The slides will be available in five distinct hues in the end.