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Are Yeezy Shoes All Hype or Are They Effective Workout Shoes?
Since the launch of Yeezys in February of 2015, these shoes have had a dramatic ride, they transformed the sneaker world, arguably made Adidas relevant again and excited the masses in ways only comparable to an Apple iPhone launch.
Yeezys now have come down in price somewhat. But as a shoe and a brand, Yeezy is most definitely considered iconic.
Kanye West’s designs have pushed the envelope and even leapt into the unknown, exciting people of all ages.
But a common question is Are Yeezys Good for Working Out In?
Since its release, the Yeezy line has generated $1.7 billion in revenue, with $191 million of that going to royalties. Although Yeezys are undoubtedly fashionable, are they more hype than substance?
Can you feel confident wearing Yeezys to work out in? Are they supportive? You will find the answers to these questions and more, as we inspect the Yeezy line and give you all the details, including the good and bad.
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Are Yeezys Good for Working Out In?
Asking this question will get you a mixed bag of answers. Some people say they are not supportive enough for workouts, but Kanye West himself begs to differ.
Kanye has stated the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 is one of the best sneakers for working out in. It offers ample support and holds up well.
Most of the Yeezy line is marketed as a lifestyle shoe. With these shoes being so expensive, many people do not want to ruin them by working out in them.
If you are going to use a Yeezy shoe for working out, you would be wise to choose a Boost. The Boost line is springier than some other types and offers more support.
Are Yeezys Good for Squats?
When it comes to squats, you need a shoe that is really flat and does not flex much.
Unfortunately, Yeezys are not flat enough, and they tend to flex in the middle when you put them under increased weight.
They do not offer a strong enough base to allow you to do squats effectively. They’re just too soft and squidgy, sort of like a pair of Hokas.
Stability is critical during squats. You need a shoe that will allow you to plant yourself and stay there during the squat. Yeezys will most likely not allow you to have the best balance during a squat. So at the very least, you will not have proper form.
I wouldn’t recommend trying to go for a personal best in a pair of Yeezys.
Are Yeezys Good for Running?
A good running shoe has certain essentials that allow for stability and comfort. A solid tread, a flexible and supportive midsole, and a roomy toe box are all important for running.
With the Adidas ‘Boost’ midsole, you will find Yeezy’s aren’t can be a very comfortable shoe for running.
Although they are not as good as a purpose-built running shoe would be (and I wouldn’t buy Yeezys expecting them to have the same features as a proper running shoe), the level of support is substantial.
In regard to wearing Yeezys while running, even though are primarily intended for streetwear and fashion purposes they are quite comfortable.
The midsole delivers a maximum level of energy return and shock absorption, so you are not going to feel every strike on the pavement.
While they may provide comfort and support for casual walking or light exercise, they are not specifically designed or recommended for running long distances or engaging in high-intensity workouts.
But softness isn’t always the key component when looking for running shoes, and also, the areas of softness on the sole are critical to judging a shoe’s suitability as a running shoe.
The outsole of Yeezys is not as durable as some running shoes, but they are strong enough to do light running.
If you plan on running on rocky or uneven terrain, Yeezys may not be the best choice to wear.
If you are going to choose a Yeezy shoe for running, you would be wise to choose one from the Boost line.
The construction of Yeezys, with its trendy aesthetic and unique materials, prioritizes style and fashion-forward design rather than the technical requirements of a running shoe. So if you’re seeking optimal performance and injury prevention during running I would say you should choose footwear specifically engineered for running, rather than relying on Yeezys.
Are Yeezys Good for Hiking?
When hiking, you need a rugged outsole, a flexible midsole, and plenty of ankle support. Without proper ankle support, you are going to find your ankle has the potential to roll over, which could make you more susceptible to injuries.
As you likely know, Yeezys are known for their sock-like upper. Unfortunately, this does not offer much support for hiking, especially when crossing rugged terrain.
Without the right level of ankle support, you are going to find it difficult to traverse rugged terrain. If you hike on a regular basis, you need to invest in a pair of hiking boots that will offer a supreme level of protection, without too much flexibility in the ankle.
Are Yeezys Good for Wide Feet?
In the past, Yeezys were known for running small. Newer versions have run truer to size. Even though the sizing has been corrected with newer Yeezys, there is still one issue that may be problematic for those with wide-width feet.
If you have wide feet, you can still wear Yeezys, but you are going to want to go up about a size to get more room for the toes.
Yeezys also have a knitted upper that will give a little more than leather uppers in the toe box.
If you have extra wide feet, you may find, at first, that Yeezys feel too compressed, especially when you first start wearing them. You may find a slight pinch in the toe box, which is why so many people go up a size.
If you plan on working out in Yeezys, make sure to break them in well before you go to the gym or start running in them. You may want to wear these as a casual everyday shoe for a few weeks before hitting the gym.
Are Yeezys Good for Flat Feet/Fallen Arches?
If you do any research on Yeezys and flat feet, you are going to find a lot of opinions.
Those who have flat feet are often concerned about the arch support and the way the midsole feels, as they should be. Some shoes have exaggerated arches that can feel very uncomfortable for people who have flat feet.
Yeezys do not have a tight arch that pushes your flat foot upward. Many people have reviewed these shoes and say they are some of the most comfortable they have ever worn with flat feet.
Of course, everyone is different and what feels comfortable for one person may not feel good at all to another.
Although these are highly comfortable for people with flat feet, they are mainly more comfortable for everyday wear. If you have flat feet and plan on working out in them, you may want more support than Yeezys can provide.
With the right level of support, your foot will not overpronate. Overpronation occurs when your feet turn too far inward and give you the flat feet effect. Overpronation can cause pain and limit your ability to run long distances or work out for too long.
For the moves required during working out, I would always suggest going for a shoe that’s got more support, especially if you already have a condition such as fallen arches or flat feet.
The Bottom Line
There is a lot of hype surrounding Yeezys. Since they first came out in 2015, everyone has seemed to want a pair, which is completely understandable.
Yeezys are not marketed as fitness shoes, though you will see many celebrities working out in them.
As Yeezys have come down some in price and are more readily available than when they first launched, people are being seen more and more wearing them in the gym. It is no longer considered a crime against humanity to wear them.
My advice would be do what feels good to you and don’t continue to work out in a shoe that doesn’t support you in the right way or doesn’t afford you the movement that you know you need during your workout.