Tuesday 24 October 2017

Yeezy does it - Kanye West's trainers create a stir on Grafton Street

21/8/15 queuing outside BT2's shop on Grafton street for Kanye West Sneakers, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron
21/8/15 queuing outside BT2's shop on Grafton street for Kanye West Sneakers, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron
21/8/15 Simon Prescott and Sara Wilkinson, Birmingham, queuing outside BT2's shop on Grafton street for Kanye West Sneakers, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron
NEW YORK,NY : Kayne West and Kim Kardashian are seen in Soho (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Kayne West's Irish fans are nothing if not dedicated.

From 9am this morning, a steady crowd began to assemble outside BT2's on Grafton Street in Dublin.

21/8/15 Cian McDonagh (left), Ballymun, Jason Menton, Finglas and Simon Wai, Marino, queuing outside BT2's shop on Grafton street for Kanye West Sneakers, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron
21/8/15 Cian McDonagh (left), Ballymun, Jason Menton, Finglas and Simon Wai, Marino, queuing outside BT2's shop on Grafton street for Kanye West Sneakers, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron

By lunchtime approximately 40 - 50 'sneaker-heads' had gathered, salivating at the thought of getting their hands on a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boost 350, designed by none other than Mr Kardashian.

Only 30 pairs of the US rapper-designer's Yeezy Boost 360 shoes are available to the Irish public and go on sale in BT2 tomorrow at 9am.

This was not the first time Yeezy Boosts has had such an effect in this country - queues lined up overnight in June 2015 in the run-up to a previous release of a 'turtle-dove' version of Kanye's coveted sneakers.

Brown Thomas' Steve Burnett said that BT2 are not surprised at the enthusiastic response of the rapper's fans.

21/8/15 Stephen Cox, Tallaght, celebrates being the last one to get a ticket guarenteeing him a pair of Kanye West sneakers outside BT2's shop on Grafton street, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron
21/8/15 Stephen Cox, Tallaght, celebrates being the last one to get a ticket guarenteeing him a pair of Kanye West sneakers outside BT2's shop on Grafton street, which go on sale on Saturday morning. Picture:Arthur Carron

"We have a limited number of the trainers available and we’re expecting the same sell-out response with the new, sleek black version,” he said.

The Mammy of the Year award goes to the first lady in the queue, who arrived at 7.20am this morning, and plans to get the shoes for her 16-year-old son.

Meanwhile Ryan O'Neill (23), is a die-hard Kanye fan and describes himself as 'a big sneaker-head'.

He and two mates had been outside the store since early morning and seemed in good spirits.

"I love Kayne and I love runners - It's a win-win," said O'Neill.

Simon Wai (30), originally from Malaysia but now living in Dublin met his two mates when they were all queuing together in June for Kanye's previous footwear release.

"I suppose you could say we met through Yeezy," he said with a laugh.

Cian Mc Donagh (23) said that the fact that the Kardashian and Jenner ladies are sporting Kanye's trainers is a positive development.

"It's definitely bringing more girls into the sneaker-scene," he said.

Couple Sarah Wilkinson (26) and Simon Prescott (26) had travelled all the way from Birmingham in order to get a pair of Yeezy Boots each.

"Kanye's arrogance makes him stand out.

"I buy expensive trainers but I don't wear them.

"I see them as an investment that I can cash in when I'm older," Simon said.

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