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Kanye's Air Yeezy 2 sneakers causing frenzy

Hip hop artist Kanye West is flexing his design muscles at a serious cost.

Kanye's Air Yeezy 2 sneakers causing frenzy

Naturally, Jay has a pair of the Yeezy 2´s which he wore to a May 14 presser at the Art Museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Naturally, Jay has a pair of the Yeezy 2's which he wore to a May 14 presser at the Art Museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kanye, would you like to step forward and explain these new shoes?!

Hip hop artist Kanye West is flexing his design muscles at a serious cost. His Air Yeezy 2 sneakers drop Saturday at a retail value of $245, but a pre-ordered pair of his Nike shoes has made its way onto eBay for $90,100. Yes- that's five figures-nearing-six. As of 10:24 a.m. Thursday, it appears that the seller or eBay has taken the item down, with the highest asking price set at $7,000. (And here we sit in our stilettos, thinking Louboutins cost an arm and a leg.)

Ye has been rocking his sneakers for months now, spurring public demand. However, in this case, demand will surpass supply: Nike says it will only release between 3,000-5,000 pairs of the limited edition sneakers. The official release date for the "Nike Air Yeezy II" is Saturday, June 9th, but fans have been lined up outside select retail locations across the country since last week.

Here are some details on the sneakers according to one release:

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Would you camp out to get the Air Yeezy 2's?
Yes, I'm already in line.
Heck no!

"The Air Yeezy 2 comes with hand-skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels and a reptilian-like rear spike, as well as opulent details and references to ancient civilizations: hieroglyphics spell out "YZY" on the shoe's loop strap and the Roman numeral "II" is etched on the leather lace toggle. The Air Yeezy 2 prototype was also tailored to West's own foot, rendering it slimmer than the original."

Nike adds some details on the functionality of the shoe.

"Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement."

We've learned this morning that King of Prussia Mall's Foot Locker location will not be carrying the sneakers. The only location in the Philadelphia region to carry the model is UBIQ (1509 Walnut Street), which plans on releasing the Yeezy 2 at 11 a.m. Saturday. However, interested parties are not allowed to line up on the street and the store has implemented a social media rule instead. If all else fails, the closest bet is to swing by TakeOverNJ in Jersey or the Nike store in Manhattan. Or there's always eBay.

Now if only Kanye West's RTW line could generate the same figures. Are you in line or will you get in line for these sneakers? Vote in our poll.

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