When Kanye West returned to the studio in July 2017, he was spotted rocking a new adidas sneaker model somewhat resembling the Yeezy Runner. From that first look, it seemed to be equipped with the unique soles of the EQT Responsive, which was formerly named the KB8 3. By October that year, this model was revealed to be the adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500. The very first Yeezy 500 colorway that was officially unveiled was “Blush” and it was quite similar to the colorway that recently made its retail debut. The adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 colorway that you see here is dubbed “Salt” and it is available now.
The adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 Drew Inspiration From Kobe Bryant’s KB8 3
Long before the Nike Kobe line came to be, Kobe Bryant was signed with adidas. His third signature sneaker model from them was the KB8 3, which was released during the 1999–2000 NBA season. Since Kobe is no longer with adidas, the KB8 3 is now referred to as the EQT Responsive. If compared side by side, the midsole design of the Yeezy 500 is almost exactly the same as that of the KB8 3, with merely slight differences in specific areas. Namely, the forefoot pods of the Yeezy 500’s midsoles more rounded and thicker edges. The Yeezy 500’s midsoles also have arch shanks and additional rubberized panels.
The adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 “Salt” Is Still Available
As mentioned, this latest “Salt” colorway of the adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 is similar to its previous “Blush” and “Super Yellow Moon” colorways. It also features a simple and subdued, tonal color scheme. This Yeezy 500 iteration is completely dressed up in a single light grey hue that is being referred to as Salt, which explains its nickname. Of course, compared to other sneaker models from the adidas Yeezy line, the Yeezy 500 comes equipped with the classic adiPRENE cushioning instead of Boost. The adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 “Salt” is currently available at retailers like Barney’s, Foot Locker, Mr Porter, Need Supply, Opening Ceremony, SNS, and others.
adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 “Salt” Color: Salt/Salt/Salt Style Code: EE7287 Release Date: November 30, 2018 Retail Price: $200