Welcome to our column, "Hey, Quick Question," where we investigate seemingly random happenings in the fashion and beauty industries. Enjoy!
The last time we discussed a Yeezy shoe that looked an awful lot like another brand's, it was last February, when we noticed that Yeezy Season 3's plastic-y, glove-like, back-zippered boots bore more than a passing resemblance to a similar version Raf Simons showed in Dior's Fall 2015 collection. And — because time is a flat circle, etc. — we're right back here again thanks to a new pair of Kanye West-designed sneakers: The '80s-inspired Adidas Yeezy Calabasas Powerhouse.
Though the Yeezy Powerhouses have been rumored to be forthcoming since January, Kim Kardashian gave fans the first real glimpse of them earlier this week on Snapchat. Upon inspection, the shoes have all the makings of a classic pair of Adidas, from the collar detailing to three-striped sides. (And with a reported cost of $120, they're right about the standard, reasonable Adidas price point, too.) But at first glance, some on Twitter immediately picked up on another familiar silhouette. Do the Powerhouses look like Reeboks, or...?
The most egregious comparison is, perhaps, the Reebok Workout Mid, which was first popular in the '80s before its "fresh ice bottom outsole" was reintroduced more recently.
There's also the women's version, the lighter, cheaper and tragically named Princess Lite Wide D.
It's interesting to note here that Adidas, of all brands, has spent much the last few months embattled in various trademark wars over its signature three stripes. Since the beginning of February, the German sportswear giant has come after the Tesla logo, a Puma soccer cleat (with four stripes, no less) and an entire range of Forever 21 workout clothes, per Bloomberg. That irony is not lost on us. Although in this case, Adidas is somewhat in the legal clear, we suppose: Adidas acquired Reebok in 2005 in a $3.8-billion deal, so it's not exactly like one subsidiary would sue its parent company.
It's not yet clear when the Yeezy Powerhouse will drop, but with a price as reasonable as $120, you can bet these puppies will be all over the place soon enough — Reebok comparisons aside.