You know the adidas Yeezy Boost 700, but are you familiar with all of its variations? From the “Wave Runner” to the brand new MNVN, each look features subtleties that make the shoe stand out on its own. Here is a quick guide to every version of the Yeezy Boost 700.
When it was introduced, the adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Wave Runner'' looked nothing like the unstructured, knitted sneakers that had proliferated the sneaker landscape in late 2017. The chunky midsole of the shoe brings to mind a bygone era in performance footwear that placed an emphasis on support and stability. Moreover, the retro color scheme looked every bit like a sneaker out of the early ‘90s, which was a welcomed change of pace in the eyes of many fans and collectors. We might not have had the “dad shoe” trend without the Yeezy 700. The "Wave Runner" was followed up by other popular colorways of the model like "Mauve" and "Inertia."
Adidas and Kanye forged ahead with Yeezy 700s that favored more muted color palettes over the next year. In late 2018, an updated version of the shoe called the “V2” released, featuring a new construction. The newly-minted Yeezy Boost 700 V2 still featured the beloved chunky midsole as its predecessor, yet added seamless wave-like Three Stripes branding on its mesh base. The Yeezy Boost 700 V2 is discernible from the original for its more streamlined look.
Not resting on its laurels, adidas was ready to unveil yet another evolution of the shoe in Winter 2020: the Yeezy 700 V3. The adidas Yeezy 700 V3 “Azael,” the first colorway of the new variation, is reminiscent of early-aughts performance basketball aesthetics. Notable changes include futuristic RPU overlay cages across the upper and the removal of Boost cushioning from the midsole. If you ask us, it’s almost as if the Yeezy 700 V3 is an entirely new model altogether.
The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN is the most contemporary version of the shoe yet. The upper, sans mesh and suede overlays, sports a full nylon construction with reflective “700” branding printed on the mid-panel and reflective bits around the forefoot and heel. The MNVN model brings back Boost cushioning technology in its midsole.