Kanye West has ignited the most recent debate issue by causing social media to go crazy with confusion about his bizarre “sock shoes.” While Kanye is not a stranger to pushing the envelope regarding his style, his most recent item has already cemented its place as one of his most contentious.
This past weekend, the 45-year-old rapper and Yeezy designer went out in Los Angeles with his “wife,” Bianca Censori, where he sported the bizarre footwear and received a deluge of mockery on social media.
However, the area covering the foot seems to be constructed of thin sock-like material. The in question “sock boots” feature a cushioned boot-like construction that goes down the shins to the knee; many critics compare them to the protective padding used by soccer players.
Ye & Bianca in LA pic.twitter.com/XluTKVEHnR
— Ye Streams (@kanyestreams1) May 14, 2023
‘[These] they’re not shoes, those are my football knee pads my mom sold in the last garage sale she had,” one person joked on social media, while another chimed in, “Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have taste .’
On social media, Kanye West received harsh criticism for wearing an odd pair of “sock shoes” while out on a Saturday date with his “wife,” Bianca Censori. Social media users expressed their confusion about the so-called “sock boots,” with many remarking that they don’t appear to offer any protection for the bottoms/soles of the feet.
Users on Instagram and Twitter mocked the 45-year-old’s shoes relentlessly, making many jokes about how he may be in trouble if he walked on something sharp or hard. Even professional wrestler Matt Cardona mocked Kanye by remarking that the rapper’s shoes resemble the padding he uses to protect himself in the ring.
But even if Kanye had foreseen that his eccentric footwear would spark controversy in such a cheeky way, he didn’t let that stop him from embracing his excitement for sock boots to the fullest. The rapper even registered a trademark for ‘YZY SOCK.’ SHOES earlier this month, weeks before he was photographed wearing them in Los Angeles. According to TMZ, Kanye submitted the trademark registration on May 4 through his holding firm, Mascotte Holdings, referring to the sock shoes as “leather-soled socks.”
It also contained numerous apparel, shoes, hats, entertainment, and sporting goods. Unfortunately, a few days had passed since Kanye staged a private LA display for his Yeezy season 10 collection, “YZY FREE,” before he filed his lawsuit. As a result, the sock shoes were not displayed at the exhibition, which featured hairless models dressed in tight white shirts and black slacks with Frank Ocean’s music playing in the backdrop.
And following his “beef” with Adidas, it has declared that it will sell the remaining inventory of Yeezy sneakers, valued at more than $1 billion. As a result, Kanye would receive 15% of all sales due to their initial arrangement. In addition, charities will receive a portion of the profit’s earnings.