The Most Grown-Up Yeezys Yet Are Releasing in Manila This Weekend

Here’s how you might be able to score a pair.
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You could say many things about any of Kanye West’s signature sneakers through the years, but you could hardly ever call them simple. From his very first Air Yeezy with Nike to the many colors of his Yeezy Boost 350s with Adidas, it’s clear that the man just hasn’t been one for understated design.

The lone exception (at least among the models that are currently available to the public) is the Yeezy Powerphase, which first rolled in last year, and in its simplicity, is unlike any other sneaker that had ever carried his name.

The Powerphase is a standard retro tennis sneaker, originally the Adidas counterpart of the Reebok Workout. No straps, no ridged soles, no bulging features or references to Egyptian mythology—just a standard three-striped trainer. This new Yeezy release merely adds a “Calabasas” foil branding along the side. Refreshingly simple—for Yeezys.

Now Adidas is toning it down even lower with an all-black colorway of the Yeezy Powerphase that flies quietly under the radar. They’re a really subtle flex, and to date, the plainest Yeezys. And by virtue of that simplicity, you could also argue that they're the most grown-up Yeezys yet.




A full size run of the ‘Core Black’ Yeezy Powerphase is releasing in Manila this weekend, exclusively through Commonwealth. You’ll need to participate in a raffle to win the opportunity to purchase, and because these are Yeezys, competition is inevitable, and you’ll need all the luck you can get. Still, at only P6,500, these are also the most affordable Yeezys yet, and perhaps your best shot at owning sneakers with Kanye West’s name on them.

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