Yeezy Pirate Black 2023 Reappears This May
The Yeezy Pirate Black 2023 is the first design Adidas is dropping after cutting ties with Kanye West back in October 2022 over a series of antisemitic comments. Pirate Black is one of the multiple models and Yeezy colorways we’re expecting to arrive soon. The company stated they would be dropping a range of Yeezy 380s, 500s, 700s, Foam Runners, and Slides. Some of which are restocks, while others are never-seen-before items.
A Little Recall
On May 19, Adidas announced it will be selling its 1.3 billion dollar stockpile of Yeezys and donating the proceeds. The benefiting organizations represent people that Ye hurt with his anti-Semitic comments last year. The decision took months in the making, after shareholders finally preferred it over literally burning the stock down to the ground. “We believe this is the best solution as it respects the created designs and produced shoes, it works for our people, resolves an inventory problem, and will have a positive impact in our communities,” Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden said in a statement.
Gulden told analysts on a March earnings call that If the Yeezy sneakers were donated, “they will come back again,” referring to the resale value of the inventory.
“The value of the product is not the physical value of the ingredients,” he said. “It’s a brand and merchandise we sell at a high price.”
Revealed by @brandon1an on Twitter, official images of the upcoming Pirate Black Yeezys have surfaced. Currently, there’s no word on a potential re-release of the other two originals – the “Moonrock” and the “Oxford Tan”.
Yeezy Pirate Black 2023 in Detail
We last saw the Yeezy Pirate Black in the 2016 restock during the peak of Adidas Yeezy hype. Official images reveal a consistent design with the original 2015 version of the sneaker.
The model features Black and Grey Primknit uppers with stitched red detailing on the heel tab. Below are black rubber sole units with full-length Boost technology for the smooth ride we’re all used to.
The Yeezy Pirate Black is restocking on May 31st and will retail for $200 a pair. That’s 30 bucks less than what Adidas charged for Yeezy 350 and 350 V2 models before the termination with Ye. The drop will be available exclusively on Adidas.com and the Adidas CONFIRMED App. According to Adidas.com, “a significant amount of the proceeds will be donated to selected organizations working to combat discrimination and hate, including racism and antisemitism. These include but are not limited to the Anti-Defamation League(ADL) and the Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change.”
The Yeezy Pirate Black. sneakers are one of many Yeezys coming back beginning at the end of May, according to Adidas. Others include popular colorways like the Yeezy 350 V2 “Zebra” and the Yeezy 500 “Utility Black.” We’re also expecting multiple Yeezy Slide and Foam RNNR options to release.