It’s been three weeks since Kanye posted on Instagram and now in a (since-deleted) post, the rapper is calling out Adidas for allegedly “copying” his design for the Yeezy slides.
In his lengthy caption, Ye called out Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted per Billboard. “To Kasper I’m not standing for this blatant copying no more,” he wrote. “To all sneaker culture To every ball player rapper or even if you work at the store This is for everyone who wants to express themselves but feel they can’t cause they’ll loose their contract or be called crazy.”
“These shoes represent the disrespect that people in power have to the talent,” he concluded. “This shoe is a fake Yeezy made by adidas themselves I’m not talking to DC about this either Kasper come talk to me Happy Monday.”
Ye launched his first Yeezy collection with Adidas in 2015. Ye retains 100% ownership of his brand while having full creative control over the products released since the beginning of his partnership with the global shoe company.
The Yeezy Slide was launched in 2019 and gained popularity for using Eva Foam rubber which makes the shoe non-sweaty, especially in the warmer months.
Adidas has not publicly made a statement about Ye’s accusation.