It’s a battle for the ages. David and Goliath. Gatti and Ward. Hobbs and Whammer. The Yeezy 350 Boost and the OVO XII.
This is like Celebrity Deathmatch, except we’re comparing sneakers instead of the celebrities themselves. In the red corner, we’ve got Kanye West‘s Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost V2. In the blue corner, we’ve got Drake‘s Jordan OVO XII. They’ll go head to head for four rounds (four important categories: materials, comfort, wearability, and cultural significance), and only after that will a winner emerge. Alright, enough with the boxing analogies, let’s get to the first category in our sneaker showdown.
Note: All categories will be scored on a standard boxing scale, with the winner gaining 10 points and the other shoe 9 or less. In the event of a draw, there will be a sudden-death round in which each shoe will have one hour to get as many likes as possible on the ‘gram (be sure to follow us if you're not already).
The Yeezy 350 Boost brings a Primeknit upper with a midsole featuring full-length Boost foam cushioning, while the OVO XII comes with a premium leather upper with stingray detailing, and a classic Jordan XII midsole. Although Adidas’s two new technologies make a strong case for the top spot (and we really love Boost), you can never go wrong with premium leather. Advantage OVO X’s. Quentin Miller didn’t need to lend Drizzy a hand on this one, he eked out a victory on his own.
Winner: OVO X, 10-9
Talking about Boost again here, as there’s no more comfortable cushioning technology on the market. Sorry Aubrey, but a full-foot Air unit and a Phylon midsole just don’t compare. Adidas is innovating way more when it comes to comfort. The Yeezys definitely jumped over the Jumpman in this category. Big round for team Adidas here.
Winner: Yeezy 350 Boost, 10-8
Wearability is extremely important, and both these shoes make a strong case in this round. The Yeezy 350 boosts are the pinnacle of the minimal, running-inspired sneaker, and the OVO XII’s prove that you can never go wrong with a clean, white shoe with little pops of detail. The 350 Boosts take the cake because their slim runner-esque silhouette goes with anything …. and because you can wear it through every season. All-white leather shoes like the OVO X’s…not so much.
Winner: Yeezy 350 Boost, 10-8
For the final round, we’re doing something a little bit different. This is the one category that doesn’t directly deal with the shoe. It’s about the buzz surrounding the shoe, and the overall impact it had on the sneaker world and pop culture as a whole. As with every Kanye sneaker release, the 350 Boosts had both the sneaker world and the pop culture world buzzing. Sneaker blogs went crazy, and Kanye’s incredible influence proved that it knows no boundaries once again, as everyone and their mother was drooling over the V2's.
There was excitement surrounding the OVO XII's, but it paled in comparison. Sure, the sneaker world was whipped into a frenzy, but they didn’t have nearly the same effect in pop culture. Edge goes once again to the Yeezys.
Winner: Yeezy 350 Boost, 10-9
The judge’s (technically the judge, I’m the only one scoring this) scorecards are in, and we have a winner. The Yeezy 350 Boost takes the cake with an overall score of 39-35. Aubrey came out swinging in the early rounds, but he just didn’t have the gas to go with the undisputed celebrity sneaker champion, Kanye West. The OVO X’s are a great shoe, but they’re not on the same level as the 350 Boosts.
So there you have it. The 350 Boosts in somewhat of a landslide. What do you think? Agree? Disagree (that you, Quentin Miller)? Hit us on Twitter and let us know your thoughts.