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These days, there aren’t many better online resources for everything Kanye West than Yeezy Talk Worldwide. What started as a small community of diehard Yeezy fans and sneakerheads is now the biggest Kanye-dedicated group on Facebook, with over 160,000 members.

London-based Vivian Frank has been with the group since the very beginning, and has developed a substantial social media following of his own. Given that Frank is so well-versed in the world of Kanye West-designed sneakers, we tapped him to rank every single Kanye West sneaker, including his past collaborations with Nike and Louis Vuitton, as well as sneakers from his ongoing adidas partnership.

Below, you can check out Vivian’s ranking in full, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments.

28. adidas Yeezy Wave Runner 700

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“I don’t know about this model until see it in person. It’s clearly on that chunky shoe hype, which I’m not really on. But I would easily say least favourite, landing it at the very bottom.”

27. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 750 “Light Brown”

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“I have nothing to say, they’re really dead. I wore mine once and they’ve never seen daylight again.”

26. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Green”

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“They just look like some dirty “Oreo” or “Copper” V2s.”

25. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 “Oxford Tan”

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“My least favourite V1, I don’t think they look good on-foot with most outfits, mainly just joggers. I’ve hardly worn my pair.”

24. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 “Moonrock”

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“I do like these, but the colorway is not that easy to wear, however they still look dope, but I wouldn’t rank them higher than many others.”

23. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Core White”

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“If these were proper white instead of a dirty white, I would probably rate them higher, but sometimes they get mistaken for the “Green” V2s.”

22. adidas “Calabasas” Powerphase”

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“I really liked the Powerphase at first, but when I got my pair in hand, they weren’t that crazy. They just look like a Reebok Classic, especially to a non-sneakerhead. But I can’t lie, the shoe is still dope. It has a nice leather upper and the gold “Calabasas” branding makes them even more clean.”

21. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 750 “Grey”

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“”Grey” 750s are the first adidas YEEZYs, but I don’t find them any more interesting than other colorways or models. However I still rate these.”

20. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Copper”

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“Copped. I do like them, but not as much as the other striped versions.”

19. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Bred”

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“As I already mentioned, I like all-black, and this release was different to the other striped versions, as it featured a heel tab and the only color hit was on the “SPLY-350,” which makes it another clean and dope pair.”

18. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Cream White”

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“I only ranked these so low due to how easily they can get dirty. Aside from just being all-white, this colorway doesn’t have any real “wow” factor for me. I think if they had the “SPLY-350″ branding in red or blue, they would be way more fire. However I do like wearing these, and they’re a pretty perfect sneaker for summer.”

17. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Beluga”

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“The “Beluga” V2 is very nice, and it was a different colorway at the time, compared to the versions that had been released previously. Because they’re different, I rank them higher than the rest of the V2s, as the rest are quite similar.”

16. Louis Vuitton Hudson

“I love this shoe for its grail status, and the colorway, however they could easily look like some cheap boat shoes if they weren’t Louis Vuitton. But they look fire in both the all-white and grey/pink colorways.”

15. Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Zen”

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“I don’t rate the “Zen” Air Yeezy 1 as much as the other colorawys of this sneaker, due to the grey color. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of the color blocking, but it’s still a grail shoe for the collection.”

14. Kanye West x BAPE Bapesta “Graduation”

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“I don’t know that much about the release of these ones, but they’ve been major grails for me, as prices rose a lot after Kanye West started collaborating with adidas. I think they would look super clean, but you don’t see these worn often.”

13. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 “Pirate Black”

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“Again, all black, you can’t go wrong. Easy to wear but the only reason I didn’t rank them above the “Turtle Dove” is because you can mistake them for all black Roshe.”

12. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 “Turtle Dove”

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“For me, the “Turtle Dove” colorway is the best 350, also the cleanest on feet, and versatile with many outfits, unlike some of the other 350s. Also, they’re one of the least common YEEZYs to see around.”

11. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 750 “Grey/Gum”

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“Such a dope colorway, I find it goes really well with joggers and denim. Glow-in-the-dark bottoms is a dope feature to add. Reminds me of the Nike Air Yeezy 2, but I still prefer triple-black 750s over these.”

10. Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Black/Pink”

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“The Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Blink” is a super clean colourway in black with the green and pink. It’s an interesting piece of sneaker history, which is why I ranked them higher than most Kanye West x adidas shoes.”

9. Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Net/Tan”

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“Always loved the “Net/Tan” Air Yeezy 1, since I started collecting sneakers. The only problem with Yeezy 1s is that the silhouette is quite large and bulky, which doesn’t suit many of today’s styles, well compared to the style back in 2009, but still a great shoe for the collection.”

8. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Zebra”

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“I would have had the “Zebra” version over the “Red” V2, but after the re-stock it ruined the shoe, as I see nearly everyone wear them. They are still super clean, and it’s a nice colorway, but it’s too common now.”

7. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Red”

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“My favourite out of the 350 V2s, I personally think the colorway really pops, and an all-black shoe with contrasting red Swoosh makes them look really nice on foot.”

6. adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 750 “Back”

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“I think the triple-black is the best colorway out of all the YEEZY 750s. In my mind, it’s the colorway that is most wearable, and I rock it the most.”

5. Louis Vuitton “Don”

“Amazing quality shoe with great details but I still prefer the “Jaspers.” It’s rare to find sneakers by any brand that are produced with this level of quality.”

4. Louis Vuitton “Jasper”

“This shoe screams luxury, and it’s a shoe that I think all sneakerheads can easily appreciate. The colorways are way too clean and work so well, and it’s not a shoe you see often. The details all over are on point with this model, as well as other Kanye West x Louis Vuitton shoes.”

3. Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Solar Red”

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“Just a clean grail shoe which always looks good. Similar to the “Platinum” version, I easily rank these over most Kanye West designs.”

2. Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”

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“I rank the “Red October” version second overall, over the “Solar Red,” purely because of the release of the shoe. They released randomly in February 2014, and I haven’t witnessed a random online release like that since. I managed to cop at retail, and after few wears I sold them because I was getting crazy offers that I couldn’t turn down. The quality isn’t amazing, but still better than today’s adidas collaboration in my opinion.”

1. Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Platinum”

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“Personally, I rank the Nike Air Yeezy 2 over every other Kanye West-designed sneaker that has released. When the first two colorways came out, it was around the time I started getting more into sneakers, so I had always considered these as the almighty grails. My favourite colorway is the “Platinum” version. The shoe itself is amazing detail-wise. From the scales, to the strap, to the glow-in-the-dark sole.”

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