Kanye Files Trademark For Yeezy Sock Shoes: Report
Kanye is staying in the shoe game. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (per XXL), the Donda rapper filed a new trademark application for “YZY SOCK SHOES, on May 2, 2023.” The filing states that Kanye will intend to sell “Socks; socks with leather soles.”
Ye was seen sporting a prototype of the alleged sock shoes earlier this month. He paired them with leggings that fans coined the pants name “yeggings.” The photos were reportedly taken after the rapper-producer’s Yeezy Season 10 fashion show in Los Angeles on May 1.
Kanye’s trademark filing comes after Adidas recently announced that it would sell the rest of its Yeezy stock and donate the proceeds to charities that were harmed by Ye’s anti-Semitic comments, said the company’s CEO, per CNN.
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“When we do that and how we do that, remains to be seen but we’re working on that,” he said. At one point, the company considered burning the merchandise. “Burning the shoes cannot be the solution,” Gulden said. The option was later changed after he spoke to various NGOs. He learned about the environmental damage burning the merchandise would cause.
The global sports brand cut ties with the rapper last year after his continuous hate speech targeting the Jewish community.
“Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful, and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” the statement reads. “After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. Adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.”
The split left Adidas with inventory levels of $500 million worth of sneakers. They have a selling value of over $1 billion, according to the company.