10 Best Quotes From Kanye’s Shoe of The Year Award Speech

By P. on
December 03, 2015

Score one for the homie Kanye West! Yeezy recently graced the stage at the 29th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards accepting the award for Shoe of the Year on behalf of his Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers. Find out what Kanye had to say during his inspired 20 minute victory speech.


Just A Tee?

“You’re thinking, where’s my suit jacket, but if my wife’s not here, no suit jacket.”


Prepared Speech?

“I have absolutely no plans for what I’m going to say, so this could land completely wrong, but it doesn’t really fucking matter, does it? If you don’t like 10-minute profanity-ridden speeches that end with a presidential bid, you can go to the bathroom.”


Life Post The 2009 VMAs:

“After the infamous Taylor Swift moment did a sort of self exile just to get away from paparazzi and have people not, you know, just fucking with me, really. And the first thing I did was I went to Japan and it was me and Virgil Abloh, who has the brand Off White, and we just sat on a computer every day with this idea of designing. We designed on the computer so much we started to joke, ‘hey, did you wash my jpg?’”


His Love For Fashion Shows:

“I remember always going back to the fashion shows, not because I wanted to be seen in some really expensive rapper jacket that I’d just bought. It was because I cared so much about seeing artists express themselves to the maximum.”


What Drives Him:

“I want to bring joy. Just like when my daughter is singing and jumping around — she might not be finishing her sentences perfectly, but she’s bringing so much joy. And I know that she’s going to grow up and be amazing.”


His Definition of Creative:

“As a creator, it doesn’t matter how big your house is, how big your name is, how much money you have, your job is to create while you’re here and if anyone is in the way of that, if anything gets in the way of that, you got to burn it to the fucking ground.”


Kanye...but music?

“I want to fucking draw shoes, and it doesn’t matter if someone thinks that I’m supposed to be doing something that’s more important. [Adidas] gave me the opportunity, especially this first run, to make ’em however I want to make ’em. They didn’t say, “You got to make the logo four times bigger than the shoe.’”


Kanye Paid For Part of Yeezy Season:

“The [Adidas] contract said 25 SKUs, and the fashion show I was supposed to do a collection with 25 SKUs — I don’t know how that was supposed to happen. And the original talent budget was $500,000 — I don’t know how I was supposed to put a design team together for that, but luckily I’m a multi-millionaire rapper and I covered the rest of it.”


Who Helped Him:

“[Giuseppe Zanotti] let me learn. Do you know how much fucking money I wasted of his, doing sample after sample, learning how to put shoes together right there in that Zanotti factory. Boot after boot, after shoe. Any and every idea I could do. We even did a bag. I had like this snakeskin bag I used to walk around with. He let me just do everything I could think of. Me and Zanotti have been really good friends. He was very crucial to my creative process, to you know, develop my ideas.”


Kanye Being Kanye:

“I’m trying to take a full ‘Will Ferrell drunk brother at the wedding’ vibe. Have I reached that level yet? Here’s to fucking everything up!”


Watch Kanye's Full Shoe Of the Year Speech

Source: footwearnews.com