There is no doubt that Yeezys are one of the worlds most sought after sneaker in the industry at the moment. With that being said, getting your hands on a pair are actually quite the challenge due to them being very limited and resell for them is usually $500 and up. I have constructed a list of 5 helpful tips that I personally use and keep in mind in order to better my chances at obtaining a pair of Yeezys for retail.
Tip #1 : Understand how they are released
In order to get one step closer to getting your hands on a pair of Yeezys, you have to understand the process in which they are released. Yeezys are usually released through apps, online raffles, in- store releases, and online. Adidas will most likely confirm any Yeezy release a week or more prior to the release date, so make sure to follow them on Instagram or Twitter to stay informed of any new information regarding any Yeezy releases. The Official Adidas Yeezy release page ( adidas.com/yeezy) is also somewhere you should constantly check as it will be frequently updated with new information on releases as well as include a list of some stores that will carry the sneaker.
TIP #2 : Download apps to reserve yeezys
Some stores are now using apps to conduct their Yeezy releases as a way to make the release run smoothly and easy for the customers. The use of apps gives the stores a good amount of control over a Yeezy release. The apps that are being used are Adidas Confirmed, Cop Date, Footlocker, Footaction, and Champs Sports.
Adidas Confirmed (Iphone / Android) - Used by Adidas to reserve pairs near your location at Adidas stores around you. You would have to be in the right zone and be signed up to be able to reserve a pair. It's a quick process that is usually done the Wednesday before a release at 4:00 PM EST.
Cop Date (Iphone / Android) - The stores near NYC that are using this app are Packer Shoes, Atmos NYC, ExtraButter, Moe's, Alumni, Renarts, and Miniml. You add stores that are around you and submit a raffle entry and pick up in-store if you are chosen. Depending the store they will give you a time slot on what time to enter their raffle.
Foot Locker / Footaction / Champs Sports Apps (Iphone / Android) - Used to reserve a pair in-store. On the apps, you choose the stores nearest to you and your size. A countdown is shown and you have to be on the app when it reaches 0 to reserve a pair. All these stores give a head start if you are a platinum member and check in to one of the stores you selected.
TIP #3 : ENTER ONLINE RAFFLES FOR YEEZYS
Plenty of stores will have online raffles to give people from around the world a fair way to enter for a chance to get Yeezys for retail. This process makes it easier for the store to sell them as well as bring traffic to their website. The best way to know when a store is doing an online raffle is by following them on Twitter or Instagram. I will be posting all Yeezy raffles on this website and as well as on the Sneakerspots Twitter page (@sneakerspots) so make sure you follow it in order to stay updated when I post them. If you want to see raffles from the last Yeezy release to get an idea of how different stores do them CLICK HERE.
TIP #4 : Know about The in-store release for Yeezys
For in-store releases more work is needed, but chances are a lot higher than online raffles. In order to participate in an in-store release, you need to be near the store whereas in an online release, you can be anywhere around the world in order to purchase. The best way to know about an in-store release is by paying attention to the release procedure of the stores around where you live as well as following the stores on Twitter and Instagram or just by calling them and asking about the procedures they are using for the release. For example, some stores will do an in-store raffle in which you need to go to the actual store and enter or they will make you enter online and if you are chosen, you have to pick up the sneakers in-store. However some stores run on a first come first serve basis in which you would have to wait hours before the store opens to get a pair.
TIp #5 : Buying them online on the day of the release
The best option online to get yeezys for retail is on adidas.com/yeezy and on yeezysupply.com. On the Adidas website they usually release the yeezys at around 11:00 AM EST and you basically have to wait on a splash page and hope you get through to buy a pair. On Yeezy Supply it releases at a random time early in the morning and the past few releases have been at around 9:00 - 9:30 AM EST. To better your chances at Yeezy Supply wait till you see enter password on the screen as they tend to release right after it is gone. Other places do release them online, but usually are impossible to get through without having a bot, so I recommend not even trying and to just focus on these two websites. I will also be posting all the website links on this website and on my twitter (@sneakerspots).
BONUS TIp : Using programs to get Yeezys
This method is not for people who are not patient or have a basic understanding of code, as it is not a simple process. There is a Github page out there that is intended to help people get Yeezys on Adidas by it passing the splash page for you and adding the Yeezys straight to your cart. Also there's a reddit thread that provides extra help and YouTube tutorials if you need help setting up. This process is not always successful, but it is constantly being updated so it is worth checking out.
Github Page --> http://bit.ly/2s26kcP
Reddit Thread --> http://bit.ly/2s1V8wA