Kanye West and Yeezy brand suing Walmart over knock-off shoes

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Kanye West and Yeezy brand suing Walmart over knock-off shoes

Words by Sam McNiece

Copies of the Yeezy Foam Runner were on sale for US$25.

Kanye West is no stranger to being in legal trouble. This time though, Kanye is on the pursuing end, going after Walmart for reportedly selling copies of his extremely popular Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner.

What you need to know

  • Yeezy has claimed Walmart made an “unauthorised exact copy” of the Foam Runner shoe.
  • Kanye’s team claims they asked Walmart to pull the shoe from it site before filing with the courts.
  • Walmart claims the knock-off shoes were sold by third party sellers.

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Released last year, Kanye’s Yeezy Foam Runners which retailed for a relatively affordable US$75 sold out almost instantly and now can sell for three times as much on resale markets.

Recently, there have been knock off floating around (much like with the Yeezy 350 Boosts) but these ones have made it to Walmart of all places. Walmart has a similar model to Amazon in which businesses can sell products through their website.

It was through this third party website that Foam Runner ripoffs were sold. After Kanye’s Yeezy team sent a legal warning to Walmart and asked for the bootleg shoes to be pulled from its site. After this didn’t occur Kanye and Yeezy are now suing for damages to their brand.

Since the word has spread about the lawsuit, Walmart has taken down all versions of the Foam Runner knock offs from their website.

Walmart has responded to the allegations stating “We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim … We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint.”

We will update this post as soon as more information comes to light.

For more, head to TMZ who broke this story.