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North West Gets Sporty in Chunky Yeezy 700 Sneakers with Kanye West at Her Basketball Game

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North West was utterly sporty during her youth basketball game on Friday night.

Attending with dad Kanye West at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, the “Kardashians” star took a moment to sit courtside in a black basketball uniform, featuring matching mesh shorts and a tank top printed with the Academy’s white star-shaped logo. A black T-shirt and socks completed her sporty outfit.

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Kanye West and North West attend her basketball game at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Oct. 21, 2022.

When it came to footwear, the 9-year-old slipped into a pair of athletic sneakers by Yeezy for the occasion. Her chunky Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Laceless style — a unisex shoe originally released on Oct. 6, which currently retails for up to $265 on websites including Stadium Goods — featured curved uppers in a white “Analog” colorway, complete with angular black paneling and gray “700” graphics. The set also featured a laceless construction, providing added slip-on ease and comfort in addition to its thick white midsoles covered in curved ridges.

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Yeezy’s 700 MNVN “Laceless Analog” sneaker.
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Kanye West and North West attend her basketball game at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Oct. 21, 2022.

Chunky sneakers like West’s have risen in popularity from their emphasis on comfort, thanks to thick soles, lightweight materials and rounded shapes — as well as cushioned and padded insoles. This has been evident in the kid’s market, where brands including Stella McCartney, Steve Madden and Happy99 have adopted the aesthetic in new sneaker designs. Coordinating adult styles — primarily womenswear — have also emerged simultaneously, hailing from Ugg, Fila and Sorel.

The occasion followed West’s viral momentsitting front row at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2022 couture show, guest-designed by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, during Haute Couture Week in Paris with mom Kim Kardashian. West coordinated with her mom in a prep school-inspired outfit with a pinstriped skirt, vest and newsboy cap, complete with a collared shirt and tie. Sunglasses, a chain-draped nose ring and a set of knee-high black leather combat boots gave her ensemble a rebellious edge, tapping into the rise of fashion’s punk and academia aesthetics.

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