‘MIX(ed)’: Into the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 MX Oat
The YEEZY 350 V2 has been a decade-defining silhouette since its debut in September of 2016. Since its debut, the V2 has gone under numerous changes and the Three Stripes have given the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 several drastic makeovers in the past year. Some of the earlier V2 featured “SPLY-350” text hits on its traditional stripe, which was changed to a transparent and later translucent panel. Its latest addition comes in the ‘MX’ series, quite unlike any other YEEZY that has hit the shelves before.
The stylised MX presumably stands for ‘MIX(ed)’.The first edition arrives in YEEZY 350 V2 ‘MX Oat’, which was previewed earlier in June of this year. The silhouette features a yellowish Primeknit upper complimented by hits of navy, orange and muted gold. The ‘MX Oat’ isn’t what we would usually expect from a 350 V2 release, which historically has been adorned in earthy or subdued tones. The upper is completed with a translucent side strap and a pull tab at the heel. The ribbed and full-BOOST midsole remains the same. Lightly-toned tan laces bring the colorway together. The sneaker does not seem to have any structural changes and uses traditional prime knit and not the monofilament mesh seen on the 350 ‘Mono’ Pack.
The MX Oat has a pull tab on the heel which appeared last in April 2020 on the “Cinder Reflective” colorway. Throughout the year, Ye has worked with Adidas YEEZY to bring back-to-back heat with YEEZY SLIDES and versions of 700s and 500s. The first time we saw the addition of MX on a YEEZY however was on the YEEZY Foam RNNR ‘MX Cream Clay’, and 480s. Unlike the Foam RNNR, this YEEZY 350 does not bring a fusion of different materials, only speckles of orange and blue on the PRIMEKNIT fibre. A similar colourway was also seen on the YEEZY 380s last year. Profile accents on the “Blue Oat” version of 380 also boasted a bold blue hue that marked YEEZY’s shift from subdued palettes.
The MX Series seems crucial to YEEZY’s Fall 21 line-up as versions of MX have surfaced in Blue and Black colourways, scheduled for a December release. The ‘MX Rock’ features a distinctive marble finish on a black base while the ‘MX Blue’ consists primarily of a blue base with darker accents. Unlike the Mono Pack, the MX pack is not a regional release and spread out to complete Fall 21.
However, compared to its recently revealed CMPCT model, the upcoming “MX Oat” colorway is rather tame, its allure garnered purely through its loud, all-over print. Despite the YEEZY shoe brand moving towards more experimental silhouettes such as the Yeezy Foam Runner and Yeezy 450, the Yeezy 350 remains its most popular design. The orange and blue speckles over a soft yellow base give the shoe a Jackson Pollock-esque appearance and have been an exciting addition to the 350s.