Yeezys, these are not.
John Mayer — a man who GQ magazine seems to think is a style star because he hand-washes his own T-shirts — has designed a pair of sneakers. And they’re really, really boring.
The 39-year-old singer-songwriter debuted his creation on his Instagram page on Saturday: a customized pair of Nike Air Max 90s, in snoozy gray tones with slivers of neon-green bubbles in the heels near the soles. The shoes, dubbed “Spirit Levels,” will be released on July 29, according to the ’gram.
Unlike other celeb-designed sneakers, Mayer has not officially teamed up with Nike to release these shoes. He designed his custom kicks using NikeID, a platform that allows fans to create their own Nikes, and then bought every pair the company would sell him, according to GQ. He told the men’s magazine that they will be on offer via his Shopify page “just for fun.” (No word on pricing yet.)
It’s too bad the sneakers aren’t as “fun” as the concept. Say what you will about Kanye West, but at least he put out a shoe that was different-looking and uniquely his own. Mayer’s is just a tweaked version of a classic, done in the most basic colors.
A reminder: Anyone with enough money, fame and ego can become a designer — but that doesn’t mean they’re any good at it.