Kanye West v. Walmart: Rapper's Battles With Retailer Over Shoes, Logo

Kanye West is suing Walmart for allegedly selling fake versions of his brand's footwear.

The rapper and former presidential candidate filed a complaint in a Los Angeles court on Thursday claiming that the retail giant is selling fake versions of his Yeezy Foam Runner slides, TMZ reported.

While the real version of the unusual sneakers retail at $80, Walmart's are priced at between $25 and $30.

The Walmart versions are listed under the names "Daeful Adult Children Summer Beach Shoes Foam Runner" and "Luxur Unisex Summer Beach Shoes Foam Runner," and they are available in a variety of colors and patterns.

"Walmart is flagrantly trading off of his and Yeezy brand's popularity by offering for sale an imitation version of the Yeezy Foam Runner," according to the suit.

The documents reportedly say that the shoes Walmart is selling are "virtually indistinguishable" from the Yeezy version. Yeezy is exclusively sold by Adidas.

Similar and Much More Affordable

The filings also quote a comment allegedly written on Walmart's site by a customer that read: "My son has been wanting the Yeezy slides but these look similar and are much more affordable."

The complaint adds: "Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe."

As well as potentially encroaching on Yeezy's market share in the sneaker industry, specifically for this style of shoe, the complaint alleges that the Walmart version is of "subpar quality" that will damage the "reputation and the goodwill of the Yeezy brand."

The suit also cites some customer complaints that the shoes fit poorly and "ripped after 20 minutes of wear." One is quoted as saying: "Don't buy this garbage."

West's legal team is seeking "major damages," according to TMZ.

Walmart responded to the complaint, issuing a statement to the outlet, confirming that they are taking the claim "very seriously."

"The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third-party Marketplace sellers," Walmart said, according to TMZ.

"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."

This complaint from the "Jesus Walks" hitmaker comes following another trademark dispute between the brand and the rapper earlier this year.

In April, Walmart filed a complaint over West's proposed trademark, as the retailer said the sunray-like symbol was too similar to theirs, according to a report in the New York Post.

Walmart filed an objection with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the design of West's Yeezy LLC in January 2020.

Yeezy said the design was intended to be used on clothes, homewares and even hotel services.

However, in Walmart's complaint, the shopping giant said the logo would create "confusion" among customers and promote a "false suggestion of a connection" between West and the Walmart brand, according to the report.

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Rapper Kanye West performs onstage at the Power 106 Powerhouse show at the Honda Center on June 3, 2016, in Anaheim, California. Scott Dudelson/Getty/FilmMagic