The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 released in the “Cream White” colorway, and as expected, things didn’t go too smoothly. Judging by the reactions on Twitter, most attempts to cop the Yeezys on adidas.com resulted in errors, declined payments, and several other headaches that come along with such a hyped release.
It wasn’t pretty, but I was able to come away with not one, not two, but three pairs. How did I get so lucky? No, I did not use a bot. All pairs were purchased by me on my home computer manually. Here’s how I did it.
Prior to the release, I set up my machines so I would be ready to go once the site went live. I had my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone 7+ and iPhone 6+ all set to http://www.adidas.com/us/apps/yeezy/.
This link was tweet by The Yeezy Mafia’s account several minutes before Adidas dropped Yeezys. I suggest giving them a follow for any future release information. Once Adidas loaded the stock, all I did was refresh and wait on the splash page.
I mentioned I did not use a bot. I had given some thought into purchasing Another Nike Bot or Soleslayer before today’s drop, but decided against it. Instead, I had set all my devices to use chrome’s incognito feature. I do not fully understand why this works, but using incognito mode has always allowed me to pass the splash page.
This time it worked again!
Roughly 20 minutes into waiting at the splash page, my iPhone 6+ got through. My heart raced and I checked out immediately. Within the next ten minutes, my iMac got through and shortly after my MBP got the green light. The non-incognito tabs that I had open never got through the waiting page.
Another tip for chrome is to disable the built in pop-up blocker in the settings. Adidas is a shoe company. They design and outsource manufacturing of sneakers. Therefore they need a payment processing company to handle sneakerhead’s transactions during checkout.
When you hit submit, your transaction is handled via a pop-up that processes your information and redirects you back to Adidas – either successfully purchased or payment error. If you have pop-ups blocked, this process cannot occur and will cause you to be stuck in a payment loop. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot! Allow all pop-ups temporarily by going to Settings > Show advanced settings > Privacy > Content settings > Pop-ups.
According to several reports from Twitter, many hopeful sneakerheads experienced a never-ending loop of captcha responses. This has somewhat become a reoccurring theme during Yeezy releases. However, there is a simple way to bypass the captcha of death.
Some may be asking, what is captcha and why does Adidas implement it on Yeezy releases? Captcha is a free Google service that protects websites from automated requests (Bots) and abuse. It uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive captchas to keep automated software (BOTS!) from engaging in abusive activities on a site.
It does this while letting valid users or humans pass through. To increase your chances of bypassing it, open another tab in your chrome incognito browser and sign into a gmail account. The service will recognize you as human and allow you to proceed without it. This has worked flawlessly for me every time.
The “Cream White” Yeezy Boost 350 V2 was by far the most available model produced by Adidas and Kanye West. If you did not have any luck, follow some of the steps mentioned in the article to increase your chances next time. Drop a comment below and let us know if you came away with the W or a big L.