Starting Five: Garvey John

Today, we take a look at the sneakers in rotation for our good friend (and KicksOneTwo creative director Jahmade‘s little brother) Garvey. Everything from SB’s to Flyknit round out a diverse selection of kicks. Check it out!

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1. Nike Dunk SB “Mahogany Hemp”

I’m a big fan of Nike SB’s, and you can’t go wrong with any hemp dunk. The mahogany swoosh and the gum midsole seal the deal for me on these.

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2 Nike Dunk SB High “Thrashin”

Dunks based off of something are crazy to me, and this movie-inspired pair is one of my favorites. I love the multicolor swoosh too. read more


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Looking Back On Soundset

This last Sunday, the KicksOneTwo staff was in attendance at the annual Soundset Festival. Just like every year, it was a crazy day filled with memorable performances from various dope artists. We thought we’d share our opinions on our favorite performances, as well as throw up a few pictures of the artists (we’ve got one of everyone on this recap except for Snow) by our good friend Adam DeGross.

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We had to stop by the Fifth Element tent for Snow’s set. The crowd was very responsive to tracks such as “Good Nights and Bad Mornings”, and she brought a fresh and different type of energy to her performance. read more


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Kick Pic: May 29th

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Normally you’re not going to see kick pics on back-to back days, but we thought you’d enjoy an occasional double-up. Here’s Ross rocking the Jordan 1 “Barons”.


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To Plug Or Not To Plug?

In the sneaker world today, it’s important to have a plug. With all the hype surrounding certain releases, you can’t always manage to get the sneakers you want on your own, you need a little help sometimes. That’s where your plug comes in: whether they work at Foot Locker, Finish Line, or just have connections, it can be crucial to have that helping hand.

On the flip side of the situation, maybe you’re the guy who is being asked to plug people. You’re in a position that enables you to get the sneakers that you want, and you’ve got people hitting you up frequently for help with releases. I’ve been in that position before, and wanted to share my two cents on the topic. read more


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Release Calendar: May 26th-June 1st

May 26th

Jordan Future “Varsity Royal”-$150

Jordan Future “Dark Concord”-$150

May 27th

None

May 28th

None

May 29th 

None

May 30th

None

May 31st

Nike Lebron 11 Low “Dunkman”-$170

Nike Lebron 11 “What The Lebron”-$250

Nike Air Raid BRZ “White/Atomic Mango”-$135


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Soundset Do’s and Dont’s: Everything You Need To Know

For those of you who live under a rock, Soundset is this Sunday, May 25th at Canterbury Park. Here at KicksOneTwo, we love Soundset. We go every year, and we figured we’d whip up a quick guide with do’s and dont’s for those who might be a little bit newer to the game.

Do

-Get there a little early. You have to wait in line for what can amount to a decent while before you get to go in. Especially if you plan to push to the front, the sooner you get in the better.

-Bring your own flask if you want to drink. Drinks add up quickly there with the ticket system that they use, so bring some of your own sauce and save a little money. read more


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Starting Five: KicksOneTwo Creative Director Jahmade John

For our second installment of Starting Five, we’ll be taking a look at my rotation. With everything from Nike SB to New Balance, I’m encompassing a wide variety of kicks. Take a look!

1.  Nike Dunk Hi Premium SB “Brainwreck”

Todd Bratrud is one of my favorite designers, and the Brainwreck is a crazy shoe. I really like the cool grey and pink color combo, and the “brain” stitching on the inside is a crazy touch.

2. Nike Dunk Hi Premium SB “Send Help” 1 &2 read more


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Supreme Sunglasses

Today at 11:00 AM East Cost time (10:00 AM Central), Supreme is set to drop their four new models of sunglasses for summer: the Frances, the Wellington, the Tunnel Metal, and the Factory. The Frances, Wellington, and Tunnel Metal are handmade in Japan, while the Factory is handmade in Italy. All four models are very on-trend with the rounded frames, and are perfect for summer if you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses. Hit the Supreme webshop at 10:00 AM today (you’re gonna have to be quick!) to cop. Until then, enjoy the images below. read more


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Style

Welcome to the new Style section! The team at KicksOneTwo loves fresh gear almost as much as sneakers, so we decided it was only right to include a section on clothing and accessories. Check back here for news on new clothing drops, outfit of the day pics, and clothing reviews!


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Could This Be the Lebron 12?

Yesterday, Kicks Or Die on Instagram posted two images of what looked to be the Lebron 12. The images were quickly removed, but thankfully not before the internet managed to get a hold of them. The shoe looks to be a super-high top with some sort of Flyknit or woven upper, and a multi-colored translucent icy sole. Check the pictures below. What do you think of this possible Lebron 12? Is the Lebron line headed in a good direction next year?

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Thoughts On Random Restocks

We all know the feeling: You see that tweet informing you there’s a restock over on NDC. Maybe you hurry over there and grab a pair that you’ve been wanting since you missed out on the original drop. Maybe you run over there, and there’s nothing left that you wanted. Maybe you don’t have any spare cash and you just have to let it pass by. And maybe, god forbid, you don’t see anything until it’s too late and you miss out on everything completely.

I’ve heard a lot of different opinions on surprise restocks. Some people love them. Some people find them annoying. Some people don’t care one way or another because they don’t have the time to stay up to date. I personally think random restocks are great and here’s why: read more


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Music Mondays: May 19

Welcome to Music Mondays! Every Monday we’ll bring you a sick track to get your week started off right.

For our first installment, we bring you a track from Brooklyn Park’s own ThatGuySoda‘s mixtape Legendary. Here’s “Double R” featuring Dizzy Wright.


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Release Calendar: May 19th-25th

May 19th 

None

May 20th

None

May 21st

None

May 22nd 

Nike Free Flyknit Chukka PRM “Magista Collection”-$180

Nike Air Max 1 PRM “Magista Collection”-$125

Nike Roshe Run HYP PRM “Magista Collection”-$100

Nike Air Max 90 Jacquard PRM “Magista Collection”-$160

Nike Tiempo ’94 Mid “Magista Collection”-$135

Nike Tiempo Trainer “Magista Collection”-$90

Nike Women’s Air Max 1 PRM “Magista Collection”-$110

Nike Women’s Lunartiempo Sky Hi PRM “Magista Collection”- $150 read more


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Music

Welcome to the music section!

As music is a large part of our sneaker culture, we felt that it was necessary to include a music section on KicksOneTwo. You’ll hear dope tracks from artists both local and national, and possibly some staff musings or discussion on music as well!


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Kick Pics: Jordan Future “Volt”

It was a successful weekend for the KicksOneTwo staff in terms of new pickups. I was able to grab a pair of the Jordan Futures in the “Volt” colorway, while Jahmade was able to grab the camo colorway (pics of those coming soon!)

If you’re looking to get your hands on a pair, the good folks over at Studiiyo23 still have a few in stock!

I think the Future will be a great summer sneaker due to its lightweight upper and vibrant colors. Without further ado, here’s a few snaps! Enjoy. read more


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What Makes Somebody A Sneakerhead?

There’s no dictionary definition for “sneakerhead”. You could ask ten different people what they thought, and you’d very likely get ten different answers. There are lots of different types of folks with different levels of interest in shoes, so how do you determine who’s a “sneakerhead” and who isn’t? Here’s my two cents on the topic.

In my opinion, the main requirement is that you have to have a certain level of knowledge on the topic. Anyone can use their money to buy a bunch of sneakers, but what sets someone who’s a real head apart from someone who just owns a lot of shoes is what they know. It’s like the difference between a person who owns a nice camera and an actual photographer. There’s a level of knowledge that’s required. If you can speak intellegently on sneaker history, the sneaker culture currently, and where you think the culture is going in the future, that means you’re more invested in the culture as a whole as opposed to someone who just mindlessly consumes. read more


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Starting Five: KicksOneTwo Founder Ross Dwyer

Welcome to the first post of a new segment we’re excited to bring to you: the Starting Five.

The idea behind the Starting Five is to showcase the five sneakers that are in someone’s rotation, and give them a chance to explain why they’ve been rocking said sneakers so much.

I thought I’d get everything started, so here are the five kicks that are currently in my rotation!

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1. Nike Flyknit Trainer: Flyknit has become my favorite Nike technology. These are a great summer shoe, very lightweight and comfy. The all-over multicolor Flyknit upper really works with any type of fit. read more


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The Material Dilemma

Although this article is similar in nature to the valuable sneakers piece that was put on the site on Sunday, I still thought it was a topic worth touching on.

Sometimes it’s hard being so attracted to material things. A lot of people don’t understand it. “You have how many sneakers?” they say. “You spent how much on that pair of sneakers?” they say. “You know they’re just sneakers, right?” they say. Usually someone like that is easy to ignore, but sometimes it can get bothersome. read more


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KicksOneTwo Trip: Adam’s Storage Locker, Part 2

Adam Westermann has a lot of sneakers. So many, in fact, that we had to write two posts. Our first visit to Adam’s storage locker, if you missed it, is here. Now here are the rest of the pictures from Adam’s locker (assorted Nikes, New Balance, Asics, Jordans, and a pair of Adidas too). Enjoy!

Huge thanks to Adam for letting us come out and shoot all the dope kicks in his locker! Checking out a diverse collection is always a good time. read more


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Kick Pics: Asics Gel Lyte V “Brazil”

Last week, Ronnie Fieg tweeted out a link to a new Gel Lite V colorway that had dropped on the Kith website. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair, and they arrived today. They’re crazy in person, so I had to throw in the rope laces that were included and take a few snaps. Enjoy!

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KicksOneTwo Trip: Adam’s Storage Locker, Part 1

Our good friend Adam Westermann had mentioned to us that he had a storage locker full of kicks that he didn’t have room for in Alaska, and that we were welcome to stop by and see what kind of heat was in there.

We jumped at the opportunity (of course) and this last week we were able to make a trip out to the locker and check out what was inside! There were LOTS of crazy kicks in there, so without further ado, here’s all the Nike SB, Flyknit and Reebok that was in the locker!

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Release Calendar: May 12th-18th

May 12

Saucony Shadow Master “Pink/Tan/Beige”-$130

May 13

None

May 14

None

May 15

None

May 16

Ewing 33 Hi “Biking Red”-$110

May 17

Nike LeBron 11 “Everglades”-$200

Nike Kobe 9 EM “Unleashed”-$160

Nike Penny “Shooting Stars” Pack-$500

Liberty x Nike Sportswear Roshe Run-$95

Liberty x Nike Sportswear Sky Hi Dunk-$140

Liberty x Nike Sportswear Air Max 1-$125

Liberty x Nike Sportswear Pegasus-$95

Jordan 2 “Nightshade”-$150

Jordan Future Premium “Black/Army/Dark Sail”-$185 read more


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The True Meaning of “Valuable Sneakers”

If it wasn’t made blatantly obvious by this website, I love sneakers. There’s nothing like opening up that box and taking out some fire for the first time, stepping out of the house with something wavy on, or finally getting your hands on that one sneaker that’s been eluding you for years.

However, the hands-down dopest thing about sneakers is when you have a pair that’s very valuable to you. I’m not necessarily talking about rare sneakers, or sneakers that are worth a lot of money (even though I’ve got kicks that fit in both of those categories). I’m talking about sneakers that bring back memories of a certain time or place, driving their value to you through the roof. read more


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An Interview with Adam Westermann

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For our first interview here at KicksOneTwo, we had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Westermann. Raised right here in Minnesota and currently residing in Alaska, he’s a lover of all things Nike SB, and has been collecting for several years. We discussed several different topics, from how the sneaker game has changed in the last couple years, to what the difference is in the sneaker culture between Minnesota and Alaska. Without any further ado, here’s our conversation:

KicksOneTwo: How long have you been collecting sneakers for and what got you into it? read more


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TCSAX 3 Recap Part 2: On-Feet Snaps

Continuing with our coverage of last Sunday’s TCSAX III event at the Cabooze, here are a few on-feet pics from the event. As lighting was not optimal, it was somewhat challenging to get a ton of snaps, but we still managed to get a few solid shots! Enjoy.

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Hard to go wrong with GMP 7’s (do I spy a pair of baby bears in the background?)

Li-Ning & Jordans

Nice variety of kicks here. Gotta love Li-Ning.

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We found Red October. Rancell broke out the Yeezy 2’s.

Nate paranormans

Nate came through with the Paranorman foams read more


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Need some size 14’s? Terrell Owens’s Bigcartel has got you covered.

In one of the strangest pieces of sneaker news in recent memory, Terrell Owens, the man with the 2nd most receiving yards and 3rd most receiving TD’s in NFL history has put up a wide selection of old team Jordans, flip-flops and even a random pair of Lacoste sneakers on his Bigcartel website. If you’re in the market for a fresh pair of size 14’s or just need a good chuckle, check the site out here.

T.O. Bigcartel

-RDwyer


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Rare Doesn’t Mean Fresh

Over these last few months, I’ve seen a lot of people being chided on their sneaker choices. There seems to be this school of thought that a sneaker can only be considered “heat” if it’s rare. People feel like if a sneaker is a GR then that makes it less fresh for some reason.

This school of thought irritates me, and I’m here to make a counter-argument. I feel that a shoe’s exclusivity has nothing to do with how dope it might be. Here’s why.

If something’s whack, it’s whack. Limited quantities should not make a sneaker any more appealing. If you buy a sneaker just because it’s rare and not because you like it, what does that make you? You’re right, it makes you a hypebeast. As much as I don’t care to throw that term around that’s pretty much the dictionary definition: someone who buys something because it’s limited, not because they like it. read more


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KicksOneTwo Founder and Editor, Ross Dwyer: About Me

Hey, I’m thrilled that you’re here. I’m looking forward to bringing you my thoughts and opinions on the culture that I love so much and providing quality content. A little background on me: I’m 26 years old, and have been collecting sneakers/obsessing over streetwear for over a decade (since I was 15 to be specific). If I could only wear three shoes for the rest of my life they would be:

  • Air Jordan I’s

  • Vans Sk8-Hi’s

  • Adidas Gazelles 

I’ve enjoyed basketball since I was young, and always took note of what my favorite players (Allen Iverson, and Kevin Garnett, to name two) were wearing. When I started working in a shoe store as a 15 year old, it was a wrap. I started buying every sneaker I’d ever wanted since I finally had a little bit of pocket money to spare, and my passion/obsession (depends on who you ask) only grew from there.

I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through my words, and always knew that I could do better than the mediocre to (let’s be completely honest here…) poor writing and grammar that I see on some of the bigger sneaker sites. Although I’d mulled around the idea of starting my own site to broadcast my take on our culture for quite a while, I didn’t get the push I needed to go through with it until Spring 2014. read more


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KicksOneTwo Creative Director Jahmade John: About Me

My name is Jahmade John, I’m 20 years old, and I really, really like sneakers. There’s no way I can give you guys the whole run down of my 6 years doing this thing that I love in a quick “about me” piece but Ill give you guys a little background information about my obsession that started back in 2008.

The first sneaker I ever bought with my own money was the Nike SB “Tie Dye”. I’ve got a lot of respect for a lot of different designers, so I can’t give you guys a favorite off the top of my head, but I can list  a top 3 (in no particular order) read more


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KicksOneTwo Guest Writer Sean Crawford: About Me

Before you invest too much time reading yet another blog, you should know who is behind K-1-2…

Other than working at a locally owned footwear and apparel boutique, my involvement in “the game” or whatever you call it is strictly as an admirer. Theoretically I (get paid to) sell thousands of dollars of clothes and shoes a week, and I sometimes feel like I buy an equal amount…but working in a local sneaker shop also pays me millions a week in peoples’ 2 cents on a subject, so I might as well invest it in this blog. read more


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KicksOneTwo Writer Emil (Bobby) Cienik: About Me

What’s up KicksOneTwo!? First and foremost, I am extremely excited to become a part of the KicksOneTwo family and cook up some dope articles for your reading pleasure. I’ve known Ross for a little while now and he’s been nothing but good to me so I owe him a huge thank you for letting me be a part of this. My name is Emil Cienik, (most people call me Bobby), I’m 17 years old, and am a recent graduate of Anoka High School.

My interest in shoes started as a child in elementary school. Every August before the new school year started, I’d always want my parents to buy me the most expensive shoes with the hope that everyone in class would be jealous. Funny to think about even as an 8 year old, I wanted to stunt on kids. I can’t help but laugh now as I remember my dad telling me that $100 for a pair of shoes was an outrageous price. It was even funnier when I got older and first told him that I could get hundreds of dollars for certain pairs of shoes. read more


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TCSAX 3 Recap

TCSAX 3 Recap

On May 4, 2014, the Minnesota sneaker community converged on the Cabooze for the third installment of Studiiyo23’s sneaker convention, known as TCSAX (Twin Cities Sneaker Art Exchange). With dope sneakers, local clothing brands, good food and music, and great people under one roof, it was an afternoon to remember: those folks The crowd was thick, as folks from all walks of life came to check out the sneaker and art tables Myway guys The MyWay Co team was on hand with their new tees and stickers Joel & NilesJoel and Niles from Create Karma, always affable. Good people. driftline Driftline (and their beautiful booth host Megan) showed love like always. The homie Spencer brought a table full of heat Spencer was hurting feelings. Scotty Piff table The good folks at Scotty Piff brought out kicks of all flavors Did we mention there was art too? Studiiyo23‘s own Taylor Lindgren premiered some crazy new 8-bit style work. ryan #1 Ryan Fors also debuted some new prints at the event More dope work from Ryan Salvatore was in the building repping Minneapolis Customs with a table full of insane hand-painted kicks My personal favorite. Biggie AND Pac on a pair of kicks? Instant victory. Andrew of Pyro Styles Glass had a table as well. Yes, that is a custom handmade Nike glass piece he’s rocking. And finally…onto the music. Nachturnal getting ready to rock the stage. Mickey and Phil-fix Phil and Mickey of Nachturnal Mickey Mickey spitting A-Slim KicksOneTwo homie A-Slim showing love during his set. Create Karma’s Niles Miller turning up. Work Hard and Stay Humble. Preaching read more


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Wear What You Like: Elitisim in the Sneaker Culture

We’ve all seen him: The guy who thinks he’s stunting on everyone, walking down the hall with a swagger in his step.

Then you look down at his feet, and he’s got something horrible on. Flight 45’s, Prime 5’s, or some other gross team Jordan, possibly covered with some ill-fitting, way too big, early 00’s style denim. I’ll be the first to admit it. It’s hard to not laugh at those people sometimes. Those of us “in the know,” if you will, wouldn’t be caught dead with something like that on our feet, and can’t fathom why anyone else would wear them either.  But hang on… read more


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Release Calender: May 6th-11th

May 6th

None

May 7th

None

May 8th

None

May 9th

Nike Lebron 11 Elite “Hero Collection”-$275

Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Hero Collection”-$225

Nike KD 6 Elite “Hero Collection”-$200

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Black/Laser Crimson/Atomic Mango”-$150

Reebok Blacktop Boulevard “White/Red/Black”-$100

Reebok Blacktop Boulevard “Black/White”-$100

Reebok Battleground “White/Black/Purple”-$125

Reebok Battleground “Black/Teal/Purple”-$125

May 10th read more


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Welcome to KicksOneTwo!

Hey, you…yeah YOU! Welcome to KicksOneTwo, your one-stop shop for everything and anything a Twin Cities sneakerhead needs. Our goal is to bring you high-quality content about what’s going on in our scene, from local sneaker news to interviews and event recaps.

KicksOneTwo was born out of a desire to give our community a voice. We’ve got lots of great people, places, and events here in our community, and the KicksOneTwo staff feels that the things that make our scene so great deserve coverage. A lot of hard work has gone into the site to make it the best it can be, and we’re ready to shine the light on our community! read more


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