Kick Pic: June 29th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you one of our favorite snaps we’ve ever taken. Here’s Ross rocking the Jordan I “Bred”


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Stop Sleeping! The Jordan Future Is Dope.

I love the Jordan Future. I think it’s exactly what Jordan Brand needs: an innovative product that is on the cutting edge of cool. It’s a perfect summer sneaker too. A lightweight woven upper with a super-comfy and dope Jordan XI midsole and outsole too? Money. As you can see below, there’s even colors to fit any taste (there are even a few dope ones that aren’t pictured here like the JBC model.)

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Yet for some strange reason, people continue to sleep on these. Although some of the woven premium models have sold out fast, the solid color models usually stay on shelves for days if not weeks. Why is that? Want to complain about Jordan Brand’s lack of innovation? Well here’s your innovation: It’s a great lightweight shoe that takes hints from the current tech running trend with the woven upper, but still keeps it classic with the midsole and outsole. What more could you ask for? read more


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Boring! Why Unboxing Videos Suck

If you’re like the KicksOneTwo staff, you likely enjoy watching sneaker videos on Youtube. From TBlake, to Mr. Foamer Simpson, to YoAnty, there’s several different channels, all of which have their own unique flavor and take on the culture.

However ,there’s one type of video on these channels that I can’t stand. UNBOXINGS. There’s nothing more yawn-inducing than an unboxing video. From the obligatory “gee I wonder what’s in this box even though I already know” moment to the hasty review of whatever sneaker was shipped out, unboxings are typically real snoozers. read more


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Kick Pic: June 26th

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For today’s Kick Pick, we bring you a throwback from TCSAX3. Here’s an unknown sneakerhead rocking the Gel Lite V “Volcano.”


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Supreme x Comme Des Garcons SHIRT drop

This Thursday, Supreme is releasing the latest installment in their popular ongoing collaboration with Comme Des Garcons SHIRT. With two dope pairs of Vans (a SK8 Hi and Era) as well as a New Era 5950, the collection is sure to sell out almost instantly. Check the pics below, and be ready at 11:00 AM Central time this Thursday!

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Check It Out! The 3 Best Deals On The Billionaire Archive

Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re big Billionaire Boys Club fans. However, we understand that it’s a pretty pricy brand and can be a little out of some budgets. Enter Billionaire Archive! It’s BBC/Ice Cream’s official sale site, and there’s always solid deals to be had. Looking to pick up some new threads? Here’s the 3 best sale items right now.

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1. “Bandiirad” T-Shirt 

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2. Bee Line S/S Stripe Shirt

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3. Bee Line Tweed Fitted

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Music Mondays: June 23rd

For this edition of Music Mondays we bring you a feel-good summer track, meant to be bumped in the car with the windows down. It’s very likely you’ve heard this before, but if not, here’s your chance to get familiar. Here’s Dr. Dre‘s “Xxplosive” featuring Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Six-Two.


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“I Don’t Like It Because Everyone Else Does”: Hating On Popular Shoes

It seems to be somewhat common nowadays to hate on popular sneakers. Be it the Carmine 6’s that released a few weeks back or honestly any Jordan 11, you’ll hear people saying stuff like “Those aren’t even sick. Everyone’s got them” or “I don’t see what’s really all that crazy about those”.

I’m not entirely sure why we do this. It’s honestly almost hipster-ish in nature. You don’t like something because everyone else has got it? So what? Would you think it’s fresh if it was more limited and other people didn’t have it? read more


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Starting Five: Alex Timmers

For this week’s Starting Five, we bring you KicksOneTwo homie Alex‘s rotaton. With dope Jordans and  Nikes (plus a great Mississippi River backdrop!), this was a very enjoyable rotation to shoot. Enjoy!

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1. Nike KD 6 EXT “Floral”

KD is one of my favorite players, and this is my favorite KD from this year. The floral print is crazy, and you can’t go wrong with an icy sole.

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2. Jordan 11 “Bred”

Can’t go wrong with the Breds. They’re a classic shoe that looks good with anything. The patent leather gets me every time. read more


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Waving The White Flag: When Is It Time To Get Out Of The Game?

If you’re like me, “getting out” of the sneaker game has crossed your mind once or twice. Maybe it’s your frustration with price increases that make an already expensive hobby almost impossible to afford. Maybe it’s missing out on a shoe due to bots. Maybe it’s a reseller charging outrageous prices for a sneaker that just came out.

All of the annoyances listed above are very frustrating, and valid reasons to question why you do this. However, I thought it might be enjoyable to delve a little bit deeper, and see when you might really want to stop collecting, as opposed to when you’re just frustrated with an aspect of the game. read more


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Didn’t see the Release Calendar Yesterday? Here’s Why.

Here at KicksOneTwo, we feel it’s important to keep you up to day on the latest goings-on in our local sneaker community. The team decided last week that the best way to inform our readers about what’s going on would be to tweak the calendar, and make it more focused on what’s going on locally. It might take a week or two for us to optimize this, and it might be a work in progress, but it will be better! We ask for your patience as we try to improve the calendar and make it the best it can be. read more


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We’ve Got It Pretty Good

This past week I was in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for work. This wasn’t the first time I’ve traveled for my job, nor will it be the last. Since I work for a sneaker company, I always like to try and find the store I’m helping out’s resident sneakerhead and get their thoughts on what the sneaker culture is like in their town.

I’ve been from Sioux City to Eau Claire, and I usually hear a variation of the same things: “Well nobody here really cares about that stuff”. “I have to drive a few hours to the cities to get releases because the stores in town rarely ever get anything”. “Nobody really understands why we do this”. read more


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Is The Sneaker Game In Good Hands?

It seems like just yesterday I started collecting sneakers. I was 15, and had just started my first job at Champs Sports. I had always loved basketball, and with that came a love of sneakers. Growing up, I’d get a pair or two before school started (who remembers the 2 for $90 deal at Champs back in the day? Nothing better) and that would be about it.

However, with my discount at Champs and paychecks coming in, I was able to bump up my collection until it swelled to a mildly ridiculous size. I’ve been collecting for seven years now, and it still sometimes feels like I just started last week with how excited I get over sneaker news and new releases. read more


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Sneaker Thoughts: Jordan I SB “Lance Mountain”

The sneaker world was abuzz this last weekend with the release of the Lance Mountain-designed Jordan I SB’s. Both SB and Jordan heads clamored to get their hands on a pair, and local shops like Cal Surf and Familia had hundreds of people turn out to get a raffle ticket (in the words of a Cal Surf employee “Yeah man, that’s pretty much all we’ve been doing all day.”)

Now that all the craziness has subsided slightly (if you want to see a few shots of the shoes, be sure to take a look at yesterday’s post!), it’s time to take a look back on the sneakers with a slightly more unbiased perspective. Here’s my thoughts. read more


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Release Calendar: June 9th-June 15th

June 9th

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June 10th

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June 11th

None

June 12th

Nike Free Flyknit Chukka PRM “Mercurial Collection”-$170

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

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

Nike Air Max 90 Jacquard PRM “Mercurial Collection”-$135

Nike Tiempo 94 Mid “Mercurial Collection”-$135

Nike Tiempo 94 Lunar Mid TP “Mercurial Collection”-$90

Nike Tiempo Trainer “Mercurial Collection”-$90

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


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Music Mondays: June 9th

For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a classic summer track from G.O.O.D. Music. Here’s “The Morning” featuring Raekwon


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Jordan Brand Price Increase?

On Friday, Sole Collector broke the news that in 2015 (the 30th year of business for Jordan Brand), they plan to “re-master” their product as they know the quality of some of the recent retros has not been up to par. This is notable for two reasons: First….They admitted it! They knew they were making low-quality product and it wasn’t up to snuff. Secondly, with this supposed “increase in quality” comes a price increase of about 10-15%, according to Dave Schecter, the VP of footwear for Jordan. read more


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Starting Five: Bill Cheney

For today’s rotation, we’ll be taking a look at KicksOneTwo homie Bill‘s rotaton. With Jordans of all flavors from retros to new releases, theres something for any Jordan fan in here.

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1. Jordan V “Grapes”

My favorite Jordan V colorway of all time. Purple and teal is a great color combo, and it makes for a perfect summer sneaker. I’m glad I sat on these for a little while before I broke them out.

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2. Jordan I “Barons”

Classic silhouette with colors that work with anything. I’m a big baseball fan too, so anything baseball-inspired is cool with me. read more


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Is The King Growing Stale? Thoughts on Jordan Brand and Their Perceived Lack Of Innovation

Jordan Brand is the undisputed king of sneaker brands. Everything they put out gets snapped up with haste by voracious consumers who just can’t seem to get enough. They’ve built an aura around their products that, quite frankly, is awe-inspiring. People foam at the mouth about their releases months in advance, and grown men and women have been known to act like little children on release day if everything doesn’t go exactly as they had planned.

With all this hype around the brand, and the crazy demand that their products create for themselves (they don’t even have to work the hype machine! The sneakers hype themselves up!), some complain about their lack of innovation, and how they just recycle the same things over and over, changing the color or just slightly tinkering with the layout of the sneaker. It’s an interesting topic, and one that I felt I needed to add my two cents on. read more


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Trendspotting: What’s The Next Big Colorway?

Over the last few years, there have been lots of colorways that have had their moment in the sneaker industry. A sick shoe comes out, everyone falls in love with the color, and from there all kinds of models of different sneakers from different brands start getting pumped out in that colorway. The first example that comes to mind is the South Beach LeBron colorway, with the most recent being the all-red inspired by the Nike Air Yeezy 2.

Although both of those are dope colorways, one could argue that they are becoming somewhat played out. It seems that there have been endless all-red sneaker releases over these last few months, and it may very well be time to move on to the next “hot colorway” if you will. read more


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Kick Pic: June 3rd

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Like 3M? Like Dunk Highs and Jordan 5’s? Then today’s kick pic is right up your alley. Here’s a snap of the “Raging Bull” Dunk Highs, and the 3M 5’s from the Raging Bull pack.


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Release Calendar: June 2nd-June 8th

June 2nd

None

June 3rd

None

June 4th

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June 5th

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June 6th

Nike LeBron 11 Elite “Gold Collection”-$275

Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Gold Collection”-$225

Nike KD 6 Elite “Gold Collection”-$200

June 7th

Nike KD 6 “What The”-$150

Nike Lil Penny Posite Pro “Hyper Pink” $N/A

Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 “Lance Mountain Black”-$150

Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 “Lance Mountain White”-$150

Air Jordan 2 “White/Red”-$150

June 8th 

None


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Summer Style: Potential Trends

With summer here in full effect, it’s time to switch up your wardrobes. The hoodies and beanies go in the closet, and the tanks and shorts come out. There are a few different things that I think will be “in” if you will this summer, and I thought I’d give everyone a little head start on the competition!

Sweatshorts: Everyone loves wearing cargos and basketball shorts in the summer, but I think lots of people will migrate towards sweatshorts this summer as a comfy alternative. There are dope Staple sweatshorts available locally at Studiiyo23! read more


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