Thoughts On This Weekend’s Releases

It’s a pretty diverse release weekend we have upon us here. From the triple-black Foamposite to the new Flyknit Roshes, there’s something for almost everyone dropping this weekend. Here’s my thoughts on my top 5 kicks (in order) that released yesterday or are releasing this weekend.

Honorable Mention: Nike Air Foamposite 1 “Black Suede

All-black kicks are always a solid move in the fall and winter months, and these triple-black foams are hard to go wrong with. Although they aren’t quite as dope as the “Stealth” foams, these should still find a place in the collection of many foam-heads. read more


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I’m Not Going Anywhere

I’ll be honest. This isn’t a sneaker piece so much as it is a personal piece. If you came here hoping today’s post might be a sneaker post, you might be just a little bit disappointed. However, it is a post that I felt needed to be written, and where better to do it than here on KicksOneTwo?

Last week, I was offered a big promotion at work. I’d be making a ton more money and have a ton more responsibility. Sounds great, right? But there was a catch. I’d have to move to Mason City, Iowa. Not exactly a thriving metropolis for the culture this website is based on (although there is some nice Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses out there). And KicksFourOne doesn’t have quite the same ring to it either if I may be honest. read more


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Step Your Style Game Up!

Sneakers and fashion go hand-in hand. You can’t have a dope outfit without a fresh pair of kicks on feet. Most of us sneakerheads dress from the toes up, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that.

However, some people in the sneaker game are guilty of not caring about fashion as much as they should. I’m not  here to say that if you’re into sneakers, you also have to be a fashionista who’s up to date on the latest Hood By Air collection, or know the difference between Naked and Famous and APC’s different cuts of denim. read more


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Scotty Piff Is Opening A Shop

Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re all about doing whatever we can to move our culture forwards. We’re thrilled when opportunities present themselves for those in our community, and that’s why we’re happy to see that the good folks over at Scotty Piff are opening their own retail location on September 1st.

The grand opening of the store will be from 12pm-8pm, and the first 100 customers through the door will get laced with a free t-shirt.With lots of consignment kicks and clothing, there’s sure to be something for everyone over at the shop. read more


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Congats to Studiiyo23 On 4 Years In Business!

I usually wouldn’t write an article that sings the praises of anything this highly, but the topic of this specific article isn’t just anything.

Today marks a special day in Minneapolis sneaker culture. 4 years ago, the best sneaker boutique in the state, Studiiyo23 opened its doors. With 3  solid founding principals the business was based on (passion, creativity, and love for the game) “the Studiiyo” (as some loyal customers affectionately call it) quickly became more than a store: It became a place where people who love everything from sneakers to art to hip-hop could meet like-minded people in a welcoming enviroment. Nowadays it’s not just a store. It’s a cultural hub. read more


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Thoughts On The Supreme Fall/Winter Drop

By now, you’ve probably heard about Supreme‘s Fall/Winter 2014 drop. You’ve maybe even seen the photo galleries of the apparel, accessories, and headwear over on Hypebeast.

In the fast-moving world of streetwear, it’s already somewhat old news even though the picture galleries just arrived a few days ago. So why did I wait to write my thoughts on it, you ask? It’s pretty simple: I needed a little time to fully digest how dope the collection is.

I feel like I find myself saying this ever time Supreme releases a lookbook for their upcoming collection, but they really killed it on this one. Most of the offerings are on point, and the select few that aren’t quite as dope are still pretty solid, just not very original. read more


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Detroit Rubber Is Back!

Here at KicksOneTwo, we love the Loud original series Detroit Rubber. Getting a behind the scenes look at what the folks over at the legendary Burn Rubber sneaker shop are doing is always enjoyable. It’s interesting to see what goes on day-to-day at a famous sneaker shop, and the first episode of the second season focuses on the Burn Rubber boys working with members of the University of Michigan’s Fab 5 freshmen. Check out the video below, and enjoy!


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All-Red Kicks: When Will It End?

Trends. Can’t live with em’, can’t live without em’. They affect what we rock on a daily basis far more than we’d like to admit, and Nike is usually at the forefront.

Much like any other industry, trends in the sneaker industry come and go. Remember the LeBron 9 Elite “South Beach”? I’m sure you do.

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When that shoe popped off the way it did and created such a huge response, Nike wisely jumped all over it and started pumping out kicks with a similar color scheme left and right. The hype was very real for a while, but as hype does, it began to die down. When the “South Beach” Lebron 11 dropped this year, there was little to no reaction from the sneaker community, whom for the most part seemed to be tired of the color scheme. read more


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Sneak Peek: KD VII “Calm Before The Storm”

With tomorrow being the release date for the KD VII “Calm Before The Storm”, the KicksOneTwo staff figured we’d give you an early look. With a slightly more muted look than the last two colorways (35,000 Degrees and Global Games), these may just be a sleeper hit. Check the pics below, and let us know if you’re planning to cop!

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Need Some New Gear? Studiiyo23 And Phenom Are Having Sales!

Need some new gear for school this year? Just feeling a hankering for some new stuff? If so you’re in luck because the two most prominent sneaker and streetwear boutiques in Minnesota are having great sales this week. Both Studiiyo23 and Phenom are marking down everything from sneakers to shirts. Check the fliers below to see what the deals are, and be sure to support great local businesses!

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The Saucony Grid 9000 “Snow Beach” And Sneaker Nostalgia

With the release and subsequent immediate sell-out of the Saucony x Packer Shoes x Just Blaze Grid 9000 “Snow Beach” sneaker yesterday, I got to thinking about something that I like to call “sneaker nostalgia” and how there’s a lot of false instances of it going around the game right now.

Don’t get it wrong, this is by no means an article dissing the shoe. I love the colorway and the Grid 9000 is my favorite Saucony model. I just thought this would be as good a time as any to bring up a subject that I’ve been mulling around in my head for a while now. read more


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What’s Your Most Complimented Sneaker?

I had a funny thought a few days ago. I was chilling with my homie (and KicksOneTwo’s Creative Director) Jahmade, and the topic of discussion was the sneaker that we’d received the most compliments on in public (the compliments being from the general public, not other sneakerheads or those in the know).

As I mulled the question over, to my great surprise I realized that my most complimented shoe was my Volt Jordan Futures (yeah, that’s me wearing the volt futures in the picture. The purple, camo and easter futures belong to Moh, Jahmade, and Bill respectively). read more


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Kick Pic: August 6th

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For this Kick Pic (the first Kick Pic of August? Where’s the summer going?), we bring you a snap of Ross rocking the Jordan IX “Slim Jenkins”.


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Studiiyo23 Is Taking Over The Custom Game

Looking to get some custom kicks done? Ever wondered what it would be like to watch a customizer work? Then you’re in luck.

This last week, the good folks over at Studiiyo23 announced a partnership with Salvatore Marcum of Minneapolis Customs. All Minneapolis Customs requests will now be handled through Studiiyo23, and if you want to inquire about a pair of custom kicks, you can get in touch with Salvatore and the Studiiyo23 team at customs@studiiyo23.com!

With the best sneaker customizer and the best sneaker store in the state joining forces, something dope is sure to come out of this collaboration. Check out the two different customs that have already been completed, the “Last Ferrari” 14’s and the “Matte Black” 14’s below. read more


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Thoughts On The Nike Roshe Run Flyknit.

The sneaker gods have heard my prayers.

That was my first thought when I heard about the Flyknit Roshe Runs. I’ve been on a real tech running kick these last few months, and when one of my favorite silhouettes is paired up with my favorite Nike technology, it’s an instant win. There are so many cool things that could happen with this sneaker as they develop it more over the next several months. I mean really, who wouldn’t love a multicolor Flyknit upper on a Roshe sole? Sounds like an instant win to me. read more


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The Ten Ronnie Fieg Commandments

Here at KicksOneTwo, we love us some Kith. From the sneakers to the Mercer pants, to the short sleeve hoodies, we’re with the Ronnie Fieg movement all the way.

So we got to thinking: Since Ronnie is a god in the sneaker/street style industry, what would his ten commandments be? We’ve got a pretty good idea. Read on to see for yourselves.

1. Thou Shalt Show Love To Retro Runners

Nobody does retro running models like Ronnie does. From Gel Lite III’s to New Balance 1600’s, it seems that Ronnie has made a crazy colorway for almost all the classic running models. read more


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Community Opinion: KD7 “Global Game”

Welcome to a new segment the folks here at KicksOneTwo are glad to bring to you: the “Community Opinion”. It’s a pretty simple concept. Folks from the local sneaker community chip in with quick opinions on a sneaker, from good to bad. We figured it would be a fun way to bring the community together and let them share their opinions.

For the first segment, we asked for opinions on the KD7 “Global Game”. Releasing tomorrow, this red/silver KD model drew some mixed opinions from the community. Read on to see what your fellow Minneapolis sneakerheads were thinking, (and click the links to check out their Twitters and Instagrams. If they’re affiliated with any sneaker business, that will be included as well)! read more


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