Community Opinion Part II: 3 Favorite Sneaker Models

We’re back! The long-awaited return of the Community Opinion is here. For the first piece, we asked Twin City sneakerheads for their thoughts on the KD VII “Global Game”. This time around, we’re doing something a little different. All the sneakerheads in this piece were asked one (not so) simple question: If you could only wear three shoe models for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Opinions varied, from Nikes to Vans to Red Wing boots. One thing is for sure though, there’s a wide variety of tastes in our sneaker community. As before, you can hit the links to check out anyone’s Twitter or Instagram, and any sneaker/sneaker related business affiliation they have will be listed as well. A final note, the shoes listed are not listed in any order, just three favorites. Without any further ado, let’s get to it! read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

The “Nike Exodus”: What It Means For The Industry

You’ve most likely heard the news. Earlier this week, three of Nike‘s top designers left for their biggest rival: the brand with three stripes, (irony?) Adidas. What does this mean for the sneaker industry as a whole? Will the balance of power shift in Adidas’s direction? There’s a lot of questions to be answered.

A quick background on the three power players: First, there’s Marc Dolce. His specialty is modernizing popular retro models, as evidenced by his work on the Lunar Force 1’s. He’s also worked on signature basketball models for various Nike athletes, and football (of the American variety) gear. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Ron Artest Has Been Biting Jeremy Scott

If you watch basketball, or even if you don’t, you probably know who Ron Artest is. The former Buls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, and Knicks swingman and 2004 defensive player of the year now goes by Metta World Peace, and is playing basketball professionally in China.

What does this have to do with sneakers, you might ask? A few days ago, Artest revealed the sneakers that he’d be wearing this upcoming season. See for yourself below.

panda1-350x196 panda2-350x196

Look familiar? The bear head on the tongue and the arms sticking out from the upper are very similar to Jeremy Scott’s JS Bear series of sneakers. Artest (sidenote: his legal name is Metta World Peace, but we here at KicksOneTwo still refer to him as Ron Artest) has recently started referring to himself as “Panda Friend”, and now apparently insists on his kicks reflecting his new self-imposed nickname. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Kick Pic: September 24th

DSC_0745

For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of a few pairs from TCSAX IV. Direct from the Scotty Piff table, here’s a snap of their Jordan DB VI’s (there’s a pair of Diamond IBN Jaspers in the background too!).


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Villa And The Swaggerjack Of The Year

Let me start by saying this is an opinion piece. You might not agree with what I’m going to say here, and that’s fine. However, I’m not too thrilled with what I’m writing about here, and I don’t think the average Twin Cities sneakerhead will be either.

As you probally already know, the Philadelphia-based chain sneaker store Ruvilla (most people just call them Villa for short) is starting to make their way into Minnesota. They’ve got a shop open in Brooklyn Park, and are working on shops in the Mall of America and North Minneapolis as well. It’s rumored that they are looking to open two more shops as well, although the locations of those shops are uncertain.  read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Don’t Be A Keyboard Warrior!

Do you spend most of your free time flipping through Facebook sneaker groups and trying to think of smart-ass comments to leave on people’s posts even though you very rarely buy or sell anything? Do you frantically grab for your phone every time you see the notification light go off? Are you one of those guys who hasn’t met 75% of the people they consider “friends” face-to-face? If so, then you just might be a keyboard warrior, and I’m here to help.

Although it might be enjoyable being the funny guy online who’s always wisecracking about Niketalk denim, someone’s blurry struggle sneaker picture, or how someone got fleeced in a trade, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t do any good for the culture that we all love. This is not by any means to say that there’s no place for it, but it’s not a real contribution. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Sneak Peek: Jordan XIV “Black Toe”

With tomorrow’s release of the Jordan XIV “Black Toe”, the KicksOneTwo staff thought we’d bring you a few pictures. Although the quality of the material on the toe (some weird sort of suede/nubuck) isn’t great, the leather is not half bad. Are you planning to cop? Let us know in the comments.

black toe 1 black toe 2

black toe 3 black toe 4


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Thoughts On The Pharrell x Adidas Collaboration

I’ll come right out and say it: I’m a Pharrell stan. I’m inspired by his constant creativity, and how he seems to be successful in just about everything that he does. From Billionaire Boys Club (which happens to be one of my favorite brands), to the “Perspective” chair he designed, to his classic production on old Clipse records, to the neo-funk-soul-whatever the hell kind of music it is on his most recent album Girl, I’m of the opinion that most things he has a hand in wind up coming out great. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

TCSAX 4 Recap Part 2: On-Feet Pics

For the second part of our coverage of last Sunday’s TCSAX 4 event at the Cabooze, we bring you our on-feet snaps. As always, lighting was a little tricky, but we still were able to capture some of the wide variety of dope kicks at the event.

black toe 14

Can’t go wrong with the black toe XIV’s. Anyone excited for the release this weekend?

breds and hares

Bred I’s and Hare VII’s. Two of the best colorways of their respective models

bred 4s enhanced

Sean broke out the Bred IV’s.

spizike 6's

Ready for a few pairs of all-red sneakers? Let’s start with a pair of Spizike VI’s. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail
TCSAX 4 Recap

TCSAX 4 Recap

On September 14th, 2014, the Minnesota sneaker community gathered at the Cabooze for the fourth installment of Studiiyo23‘s sneaker convention, the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange (TCSAX for short). With a varied crowd of sneakerheads, artists, musicians and more, it was an afternoon to remember.

crowd

Even the Vikings home opener didn’t stop the community from turning out.

create karma homies

Niles and Taylor from Create Karma were in the building with a table full of new headwear, t-shirts, button-ups and sweatshirts. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Today’s The Day! Come Out To TCSAX 4!

In case you’ve missed everything thus far, here’s one more reminder! Come out to TCSAX 4 at the Cabooze today from 12-6! It’s going to be a great time. The KicksOneTwo staff hopes to see you there!

Screen shot 2014-09-05 at 12.03.35 PM


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Brooks Chariot: Will It Work?

If you run, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of Brooks. They’ve been in business for over a hundred years, and make all different kinds of great running shoes, from the stable Adrenaline GTS series to the ultra-cushioned Glycerin, to the very lightweight and minimal PureFlow . However, Brooks is now trying to make a foray into a whole new market. That’s right, they’re coming after the sneakerheads with the Chariot “Merlot”.

The Chariot “Merlot” shoe, a collaboration with Boston-based retailer Concepts will be released later today. With retro runners being all the rage in the sneaker world right now, it seems like a smart move. Might as well bring out a classic model, let a well-respected shop with a history of hit collaborations throw a fresh coat of paint and premium materials on it and see what happens, right? Here’s an image of the kicks below if you haven’t had a chance to see them yet. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

TCSAX: Do’s and Dont’s

With TCSAX (the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange) IV right around the corner, the folks here at KicksOneTwo thought it would be only right to compile a list of do’s and dont’s for those folks who might be a little newer to the convention scene. Want to find out how to have the best possible time this upcoming Sunday? Read on.

Do

1. Be Social!

It’s a convention after all! A time where everyone with a common interest comes together. Talk to people. Shake hands. Shoot the shit about sneakers, rap, or anything else. You’re almost certain to meet some really wavy people. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Get Your Tickets! TCSAX IV Is Only A Week Away

The KicksOneTwo staff would like to issue you a friendly reminder to get your TCSAX IV tickets! One week from today, the good folks at Studiiyo23 will take over the Cabooze for the best sneaker event in Minnesota! With everything from kicks to music to art, the event is not one to be missed. Check the flier below for more details, and  be sure to go get your tickets ASAP!

Screen shot 2014-09-05 at 12.03.35 PM


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Thoughts On The Jordan “Ferrari” XIV’s

Maybe some of you are sitting at home with a new shoebox beside you while you’re reading this. Maybe some of you are sitting in front of your computer shaking your head after striking out on NDC again. Either way out of it, you already know. The Jordan XIV “Ferrari” dropped today (to much acclaim) and it’s a beautiful sneaker.

Most sneakerheads were vastly in favor of the shoe, and I’d say that I’m among that number. However, there are things that go both ways about this release in my opinion, and I’m sharing them here. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Stepping On Jordans Prank: Why It’s Stupid.

There’s a good chance you’ve already seen the video: Two idiots head out to play pranks on people by stepping on their shoes, and calling it a “joke”. If you haven’t seen the video, here it is below. I’ll give you a few minutes.

Alright, so now you’ve seen it if you hadn’t before. Pretty damn stupid, right? This “prank” really got on my nerves for a few reasons, and I thought I’d air them out.

First off, the title of the video. “Stepping On Jordans in the Hood Prank?” Are you serious? I wasn’t aware that being “in the hood” as these two douchebags claim to be had anything to do with someone’s reaction when you step on their shoes. I don’t consider myself a “hood” individual, but if someone deliberately stepped on my shoes, you better believe that there would be a problem. And it’s not even because I love my shoes and take care of them: it’s a respect thing, plain and simple. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail

Thoughts On Nike, Under Armour, and Kevin Durant

Over the last few weeks, you’ve watched the saga unfold. Kevin Durant, the 2014 NBA MVP and five-time All NBA first team selection had a bidding war going around him as Nike and Under Armour competed for his services.

If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a quick background. KD was in the last year of his contract with Nike, and Under Armour, looking to make a power play and sign a new face of their brand, offered him a 10 year, $250 million dollar deal, vastly eclipsing his expiring 7 year, $60 million dollar expiring deal with Nike. read more


Share KicksOneTwo
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmail