2014 Sneaker Industry Reviews

Today’s the last day of 2014. It seems crazy that the year is almost (literally less that 24 hours) already over, but all good things must come to an end. Lots of crazy kicks were released this year, and there were several good things and several not-so-good things in the sneaker game just like every other year. However, even though it’s important to look back on everything that happened this last year, it’s even more important to look forwards to what might happen in the sneaker industry this year. Without further ado, here’s my reviews of what the major players did in 2014, as well as a few predictions for next year. read more


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Best Sneakers Of The Year #1: Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”

Here we are. The #1 shoe of 2014. In a year of crazy designs and innovation from what seemed like almost every brand, there was one shoe that stood above the rest. There really isn’t even any argument to be made. The #1 sneaker of 2014 is unquestionably the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”.

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No other shoe had the all-encompassing effect that the Red Octobers had on the sneaker landscape this year. Nike made a big splash when they dropped them on that fateful  Sunday in February (the 9th at exactly 1:00 PM ET for the perfectionists out there) with no advance warning. With the sneaker game the way it is currently, it felt only right that the release of the most anticipated shoe of the year (and maybe even the last couple years) was on a totally random day with no advance notice. read more


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Staff Pickups: Nike Free Flyknit Chukka

This Christmas, Ross was lucky enough to get a pair of Free Flyknit Chukkas in as a present. The burgandy/crimson/whatever shade of burnt red you want to call it clashes with the Carolina Blue…AND you can get them for a few bucks off from Finish Line! Check out the snaps below!

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It’s my birthday today.

This piece isn’t very sneaker related (except for 23 being Jordan’s number, but that’s a bit of a stretch of course), but as this is my site, I figured it would be alright to alot myself one birthday-related post.

It’s crazy to think that I graduated from high school about five years ago, and have been able to legally drink for the last two. It feels like just yesterday that my homies and I were slinking into the gas station at 18 to buy cigars and chew and thought it was so dope that we could legally do that. read more


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Best Sneakers Of The Year #2: Jordan I SB “Lance Mountain” Black

We’re down to the top two.  Biggie or Pac? LeBron or KD? Who’s #2 and who’s #1?

After careful deliberation between all the dope kicks that released this year, I was finally able to get it down to 2, and this was the hardest decision on the whole list hands down, as the two top shoes of the year were neck and neck (you’ll find out which shoe took the number 1 spot later this week of course).

Without further ado, coming in at a very close second on the Best Sneakers Of The Year list is the Jordan I SB “Lance Mountain” in the “Black” colorway. read more


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Music Mondays: December 22nd

For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you the longest rap song you’ll ever hear, 42 minutes to be exact. Compiled by Noisey, here’s the “Rap Monument” with production by Hudson Mohawke, and verses by a plethora of rappers, from Pusha T to Action Bronson to Young Thug.  If you’re wondering why it’s edited, the regular version unfortunately hasn’t been released yet.


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Best Sneakers Of The Year #3: Jordan x Fragment Design AJI

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It hasn’t even released yet, but here it is, #3 on my Top 5 Kicks Of 2014 list. “Why?” you might be saying. “Why would you rank a shoe that hasn’t even dropped yet so highly?” Well there’s a few reasons for that, and if you read on, you’ll find out.

First and foremost, as you know if you’ve read almost any other article on the site, the Jordan I is my favorite Jordan model of all time. Nothing else even comes close. Crispy and brand new or beaten up and dirty, they look great either way, and the silhouette really works with anything. read more


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Staff Pickups: Jordan I “Melo”

This week, I grabbed a pair of the “Melo” Jordan I’s from my good friends over at Studiiyo23. With the crazy black and gold color scheme and the new box, it was a must-grab pair for me, especially because as everyone knows, I’s are my favorite Jordans of all time. Check out a few snaps of the shoe (and the new packaging!) below!

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Kick Pic: December 18th

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As it’s Throwback Thursday, we thought it was only right to bring you a throwback shot from TCSAX IV. Here’s a pair of dope lowtop Jordan VI’s from Midas and Ryan‘s table.


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Best Sneakers Of The Year #4: Supreme x Nike Air Force 1

The countdown is back. We started off last week with #5….and here’s #4. The #4 sneaker of 2014 is the…

Supreme x Nike Air Force I

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Take a classic model that’s always been associated with New York. Take New York’s most prominent and successful streetwear brand Supreme. Take a simple base colorway with loud all-over branding and what do you have? That’s right, you’ve got the Supreme Air Force I. Nike and Supreme have linked up in the past for everything from SB Dunks to Bruins to Foamposites (and even an Air Force I Low), but these Air Force I Highs might be one of their best collaborative efforts to date. read more


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Kick Pic: December 14th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a shot full of Jordan I heat. That’s Ross rocking the Jordan I “Barons” on the left, and Jahmade rocking the Jordan I “Shadow” on the right.


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Best Sneaker Of The Year #5: Bape x Reebok Instapump Fury

It’s the end of the year, so that means I’m obligated to post an end-of-year “best of list”. There were a lot of dope kicks this year, and it was very hard to narrow them down to 5, but after deliberation both alone and with the KicksOneTwo staff and homies, I was able to get it done.

A few things to keep in mind while reading this list: this is a personal opinion. This is my personal top 5, not the 5 shoes that had the most impact on the industry or changed the game the most (although that is factored in). This is about the five kicks released this year that I enjoyed the most. Also, I’m not including any re-released retro models as that would be copping out. It’s top 5 new models. read more


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Best Christmas Gifts For Sneakerheads

It’s crunch time. Less than two weeks until Christmas, and you haven’t bought anything for most (or all) of the people on your Christmas list. Well, I’m here to help. If you’re like me, most of your friends and maybe even some of your family are into shoes.

“But wait” you might say. “I can’t buy shoes for everyone on my list, that’s outrageously expensive”. Great! That’s where this handy article comes in. I’ve got some of the best Christmas gifts for the sneakerhead on your list, and what’s even better is that they’re all available at local retailers. read more


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My Imaginary Flight Club Shopping Spree

I was perusing various sneaker sites a few days ago when I saw something that stopped me dead in my tracks. Complex and Flight Club were teaming up to offer a trip to New York, complete with a $1500 shopping spree at Flight Club’s NY location (in the event you didn’t see it, the link to enter the contest is here).

I allotted myself a few minutes to daydream about how dope winning the contest would be. A free trip to NY, meeting all the people at Complex, and $1500 to blow at New York’s sneaker mecca? Sounds like a dream come true. read more


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Ever Regretted Buying A Pair Of Shoes?

I don’t get buyer’s remorse. Over the course of my whole life, I’ve returned something I bought maybe 2-3 times, and that was because what I bought just didn’t work (a cheap-ass Ipod dock from Marshalls), or it just wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be (Eddie Huang‘s vastly overrated book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir).

But I’m not going to lie, I’ve thought about it a lot. Where am I going with this, you might ask? Well as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’ve got a lot of sneakers in my collection. The last pair I bought though…I kind of wish I hadn’t. read more


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Virtual Communities: Facebook Sneaker Groups

You’re most likely a part of at least one, and there’s a decent chance you’re part of three or more. No, I’m not talking about World Of Warcraft guilds or Destiny raid teams (word to KicksOneTwo’s own Jahmade). I’m talking about Facebook sneaker groups.

They’re pretty great. Although nothing beats making deals and talking about kicks face to face, it’s not always possible. Sneaker groups are a great way to bring a local or nationwide community of people who love kicks together, and give them a place to buy, sell, trade, and just shoot the shit. read more


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The Five Hottest Shoes Of December

Can you believe it? It’s already December. The year seems to have flown by. However, it’s not quite over yet, and there are still several dope pairs dropping this month. Although there’s always a good amount of heat around Christmastime, I was able to narrow it down to a personal top five, and yes, it’s in order. Read on and see what my picks for best kicks of December are!

5. Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Volt/Volt/Black” (December 24th) 

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Although I’m not huge on the many crazy Foamposite colors that have been dropping lately, the all-volt Foamposite Pro is right up my alley. I’ve always been a fan of the volt colorway, and feel that with a solid color, crazy loud colors on Foams can work. The black speckled carbon fiber is a nice touch as well. read more


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