Starting Five: Midas Thompson

For this edition of Starting Five, we bring you the five kicks in our good friend Midas Thompson’s rotation. With everything from Adidas to classic Jordan Brand Randy Moss trainers, there’s something for everyone here. Check it out!

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1. Nike Hyperdunk “Aston Martin DB9”

I really like Aston Martin, and the execution on this shoe was flawless. It’s the exact same colorway as the car that Kobe jumped over in that infamous video. Super comfortable and made with premium materials. read more


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Sneaker Nicknames: Are They Played Out?

If there’s one thing that sneakerheads love to a fault, it’s giving nicknames to shoes. From classic models to new releases, every shoe that comes out seems to have some sort of nickname nowadays.

There are classic and useful nicknames like “Bred” for any black/and red Jordan, or “Volt” for any neon yellow/green sneaker, but the usefulness of sneaker nicknames dries up somewhat quickly. In today’s sneakerhead world, it seems like there has to be some sort of nickname or deeper meaning for every single shoe that’s dropping every single weekend. read more


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Blvck Spvce Is Headlining A Show At The Triple Rock Tomorrow

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Looking for something dope to do tomorrow night? Well you’re in luck. The dopest cloud-rap group in all of Minnesota, BLVCK SPVCE  will be live at the Triple Rock tomorrow night. With opening sets from Major the General and Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck, you’ll hear a lot of dope music before Niles Miller, RP Hooks, and the rest of the SPVCE fam take the stage. And guess what….it’s only $5. Be sure to come through, and until then, enjoy the wavy spvce music that’s posted below. read more


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The Evolution Of Sneakers And One’s Personal Style

Let me start by saying this is a fun topic to discuss and muse upon. Sneakers and style are two of my very favorite things, and when you bring them together it just works, like peanut butter and jelly, or Shawn Carter and Kanye West. However, bringing them together can prove a challenge. You’ve gotta make sure your sneakers work with your outfit, and your outfit works with your sneakers. Let’s spend some time talking about personal style, and the sneaker choices that go along with it. read more


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Music Mondays: January 26th

For this edition of Music Mondays, we’ll be doing something a little different. Check out this video of KicksOneTwo homie RP Hooks making an appearance on the “Get In The Game” segment about a week ago (no Bobby Shmurda), and then check out a few tracks from his Soundcloud!


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Is Wearing Fake Jordans OK?

You’ve most likely seen a few pairs in your life. It’s possible you’ve even worn a pair yourself. Maybe they were a crazy color scheme. Maybe they were see-through plastic. Maybe they had SpongeBob SquarePants on the side. If you haven’t guessed it by now, we’re talking about fake Jordans.

Yes, fake Jordans. The ones you buy from the guy with a bunch of pairs in the back of his truck. The ones you get on the websites that have several misspellings and offer outrageously low prices. But we’re not talking about the fake shoes themselves, we’re talking about if it’s OK to rock them or not. read more


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Predictions And Thoughts On The Kith WCP

If you’re a Kith fan, there’s a good chance that you rejoiced when you heard the news. The gawd himself Ronnie Fieg took to Instagram earlier this week to announce his next release, the West Coast Project (or WCP for short). In the event you haven’t seen the picture Ronald posted (I enjoy referring to him as Ronald even though his name’s actually Aaron), here it is for your eyes below.

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In the event that you’re not a Kith fan, this is a big deal because in 2013 Ronnie released the East Coast Project (or ECP), which included everything from collaborative gear with Play Cloths to one of his best shoes ever, the Gel Lyte III “Miami”. It was one of his best bodies of work, and because of that, the expectations for this project drawing inspiration from the other coast are very high. read more


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Sneak Peek: Jordan IV “Oreo”

The “Oreo” Jordan IV’s don’t release until February 21st, but KicksOneTwo thought it was only right to bring you a few early snaps. The quality and construction of these IV’s is on point, and the leather is very soft and supple. Check out a few pictures below, and let us know if you’re planning to cop next month!

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Thoughts On The Just Don Jordan II

They’re here. They’re all blue, the leather is buttery and in a quilted pattern, and yes they’re expensive.

With Jordan Brand officially unveiling the “Just Don” II’s yesterday (with a release date of January 31st for anyone who’s curious), I thought that it was only right to share my thoughts on them. Sneakerheads as a whole seem to have pretty mixed feelings, so I’ll be throwing my two cents in.

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First off, the shoe certainly looks premium. The leather appears to be rich and buttery, and the hit of suede on the side looks very lush as well. These cost $275 for a reason. There were premium materials used all over, and that will always come at a fairly steep price. Secondly, the blue shoe wave just might be starting with these. A few months back, I said that blue shoes would be hot in 2015, and these might just kick off that craze. read more


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Kick Pic: January 20th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of KicksOneTwo homie Midas rocking some Bred I’s. He also insisted that his favorite SB’s ever were in the snap…can you name ’em?


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The Oversaturation Of The Nike BHM Collection

Nike has always been masterful with their “collection” releases. Everything from their release to commemorate the recent World Cup to their Nike SB “City Pack” collections are well-thought out and executed. However, they might have overdone it this time.

There are no less than 13 shoes in the collection, and they’ll be rolling out all through the month (for anyone who’s curious, the first few pairs were released yesterday). It’s nice when a collection is spaced out like that, but was it really necessary to do thirteen shoes? read more


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How To Be More Selective With Your Sneaker Purchases

We’ve all done it before. You see something you like, either online or in the store, and you just say “fuck it” and cop. Sometimes impulse buys like this can be your favorite purchases, but more often than not you wind up with a pair of kicks that you don’t really want that much.

From a personal standpoint, the last time that this happened to me was with the recent release of the Black Infrared VI’s. I had an opportunity to grab them on release day, and just went ahead and did it. They sat in their box untouched until recently when I sold them. Even though I got my money back, I don’t really know why I copped, and regretted it almost instantly. read more


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Kick Pic: January 16th

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Today’s Kick Pic isn’t a picture of sneakers. It’s a funny little note that should give anyone who’s ever had their sneaker buying habits questioned a chuckle.

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The Best Bar Shoes

Everyone enjoys stepping out every once in a while. Some might do it almost every night, some may do it a few times a month, and some may do it every few months. But as any sneakerhead will tell you, it can be tough to pick out the right pair of kicks for your bar trip.

You want something that looks fresh, but you don’t want to break out something too crazy because there’s a good chance they’ll get trashed. As the KicksOneTwo staff are big fans of having designated shoes for going out, we thought we’d share them with you to help out your “bar rotation”, if you will. Without further ado, here are three of the best bar shoes on the market. read more


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On Minnesota And The Evolving Sneaker Scene Here.

Minnesota. Home of some of the best companies and thinkers in the world, and also home to our ever-evolving sneaker scene. We’re a pretty open-minded group of people who are usually down to try new things and accept change as it comes.

However, I saw something this last week that bothered me. As everyone knows, the 5th installment of Studiiyo23‘s great event TCSAX (Twin City Sneaker Art Xchange) is coming up, and it’s in one of Minnesota’s biggest and most well-known venues, the Target Center. read more


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Wear Your Kicks!

It’s Friday. For you office warriors, that means you’re most likely sitting at your desk with one eye on the weekend. For those of you in the retail or service industry, it means you’re most likely gearing up for a crazy evening.

Whatever you may be doing this weekend, I’m here with a PSA for you for the weekend and beyond, and it’s easier than it sounds: WEAR YOUR KICKS!!

You might already be shaking your head. “What’s he talking about?” you’re thinking. “My (insert rare sneakers) are worth (insert large sum of money). Well that’s fine and dandy. But ask yourself a question. Did you buy your shoes to collect, rock or a bit of both? If it’s either the second or the third answer, read on. If it’s the first answer…..well go ahead and read on anyway. read more


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The Strange (but not true) Story Of Riff Raff and Jordan Brand

If you’ve been on any sneaker sites or Instagram/Twitter at all within the last week, you saw the post. You might have seen it firsthand or you might have seen a post about it, but there’s no way around it. You saw the picture of RiFF RAFF holding up a picture of a Jordan V with his logo on the back and promising a retail release. In the event you were completely cut off from society this last week, here’s the picture for your viewing pleasure.

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You would think with RiFF’s status as a known troll, and the outrageous claims posted in the photo ($750 retail price? Will be on shelves at Foot Locker, Footaction and Flight Club? Comes with a copy of the upcoming Peach Panther album?) that it was an obvious fake, and everyone would just laugh and keep moving. read more


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Helping New Sneakerheads

When I was writing yesterday’s post about new year’s sneaker resolutions, one of the things that I’d resolved to do was help out “new sneakerheads”. Although most of the other resolutions on the list were somewhat simple and straightforwards, this one really wasn’t. What exactly is a “new sneakerhead?” How can you tell if someone is really interested for the right reasons or if they’re just trying to follow a new trend? All these questions spawned their own questions, and I decided it was only right to whip up a piece addressing the matter. So read on. I think it’s a very interesting topic and one that certainly needs to be discussed. read more


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2015 Sneaker Resolutions

I’m normally not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I feel that if something is truly important to you in life, you can resolved to do it at any time you choose, be it March 17th or November 3rd.

With that being said, I’m still going to be making resolutions of a certain kind this year. They’re not really life decisions, they’re sneaker decisions. With all the different ways the sneaker industry is branching out, you’ve gotta keep everything in perspective to make sure your sneaker game is tight, so here’s what I’m going to be aiming to do with my kicks in 2o15. read more


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