How To Have The Best Possible Time At TCSAX

It’s going down tomorrow. Studiiyo23 is hosting the 5th installment of their flagship event, the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Exchange, or TCSAX for short. This time, it’s being held at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

With all the dope vendors, booths, kicks, art, and music that’s going on, you might feel a little bit lost, especially if you’re a first-timer. I’ve been going to TCSAX ever since the very first installment at First Avenue back in 2012, and I thought that it would be only right to give you some tips and tricks on how to have the best time possible. If you’re new to sneaker events (or even if you’re a veteran), check out a few pointers on how to have the best possible time at TCSAX. read more


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Going Broke For Kicks

We’ve all had that moment when we wanted something really badly and couldn’t afford it. Maybe it was a new house or apartment. Maybe it was a new car. Maybe it was a Bape shark hoodie. Maybe it was a huge cut of filet mignon at your favorite steakhouse. Maybe, if you’re a sneakerhead like me, it was a new pair of kicks.

Not being able to afford something is a struggle we’ve all had to deal with. No matter how much money you make, there’s always something out there that’s out of your price range. Sneakers are no exception to this. Several kicks go for five figures, and most people can’t spend that kind of money on shoes. read more


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We’re All Hypebeasts Sometimes

I know what you’re probably thinking right now while you’re looking at the title of this article: “We’re all hypebeasts sometimes? That’s not true! I’ve been collecting sneakers for (fill in the blank) years, and I don’t get caught up in the hype!

That’s good that you don’t get caught up in the hype, and it’s certainly something to be proud of. However, sometimes it’s unavoidable. The thirst surrounding a certain product, be it a limited edition Jordan, a rare Foamposite or anything Kanye West puts his stamp on can sometimes create a whirlwind of hype that’s impossible to not get sucked into. read more


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Staff Pickups: Jordan 1 “Do The Right Thing”

This weekend, I was able to grab a pair of the Jordan I “Do The Right Thing” (or “Sea Green”, or “Metallic Green” depending on who you ask). They’re in pretty good shape, and for only $60, there was no reason to not pull the trigger! Check out a few snaps below.

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Raffle Etiquette

Come in to the store, fill out a ticket with your name, phone number, and shoe size, and hope you get a call back a few days later saying you’ve won the right to purchase your highly coveted kicks.

Yeah, that’s how a sneaker raffle goes. If you’re into kicks (Jordans especially), you’ve probably participated in just a few of them over the years. Equal parts frustrating and rewarding, they’re a part of the shoe game whether you like them or not.

Some folks who might be newer to the game, or not really sure what’s going on, might not understand what you do and don’t do when it comes to a raffle though. There’s a sort of “raffle etiquette”, if you will. Not sure what this “raffle etiquette” consists of? Read on. I’ll be more than happy to fill you in, and also let you know the steps to raffling if it isn’t something you’ve done before. And don’t worry: it’s not terribly complicated. read more


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Too Many Releases

It’s impossible to keep up nowadays.

No matter how much sneaker money you’ve set aside or how often you’re checking the release calendar, there’s just too much going on to keep up with every release.

I’ve touched on the oversaturation of certain sneaker collections and how to be more selective with your sneaker purchases in previous articles, but I felt that it was only right to write a piece on how there are just too many releases nowadays. The market has never been more saturated. read more


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Thoughts On The Supreme S/S 2015 Collection

They’re back.

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After what feels like a long hiatus (even though it was just a few months), Supreme is back with their latest offering, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. In classic Supreme fashion, there’s plenty of collabs, random yet tasteful accessories, and a wide variety of garments, from soccer goalie jerseys to a faux-fur coat. If you haven’t seen the lookbook yet, it’s available on Supreme’s home page as well as Hypebeast.

As a whole, I think Supreme did a very solid job with this collection. There are a few really solid graphic t-shirts (my two favorites are the “You’re not living until you’re living for Supreme” and the “Fuck You We Do What We Want” tees), the hoodies seem to be on point (if not somewhat safe), and on the headwear front there are a plethora of dope camp caps, snapbacks, beanies, bucket hats and the usual one fitted to chose from as well. read more


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Kick Pic: February 15th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we’re continuing this week’s trend of Jordan Future pictures. Here’s a snap of K12’s own Jahmade rocking the “Infrared” Jordan Future Premium. Look at that 3M!


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Thoughts On The Kanye x Adidas Fashion Show

Yeezy season is truly upon us.

This past Thursday, it happened. The Kanye West and Adidas fashion show (official title: Adidas Presents: Yeezy Season 1) finally went down, and even with all the hype leading up to it, it didn’t disappoint.

Now that the groundbreaking show is more than 24 hours old, I think it’s a little easier to look back on it with an objective point of view. It’s occasionally difficult to look at something with an unbiased point of view in the heat of the moment, as anyone can get caught up in the hype when it reaches certain levels. read more


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Sneaker Karma

No matter what it is that you do in life, it’s always important to keep it 100. Being a stand-up person who always keeps it real is never a bad idea. If you’re honest and a good person, karma will reward you. If not..well you’ll find out that bad karma is a very real thing.

Before you get mad and say to yourself “What the fuck is this all about? I’m here to read about shoes, not get a life lesson” give me a second to explain myself. Being a stand-up person very much ties into sneakers, and sneaker karma is a real thing. “How so?” you might be wondering. Here’s how so. read more


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Is 2015 The Year Of Adidas?

Let me start by saying that I know it’s early in the year. It’s mid-February. It’s still cold, snowy and nasty out, and although it’s drawing closer and closer, spring still seems like it’s a long ways away.

Even with all the factors above taken into account, I still don’t think it’s too early to speculate on what might happen through the whole year, and no matter what my thoughts about the sneaker game might be centered around, they all seem to keep coming back to the same thing: 2015 just might be the year of Adidas. read more


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Thoughts on The Adidas Yeezy 3

If you’ve been within five feet of a computer sometime in the last day, you’ve already seen the news blasted at you from seemingly every site on the internet. Yes, it’s happened. Yeezy season just might be upon us (if it ever ended in the first place).

As you already know, supposedly the first images of the hotly-discussed Adidas Yeezy 3 have surfaced. IBN Jasper, Kanye’s longtime barber and friend uploaded six different pictures of the Yeezy 3 on his Instagram, and threw the sneaker and hip-hop world into a frenzy. People have been speculating what the shoes would look like ever since Kanye left Nike to join forces with the 3 Stripes, and now the speculation can finally come to an end. If you’ve been cut off from pop culture for the last 24 hours, here’s a snap of the shoe so you can see for yourself. read more


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Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend

After yesterday’s quick expedition into the world of fashion, we’re back to the kicks, and it’s a busy weekend (including today) with several releases! Here’s the top 5 in my opinion, in order.

5. Neighborhood x Adidas Consortium Superstar

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The folks at Neighborhood and Adidas Consortium came together to put a little spin on the classic Superstar. A black reptile-style leather adorns the upper with white accents and the Neighborhood logo embossed in white on the heel.

4. Asics Gel Lyte V “Army Green/Tweed” read more


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Subjective Style

At some point in your life, someone who might have been older and wiser than you has most likely told you that there are certain things that you shouldn’t discuss. In that list of things, the person who might have been older and wiser than you most likely included politics, religion, and sports. Those can all be somewhat taboo subjects. People have strong feelings about all three of those topics, and they can lead to some heated arguments.

Another topic that falls in with that group just might be style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the slightest way saying you shouldn’t discuss style with someone who may have a different perspective on it than you do. As a matter of fact, I never agreed with these “older and wiser” folks because I found it very enjoyable to discuss all the topics listed in that first paragraph that were supposed to be off-limits. read more


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Fuck, That’s Delicious

I’ll let you know off top: This doesn’t have anything at all to do with sneakers. However, it’s the middle of the week and you could likely use some entertainment to help you get through hump day.

If you’re an avid watcher of the wonderful Fuck That’s Delicious web series like I am, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already seen this. If not, you’re in for a treat. Like Action Bronson? Like food? Then this is right up your alley. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Hopefully this makes your Wednesday go by a bit quicker. read more


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You’ve Gotta See The New Episode Of Sneak Peek

If you’ve been watching Nice Kicks‘s popular series “Sneak Peek”, you probably haven’t been thrilled by the season as a whole, as some episodes have been less than inspired. You can only see so many customs and Jordans before you’re hankering for something new.

Fear not! The new episode harkens to the good old days of Sneak Peek, as the crew visits Phase2‘s house. Known for his crazy sample collection, he doesn’t let the viewer down. Check out the video below and there’s a good chance you’ll see some shoes you’ve never seen before. read more


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