Music Mondays: August 31st

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a track you can vibe out and relax to while you’re getting ready for September to start. Here’s “Too Young” by Post Malone


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What We’ve Been Up To Part I

What’s up everyone??

We’re switching up the news pieces a bit from here on out. They’ll be consisting of two parts, what I’ve been up to and what Bobby has been up to as well. We’ve both got a lot popping, so there will be even more dope shit to check out than before! Without any further ado, let’s bring you up to speed on what we’ve been doing lately.

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There’s been a whole bunch of new and exciting things going on since the last time I checked in with everyone! The main focus over here at KicksOneTwo these last few weeks has been social media. We’re ramping up our presence on social networks, with everything from Twitter to Instagram to our brand new Facebook page (which managed to crack 100 likes the first day it was up due to your support!) popping off. We want to make sure you have more ways to stay in touch with us than ever before. read more


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Getting Kevin Durant’s Autograph

We’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic here at KicksOneTwo as we gave you a Throw Back Thursday post this week, and now I’m going to reach into my personal vault of sneaker stories and tell you one of my favorites . I was just recently looking through my collection and I happened to come across my Kevin Durant signed “Easter” KD V’s. The story of how I ended up getting them signed is a great one that I think you’ll all enjoy!

For this story, we’ll have to bring it way back to March 29, 2013. My man Titus had invited me to the Timberwolves vs. Thunder game to celebrate his birthday, so of course I was excited to see KD play in person for the first time. Since we were going to the game, we had decided beforehand to try to get his autograph. read more


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Striking Out On Releases (And How To Deal With It)

I’m mad.

Well, now that the whole situation has somewhat blown over, I’m not really mad at all. However, for the sake of this article, put yourself in the mind state of myself after striking out on a release.

I’m mad.

As the majority of you know, Supreme dropped it’s 2015 fall/winter collection yesterday. There was something for everyone as items ranged anywhere from baseball jerseys to jackets and lunch boxes to crowbars. I’ve never been a huge Supreme-head, but I was planning on picking up a couple items, (or trying to at least), from this release. The drop was scheduled for 10:00 am CST, so I knew I’d be able to try to grab what I wanted. read more


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TBT: Starting Fives

It’s Thursday, and we’re winding back the clock. We’ll have a new Starting Five from Bobby coming very soon, so to make sure you’re ready, we thought we’d give you a handy list (with links, of course) of  all the other Starting Five’s we’ve done to make sure you’re up to speed. They’re listed from oldest to newest…and they’re all vastly different. Enjoy!

1. Ross Dwyer

You know I had to do the first ever Starting Five. Everything from Jordan I’s to Flyknit 4.0’s were on deck for me back then. read more


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Corporate Logos on Jerseys

Imagine seeing the Target bulls-eye slapped on the middle of the Minnesota Wild jersey. Now, imagine it on the Timberwolves jersey. Twins jersey. Vikings jersey. You get the point. It’s a frightening image to some. Unfortunately, this frightening image could become reality sooner than we might like.

With the recent news of Adidas winning a contract to being the official provider of jerseys to the NHL, (you can do some damage with $70 million), hockey fans all around America fear that Adidas will convert their favorite team’s jersey to a billboard.  Minnesota native and NHL star Blake Wheeler took to Twitter with his thoughts on the subject (hit the link if you want to see what he had to say… personally I agree with him completely). read more


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Flight Club’s Financing Plans

It was the talk of the sneaker world this past weekend, and it’s carried over into this week. Flight Club is offering financing on their kicks? You can now split the ridiculous cost into multiple payments, and you don’t have to cough up all the cash up front?

Yeah, that’s the case. If you head over to the Flight Club website, you’ll see that you can split the payments for your kicks, and have up to a year to pay them off. Need those Yeezy 750 boosts but don’t have three racks sitting around? You can now pay a couple hundred bucks a month for them. read more


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Wear Your Kicks

It’s a nice, relaxing Sunday. You’re probably sipping a coffee getting your day started while reading this, or maybe you’re nursing a 32oz Gatorade trying your best to shake off the dreadful hangover that you woke up with after last night’s hijinks.

No matter what you’re doing at the present moment, I’m here with a PSA for you, and it’s a simple one: Wear your kicks, and cop to rock. For the readers that might not be as well-versed in sneaker lingo, what I’m telling you to do in plain English is “wear your shoes” and “buy your shoes with the intention of wearing them.” read more


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The Five Best Pieces From The Supreme F/W ’15 Line

If you’ve been online at all this past week, you’ve seen the internet going nuts (word to Paul Wall) over Supreme‘s F/W ’15 offerings. One of their strongest collections in recent memory, the line includes everything from dope overcoats, to a baseball jersey inspired by 1980’s White Sox uniforms to dope trinkets like crowbars and air horns, there’s something for everyone.

Now that I’ve had a few days to absorb the line as a whole, I’ve been able to narrow my favorite pieces down to five, which I’ll present in order as well as spend a little time discussing why I’m so fond of each piece. Let’s get right to it! read more


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No, I Won’t Plug You.

It happens a few times every year. There’s a limited sneaker that’s dropping and the thirst is real. Everyone and their mother wants a pair, and they’re frantically scrambling around trying to scrape together some way to make sure they get theirs.

If you’ve been in the sneaker game long enough, you have connections, and maybe even a little sway. You might….just MIGHT be able to pull a few strings and get a pair for yourself without too much hassle, and maybe if it’s a really good day you can secure a pair or two for a few other people you know as well. However, I speak from experience when I say that this is a blessing and a curse…and when it comes to a hyped release like this weekend’s “Pirate Black” Yeezy 350 Boosts, it tends to lean further towards the “curse” side of the equation. read more


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Are Retailers Doing Too Much for the Yeezy Release?

After seeing the title of this article, you probably have the same thought that I’m having right now while writing it. “Oh God, not another article about the Yeezy Boost’s.” I am fully aware that Yeezy SZN is in full effect with the upcoming release of the Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black”, and you’re all probably sick of seeing release info and how to cop articles. (And even articles on what you should buy when you strike out. Thanks, SoleCollector). I know I’m getting sick of them. Please, just bear with me here. read more


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Garage Sale Dream

I love garage sales. Sure, the majority of them are filled with old baby clothes from kids that are now grown up, but there are plenty out there that contain some sweet stuff. The best part is that you never know what you’re going to find.

No matter how many garage sales I go to, I still can’t help but look through all of the shoes and clothing in hopes that I’ll find a grail or a really dope clothing piece. It might sound absurd, but I never stop hoping to find something that’s worth a crazy amount of money for a dirt cheap price. I’m talking deadstock OG Jordan 1’s for $50, or something among those lines. read more


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Sunday Sneaker Ramblings Vol II.

Round II. It’s time for another edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings.

It’s 3 AM right now, I just got back from the bar (you already know I was with the rest of the Voss Boys…squad) and you’re going to get a truly unfiltered look at my thoughts on any sneaker news that has occurred in the last week. Let’s get right into it.

First off, we’ll start with the biggest news of the past week, at least from my perspective. Yes, we’re talking about the rumored Supreme x Jordan I collab. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Supreme, and I really love Jordan I’s. Because of this, I’m going to have to get my hands on a pair of whatever their collaboration turns out to be, no matter if it’s the most fire shoe of the year or if it’s whack and uninspired. All the 16 year old hypebeasts who are using their dad’s credit card be dammed, I’ll be getting my pair release day (whenever that may be) come hell or high water, and they’ll be going on my feet the very same day that they show up on my doorstep. read more


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Camping For Kicks

I’m not one to spend much time reminiscing about the “good old days”, as I believe that adapting to change and trying to constantly look forwards is the best thing to do, especially in today’s sneaker game. However, one thing that I do look back on fondly (sometimes) is camping out for kicks.

Back before the hype for releases got way too out of hand, there was a little shop in Southdale Mall called V.S. or Versus. It was on the third floor by the old  food court (if you remember any of this stuff, shouts to you), and they had a Jordan account. They got most releases, and they’d let you come in the store when the mall closed. You could chill and socialize with other sneakerheads until midnight, when they’d sell you the kicks and send you on your way. read more


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Less Is More: The Case For Slimming Down Your Sneaker Collection

There comes a time in every sneakerhead’s life when they look at the stack of boxes piled up in their closet, bedroom, garage, or storage unit, and they think to themselves “damn, do I have a lot of kicks.”

That’s you. Years of collecting have left you with more shoes than you know what to do with. Maybe you’ve even cracked triple digits. Then, you get to thinking about it and you realize you have a lot of kicks that you don’t wear, and you’re not all that attached to. There are pairs in your collection that mean a lot to you and you’d never get rid of in a thousand years, but what do you do with the excess? read more


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Thoughts On The Nike Air Cruz 1

It’s not Cruzday Tuesday, but we’re discussing Victor Cruz anyway. To be more specific, we’re discussing his first Nike signature shoe and how it is that we feel about it. If you haven’t seen the kicks yet, here’s a snap of them.

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Unfortunately, there’s only one word that comes to my mind when I see these sneakers. What’s that word, you might ask?

Yuck.

Victor Cruz seems to be a great guy with a big personality (and I don’t think that many people would disagree when I say that he has one of the best touchdown celebrations in the NFL, but his first signature shoe doesn’t reflect any of that personality. The folks at Nike seemed to think it was a good idea to vomit design inspirations from a bunch of other sneakers (Jordan III, Air Trainer I, Air Safari, and Air Yeezy) onto one silhouette. Although these are all great sneakers in their own right, combining them onto one shoe seems to be mashing too many good things together, similar to a Jordan Fusion. read more


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The Shoe I Shouldn’t Have Let Go

When you’ve been in the sneaker game for a minute, you’re prepared for the ups and downs. Sometimes everything goes your way and you’re able to get your hands on multiple shoes you want in a row. Sometimes it’s the opposite and you’re striking out on releases and trades left and right. Eventually, you come to terms with that.

However, one thing in the sneaker game that’s more difficult to come to terms with is when you let a shoe go, either by selling or trading, that you really wish you had kept. Everyone’s got that one pair of kicks they let go that they can’t help but think wistfully about. When it comes to me, there have been a few times over the years when I let kicks go that I find myself wishing I kept. read more


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TCSAX 6 Has Been Rescheduled!

Important news from our friends over at Studiiyo23: TCSAX 6, which was originally scheduled for August 30th at the Target Center has been postponed due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.

But…there’s good news! TCSAX 6 will now also serve as the 5 year anniversary party for Studiiyo23. There’s a new date (September 19th) and a new location (outdoors right behind the shop!)

With food trucks, games, free shoe giveaways courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger and Clarks an official Sprayground sponsorship, and great local music, it’s shaping up to be the best TCSAX yet! Come through to buy/trade/sell kicks, eat some food, listen to some music, play some games, and celebrate the five year anniversary of the very best sneaker shop in all of Minnesota! Check the flier below for more details, and head over to the event page for the full scoop! read more


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Starting Five: Ross Dwyer (Part II)

We’re back with a new edition of Starting Five, and this time around, we’re doing our first ever re-visit.

I did the first ever Starting Five here on KicksOneTwo, and since a substantial amount of time has passed since then, my rotation has changed as well. Here’s the five kicks that I’m currently rocking the most!

1. Nike Air Huarache Run PA “White/Gum”

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I’m usually not the biggest all-white sneaker fan, but these were too clean to pass up. The ostrich-pattern white leather upper with the gum sole? C’mon son. I actually passed on these when they first dropped, but when I got a second chance to grab them, I couldn’t pass it up. They’re just so easy to throw on with any summer fit..and the comfort is A1 too. read more


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Space Jam II: Should It Happen??

Anyone who grew up in the 90’s loves Space Jam. It was an essential part of being a 90’s baby, from the party sets that everyone had at their birthday parties to the replica jersey and shorts that the cool kids would rock on the first day of school. Everyone’s favorite basketball players combined with everyone’s favorite cartoons made for a very enjoyable flick.

Fast forwards to 2015, and Space Jam is still very relevant. Jordan Brand drops various releases inspired by the movie. People are still rocking Tune Squad jerseys. You can cop the Blu-ray for the low low if you want to have it on deck. read more


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1 Of 1: Customizing Your Gear Can Improve Your Fit

We’re talking about clothes today.

Yes, the name of the site is KicksOneTwo, and yes, it’s mainly a sneaker website. But we love style too. When you see us, you don’t see NT denim or ill-fitting shirts. We like pairing dope kicks with fresh outfits.

But enough bragging. We’re here today to talk about customizing your gear. We all know about custom sneakers, and how if you have an idea and a skilled enough sneaker customizer that you can make almost any idea come to life, but many sneakerheads are unaware that you can do the same thing with your clothes. There’s a few hacks, ranging from simple to complex that you can use to make your fit truly unique, and we’re more than happy to share them with you! read more


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Why Khaliq Dropped The “For You” Video

KicksOneTwo homie Why Khaliq released a new video yesterday to accompany his new track “For You”. Featuring a chill vibe and his typical sharp and clever lyrics, it’s not a track to be missed. Check the video below, and be sure to peep his Soundcloud if you want to hear more!


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The Cost Of Being A Sneakerhead

When you’re really into sneakers, you know there’s a price you’ve gotta pay. No, we’re not talking about 4-figure resell prices on a Fragment Jordan 1 or a Nike Basketball sample, we’re talking about the time and energy that you have to invest into the sneaker game to get what you want (usually more limited kicks) out of it.

It’s not all waltzing to the mall or your local boutique on release day, grabbing the kicks you want, and then stunting on your friends and breaking necks when you throw the shoes on. You’ve got to put in work to shine, just like anything else that’s worth doing. Let’s look at the cost of being a sneaker head, and identify some of the things you have to do to get your collection right. read more


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Facebook Etiquette (2nd Installment)

What’s up everyone?? It’s Bobby here, back again with a second installment of my newly-formed Facebook Etiquette series. (You can check out the first installment here). I don’t know how many editions of Facebook Etiquette I’ll have, but we’ll just roll with it anyways.

The lesson today is how to properly respond to a for sale post on a shoe that you’re interested in. I cannot tell you how sick and tired I am of seeing people that are interested in the shoe say to the buyer, “Inbox me.” read more


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Thoughts On OVO Collabing with Jordan Brand

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CHARGED UP.

Drake has been all over the news lately. It seems like every time I refresh my Twitter feed, his name pops up. The majority of this publicity has come from Drake’s newly forged beef with Meek Mill. (Sidenote – I write all my own articles, I promise. Quentin Miller writes Ross’) (ed. note: Lies and debauchery from Mr. Cienik here. Quentin has never wrote anything for me. I’m going to go write a diss article right now to prove it). If you haven’t seen the countless memes aimed at the two rappers, you’re definitely not following the right people on Twitter or Instagram. read more


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BLVCK SPVCE Show At The Triple Rock Announced!

It’s lit.

BLVCK SPVCE will be headlining a show at the Triple Rock with Nick Travae and Finding Novyon on September 4th.

If you’ve visited this site before, you likely already know about BLVCK SPVCE. One of the dopest hip-hop collectives in Minnesota, the group consists of RP Hooks, GoodKarmaNiles1990, and Connye, and is turning heads with their unique cloud rap style.

Nick Travae is a South Minneapolis rapper who recently toured with Pouya on the Southside Slugs tour, and always comes correct with a high-energy performance. read more


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