Starting Five: Dallas Camp

Happy Halloween! Today we’re bringing you a very rare Starting Five. Our homie Dallas was kind enough to let us shoot the five kicks that he’s currently got in rotation. There’s a lot of fire in this Starting Five, so make sure that your monitor doesn’t overheat while you’re checking out the pictures. Without further ado, here’s Dallas’s five!

1. Jordan Black Infrared VI

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Dallas Says: The silhouette of the Jordan VI is dope, and this is such a clean colorway. It’s the first shoe Mike won a ring in too, what’s not to love? read more


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Looking Ahead: What We’re Excited For In November

It’s Friday, the day before Halloween, and we’re staring November right in the face. October has flown by this year, and it was a month full of dope releases and big news in the sneaker world. We’re rolling into the holiday season with a lot of momentum, and seeing as there’s a lot coming our way in November, we though it would be only right to list a few of the shoes that we’re the most excited for. Get your wallets ready…it’s going to be a long month, with a whole lot of fire. read more


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What If? – No New Releases

By now, we’re all used to being bombarded with releases each and every week. All of the major sneaker manufacturers hit us with something new — in many cases, they hit us with multiple new sneakers — weekend after weekend. With this continutal release cycle, my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds are always blown up with this “shoe of the day.” Release information, pictures, purchase links, post-release “This is BS!” tweets, and more all flood my timelines for the day. It’s getting to be too much to handle. read more


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Can You Ever Really “Retire” From The Sneaker Game?

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There’s always those moments in the sneaker game where you think you’ve had enough. Maybe you’ve struck out on one too many releases. Maybe you’re sick of resellers. Maybe you’re just having one of those days where you can’t help but think “Damn, why do I have so many boxes stacked up in my house?”

Sometimes when unfortunate instances like the ones listed above come up, you think about hanging it up. About getting out of the game. About “retiring” from sneakers, a la Jeremy Guthrie. read more


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Resale Prices: Would You Pay Them?

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As much as we all hate it, reselling is part of the sneaker game. People who are out to make a quick buck will cop limited kicks and flip them for well over the box price. As long as there’s more demand than supply for sneakers, there will always be resellers and there’s really not a whole hell of a lot we can do about that.

As someone who doesn’t care for paying over box price for kicks (I’ve never spent more than $50 over retail), I often find myself wondering about a few things: Who actually pays resell prices? Do people who pay resell prices feel bad about it? Would there ever be a sneaker that I wanted badly enough to pay resell prices? read more


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Sunday Sneaker Ramblings Vol V

It’s back.

It’s been almost a month since the last edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings, and as there was a lot that went on in the sneaker world this week, it’s only right that Sunday’s article briefly touches on everything important that went down over the last seven days.

Let’s start off with the Air Mag announcement, the biggest news in sneakers this past week. Earlier in the week, I discussed how I really liked the way Nike was handling the release (a link to the article is here if you’d like to check it out), and after a few days of thinking about it, I’m still very much of the same opinion. I’ll never have enough cash to get my hands on a pair, but it’s dope that they’re keeping something that special super limited. I will say that I’m surprised hypebeasts weren’t more upset about the news. Most people seem to be in full support of the release method and the proceeds going to charity. Chalk up a win for the sneaker community because of that. read more


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Inspiration In The Sneaker Game

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Want to know something really great about sneakers and the sneaker game as a whole?? There’s a lot of inspiration to be found. From creative collaborations, to innovative shop layouts, to new and fresh ways to release sneakers, there’s always something occurring well ahead of the curve.

However, what I draw the most inspiration from in the sneaker game is the designers themselves. The best designers can cook up a mind-blowing new sneaker, or create a colorway so dope that it looks like it came from heaven. read more


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Supreme Retro 5 Thoughts

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Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to cop the white Supreme Retro 5’s off of Supreme’s website when they initially released. I know, I know. Not another Supreme 5 post. Trust me, I’ve seen more than my fair share of them this past week, but I like to think I view things a little differently than others. Here are my honest thoughts on Supreme as a whole, and the Supreme 5’s:

These shoes are actually the first item I’ve ever purchased from Supreme in my life. “What?? A teenage sneakerhead that doesn’t own any Supreme clothing??” Crazy, isn’t it? To be quite frank, I’ve never really got into all of the Supreme hype. I have been interested in buying a box logo hoodie, among some other pieces, and I’ve always been intrigued by the “godliness” of the brand to streetwear-heads, but I’ve never pushed myself to buy anything. The prices are just way too high. Now, if I wasn’t paying for college, and was making some really good money, there’s no doubt I’d be buying some Supreme. However, I’m not, so I don’t. For now, I’ll pass on drop after drop without a care in the world about it. read more


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Nike Is Releasing The Air Mag The Right Way

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If you were anywhere near a computer, phone, tablet, or television yesterday, you already saw the news. On the date that Marty McFly was sent to in Back To The Future Part II, Nike announced that his shoes from the movie (the Air Mag) will be releasing with a power-lacing system. Some thought they’d drop today, but all we got was a pair of Bruins (still a dope shoe!) that were worn in the film as well.

Hypebeasts and resellers all over the world were surely disappointed with the news, but I for one was very happy with how Nike handled everything. A shoe that has as much cultural impact as the Air Mag should be given special treatment, and Nike did just that. read more


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Why I’m A Shameless Kith Fanboy

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I don’t partake in groupie-ish activities. I don’t ask “famous people” for pictures. I don’t tweet shit intentionally thirsting for retweets from people or corporations. By and large, I don’t really partake in fanboying at all.

However, the exception to that is Kith. I absolutely love Kith. Everything from Ronnie Fieg‘s collaborative sneakers with Asics and New Balance, to their clothing collections (the first Essentials drop and White Label 2.0 would be my favorites if I had to chose), to the recent Kith Treats cereal bar inside the Brooklyn Kith location. Why do I love Kith so much, you may ask? There’s a few reasons. read more


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WAX’s First Lineup Has Been Unveiled

Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably been wondering exactly what the deal with WAX is. The tweets, videos, and posts on it were somewhat cryptic..and that was by design. However, the wait to find out what exactly’s going on is over.

Last night, we dropped the announcement video you see above. The show will be the first in our monthly series of shows at the Kitty Cat Klub (did you catch that in the last video?), and Su Na will be headlining (yes, that was one of his tracks in the background of the skate video as well. Even more hidden symbolism). We’re also bringing our Left Life family out (that’s johndaniel, Widikus, Mikael X, and Akru The Zulu to be specific), and our resident DJs Connye and BVCKWOODS will be spinning as well. read more


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Keep It 100

You know what the best thing about being a KicksOneTwo reader is?

It’s that we’re always going to keep it 8 more than 92 with you (that’s 100 for anyone out there who’s mathematically challenged). We believe that honesty is the best policy, and we strive to make sure every piece we write is as brutally honest as possible.

There’s too many sites and “personalities” nowadays that seem to have lost their way, and shamelessly amp everything that a company puts out, either because they’re getting paid or because they’re getting sent free product (or they’re hoping to). There’s nothing worse than just turning into a corporate megaphone, and we’re never going to be doing that here. read more


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WAX Update

We’re drawing closer and closer to the first installment of WAX (11/19/15 to be specific), and there’s a lot of dope new stuff going on. First off, WAX is now on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, so be sure to follow all those platforms to keep tabs on what’s next for WAX.

Secondly, we just dropped a new promo video. Although specific details about what’s going down are still under wraps (we promise they’re dope and we know that you want to know more, but what’s better than a surprise, right?), I can give you a hint: there’s a lot of hidden symbolism in the new promo video, which is below for your viewing pleasure. read more


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Starting Five: Jordan Bachmeier

We’re back.

That’s right, we’ve got an all-new Starting Five, courtesy of our good friend Jordan, who was kind enough to let us shoot the five kicks that are currently in his rotation (and their doubles of course…you’ve got to be sure to keep two pairs on deck if at all possible). Let’s get right to it!

1. Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High

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Jordan Says: The red AF1’s were my favorite colorway out of the three Supreme released last year. I threw the white laces in my everyday pair, they contrast so well with the white upper. read more


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Ronnie Fieg Changes the Game (Again)

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Ronnie Fieg is a game-changer. There is no doubt about it. Despite critics saying he’s falling off, the man just keeps working and keeps innovating. It doesn’t matter what you’ve thought of his most recent releases and designs; you just can’t knock the fact that he continually pushes the envelope in every single way. His innovation and creativity shined again today with the #UberRush x #KithStrike release of the Diadora RF 7000. Ronnie partnered with UberRUSH and released 24 pairs of the Diadoras today for Manhattan customers only. Those that were lucky enough to purchase in time got the sneakers delivered in as little as an hour. (Don’t worry, these will still be available for purchase on October 23). read more


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Jordan Brand Dropped The Ball With The Summer 15′ Releases

Summer is truly, fully, 100% over. No matter how hard everyone who’s still wearing shorts and sandals is trying to hold on, it’s gone. It’s fall now, and winter is right around the corner.

Now that summer’s over and the hype for any summer releases has passed, I can look back on the full slate of summer footwear releases with a more unbiased view. And when I do that….there’s only one thing I can think of. Jordan Brand really dropped the ball with their Summer 15′ releases. I’d even venture to say that Summer 15′ was one of their worst seasons in the last few years. read more


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The Best Fall/Winter Footwear

It’s that time of year again. The change of seasons is in full effect. Leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping, and you can break out your full wardrobe.

With this change of weather comes the need to change up your footwear. Sure, you can wear heat all winter long if you’re so inclined, but do you really want to risk trashing all your shoes with all that salt, snow and water all over the place? I didn’t think so. Thankfully we here at KicksOneTwo are glad to help, and we’ve got a list of the best fall/winter kicks of the season on deck. Don’t say we never did anything for you. read more


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Music Mondays: October 12th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you a smooth West Coast banger that’s sure to start your week off right. Here’s “Twist My Fingaz” by YG.


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Mall of America UNC 1 Release

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What a day.

If you read my last article, you saw me outline my major lack of decisiveness. Well, this indecisiveness was in full effect for the UNC 1’s that released yesterday. I made a last minute decision I wanted to cop a pair, so on Saturday I got a couple buddies together and headed over to Nike MOA for their first come, first serve release.

The three of us arrived at the Nike Store around 6:40 a.m., and took our places at the back of a line of around 22 or 23. I was feeling pretty confident at this point. The line was pretty chill: a couple older guys were there to resell, a few people were there for themselves, and in the middle of all of this was a large group of obvious resellers who brought their girlfriends (or sisters) with them. Who knows. I started chopping it up with the people around me and even got to take a few shots at the Under Armour employees when they came to open up their store (which happens to be conveniently placed as Nike’s next-door neighbor). Obviously they were not carrying UNC 1’s, and they seemed to be a little bit salty since we were all shopping at Nike. read more


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Sneaker Culture Vultures

Ah, culture vultures. Those who steal traits, language or fashion from a certain group in order to create their own false identities. People who leech the good out of something, and cause outsiders looking in to stereotype. Every subculture has their own set of culture vultures, and the sneaker world is no exception.

There’s three main kinds of culture vultures that you may come across during your experiences in the sneaker game, and we’ve got them all listed here for you so you can identify them easily and keep them at arm’s length. Let’s get right into it. read more


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5 Terrible Celebrity Sneaker Collabs

There are few things better in the sneaker world than when a dope celebrity comes together with a sneaker company to create a collaborative sneaker. Kanye with Nike, Adidas, Reebok (S. Carter if you were wondering) and Louis Vutton. Drizzy with Jordan. Kendrick Lamar with Reebok. High-profile collaborations usually bring out the best in the two involved parties and make for an inspired sneaker. However, this isn’t always the case.

There have been some truly awful collaborations, where an artist and a brand have linked up to produce steaming piles of garbage. I’m talking the kind of shoe where your first thought is “what the fuck is this??” when you lay eyes on them. I’m talking the kind of shoe that makes Sketchers look like Saint Laurents. I’m talking the kind of shoe that….alright, that’s enough. Let’s get right to it. read more


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What You Can Learn From Collecting Kicks

Collecting kicks isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. The time you have to invest in checking release calendars, attempting to acquire new releases, attending conventions, going to the mall to fill out raffle tickets, cleaning off your shoes, and a million other things is substantial. If you’re really about it, it’s not something that you can do halfheartedly.

Thankfully, there are many great benefits to collecting kicks. Believe it or not, there are several skills you can pick up along the way and life lessons that you’ll learn. “Ross is full of shit” you’re probably muttering to yourself right now. “How can something like collecting sneakers teach you anything?” I’m about to tell you. Pull up a chair and grab your 320z Haterade. Here’s what you can learn from collecting kicks. read more


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New Release Sneaker Conflictions

If you aren’t brand new to the sneaker world, you’ve probably caught on to the new release overdose. You know, the multitude of new releases each and every weekend. Some of these new shoes are trash, some are dope, some are limited, and so on and so forth.

As a college student, it’s pretty important for me to keep my finances in check. (Actually, keeping finances in check is pretty important for everyone. There’s more to life than sneakers.) As much as I’d love to be able to cop every single release I want, I just don’t have the money to be able to do that. (Go ahead, call me a broke boy.) read more


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Introducing WAX

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Wave en route.

Yesterday, we officially unveiled Wax, an extremely wavy event that will be materializing the third Thursday of every month. Although the details are still under wraps for the time being (stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more soon), suffice to say it’s an event for the culture, and the vibes are guaranteed to be excellent.

Be sure to stay up-to day with everything Wax by following the Twitter and checking out the Tumblr..and be sure to peep the video below to get a feel for our unique vibe. read more


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Don’t Steal Sauce

It’s Sunday, and we’re not talking directly about kicks today. We’re talking about originality and where you draw your inspiration from. Make sure you’ve got your snacks on deck, and get ready for halftime of whatever football game you’re watching, because I’m about to drop some life lessons on you.

We all have someone that we draw inspiration from.

Maybe you’re a big fan of pop art and you aspire to be like Andy Warhol. Maybe you’re a big fan of Southern hip-hop and you look up to Bun B. Maybe you want to have the world’s biggest and most obnoxious sneaker collection possible, and you’re inspired by someone like Mayor or The Perfect Pair. read more


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Adidas Won This Week

This week belonged to Adidas.

Yes, Adidas. The perennial second banana in the athletic footwear world. The brand with the three stripes that, no matter how hard they try, just can’t seem to unseat Nike from their spot atop the athletic footwear food chain. The brand that can endorse everyone from Jeremy Scott to Pharrell to the almighty Yeezus himself, and crank out dope designs and ideas like Boost foam and Primeknit uppers, but is still perpetually viewed as #2.

Well #2 was #1 in the sneaker world this week. Let’s start back on Monday, when two Adidas x Bape x Undefeated Superstars were announced (They release today…may be the Force be with you if you’re trying to cop). The signature Bape camo adorned the uppers of the shoes, while suede stripes, Bape and Undefeated branding on the heel and an off-white midsole and toe box made for a crazy collaboration. With how hot Bape is right now, the time was right for another collaborative release and the week started on a high note for the Three Stripes read more


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It’s Not Always About The Money

You’ve heard it a thousand times: “Resellers screwed up the sneaker game.”

This is a fairly valid statement. I’m not going to go on some big rant right now on how you should never charge over retail for any pairs whatsoever and if you do, you’re the reason why sneakers are so hard to get nowadays, and blah, blah, blah. I’m not going to do that because I don’t think it’s true at all. There’s nothing wrong with charging over retail or making some money on a pair of kicks. That’s just how the game is now. Besides, who am I to say nobody should resell ever? I’d be flat-out lying if I said I’ve never resold and made money on a pair of shoes. read more


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NIKEiD: Is It Worthwhile??

I’ve never grabbed a pair of sneakers off of NIKEiD.

Sure, I’ve messed around with wild color combinations, and tried my hand at making a dope monochromatic shoe just like most sneakerheads have at some point, but I’ve never actually copped anything off of the site.

I’ve seen both very clean designs, like Yoosh‘s Air Max 1’s (click here if you’d like to see them for yourself), and Moh‘s animal-print pattern Air Max 90’s, and I’ve also seen horrible, poorly color-blocked monstrosities (there were a few truly awful iD’s on a few basketball teams I played on back in the day), and boring and bland Roshe Runs. read more


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