Release fatigue is a very real thing.
These last few months, more than any other time in the last few years, there are release-date sneakers sitting on the shelves. Starting with the “Marvin the Martian” Jordan VII’s, shoes have been sitting on the shelves for weeks (if not months) after their initial release date. Why is this, you might ask?
Sneakers are as popular as they have ever been. But, as discussed in past articles, the sneaker bubble is starting to burst. With the wide swath of new releases that drop every single week, you just can’t keep up to pace. It doesn’t help that this is one of Jordan Brand’s weakest seasons in recent memory and a rough year for retail sales as a whole, but shoes just aren’t moving as fast as they used to.
If you were up late enough on Thursday night, (or woke up early enough Friday morning), chances are you had a pretty solid night. The “Black Friday” King Push EQT’s dropped without announcement at 2:00 a.m., and those who were up, and caught the links on Twitter soon enough COOKED (if you were wondering…I cooked).
Late-night sneaker Twitter was pretty happy, and plenty of jokes were made about how mad people were going to be when they woke up and found out they already lost. “You snooze, you lose” has never been more relevant.
Here we are again on another Black Friday. Most of us have recovered from stuffing ourselves with delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese and more the day before..and now we’re about to partake in one of the most American things you can possibly do…shopping.
Yes, it’s that time of year again where businesses offer their “doorbusters” and “special savings”, and all that other marketing bullshit that gets the general populace whipped up in a frenzied buying rage.
Ah, Thanksgiving. The day where you post up with friends and family all day, eat so much turkey you can hardly move (shouts to the after-dinner nap), and watch football. Unless of course you’re a retail employee…then you’ll probably be at work.
Every Thanksgiving, it’s important to be thankful (duh) for what you have, and all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. And for sneakerheads, there’s been a lot of them. There have been peaks and valleys in the sneaker game this year, but it’s been a solid year so far, and with everything dope on the horizon, there’s even more to be thankful for in the coming month.
Black Friday. The day that delights millions of carnivorous consumers thirsty for deals, and strikes fear into the hearts of overworked, underpaid retail employees all over the United States.
Black Friday is mainly centered around electronics and appliances, but sneakerheads have their day too, with a new (and usually highly desired) Jordan dropping. This got us thinking..which Black Friday releases were the best?
Once that thought entered our minds, you know we had to make a list for you. So here it is: the 5 best Black Friday Jordan releases, in order from #5 to #1. Let’s go.
Trading kicks is one of the best things about the sneaker game. Didn’t get something you wanted on release day? You can trade for it. Find an old shoe from years back that you just fell in love with? Offer up. Tired of something in your collection? Swap it out for something else. Trading kicks is a great way to enhance and bring variety to your collection.
However, like any good thing, there can be too much. It’s possible to become involved in excessive sneaker trading.
“How’s that?” you might be asking. “What is excessive sneaker trading?”
We’ve all got em’, and stepping outside of them is easy for some…and not so easy for others. Trying some new shit, be it a new restaurant, a different way to drive home from work, or a few extra drops of hot sauce on your burrito (I’m hungry while writing this fam, what can I say?) can be a leap of faith..and it’s a leap of faith you should take often.
This is very true when it comes to kicks. Most sneakerheads have a brand, line, or sneaker model that they get comfortable with. Maybe you really love Flyknit, and it’s all you want to wear. Maybe you’re obsessed with Superstars, and anything without a shelltoe doesn’t quite do it for you.
It’s that time of year Once again, Nike has teamed up with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and given 6 kids the opportunity to design their own shoe for the Doernbecher Freestyle collection. For those of you not too familiar with the DB collection, it is a yearly promotion with all proceeds going to the hospital, and is a great, meaningful collection.
Since today is the release day, I’m going to take a look at this year’s collection, and rank them in terms of worst to best. (Since I have no clue how to really get into ranking a women’s shoe, I’ll just give you my ranking now. Free TR5, best; Air Max 90, second-best). However, before I get into it, there’s one disclaimer: Anything said in this post is me being real about the shoe itself. Like I stated before, I think this is an unbelievably great fundraiser for the hospital, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for both Nike, and the children involved in the designing. However, that doesn’t mean I love every shoe that they released. Without further ado, here’s the 2015 Doernbecher Freestyle collection rankings:
Don’t reach, youngblood.
The “Uncle Drew” video series has been a favorite here at KicksOneTwo, so it’s pretty obvious that we were excited to see Pepsi team up with Nike to make the Kyrie 1 “Uncle Drew” sneaker. Overall, it’s a dope, very clean sneaker. You can never go wrong with an all white upper and a gum sole. Add onto that hints of red and blue, and Uncle Drew detailing — flames all around.
However, once I saw the whole special packaging that came with the shoes, I was instantly sold. I need this set for real.
It’s finally here.
With performances from Su Na and Left Life, as well as DJ sets from BVCKWOODS and Connye, plus other special guests and surprises, it’s not an evening you want to miss, and we guarantee you that you won’t find vibes quite like it anywhere in town.
8PM. $5. Kitty Cat Klub. See you there.
As long as people have been collecting sneakers, the aftermarket has been part of the game. Missed a pair on release day? No sweat, someone probably has it and is looking to sell. Hunting for a rare pair from a few years back and have some heat that you’re not too attached to? There’s a trade out there for you somewhere.
The sneaker aftermarket is one of the most fun things about the game. The ways to buy, sell, and trade are practically limitless, and you can find literally anything. However, with how popular kicks are nowadays (and how much money you can make off of certain releases) an undercurrent of seediness has snuck into the culture.
Everyone loves a clean, well-designed pair of kicks. However, sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice comfort for the sake of the design. Look at a pair like the Common Projects Achilles Low or any Hender Scheme. Design on ten, comfort on two.
However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. A shoe can look dope and be incredibly comfortable as well. And because we know you love to be comfortable while you look fresh, we’re bringing you three of our favorite kicks that you can stunt in while remaining comfortable. Peep game.
For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a special WAX playlist with tracks from the artists that’ll be blessing the stage this Thursday at Kitty Cat Klub. Check out the sounds..and be sure to come through and enjoy the vibes.
There are only a few things that are guaranteed in life: death, taxes,our homie Jahmade hating Adidas, and that there’s gonna be a new edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings about once a month.
Welcome to the 6th edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings. If you’re new to the segment, I touch on the biggest news in sneakers the past week, and share my thoughts (positive or negative) on said news. Without further ado, it’s time to discuss the news.
There was a Yeezy release this week, the “Moonrock” 350 Boosts to be specific. I’m a huge fan of the 350 Boost, but I’ve gotta say, the Moonrocks have been my least favorite colorway so far. They look like a Turtledove sample that was left on the cutting room floor until some Adidas executive said “Fuck it, these are Kanye shoes. Let’s release these too, they’ll still sell out”. If you managed to cook a pair, shouts to you, but I’m really not even tripping that Adidas handed me an L on Saturday morning. I’ll live to cop Yeezys another day.
As sneakerheads, we usually have one or two types or brands of shoes that we prefer over others. For me, it’s Jordan I’s and Flyknit Racers. For Bobby, it’s Nike PE’s and Reeboks. For Jahmade, it’s anything Adidas….just kidding. Jahmade hates Adidas.
It seems that every sneakerhead has a shoe or two (or in rarer cases, a whole brand) that they just flat-out don’t rock with. Why is that, you might ask? That’s exactly the question we’re trying to figure out in today’s arcticle.
TGIF. We’ve got one more day to get through until the weekend, and it’ll be a glorious weekend indeed. Although the Black Friday blowout is only 2 weeks away (expect another of these articles around then), this weekend’s releases are nothing to sneeze at…so we decided it would be only right to rank the five best. Without further ado, here’s the top 5 sneakers releasing this weekend.
5. LimitEDitions x Diadora N9000 “Castellers”-Saturday, $N/A
Don’t call it a comeback. Diadora has barged back into the sneaker game in 2015 with a run of dope, high-quality collabs and their latest with Barcelona’s LimitEDitions pays homage to the Catalonian festival tradition of “castells”. The shoe also comes with four pairs of laces, a keychain, and a bespoke box.
When it comes to kicks, there’s nothing more important on the athletic side of the spectrum than the signature shoe, especially when you’re talking basketball. You know a player has truly arrived when he gets a signature sneaker, and with all the top-tier athletes in the NBA that have their own lines they’re practically begging to be ranked.
So that’s what we’ve done for you here. We sifted through all the NBA players with their own signature shoes (there’s a lot more than you might think) and listed them from #10 to #1. Without further ado, we’ll jump into the list. Here’s #10:
ICYMI: Legend Blue 11’s (such a stupid nickname) restocked on Nike via their semi-new raffle system.
ICYMI: I lost again.
If you tried to get a pair today, there’s probably a solid chance that you lost as well. It’s either that, or I’m just really unlucky when it comes to this stuff. Now that I think about it, I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to raffles. I should probably just stop getting my hopes up from now on.
However, if you’re like me and have successfully struck out on all of Nike’s raffle entries, you probably want to know why you haven’t been blessed with a pair yet. Is it just luck of the draw? Not likely. Today we’re going to take a look at some possible reasons why you can’t win on Nike:
They say that good things come in threes…and that’s especially true today, because this is our third shameless Instagram plug. It’s been about a month and a half since we last reminded you to follow us on the ‘gram to stay up to date with our latest and greatest sneaker pictures, and if we do say so ourselves, the photos are getting better and better. Here’s two bangers for the sake of proof.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger from Skepta. Here’s “Back Then” (Plastician Production)
Sometimes in life there comes a point when you need to trim your sneaker collection down. Maybe a whole side of your bedroom is covered in boxes. Maybe your 2-car garage has become a 1-car garage. Maybe the spare room in your house has become storage for your kicks. Maybe you simply have too many pairs that you don’t wear.
It’s not something that’s easy to do. When you have a lot of shoes, even something as simple as trying to figure out which pairs you want to sell and which pairs you want to keep can be a time-consuming and strenuous task. Fear not. We’re here with some tips so that if the time does come for you to move some of your kicks, it’ll be as pain-free as possible.
Picture above: Several Minneapolis/St. Paul sneakerheads at the Timberwolves game. I’m in the Yeezys!
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to go check out a Timberwolves game with several other members of the Minneapolis/ St. Paul sneaker community. Even though the Wolves got demolished by the Heat, it was a great time. Laughs were shared, drinks and food were consumed, and lively discussion of sneakers (of course) were had by all.
A few days after this memorable experience, I got to thinking about our local sneaker community and how great it is. Although we may not be nearly as large as communities in other cities like Chicago and LA, we’re much more tight-knit due to our smaller size, and that’s a blessing.
Let me start this off by saying I just don’t get this “high fashion” crap. I really don’t. And I struggle with this a little bit because there are people that actually go out in this stuff everyday. Now, I’m not one to knock anyone’s style, (this is partially a lie), but some of this stuff is just flat out ugly. Sure, it’s all cool for fashion shows and what-not but as far as normal use goes — NAH. *Chief Keef voice*
Plus, I can’t be a supporter of anything that is promoted with “#Balmainia.” I can’t even say it without laughing.
Sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to flex. To stunt. To show out. To show up at the function looking like a million bucks. To make the herbs salty and jealous.
When you possess a certain level of knowledge about sneakers and clothing, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes you get that urge to throw on your best stuff, step out of the house, and hurt feelings. However, there’s a right and a wrong way to go about it, and we’re going to give you a couple do’s and dont’s so you can ensure that your flexing game is always on point. Get your heater kicks and fire garments ready to go.
When it comes to sneakers and the sneaker game, there have always been big personalities involved. Some have an encyclopedic knowledge of sneakers and can give you the background on a random pair of New Balance from the mid 90’s. Some can flex tens of thousands of dollars worth of rare kicks in a single photo. Some are just flat-out hilarious.
DJ Khaled would fall into the “flat-out hilarious” category. The boisterous, bumbling, affable, talkative Miami-based DJ and producer considers himself a sneaker collector extraordinaire, and will take any opportunity to boast about his massive collection.
We’re switching it up a little bit today.
Most of the time we’re sharing our thoughts on news, events, or issues in the sneaker game (or bringing you dope pictures of what people in our community are rocking…check Dallas and Jordan‘s Starting Fives if you haven’t already), but today we’re going to be putting you on to a few dope clothing brands that you may have not heard of.
It’s important to make sure you do your kicks justice with a fire outfit, and if you cop a few pieces from these three brands, you’ll be well on your way to making sure you’re on ten from head to toe. Let’s get right to it.
We were all new to the sneaker game at one point in time. Even the most seasoned sneaker collector remembers when they first fell in love with kicks and sneaker culture. There’s a learning curve to this sneaker shit, and everyone was at the bottom of it when they started.
However, there’s a stigma against being “new” to the game. People are awfully quick to bash someone for not having an extensive knowledge of sneakers, and in turn this leads to new sneakerheads trying too hard to act like they know more than they do. Newsflash: this is how hypebeasts are created. No, they’re not born in a melting pot of hyped kicks, expensive streetwear, and their parents money…they’re created by the game.