The final countdown is in effect.
We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of 2016, and it’s only right that we look back upon the best releases of 2015. It was a year of high peaks and low valleys for the sneaker game, but this year’s best releases can stack up with any other year’s in terms of pure, unadulterated fire. Although breaking down all our favorite releases (the list was about 40 shoes long before we started chopping it up) into only ten was a challenge, after careful deliberation we managed to pick the cream of the crop, and we’ve got them right here for you.
2015 isn’t ending quietly. KicksOneTwo homie GoodKarmaNiles just dropped the first track off of his upcoming “SPVCESHIP” EP, and it’s a banger. Produced by 1990 (another KicksOneTwo homie), it’s a song that’s sure to find its way into rotation in the whip. Check it out below!
We’re here. It’s late december, and we’ve finally almost made it through 2015.
Now that the year’s over, we can take a look back at the sneaker industry and the game as a whole, both the good and the bad. Like most other years, there were ups and downs across the industry, but there was one brand that tossed an uncharacteristically large amount of bricks over the last twelve months: Jordan.
Now don’t get us wrong here: we love Jordan Brand. Hell, how could you not? They’re responsible for a large number of the best sneakers of all time. But that doesn’t mean they’re immune to releasing some garbage every so often. What went wrong this year? We’ll break it down for you. Without further ado, here’s why 2015 wasn’t Jordan Brand’s greatest year.
For the last edition of Music Mondays in 2015 (can you believe it?), we bring you a banger from Keith Ape. Here’s “Ksubi”, featuring Ken Rebel.
You’re probably confused right now.
“The “What The Fieg” Gel Lyte III’s aren’t a must-have? But…but Ross just told me yesterday they were!! I just went out and dropped a rack on them because he convinced me I needed them!”
Granted, Ross did make a great argument as to why you need to own a pair of “What The Fieg’s”, but I disagree with him. You may have started the website, Ross, but you can’t tell me what I do and don’t like!!
Yes, Christmas was yesterday, and yes, that was a terrible joke..but it was one that needed to be made. When you’re as big of a Kith stan as everyone at KicksOneTwo is, it really was Kithmas earlier this month when the gawd himself, Ronnie Fieg, announced that he’d be releasing a “What The Fieg” Gel Lyte III that paid homage to the 16 models of the shoe he’d done before, from the “Kith Football Equipment” to the “Salmon Toe”.
Merry Christmas, KicksOneTwo fam.
We’re not here today to give you an op-ed piece or a top 5 list…or even heater pictures, even though we’ve got plenty of those on our Instagram if you haven’t seen them yet (shameless plug).
We’re just here to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
2015 was a year with a lot of ups and downs in the sneaker game, but as we look back on it as a whole, it was a pretty damn good year. Over here at the site, things have never been better. We’re as motivated as ever to keep bringing you, our valued readers, fresh content every single day at 8 AM.
KicksOneTwo homie Why Khaliq just dropped a new joint off his upcoming EP “Under The Perspective Tree” (or UTPT for short), releasing January 20th.
The song touches on personal relationships and missed communications, and was premiered by national music blog Pigeons and Planes. Check out the new track right here, and be prepared for “Under The Perspective Tree” in January.
As sneakerheads, we like to show off. We’re constantly letting people know what we’ve got in our closets and on our feet, and there’s no better way to let everyone know what your footwear game is like than a fire sneaker picture.
Now, just about any sneakerhead can point their cell phone camera at their shoes and take a quick snap, but there’s a right and wrong way to go about doing things. You love your kicks, and want to make sure they’re showcased in the best way possible, right? Well, then this article is right up your alley. Here’s 3 quick tips for better sneaker photographs.
As some of you may have noticed, (or not noticed at all), I haven’t posted an article in around two weeks now. Finals week got the best of me, and I had to focus my time hitting the books instead of doing something cool like writing for KicksOneTwo. Now that finals week is over and Winter break has begun, it’s only right that I come back to the site with an absolute BANGER of an article, right??
Well… Sorry to disappoint.
I figure another Instagram plug is well overdue since Ross and I have been taking the most fire shots of our lives lately. I promise you – you will not be disappointed.
For this edition of Music Mondays, you know we had to bring you a banger off Pusha T‘s new project, Darkest Before Dawn. Here’s “Got Em Covered”, featuring Ab-Liva.
2015 is coming to a close, and it was a very interesting year for sneakers. Shoes that weren’t expected to sell out did. Shoes that were supposed to fly off the shelves are still sitting. If anyone told you that they knew what would catch on at the beginning of the year..well, they were lying. This year was vastly different from the last few, so we’re going to take a look back at 5 of the biggest footwear trends that occurred over the past 12 months.
Although the Roshe has been the go-to shoe for seemingly everyone the past few years, the Huarache is creeping right up behind it as one of the general populace’s favorite Nike models. Retro styling that still looks just as good today and an uber-comfy fit (go half a size up!) made for one of the most popular shoes of the year, with men’s and women’s colorways flying off the shelves.
You’re up. You’re reading this. You’re in the throes of YZY SZN.
You might be preparing yourself to take a few L’s. You might have taken a few L’s already. Let’s be real, there’s a good chance you’ll take at least one before the day’s over.
But that’s why we’re here. We’re wishing you good luck on this, the holiest of sneaker release days. Lord Yeezus is dropping, and we’re sending you our best wishes. Cop fearlessly, and rock quickly.
YZY SZN is upon us agin.
This Saturday, the “Triple Black” Yeezy 750 Boost will be hitting retailers, and the pandemonium that swirls around every Yeezy release is in full effect. By and large, you’re going to be hearing the same things every time a new pair of Yeezys drop, so we thought we’d list some of our favorites for you.
“Nobody I know won a pair and I know (insert greatly exaggerated number) people. How did this happen?”
We don’t know. You tell us. Maybe the raffles actually were rigged, and your conspiracy theories were right all along. Maybe you and everyone you know has really shitty luck. Maybe you don’t actually know that many people at all, and just like to amp. Whatever it is, nobody knows how it happened.
Tonight’s the night.
BLVCK SPVCE is taking over the 7th Street Entry, and they’re bringing Ripp Flamez, Gym & OG Newport, DJ Kam Bennett, DJ Low and DJ BVCKWOODS along with them. If that isn’t enough to convince you, Create Karma is hosting the event, and will be giving away over $200 worth of product. Grab tickets here (only $7 for pre-sale!) or at the door, and be prepared to lose your mind. It’s going to be a night to remember.
Here at KicksOneTwo we love both Bape and Puma, so when they came together for their recent collaboration, you already know we were stoked. Now that the collaborative pieces have been out for a few days and we’ve had time to properly digest them, we’re giving you our thoughts on the collection as a whole, both the good and the bad. Let’s get right to it..starting off with the good.
As to be expected with any project Bape is involved it, the accessories were on point. The bags and small towels were both killer. The soccer jerseys and warmup jackets/pants were fire as well. You can never really go wrong with all-over Bape camo print, and they applied it tastefully on some of Puma’s most classic garments. Collaborations always seem to work to the best when they play to the strengths of both brands, and that was certainly done well here.
You did it. You cooked on a release that you really wanted. Your pair is on the way to you, and you can’t wait for them to show up so you can rock them and take fire shots for the ‘gram. There’s only one small problem though: you had to grab a half size too big.
This is an all-too-common occurrence, and can be very frustrating. When a shoe’s too big, not only will it have you tripping and stumbling all over the place, it’ll crease and get beat up more quickly because of all the dead space in the toe. Thankfully, there are ways to remedy this, and we’ve got four of them right here for you. Without further ado, here’s 4 ways to make shoes that are too big fit.
For this edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you even more grime. Here’s Jme with “Integrity”
That’s right, we’re back with the 7th edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings, the piece where I share my unfiltered thoughts on the biggest news in sneakers the past week. It’s a perfect time for a new edition as it’s been almost a month since the last one, and because I’m about three bottles of Voss deep right now. Let’s get right to it.
First and foremost, the “72-10” Jordan XI’s released yesterday. Although there were several better shoes that released this last week in my opinion, no shoe (except for maybe a Yeezy) can match the hype that surrounds a Jordan XI release. Nike moved the date up a week, sneakerheads around the world cashed out, and another holiday XI was in the book.
If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance that you love you some Supreme. No matter if it’s a box logo camp cap, a random accessory like a fire extinguisher or crowbar, or something rare like a PCL hoodie, you’ve got at least one piece from the legendary New York brand in your wardrobe or decorating your house.
Complex Magazine loves Supreme too. They know that anything Supreme-related is great clickbait, and they report any news on James Jebbia’s storied brand, down to the smallest blurb. One of their favorite things to do is send their most famous Canadian employee Emily Oberg down to the line for Supreme drops, and let the people in line make asses of themselves (shouts to Racks though, dude is a G)
It’s finally Friday, and we’ve got a weekend full of heat ahead of us. It seems that almost every major footwear brand has something special cooked up for today and tomorrow…so the time is right for us to give you our top 5 sneaker releases this weekend. Let’s get right to it.
5. Nike Air Trainer Cruz “Wolf Grey”-Saturday, $140
Although the KicksOneTwo staff wasn’t sold on the Air Trainer Cruz right off the bat (there was even an article expressing our initial dislike for it), but now that we’ve had a chance to check it out in person, we’ve done a complete 180. The “Haystack” pair was a staff favorite, and Nike has come correct again with the “Wolf Grey” colorway. The simple grey upper with hits of red work nicely with the speckled black midsole and white outsole, and the premium leather liner tops it all off.
Nice Kicks‘s beloved YouTube series “Sneak Peek“, which showcases the sneaker collections of various musicians, athletes, and celebrities just released their 50th episode this week, and it’s one sneakerheads around the world have been waiting for: Mayor‘s giant collection.
This is just part one of a multi-part series showcasing Mayor’s several thousand pairs of shoes, and although some of the heat he pulls out (ever seen better LeBron 7’s?) is off the charts, the best thing about the episode is when Mayor shares his thoughts on sneakers, and collecting sneakers.
It’s going down on the 17th.
The waviest rap group in all of Minnesota, BLVCK SPVCE will be performing at 7th Street Entry next Thursday, and they’re bringing Ripp Flamez (all the way from Cleveland), Gym and OG Newport, DJ Kam Bennett, DJ Low, and DJ BVCKWOODS along with them…and on top of that the show is presented by Create Karma and is only $7 if you buy your tickets in advance.
Hit the link for tickets and come vibe out. This isn’t an evening you want to miss.
If you were anywhere near social media or any form of sneaker news within the last 48 hours, you’ve heard the news, first as a rumor and then officially. Jordan Brand has switched the release dates for the “72-10” XI’s from the 19th to the 12th and the “Chrome” VIII’s from the 26th to the 19th, sending sneakerheads all over the world into a frenzy.
This comes as a surprise to most. Jordan Brand isn’t the type of company to switch release dates up last minute, especially not with one of their most anticipated releases of the year. Why’d they do this, and what might come of it? Let’s dig a little deeper and try to find out.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger from Fekky, featuring Skepta. Here’s “Way Too Much”.
Yes, it’s Christmas again. The best time of the year. Family, friends, gifts, and time to relax. It’s the perfect combination.
But Christmas can be stressful sometimes. It’s likely you’ve got a few people on your list who are into kicks, and you might not know what to get them. Obviously you could get them shoes…but who’s trying to spend all that money? There’s a good chance you’ve got a lot of sneakerheads on your list…and getting them all kicks just flat-out isn’t feasible. There’s less than 20 days left till Christmas…so we’ll get right to it. Here’s 5 great Christmas gifts for sneakerheads.
It’s December 5, all the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving is being finished up, snow finally coats the ground (somewhat), colorful lights are lighting up the dark night in neighborhoods everywhere, and “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC is working its way back into your daily playlist. ‘Tis the season, KicksOneTwo fam. Christmas is right around the corner, and we’re all excited as ever for the upcoming holiday.
For those of you that are fans of the NBA (I’m assuming the majority of you are), you’re probably looking forward to the solid slate of Christmas Day games to be played. Obviously, I’m looking forward to my Cavs taking down the (probably still undefeated) Golden State Warriors. Regardless of the outcomes, it’s shaping up to be a great day for the NBA.
It’s that time of year again. XI SZN.
The hype machine revs up every December when Jordan drops an XI, and it’s in full swing currently with the release a little over two weeks away. There’s a good chance everyone you know is hitting you up for a pair (get ready for the “what’s good fam?” texts from people you hardly speak to), and there’s a good chance you want a pair for yourself as well.
As this is one of the biggest Jordan releases every year, and the “72-10” is an entirely new colorway, I figured it would be only right to give you my thoughts and likes/dislikes on the sneaker. Let’s get into it.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re big fans of the Jordan I High. There’s no other shoe like it, and the shoe that ushered in the Jordan era is still the best model they’ve ever released, even 30 years later.
But not all colorways of the I get the love that they should. Sure, everyone loves a crispy pair of Breds, Royals, Shadows, or Fragments…but what about the pairs that don’t get the shine they should? Well we’ve got the four pairs that we think are the most underrated right here, and we’re gonna put you on game.
Having an everyday pair of kicks that you don’t hold any special attachment to is very important. Sure, you’ve got stacks of heat…but you might not want to wear that heat every single day. Sometimes the weather sucks. Sometimes you don’t have time to put together a fit, and you need to just throw something on and run out the door. Sometimes you just don’t really care.
Thankfully, there are several shoes that are perfect for those kind of days. Shoes that you can throw on and go, but still look fresh. We’re sharing our favorites with you today, 5 of them to be exact. Everyday shoes to the rescue.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we love apparel just as much as sneakers, and one of our favorite clothing brands is Create Karma. Their mission statement is to “add value to your craft”, and they stand behind that by offering high-quality, well-designed, excellent-fitting garments.
They’ve been in the game since 2012, and their Holiday 2015 collection might just be their best one yet. With everything from cut-and-sew tees to headwear (their specialty), there’s something for everyone…so we’re showcasing our favorite pieces today….and including links to the product pages so you can cop easily. Let’s get it.