Consigning Kicks: A Beginners Guide

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So you want to sell some kicks.

You need some quick cash, but you don’t have the time to sell the kicks yourself. Craigslist, posting in sneaker groups, all that other internet stuff? Who’s got the time for that? You certainly don’t.

Thankfully you’ve got another option: consignment. Let a shop do the work for you by displaying and marketing your kicks, and reap the rewards when your kicks sell. It’s a pretty simple process, but can be slightly confusing for anyone who hasn’t done it before, so we’ve got a simple guide to get you started. Let’s go get you some money. read more


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Just Don II’s: Worth It?

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If you’re reading this, it’s too late. Or maybe it’s not, if you’re one of the lucky few.

Yes, the “Beach” Just Don II’s dropped today, and only a lucky few were able to secure a pair. It’s a rare and premium shoe, and with that premium quality comes a premium price tag, $650 to be exact (although that price does include a hat with a premium leather brim). That’s what we’ll be talking about today. Is the Just Don II really worth it? read more


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Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend

We’re almost a full month into 2016, and it’s been a bit of a slow start to the year, at least as far as releases go. There’s plenty of fire right around the corner, but the first few weeks of the year weren’t the kindest to us.

However, that thankfully changes this weekend. Jordan Brand is dropping a BANGER (the first of the year), and there’s plenty of runner heat (both retro and new) as well. Without any further ado, here’s the top 5 sneaker releases this weekend. read more


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My Most Memorable Sneakers

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Thursday. The Kanye West/Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose (lol) Twitter spat from yesterday is still fresh in everyone’s memory, but we’re not going to talk about that today, as much as I want to.

I’m feeling nostalgic on this Thursday, so I’m going to take it back to the good old days. The good old days where I was still fresh in the sneaker game, and a new pair of shoes was the be-all end-all. I’m talking about the most memorable sneakers I’ve ever owned, and why they meant so much to me. read more


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3 Things That Aren’t So Great In The Sneaker Game

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As much as we all love the sneaker game and the culture surrounding it, it’s not all sunshine and roses 100% of the time. Much like any other hobby, there are a few parts that aren’t so enjoyable, and sometimes you’ve gotta gripe about the bad parts of something you love. Here’s three things that aren’t so great in the sneaker game.

People Constantly Talking About Kanye

Sure, we talk about Ye’ a bunch over here at KicksOneTwo. Nothing wrong with that at all. However, it gets annoying when people try to act holier than thou by saying, “Oh, Kanye wore Vans, I suppose you all like Vans now??” Or, “If Kanye wore a sequined shirt and some bell-bottom jeans, I guess that’s what all of you would start wearing too, huh??” read more


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Chill Out, Kanye West Isn’t Signing With Vans

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You’ve probably already heard the rumors from sneakerheads and ‘Ye stans alike. Kanye West is going to leave Adidas and sign with Vans. The sneaker world as we know it is coming to an end. Judgement day is upon us. Only those with the most fire jawnz will be saved.

Hypebeast posted an article earlier this week in which they stated sources close to ‘Ye said he’d be ending his contract with Adidas so he could “sign with his favorite skate brand”. However, the site that originally reported this news is something called “Sneakers Addict”. Have you ever read “Sneakers Addict” before? Do you know anyone that has? Didn’t think so. There’s a damn good chance they’re not the most reliable source of information. read more


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The Lowdown On TCSAX 7

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It’s almost that time of year again.

That’s right, the 7th installment of the Twin City Sneaker Art Exchange is almost upon us, and it’s  a can’t-miss event for any Minnesota sneakerhead, music lover, or art aficionado. Taking place on April 10th at the Mayo Clinic Square from 12-6 PM, everything great about sneakers and sneaker culture will be under one roof.

In the market to buy, sell, or trade some kicks? There will be tables full of them. Want to hear some dope local music? Several artists from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area will be blessing the mic. Love art? Local artists will have their wares on display. There will also be giveaways from both local and national brands. read more


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TONIGHT: UTPT Release Party @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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Tonight at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Why Khaliq and the FREEliving crew are celebrating the release of his new Under The Perspective Tree (or UTPT for short) EP with a BANGER of a show.

Besides Khaliq playing all the joints from UTPT for the first time, you’ll also be treated to sets from Greg Grease, Tomorrow Genius, Lexii Aliijai and CamOnClouds. Tickets are only $7 advance (click here to cop) or $10 at the door. Doors are at 9PM. See you there!


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The A$AP Rocky x Guess Collection Is Fire

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We’re unabashed A$AP Rocky fans here at KicksOneTwo. As far as we’re concerned, Lord Flacko can do no wrong in fashion or music. So you already know that we’ve been loving what we’ve seen of his collaboration with Guess. Including oversized denim jackets, striped t-shirts and overalls plus much more, the collection is set to hit stores on February 16th. Haven’t seen any of the pieces yet? Here’s a few photos from the recently released lookbook for your viewing pleasure. read more


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Check Out Why Khaliq’s “UTPT” EP

Yesterday the homie Why Khaliq dropped his much-anticipated “Under The Perspective Tree” (or UTPT for short) EP. With the project garnering attention from national blogs like Pigeons and Planes, and Khaliq’s signature thoughtful and technical raps, it’s not something you want to miss.

And that’s not even all. UTPT also boasts features from CamOnClouds and Lisa Lonewolf, as well as production from Lelan Foley.

Stream the project below, and be sure to head to the Amsterdam Bar on the 23rd for the official release party/show (details here). read more


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The 3 Worst Air Jordan Slang Terms

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Sneakerheads love making up nicknames. If they’re passionate about something, they’ll nickname it a million different ways, and think of even more ways to say it. This is one of the great things about the sneaker game: the slang. It’s unique, and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.

However, like with all forms of dialect, there are a few downsides to this slang. In the sneaker dialect, it’s the nicknames some use to describe Air Jordans. There’s a plethora of names, both bad and good, but we picked out the three worst ones, and listed them in order. Let’s get right to it. read more


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Trends/Brands You’ll See In The Twin Cities This Year

Whoever said things come to the Midwest last clearly hasn’t been to the Twin Cities. We have our own unique style here, and generally buck trends in favor of being unique in our clothing choices.

However, trends catch on everywhere eventually, and there are a few that you’re bound to see around these parts sometime in 2016 (if you haven’t already). Here’s a short list of trends/brands that you’re bound to see in the Twin Cities this year.

Palace

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Arguably the hottest brand of 2015, Palace is gradually making its way into MSP. There’s been a core group of Supreme lovers (especially in the Uptown area) for several years now, but over the last few months, there have been a few Palace sightings as well (I’m actually wearing a Palace shirt while typing this). If you’re already into Supreme or any other “skate” brand, or if you’re an Ian Connor disciple, you’ll be throwing on a garment with a tri-ferg logo or a P somewhere on it sooner rather than later. read more


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Sunday Sneaker Ramblings Vol. VIII

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It’s a week of 2016 firsts over here at KicksOneTwo.

On Friday, we had our first shameless Instagram plug of the year and today we’re hitting you with the first edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings you’ll see in 2016. If you’re not familiar with the segment, here’s a quick rundown: I share my unfiltered thoughts on any and everything that I found interesting that went on in the sneaker world this last week. Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s get right to it.

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We’ve gotta start off with the biggest sneaker news of the week, the official unveiling of the Jordan XXX. Although the shoe isn’t much in the way of street style looks, that’s not what it was made for. It’s designed to be a premium performance shoe, and from the news we’ve heard about it, it appears to be just that. Only time will tell if it’ll be a classic, but it is certainly one of the best shoes on the market. Last year’s XXIX was one of the best performance basketball shoes ever (if you think otherwise, smack yourself), and the XXX should be able to carry on the torch. read more


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Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom = *insert fire emoji’s*

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(Via Ronnie Fieg)

Adidas is the hottest brand out there right now. (Word to the homie Jahmade). Kith and Ronnie Fieg, despite rumors of having fell off, are still killing it. (Word to Jahmade, again).

On Thursday, King Ronald himself *in my best Ross Dwyer hypebeast-voice impression* dropped another bomb on IG. This time, coming in the form of a teaser for an upcoming Kith x Adidas collaboration. This Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom, shown above, features an all heathered grey Primeknit upper with black side paneling and heel supports. Kith’s signature “Just Us” slogan is featured prominently on the back heels. read more


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Shameless Instagram Plug V

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It’s only been a few weeks since the last one…but we’re here plugging our Instagram again. New year, new jawnz…and the last few jawnz we’ve thrown up are fire. We’ve got a wavy new watermark as well. Don’t believe us? Check below for proof, but make sure you’re in a cool and dry area first. The fire we’re about to bless your screen with might just set your machine ablaze, and we can’t be held responsible for any damage. read more


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The Strange Phenomenon Of “Nike Air” Nostalgia

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Nostalgia is a funny thing. Everyone has something from their past that makes them think about how things used to be, and whatever may trigger that is different for everyone. For some, it’s what used to be on TV. For some, it’s how professional and college sports used to be. For some, it’s a strange fast food item like the McRib. For me (if you’re wondering) it was life as a kid before technology took everything over. Back in the day, we used to go get on our bikes and ride around looking for a pickup basketball game to play. Nowadays, kids get together and sit on their phones without talking. Ain’t that some shit? read more


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Happy Birthday MPLS Customs!

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we’ve met a lot of great people in the local sneaker community. One or those people is our friend Sal, better known to most as MPLS Customs.

Not only is Sal the best sneaker customizer in the Twin Cities (all his art is done 100% by hand), he’s also a stand-up dude. You won’t meet anyone more chill and humble than him, and we’re glad to call him a friend. Enjoy a few pictures of his work below, and be sure to hit him up on Instagram or Twitter to check out his work if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it….and while you’re there, be sure to wish him a happy birthday. read more


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3 Kith Pieces You Need In Your Wardrobe

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Here at KicksOneTwo when we find something we like, we support it fully. When it comes to water, all we drink is Voss (shouts to the Voss Boys..we see you). When it comes to fast-food hamburgers, all we eat is White Castle. And when it comes to clean, modern, well-made clothing, almost all we wear is Kith.

That’s right. We’re some of the biggest Kith stans you’ll ever meet, and we’re always hyped when Ronnie Fieg releases new jawnz. Lately, they’ve been coming out with enough fire to take down a large building, so we thought it would be only right for us to put you on game (if you aren’t already), and show you our 3 favorite new Kith pieces, with links so you can cop if you’re so inclined. Let’s get right to it. read more


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Cultivate Your Personal Style

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I’m thinking about clothing and style. One’s personal style, to be specific, and I want to fill you in on something (and then give you some advice if you’re so inclined to listen).

The clothes you wear and the style you aim for are far more important than you might think.

When it comes to style, having your own unique perspective is important. You want to portray a certain image when you dress, and whatever that image may be, you need to make sure you’re conveying it clearly. Want to get on your cozy boy steez with tailored sweats and a fire basic hoodie? Still love the street goth look? Rare Japanese garments your type of thing? Want to look like you just don’t give a fuck and rock ripped tees? Whatever it may be that you want to look like, it doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to cultivate your personal style. read more


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The Drought: How To Deal With A Slow Sneaker Month

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It’s a drought. January is a rough month in general. The holidays are over. All the good cheer and “let’s tackle this new year” attitude tends to wear off when you actually get a week or two into the new year and realize it’s cold and miserable.

So yeah, rough month. Not a ton going on. And unfortunately, that extends to the sneaker game. As of today, we’re 9 days into January. The first Jordan release (Alternate 89 IV’s) didn’t really move well, and today’s release (Radio Raheem II’s) looks like it’s gonna be the same way. Matter of fact, there’s not much going on release-wise at all this month, with the possible exception of the off-white Just Don II’s releasing at the end of the month. read more


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Ken Griffey Jr’s 3 Best Signature Shoes

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The Kid was immortalized this week.

Ken Griffey Jr, one of the best players of all time and a hero to legions of baseball fans was elected into the Hall Of Fame by a near-unamous vote this Monday, so we thought it would be only right to pay tribute KicksOneTwo style: a list of his best shoes.

Not many baseball players get signature shoes, but Ken Griffey Jr had several…and a few were absolute classics. We present our top three, in order. Turn your hat backwards before you read on.

3. Air Griffey Max GD 2 read more


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I Been Schleep – Stance Socks and Nike Tech Fleece

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“Are you joking, Bob? You JUST got into Stance and Nike Tech Fleece??”

I know, I know. The title of this article is pretty self-explanatory – I been schleep. Despite all of the hype and great reviews surrounding these two items, I just haven’t gotten around to copping either until now. As you can tell, I don’t give into hype easily, (I’m chuckling while writing this), and I stay true to what I know for the most part.

To be honest – I just figured that I was good with Nike Elite socks, *slams head against table*, and Tech Fleece was just an overpriced Nike Dry-Fit. However, I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong, and I have no problem with saying that I was 100% WRONG. read more


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The Ins And Outs Of The Double Up

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The double-up. Often discussed, frequently mulled-over, rarely actually done.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the double-up is grabbing two pairs of a shoe that you’re really into. Maybe you want a pair for now, and a pair for later. Maybe you want an extra pair to trade/sell. Maybe you want to flex for the ‘gram and then return a pair Maybe the shoe’s just so damn clean you’ve simply got to have more than one pair on deck.

Maybe you double up frequently. Maybe you never have before. Regardless of your experience with buying two pairs of kicks, there are a few simple rules that you should make sure to follow before you cop two pair (word to Nelly) read more


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What Kanye Really Meant In “Facts”

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Kanye’s done it again.

The release of his most recent track “Facts” (produced by Metro Boomin) on New Year’s Eve whipped the sneaker community into a frenzy, the level of which is usually only seen when he releases a shoe.

He big ups Adidas while dissing Nike. He screams and spazzes out. It’s an extremely enjoyable song. (I personally liked it so much I threw a pair of Nikes off my balcony after listening to it). If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor and listen here. read more


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Music Mondays: January 4th

For the first 2016 edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger from KicksOneTwo homie GoodKarmaNiles‘s upcoming project, “Spvceship”. Here’s “Free Sauce”, produced by another KicksOneTwo homie, 1990.


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What The Sneaker Game’s All About

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Maybe you’re new to it. Maybe you’ve been playing it for a while. Maybe it’s been playing you (it has a tendency to do that sometimes).

Yes, we’re talking about the sneaker game. The never-ending game that we’re all a part of, to various levels. Buying, selling, and trading. The cycle goes on and on. But the sneaker game is about more than just sneakers sometimes.

“Why’s that?” you might be saying. “What else is a part of the sneaker game besides shoes?” There’s actually quite a lot. So many other things tie in to the game. If you like sneakers, there’s a chance you like hip-hop, streetwear, and almost any other form of “urban culture”, if you will. You’ll get that in spades. One of the great things about the sneaker subculture is that it ties in to many other subcultures as well. read more


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The Importance Of Having “Wearable” Sneakers In Your Collection

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You’ve got a pretty nice collection. You’ve been in the game for a few years, and have a little bit of everything you wanted. From rare collabs to quickstrikes, you feel like you’ve got all the bases covered. But do you have any shoes that you can wear on a daily basis?

It’s extremely important to be sure that you have wearable shoes in your collection. Sure, you might have a crazy limited collab or a dope PE, but is that something that you can throw on any given day of the week? If not, you need to grab a few pairs to keep in rotation. read more


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Staff Top Three – 2015 Pickups and Favorites

January 1st. New year, new possibilities, new days to cop new kicks. We’re in for a great year of sneakers, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Every year, there’s a few shoes that really stand out to you, weather they were your favorite pickups or kicks you get a lot of wear out of, and we thought we’d share the shoes that stood out to us. Bobby’s showing his three favorite pickups of the year (shoes that he picked up in the past 12 months, not just shoes that released in the past 12 months, and I’m showing off the three shoes that I got the most wear out of. Let’s go. read more


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