For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a joint that’s guaranteed to get you motivated, A$AP Twelvyy‘s “L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)”.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a joint that’s guaranteed to get you motivated, A$AP Twelvyy‘s “L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)”.
If you’re in any of the Minnesota sneaker pages on Facebook (chances are you’re a member of at least one as there’s a ton of them), you probably saw the chaos this weekend. Sneakerheads were camping outside stores. There were long lines for a non-Yeezy sneaker for the first time in what feels like forever. The thirst (and the salt) were both very real. What shoe caused this fracas?
The “Master” Jordan XII.
You’re probably surprised, and don’t worry…you’re certainly not the only one. Sure, it’s a clean shoe. Sure, a XII hasn’t released in a while. But all this, especially for a shoe that was incredibly widely available? You can’t say it’s what you expected to happen.
West Coast chillin’.
As some of you may already know, the kid is in LA for a few days. I love Minnesota, but I had to take a few days away from the cold, rain, and snow and come out to the west side. A change of scenery is good every so often, and I’m also not one to pass up an opportunity to eat new foods and cop new jawnz.
And that’s what today’s piece is all about. I hit Fairfax, Melrose, and La Brea yesterday, and peeped a bunch of dope LA boutiques. You’ve probably heard of most of them, but there’s a possibility you haven’t been, so I’m going to give you my thoughts on each shop, and because I’m a nice guy I’ll even throw their adresses in so it’ll be easy for you to navigate if you come out here. Let’s get it.
Release party time! On March 5th and March 6th, Shepard Goods (a local brand from Minneapolis) is hosting a pop-up shop/release party at RV$ (Retro Vintage Supply) to celebrate the release of their new gear. With music, deals, and limited edition items that’ll only be available at the pop-up shop, it’s set up to be a dope event. Come through, connect with people in the community, and grab some gear!
Remember the good old days?
The days when you used to walk into the store on release day, buy your Jordans, take them out of the box, lace them up, and walk out of the store with them on your feet? We do too. We actually enjoyed those days so much that we’re here today telling you that you should bring back the old habit, and start rocking your kicks right after you cop them.
Nowadays, there’s too much emphasis placed on sitting on your kicks after you cop them. No matter if they’re super-limited or a readily available GR, people don’t seem to like to break their new purchases out until much later down the road. While we understand that it’s nice to keep a banger on deck and bust it out months or years down the line, there’s no need to do that with the majority of the shoes in your collection.
We all love expensive gear. Be it a high end-designer brand like Gucci or LV, expensive streetwear like Bape or Cav Empt, or a fusion of everything like Fear Of God or Off-White, expensive jawnz seem to make the world go round.
But what if I told you that you aren’t automatically going to be fresh just because you spend a lot of money on your clothes? What if I told you there was more to dressing than that? What if I told you than spending money on clothes takes no skill? Well that’s exactly what I’m telling you, so pull up a chair and listen.
So you’re going on a vacation. You’ve got a dope destination picked out, you’ve got a list of things to do when you get there, and you’re almost done packing, but you’ve got one more thing that you need to figure out, and it’s important: What kicks should you bring?
Since you’ve got limited space in your luggage (unless you don’t mind paying outrageous baggage fees), you’ve got to make the most of the kicks you bring. They’ve gotta be lightweight. They’ve gotta be comfy. They’ve gotta be packable. Yeah, they’ve gotta be a lot of different things. Thankfully we know a few pairs that work great for any trip, and we’re more than happy to share them with you. Without further ado, here are the 3 best kicks for traveling.
What’s good KicksOneTwo fam? Hope your Sunday is treating you well, and you’re relaxed af. It’s that time again. Time for a new edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings, where I briefly share my thoughts on the biggest news in sneakers the past week. Let’s get it.
I bet you’re thinking I’m going to go into detail about the Yeezy Season 3 footwear. Well, you’re in for a surprise: I’m not. I wrote about it plenty last week, and if you want to hear about it, scroll back through this week’s articles and check it out. Everything’s discussed in depth there.
The footwear industry is a fickle one. Trends come and go. Collectors thirst after a shoe one day and ignore it the next. Sneakerheads swear by a brand and then won’t have anything to do with it less than 6 months later. It’s a game of ups and downs.
But right now, there’s no brand that’s more up than Adidas. They seemingly can do no wrong. 2015 was theirs, and the way it’s shaping up, 2016 is going to be theirs too. And before you start with the “well Nike sells more” talk, save it. We’re not discussing dollars here. We’re discussing cultural relevance and what’s important to sneakerheads.
You’re probably gearing up for crushing disappointment while you’re reading this. You’ve already probably bricked on the raffles, and you’re getting ready to strike out on the online release as well. Yes, it’s Yeezy release day, and those “Pirate Black” 35o Boosts are probably just out of your reach. Trust us, we know the feeling well.
But since we’re on the topic of Yeezys, and today’s a Yeezy release day, let’s talk about some upcoming releases. Namely the footwear that was premiered during last week’s YEEZY Season 3 show. There were a lot of models that we liked, but a few that we didn’t like so much as well, so we’re going to go ahead and give you our thoughts.
You already know what time it is.
The monthly shameless Instagram plug is here. The article where I tell you about how dope the KicksOneTwo Instagram is, and that you should head over to the page and check it out (and of course toss us a follow if you like the pictures.
Know what you’re missing if you’re not following us? You’re missing dope pictures of fire kicks worn by local sneakerheads. What more could you ask for than that. We’re a Twin Cities sneaker blog, and the Instagram shows off sneaker heads in the Twin Cities. What’s more local than that?
If you open the hypebeast Bible, it’s right there for your viewing. Right under “Thou shalt not place any other brand over Supreme”, and right over “Thou shalt pay thine respects to Lord Flacko”. Yes, we’re talking about arguably the most important hypebeast commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Trip Over The Yeezy Raffle”.
Every time Kanye West releases a new shoe, it’s absolute chaos. People lose their minds trying to cop, either because they want to be rocking the same shoes as Ye, or because they know they can make a quick and easy thousand-dollar profit reselling them.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we love Supreme. We’ve always respected their don’t-give-a-damn attitude, and we eagerly await the release of their lookbooks every season. However, when their Spring/Summer 16 lookbook dropped yesterday (check it out here if you haven’t seen it), we’ve got to say that we were pretty disappointed.
Sure, there are a few simple and clean pieces of outerwear, and the accessories are on point just like they are every other season, but all in all, this season was far from their strongest effort, with a surprisingly abundant amount of bricks.
Quality control. It’s very important for any footwear or apparel company. You’ve got to make sure that the products you’re putting out adhere to your standards of quality and make your customers happy. The retail market is a fickle one, and customers will turn on a brand quickly if their quality control isn’t up to par.
When you’re a company the size of Nike, this can be very tough. If you make millions of pairs of shoes, there’s bound to be some that aren’t up to snuff. However, this seems to be an ongoing struggle for them, as they’ve had problems with more than a few shoes over the course of the last year.
Designer kicks. Although many sneakerheads possess a rudimentary knowledge of them and what they’re about, they can seem like a foreign concept. They’re expensive. Some of them are garish. They don’t look like what we’re used to if we’re into Jordans or Adidas.
Thankfully, designer sneakers don’t have to be a foreign concept. There are several simple, clean models that you can work into your rotation without overexerting yourself. The price may be a little high, but you’ve got to remember you’re paying for and receiving the finest quality. Here’s 3 designer shoes that can easily find a place in your rotation.
That’s about all I can say right now. I’m back at the crib after the Yeezy Season 3 showing, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything I saw. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d say it was “dense”. There were a lot of different things going on, from new music, to new clothes, to celebrities and artists galore.
So I’m going to hit you with a recap of my experiences and give you my thoughts on the show and everything that went down, starting with when we arrived. It was an event to remember, and remember it I sure do.
The day has finally arrived.
At 3:15 PM CST today, Kanye West will be officially premiering his Yeezy Season 3 line, and also playing his new (still not officially titled) album live at Madison Square Garden. The event will be live-streamed to theaters all around the world, including several here in Minnesota (Apple Valley, Eagan, Eden Prarie, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester, and St. Paul to be specific), and you’ve got to get your tickets online (hit the link to cop), as they won’t be available at the door.
We’re big Puma fans over here at KicksOneTwo. Everything from the classic Suedes to the recent collaborative Disc Blazes they did with Bape, we’re with it. Puma is a classic brand, and they’ll always be respected for their impact on the sportswear and sneaker games.
However they’ve been going through a rough patch recently, and they just can’t seem to stop taking L’s. Their shoes always seem to be on sale (the whole Puma website and all their retail locations were 50% off everything for a long stretch), and the moves they’ve been making on a creative level don’t seem to be making any sense.
Everyone’s got a pair of grail sneakers. For some, it might be something that’s crazy limited, like these Eminem x Carhartt Jordan IV’s pictured above. For some, it might be a rare shoe from their childhood that they missed out on. For some it might be a sample or PE that wasn’t ever released. No matter what the shoe might be, we’ve all got one or two. And you should cop yours.
“Cop your grails?” you might be saying. “That’s not possible”. It is though (unless you want something like the IV’s above. Then it might be a stretch), and you can do it with more ease than you might think.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bring you a whole project, and it’s our favorite release of 2016 so far. Here’s Anderson Paak‘s excellent new album “Malibu”.
You’ve got some fire jawnz. You know how to put those fire jawnz together to make a dope outfit. People always compliment you on your style, and you want a chance to show more people what you’re rocking on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s on Instagram or Snapchat.
There are a few basic principals to doing this correctly, and as we here at KicksOneTwo like to consider ourselves borderline masters when it comes to snapping pictures of our jawnz, we figured we’d be the right people to bring them to you. Without further ado, here’s what you need to do to ensure that you take a solid outfit grid pic:
Sneakerheads are outgoing and reserved in equal measures. Some like nothing better than to talk kicks and anything related to them, while some would rather keep their sneaker habit to themselves, and would rather surf the web looking at whatever sneaker site breaks the news about a new release first.
Both being outgoing and keeping to yourself are perfectly fine, but there’s something to be said for being outgoing, especially when it comes to shoes. You can learn a lot, share your thoughts and opinions with others who share the same interests, and maybe even make a new friend or two in the process.
You were probably like us today. On your computer, frantically typing in your info to secure your tickets to the live-stream premiere of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 and new album “Waves” (assuming he doesn’t change the title again) from Madison Square Garden.
Maybe you just copped the ticket. Maybe you copped a ticket/album package. Maybe you copped the ticket/album/t-shirt package (that’s what I grabbed). Maybe you balled out and got the full “Yeezy” package (ticket, album, tee, hoodie, and jean jacket).
You’re probably thirsty already. February 13th can’t come soon enough. You NEED these OG Cement IV’s with “Nike Air” boldly emblazoned on the back. They’re an absolute must. You might even need two pairs.
Well, you’ll get your chance to get two pairs. Just call around and ask your local Foot Locker, Champs, or Finish Line….pretty much every store is going to be getting them.
This of course has the old heads up in arms. They’ll tell you how hard it used to be to get Jordans with Nike Air on the back. They’ll tell you these young bucks don’t know what they’re getting (that might be right). Whatever they tell you, there will likely be one common theme: they won’t be too happy with it.
This was originally supposed to be a somber article, but thanks to the generosity of the Twin Cities hip-hop community, it’s become a joyous one.
Our good friend DJ BVCKWOODS had his laptop stolen this past weekend. It’s pretty awful when anyone’s laptop goes missing, but it’s even worse for a DJ because their laptop is their livelihood. Tracks? Mixes? Software? Everything a DJ needs to do the damn thing is right there on their laptop.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to get BVCKWOODS a new laptop, and earlier in the day a few hundred bucks had been pledged. That was a great start..but a new Mac is more than a few hundred bucks, and this article was originally going to be a piece encouraging readers to donate. However, over the course of the afternoon, things changed. Donations started pouring in, and a plea for people to chip in wasn’t necessary anymore. At the time this article was written (Tuesday evening), the amount of donations was sitting at a whopping $1300.
Sometimes leaving your kicks the way they came just doesn’t cut it. Sure, they’re dope, but you just don’t feel like they’re as unique as they should be. Your personality is one-of-a-kind, and your kicks should reflect that too.
Fear not. We’re here to help with 3 quick ways you can add flavor to your kicks. Let’s get right to it.
1. Lace Swaps
A fire lace swap has been the #1 way to make your kicks look unique ever since b-boys were throwing different color fat laces in their Pumas. You’ve got a plethora of options from sites like Rope Lace Supply, Mr. Lacy, and Lace Lab, so you can find a style or color of lace to fit literally any shoe. You’ll feel like a whole new person when you throw some crazy laces in your kicks.