You can say a lot about Nike, but one thing you can’t say is that they’re not willing to take chances and try something new. Be it new technologies or new designs, they’re always willing to give something a shot, and that’s one of the things that’s kept them at the forefront of sneaker innovation for years.
Along their path, they’ve had hits and misses (just like any major brand does), but they just announced one of their biggest misses yet, and that’s the KD 8 Elite pictured above. If there was a dictionary of sneaker designs, these would be right under “horrible”, next to any Derrick Rose shoe, and the Kobe 9 EXT’s.
Fire jawnz make the world go round. Buying, selling, trading…there’s always new heat out there to look for. It’s an addictive hobby, and it never gets old because there’s constantly new gear coming out and old gear becoming available.
Nobody understands this better than Grailed. They know that there are hordes of sneakerheads and fashionistas out there endlessly scouring the interwebs in the endless pursuit of jawnz, and they’ve provided a one-stop shop for the fashion-obsessed to get what they need.
Nike Frees. The favorite shoe of high-school kids, casual runners, and Instagram “fitness models”, you’re bound to see multiple pairs every day no matter where you go. They’re available in a plethora of colors and styles, and are released at such a blinding pace that they’re impossible to keep up with.
The Free line has always been held down by their three key models: the 5.0, the 4.0 (available with both regular and Flyknit uppers), and the Flyknit 3.0. The lower the number on the shoe, the flatter (8mm, 6mm and 4mm heel to forefoot drop respectively) and less supportive it gets, allowing for a more natural range of motion. All three models are loved, and sell well.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Young Thug’s recently released Slime Season 3 mixtape. Here’s “Drippin”
There’s nothing that sneaker companies love more than a capsule collection. Any time a holiday/historical event comes around, you can bet that at least one brand will release shoes that draw inspiration from it. Christmas, Black History Month, and any All-Star game are just a few examples. Some collections are great, some aren’t so great.
One that seems to always fall in the latter category (collections that aren’t so great) are the Easter collections. Every year, various brands shoot their shot at releasing Easter-inspired sneakers, and every year those sneakers turn out to be bricks. Hardly wearable, strangely colored bricks.
There’s a good chance you’re familiar with JsForDays. An online pre-order/consignment service, they’ve been guaranteeing your pair early (for a fee) and letting you partake in raffles to win rare kicks for years now.
But recently, they’ve switched the game up by making a very large purchase. Airkenny aka @KW21270 sold them a large part of his collection, and needless to say there are some BANGERS up for sale. The prices are high, but finding heat of this caliber is not easy. Here’s a few of our favorite pairs that are available now.
Resellers. If there’s something limited or desirable, they’ll grab it and flip it. They play off of desire and thirst, and wherever there’s money to be made, be it tickets, shoes, clothes or really anything, they’re with it.
Resellers are nothing new to the sneaker game. Ever since the demand has outweighed the supply for shoes, they’ve been making good cheddar on sneakerheads who are desperate to have whatever the latest hot jawn is. This goes for clothes too. If any brand releases a limited capsule collection or desirable collaboration, resellers will swoop in and try to make a quick flip.
When you step into a shoe store or check out a website selling kicks, you’ve got a lot of choices. With all the brands, styles, and colorways available, it can be a little bit overwhelming. Even when you’re an experienced sneaker head, you’ll occasionally be a little too hasty and pull the trigger on a pair that you really wish you hadn’t. I won’t lie, I’ve done it before. A few times to be completely honest.
So I got to thinking: what shoes do I regret buying the most? A few pairs came to mind. Either I was too hasty, got caught up in the hype, or just needed something new and wound up with a pair I didn’t really want. I’m not saying that I don’t like any of these shoes (because I do)…I just find myself wishing that I hadn’t bought them. Without further ado, here’s 5 shoes I regret buying.
There’s a good chance you’re a fan of something Kanye West has worked on. Maybe you don’t love the clothes (get with it if you don’t), but you definitely love the music. Or the rants. Or the hilarious tweets. Here’s your opportunity to enjoy any of those things at an event Kanye stans all over the Twin Cites have been waiting for.
Tonight at 7th Street Entry, you’ll have a chance to enjoy everything Kanye-related under one roof. The House Of Yeezy is an event totally dedicated to Kanye West, and will pay homage to all the dope art that he’s created. DJ’s will be spinning everything from deep cuts off of Ye’s albums (here’s hoping we hear Get Em High and Drive Slow) to jams from the G.O.O.D. Music family (old Pusha T anyone?), and The Life Of Pablo will be played in its entirety around 10 PM.
The shoe game. A game where trends rise and fall faster than ever due to the internet. Something’s hot one day and colder than the North Pole the next. People flip their favorite brands every week. A certain type of shoe is cool. No, it’s whack. No, it’s cool again. It’s a tough market, and one with a lot of ups and downs.
However, every so often there’s the rare brand that remains relevant and cool through all the ups and downs. In the footwear industry you’ve got to carve out your niche, and you could argue that no brand has done that better than Vans.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger off of our favorite Soundcloud account (you guessed it, AWGE Shit). Here’s “VLONE Thug” by Playboi Carti and UnoTheActivist.
The Twin Cities lost a real one yesterday. A creative-minded guy, a talented rapper, but above all a good, genuine person: Widikus.
Anyone in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene would tell you that Widikus was someone you looked to when you were in need of a dope rhyme or a good laugh. He was a friendly, outgoing guy, always quick with a smile and a dap. It was hard to be in a bad mood when he and the Left Life squad arrived at the function.
Although I haven’t known him that long personally, I always enjoyed the discussions we had at shows and the humorous back-and-forths that we engaged in on Twitter, and I’ll never forget when he and the Left Life crew tore the roof off at WAX back in November.
Adidas is killing it right now.
About a month ago, I wrote an article asking if anyone could slow their roll, and the last 30 continued to prove what the beginning of 2016 and pretty much all of 2015 told us: no, nobody could slow their roll.
It’s rare you see a brand get hot like this, and you’ve got to pay respect where respect is due. No matter how you feel about the brand, love them or hate them (I’ve got friends that fall on both sides of that spectrum), you can’t deny that Adidas has got the juice right now.
It’s March Madness time. Sure, the college hoops world is great, but so is this weekend’s release calendar. There’s all kinds of fire from what seems like every brand dropping, and it was about time for another edition of our infamous “Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend” segment. Let’s get right into it.
Note: If the NMD Runners hadn’t released yesterday, they would have been #1 on the list. CRAZY shoe, but Thursday doesn’t count as the weekend (obviously), so they weren’t eligible.
It’s just past 11 PM. I’m sitting here thinking about style, fashion, and jawnz as I so often do. I’m thinking about what shirt goes the best with what jacket. I’m thinking about what denim looks the best with what kicks. I’m letting my mind wander with wonderful visions of crazy alphets and fire jawnz.
When I do this, I usually have revelations of some sort. Some are small, some are life-changing, and some are plain humorous. This one would fall in the third category: have you ever thought about how Target may have forever ruined the red tee & khakis fit?
It’s March in Minnesota, and the weather is out of control as usual.
It rained yesterday. It’s apparently going to be snowing tomorrow. It could be in the 60’s next week for all we know. The weather’s crazy, and you’re in need of a versatile pair of shoes. One that can get you through all of these conditions, stay clean, and still look fly. We’ve got you covered. Here’s 3 great all-weather shoes.
Adidas Tubular X
Kicking the list off is the Tubular X, a new model from Adidas that’s been a hit the past few months. The thick sole provides the traction and grip you need, while the high-top offers extra protection agains the elements. However, on the flip side, the lightweight upper and ample mesh on the toebox make the shoe breezy enough for warmer days as well. Versatility on ten.
You can sum up how 2016 is going in sneakers with one word: Yeezy.
We’re two months and change into the year, and from the first of January to the middle of March, all anyone has wanted to talk about is Yeezys. Hypebeasts thirst over them. High schoolers wonder why they can’t get them, and scour the internet for believable fake pairs. Haters scoff and turn their noses up at them (they’re probably just salty they can’t get a pair). The hype train has been incredibly real, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon.
Yes, it’s that time again. Our monthly Instagram plug. We’d like to think that seven plugs in, most of you are already following us or have at least checked out our ‘gram at least once or twice. But, in the event that you haven’t, we’re here again telling you exactly why you should.
Let’s start with a simple question: do you like fire jawnz? Of course you like fire jawnz. You wouldn’t be checking out a street culture website if you didn’t. You know what the easiest way to get your daily dose of fire jawnz is? Follow our Instagram? Wow, you guessed it right! Here’s a box logo sticker for being smart.
You made it through the workweek. It’s Saturday. You’re chilling. You’ve got a good two days of relaxation ahead of you. We’re keeping it simple for you today. Here’s a classic Dave Chappelle skit for you so you can get some laughs to start your weekend off. What is it? The “Turn My Headphones Up” skit, one of our favorites. Enjoy.
What’s your favorite Dave Chappelle skit? Is it this, or another one (DJ Khaled voice)? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check out our Facebook for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.
The clash of the titans. The battle of legends. The fight of juggernauts.
Bape vs. Supreme. The two most popular brands in street culture, one a high-end brand from Tokyo, the other a scrappy skate brand from New York City. Both rose from humble beginnings to become powerhouses. Both command an unreal amount of hype that other brands couldn’t muster up if they tried. Both have rabid (and sometimes overlapping) fanbases. They’ve even collaborated.
But which one would win if they went head to head? Who would come out on top in the battle of street culture titans? There’s only one way to find out: a three-round, head to head battle for the crown. Let’s get ready to rumble.
There are few things better than kicking around on Soundcloud. You can check for new releases from your favorite artists, find new music that you’ve never heard before, and set the vibe for your whole day. There’s a lot of good stuff on there.
However, there’s little debate that the best thing on Soundcloud right now is Wavy Wednesdays, courtesy of the A$AP Mob. Ever since February, artists from the Mob have been using the AWGE SHIT Soundcloud to drop new music.
If it’s an A$AP release, you already know it’s going to be quality, and the Mob has offered up everything from older, unreleased remixes like Rocky’s added verse on Drake’s “Wu-Tang Forever”, to bangers like Ferg’s “Trap Anthem”, featuring Migos.
(The Hol’ It Down Tee in Tan)
“I’m legally blind!” “P.O.P. hol’ it down!”
You remember the catchphrases. You remember the interview. You remember Donna Goudeau, loaded into the back of a police car and on her way to prison to start an 18-year sentence, dropping hilarious nugget after hilarious nugget in a news clip that went viral. You got your laughs out of it. You dismissed her and moved on.
The Internet is funny like that. Videos reach incredible levels of popularity and become ingrained in the pop culture landscape, only to be forgotten mere weeks (or sometimes even days) later.
Here at KicksOneTwo, YouTube is our Netflix. We love any quality original series about street culture you can find on their vast expanse of content, from Detroit Rubber to SVDDNXLY, and we always like to recommend our favorites to everyone we know.
Well, we’ve got a new favorite. “The Show” by Round 2 is all we’ve been watching these past few weeks, and we’re borderline-obsessed with it.
Here’s the quick backstory. Round 2 is a great vintage/consignment shop based in Richmond, VA. They’ve also got a location in LA, and they specialize in rare vintage gear from brands like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, while also offering practically every shoe you can think of, from Nike to Saucony. They buy and sell shoes and gear at a blistering pace, so there’s always something new and fresh to be found on their shelves. Even the internet gawd Ian Connor is a fan
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger courtesy of A$AP Ferg and Migos. Here’s “Trap Anthem”.
I’ve got a lot of different emotions flowing as I write this article. I’m frustrated. I’m pissed. I’m upset. I’m confused. There was a shooting at a Foot Locker in Brooklyn Center yesterday (over a pair of the pink/white Jordan XII’s pictured above), and I’m sitting here wondering why this kind of shit is still happening.
I spoke to a young woman who says her brother was targeted, shot @ for purchasing a pair of Jordan's. He shot back. pic.twitter.com/YRCvsOEBA8
Hip-hop fans the world over know: the Soundest festival is the shit. Year after year, they provide a great lineup and memorable experiences aplenty. And every year when the lineup is released, the debate begins. Is the lineup great? Is it top-heavy? Is the mix of artists right? Is this lineup the best one yet?
The debate rages on year after year…but this year might actually be the best. Let’s take a look at why, starting with the heavy hitters.
A$AP Rocky and Future are both A-list stars and could headline a festival on their own, but you’ll get to see a full set from both of them on the same day. That in and of itself would make the whole festival worth it, but then you’ll also get to see legends like The Roots (getting them away from The Tonight Show must have cost a pretty penny), and Common.
Every year, Nike teams up with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland to release a collection of shoes designed/inspired by the hospital’s young patients..and every year there’s a Jordan release in that collection.
As you might imagine, collectors the world over go crazy for these limited-edition kicks year in and year out. No matter what colorway or model, it’s a guaranteed sellout. However, there’s always been divided opinions on what pair’s the best. We’re putting our stamp on the discussion today. Here’s our definitive ranking of all the Dornbecher Jordans.
Let’s be 100% honest: most sneakerheads don’t like reading books a whole hell of a lot. They can’t remember the last time they sat down and cracked one open, and they’d much rather do their reading (if they choose to at all) online.
Thankfully we bring you high quality online content at 8 AM every single day…I’m sorry, I digress. This article isn’t a shameless KicksOneTwo plug.
Today we’re talking about books. 5 books to be specific. They’re all about sneakers or sneaker culture, and if you love shoes you’ve got to check them out, as they might just expand your horizons. Without further ado, here’s 5 must-read books for sneakerheads.
No matter what it is that you do in life, you need to keep moving forwards. Pushing your boundaries. Trying new things. Advancing, not retreating. And just like so many other things in life, this ties in with your style as well. Sneakers and clothing are ever-changing, and your personal style should too.
Sure, you can find your wardrobe staples, and they can be anything from a clean black bomber jacket to a Bape shark hoodie, to a fresh pair of Jordan IV’s. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with what you like and making those pieces you like an essential part of your wardrobe…but you’re selling yourself short if you’re not advancing your style as well.
We all love a fresh, clean pair of kicks. There’s nothing quite like busting a brand new pair out of the box and feeling like a million bucks while you walk down the street. We’ll try our hardest to keep our kicks clean, and with perseverance and a little bit of good luck, we’re usually able to do just that.
However, it’s impossible to keep all your kicks clean all the time. Shit’s gonna happen, both literally and figuratively, and if you’re not careful you’ll probably step in it. No need to worry though. There are certain shoes that look great beat up. With wear, they gain more character and become more unique, and we’ve compiled some of those shoes into a handy list for you right here. Without further ado, here’s 3 shoes that look great beat up (by the way, we’re excluding Chuck Taylors because we figured you already knew). Let’s get it.