Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend

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Take a deep breath. Now exhale. You made it through another workweek, and the glorious weekend is upon you. And a glorious weekend it certainly is, as it’s full of fire kicks every way you look. Since there’s a lot of options we’re ranking our favorites, so without further ado, here’s the top 5 sneaker releases this weekend.

5. Concepts x Diadora N9000 “Concepts Pack”-Today, $N/A

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Concepts and Diadora wanted to pay homage to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack on a classic sneaker with this collab, and they did just that. The black and white blocking is done very tastefully, and the red top eyelet adds just a little extra steez. Another great runner collab from Boston’s best. read more


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Drop Everything You’re Doing, Drake’s “Views” Is Out Now

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In case you were in bed mad early last night or were disconnected from the Internet and missed it somehow…Drake dropped his highly anticipated album Views yesterday. The biggest album of the year this far, it’s got bangers like “Hype” and “Still Here”, but also has the more introspective cuts that Drake’s so well known for, like “Weston Road Flows”.

It’s a fine body of work from Drizzy, and you should do yourself a favor and go cop it on iTunes right now, or stream it on Apple Music if you’re a subscriber. Here’s the link to buy…what are you waiting for? Go pay your respects (or respecks, as Birdman might say). read more


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Release Dates: Does The Day Of The Week Matter?

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Saturday. A day of the week that most of the general populace spends either relaxing, getting stuff done around the house (if you’re a middle-age suburbanite), or fighting off a hangover (if you’re a 20-something like us). It’s also a great day of the week for any sneaker fan, as it’s often a Jordan release day.

Jordans and Saturdays have become synonymous. They’re tied together. Everyone knows the heat is coming out on Saturday, and everyone has money because they just got paid the day before. It works out great. However, sometimes things get switched up. That’s what happened this week as the Jordan X “NYC” was released yesterday, on a Wednesday. Rather peculiar, right? read more


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DIY: Give A Custom Sneaker Project A Try

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re all about individuality. We firmly believe that being yourself and doing your own thing are very important. We believe that one way you can express your individuality is through your kicks and gear, and a great way to do just that is to try out a custom sneaker project a try.

“Wait a second” you may find yourself saying. “I can’t paint. I don’t know how to sew either. How am I supposed to make a custom?” Well thankfully, there are several simple things you can do to put your personal touch on something. We can’t all be custom wizards like our buddy MPLS Customs (do yourself a favor and hit that link if you haven’t seen his work..you’re in for a treat), but we can all try out a DIY project, and it can be something simple. read more


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Sneaker Bots: Good or Bad??

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Let’s be honest: copping shoes online is a chore. You’ve got to have the speed of a sprinter and the reflexes of a Gold Glove-winning shortstop to hit on a pair of hyped shoes on any website. If you don’t get the shoes in your cart and check out mere seconds after they drop, you aren’t getting them. It’s a pain in the ass and can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress.

But what if there was a solution? What if there was something that you could use to cop effortlessly and not have to worry about your fingers fumbling on the keyboard as you attempt to type in your card’s security code? Well, there is. read more


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Music Mondays: April 25th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of A$AP Ferg‘s recently released album, “Always Strive And Prosper”. Here’s “Yammy Gang”, featuring the A$AP Mob and Tatiana Paulino


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Sunday Remembrance: Classic Prince Clips

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We’re still reeling from Prince’s passing here at KicksOneTwo. He was tremendously important and influential all over the world, but here in his hometown of Minneapolis, his presence was felt like none other, and he’s missed greatly. As it’s Sunday, we figured it was only right to pay our dues and share a few of our favorite Prince clips with you. Enjoy.

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At the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in 2004, Prince tore the roof off the building with a fantastic guitar solo. The effortless confidence he portrayed, and the solo itself are nothing short of incredible. He was on stage with legends like Tom Petty and Steve Winwood, and outshined them by a long shot. Incredible. read more


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Put Some Respek On It: Birdman’s “Best” Sneaker Collabs

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Yesterday was an epic day for the Internet.

Birdman, of Cash Money fame (or infamy, depending on who you ask), made a brief visit to the world famous Breakfast Club morning show on New York radio station Power 105.1. The visit was brief because he started tripping the moment he came through the door, berating the hosts and telling them to put some “respek” on his name. He made a fool of himself, and has become the laughingstock of the internet. If you feel like watching it again, we’ve got it for you right here. read more


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Purple Rain: 5 Of Our Favorite Purple Kicks

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The world lost a legend yesterday. Prince, of Purple Rain fame passed away at 57. His impact was felt all over the world, and especially here in Minneapolis, as his fans turned out in droves to honor him and his memory.

As Minnesotans, we felt a need to pay homage to Prince in our own way. We could write about his music..but that’s been done, and we’re not a music-centric website (even though we do hope you enjoy Music Mondays!). Besides his music, Prince was known for his love of purple, so we thought we’d bring together 5 of our favorite purple kicks, in no particular order. We can only hope that Prince himself would approve of these purple beauties….so we’ll get right to it. read more


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The Adidas NMD Runner Is The Shoe Of The Moment

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It’s gearing up to be a big summer for Adidas. They’ve got a bunch of new lifestyle shoes dropping. More Kanye footwear should be hitting shelves soon. Superstars and Stan Smiths can be spotted all over the place. They’re winning. But out of all their models, nothing has captured the moment quite like the NMD Runner.

The price is reasonable. They’re relatively easy to get your hands on with a little work and not a ton of cash (unlike the Yeezy 350 Boost, the other shoe of the moment, which is hard to find and prohibitively expensive). They come in a wide swath of colors. They’re comfortable. They work with any outfit. They’re a great throw on and go shoe. With summer right around the corner, they’ll only become more popular. read more


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Wednesday Laughs: Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories

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It’s Wednesday. You’re probably slogging through the workweek and in need of a laugh. Thankfully we’ve got you covered with one of Dave Chappelle’s best skits ever. Here’s “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories-Prince”. If you haven’t seen this before…you’re in for a treat. If you have…you already know you can enjoy it time and time again.

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Thoughts On The Nike x Supreme Air Max 98

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A very special day is almost upon us.

This Thursday, two juggernauts, one of the skate/street industry, and one of the athletic footwear industry will come together as they have in the past for another collaboration. Hypebeasts will develop uncontrollable erections. Sneakerheads will start foaming at the mouth. Kids with their dad’s credit card will…well, they’ll just continue to spend their dad’s money.

That’s right, the next Supreme and Nike collaboration will be here on Thursday, the 21st of April..and it’s the Air Max 98, a model that occasionally gets lost in the vault of Nike’s classic kicks. We’re big fans though, and think this is one of Nike’s better collaborative efforts of the past few months. read more


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Music Mondays: April 18th

For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Lil Uzi Vert‘s excellent new project, “Lil Uzi vs the World”. Here’s “Canadian Goose”.


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3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Jawnz Fresh On The Go

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You’re out and about. You’re chilling with the homies. You’ve got some fire kicks on (as always), because you like to be fresh when you step out. It makes you feel good. You’re killing it. But then something horrible happens.

You step in a puddle of mud. Somebody spills beer on your new jawnz. You get ink on your shoelaces. Yes, it’s a grade-a, five-alarm emergency. You can’t have this. What can you do? Thankfully…a lot.

There’s a lot of great on-the-go cleaner products, and simple solutions that you can use to ensure your jawnz always stay on ten no matter what life throws at you. Here’s three of our favorites. Don’t say we never saved your from an emergency. read more


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Shameless Instagram Plug VIII

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Yes, it’s that time again. It’s been a little over a month since the last installment, and we’re here shamelessly plugging our Instagram once again. We’re reminding you to head on over to the ‘gram and toss us a follow so you can get your weekly dose of fire jawnz. We’d like to think we’ve got enough heat on the page to start a damn wildfire, so you’re really doing yourself a disservice if you’re not following us.

Also, we’ve got a whole bunch of new and exciting stuff popping off on that end. First of all, as you may have already noticed, we changed up the watermark. We’re testing this new text-only jawn out, and may switch to another font or another graphic soon, but as of now we’re really digging the minimalistic look. Our logo is dope, but we don’t want to do anything to take attention away from the shoes in the pictures, so we thought we’d simplify it for you just a touch. read more


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The Crying Jordan Meme Will Never Die

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The internet has created a lot of great things. From inside jokes to memes to hilarious videos, there’s a plethora of humor that you only understand if you’ve fully immersed yourself in internet culture.

One of the best things the Internet has ever created is the crying Jordan face meme. Here’s the scoop for those of you who have been living under a rock: during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, Michael Jordan grew emotional and began crying. Some genius took his face, and turned it into a masterpiece that has now covered anyone who’s failed at anything. It’s absolutely hilarious. read more


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Thank You, Kobe.

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Last night marked the end of an era.

The Black Mamba himself, Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant played his last NBA game on Wednesday, and left in resounding fashion, scoring 60 points and helping the Lakers to a 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz.

He’s one of the greatest players of all time, and did a lot of incredible things during his 20-year career in the NBA. The only guard to ever play 20 seasons, his accolades range from championships to MVP awards to 81-point games. You know his history. You know what he did. You knew him for the killer instinct, the ferocity he attacked the rim with, the burning passion he displayed every time he set foot on the court. read more


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TCSAX 7 Photo Recap pt. 2: On-Foot Pics

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Round 2. We’re back with the second part of our TCSAX 7 photo recap, the on-foot pictures. There was a lot of heat at the event (arguably the most ever), and we’ve got it all for you right below. We’ve even included several IG handles if you’re feeling friendly and want to toss any of these fine folks a follow.

If you want to use any of the photos yourself, that’s fine by us. We do it for the community. All we ask is that you be sure to give us the photo credit! Without further ado…here’s the on-foot (and a few off-foot for fun too) pics from TCSAX 7. read more


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TCSAX 7 Photo Recap

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This past Sunday, the Minnesota sneaker community converged upon the brand-new Mayo Clinic Square for the 7th installment of Studiiyo23‘s Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange. With lots of heat on feet and on the sneaker tables, dope goods and apparel, and plenty of music, it was an afternoon to be remembered. Here’s a few of our favorite shots of the crowd, tables, scenery, and musicians that made the afternoon so enjoyable.

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You’ve got to flex at your own event, and Moh brought the heaters out. read more


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Music Mondays: April 11th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off the recently released Flatbush ZOMBiES album “3001: A Laced Odyssey”. Here’s “R.I.P.C.D”


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TODAY: TCSAX 7 at the Mayo Clinic Square

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Today’s the day.

At noon, the Mayo Clinic Square (right by the Target Center) will be taken over by sneakerheads, music lovers, and artists as TCSAX 7 is finally upon us. Got your ticket already? Good on you. Don’t have your ticket yet? There’ll be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Come out! The sneaker community doesn’t gather en masse frequently, so it’s important to show up. You’ll get a chance to see your friends as well as meet some new people, and there’s a good chance you’ll be leaving with a new pair of kicks or some gear. Vendors like Create Karma and Vintage Pooleboy will have tables of dope stuff for you to peruse. read more


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Catching The Oop: The Proper Conduct

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There are few things in the sneaker game that are better than catching an oop. You struck out on a hyped-up sneaker that you really wanted….but lo and behold, your homie came through and tossed you an oop on the kicks that you wanted so badly. Maybe he got lucky on a raffle. Maybe he hit on a random draw online. Doesn’t matter how you got tossed the oop as long as you caught it.

You got plugged, and you need to treat the plug with respect. There’s a few simple guidelines to make sure that the person who tossed you the pop feels good about doing it, and we’ve got them right here for you. read more


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TONIGHT: Father, Bobby Raps, and Martin Sky at the Cabooze

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It’s going down tonight at the Cabooze.

Red Bull Sound Select and Greenroom Magazine have come together and set up a banger of a show that’ll only set you back $3 with an RSVP (which you can do right here).

The always-touring Father will be blessing the stage along with St. Paul’s own Bobby Raps, Martin $ky, and DJ sets from TIIIIIIIIIIP and KicksOneTwo homie BVCKWOODS. Father’s shows always get turnt, and with $3 first come, first serve tickets (the RSVP only enables you to buy a $3 ticket at the door, it doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the show), it’s going to be even rowdier than usual. Hit the link up top to RSVP, check the tracks below to get a feel for the artists if you’re not already familiar, and be ready to get lit. read more


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Three For #3: Allen Iverson’s 3 Best Signature Shoes

Allen Iverson was elected into the Hall of Fame this week. One of the best to ever do it, he was beloved by basketball fans around the world for his skill, his heart, and his attitude. He received the highest personal honor a basketball player can earn, and he fully deserves it.

But he wasn’t just loved for what he did on the court…he was also loved for his dope signature footwear that left an impact on sneakerheads everywhere. So we’re honoring AI in the best way we know today…by ranking his three best signature shoes. Put on your shooting sleeve and your headband, we’re getting right to it. read more


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The Jordan XVII: A Refreshing Change Of Pace

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There’s a retro release this weekend.

That’s not a terribly uncommon occurrence. There’s retro releases most weekend. Jordan Brand keeps sneakerheads happy with new heaters coming out what seems like every weekend. However, this weekend’s release is a little bit different. It’s not a I-XIV like normal. It’s not a new colorway of an old model. It’s the very first Jordan XVII, the “Copper” to be specific, marking the first time an XVII has been released in over a decade. read more


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3 Must-Have Spring/Summer Shoes

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It’s getting a little warmer. There’s no more snow on the ground. Baseball season just started. It might not feel like it just yet (this is Minnesota after all), but spring is upon us, and summer is right around the corner.

You know what that means? It’s time to put the boots and heavy winter kicks away, and break out new jawnz for your rotation. Sure, you’re going to have your heat ready to go year round, but there are a few kicks that scream summer, are easy to find, and deserve a spot in anyone’s rotation. Without further ado, here’s 3 must-have spring/summer shoes. read more


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TCSAX 7 Is One Week Away

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The final countdown has begun in earnest.

One week from today, the Minnesota sneaker community will be congregating at the Mayo Clinic Square for the 7th installment (can you believe we’re already on #7? Time flies!) of Studiiyo23‘s TCSAX, or Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange, an event that’s a must-attend for any sneaker head, hip-hop lover (or really just anyone who’s about the culture in any way, shape, or form).

Love shoes? There’s tables full of them. Want to hear some dope hip-hop? Everyone from Baby Shel to Why Khaliq will be performing. Looking to meet new people? You’ll be surrounded by a bunch of people who like the same things you do. What’s not to enjoy? read more


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Steph Curry Has Got The Signature Basketball Shoe Market On Lock

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If you turn on the TV, go on the internet, or pick up a newspaper (some people still do, and I’m one of them..call me old-fashioned if you want) in search of some NBA coverage, there’s only one name that you’re going to hear. Steph Curry. The 6’3 shooting savant from the Golden State Warriors, by way of Davidson University in North Carolina. He’s got the sweetest jump shot you’ve ever seen, and a killer handle to go along with it. He’s the man in the NBA right now (sorry LeBron), and is easily the most popular basketball player in the world. And of course this popularity extends to his shoes. read more


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Revenge Just Dropped Their First Pieces

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re all about supporting local creatives trying to make their mark, which is why we’re stoked to announce that our friends at Revenge just dropped their first two pieces, the “Can’t Hang If You Ain’t Gang” tee in both black and pink.

Spearheaded by our friend DelaWes and Anis, the brand’s first tee offers a simple yet creative message on the front, and is available in both pink and black, retailng for $25. Grab one off their webstore (or hit either of the founders directly if you’ve got it like that) to cop a tee, get your step up for the spring/summer and say you were on it before they got big. Here’s some images of the tees below for your viewing pleasure. read more


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