Soundset 2016: My Thoughts/Experiences

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Editor’s Note: All photos in this article courtesy of Adam DeGross. Be sure to follow him on Instagram to see even more of his work.

If you were at Soundset on Sunday, there’s a good chance you spent most of yesterday recovering. Kicking back and taking in everything you heard and experienced while you were at the State Fairgrounds, watching some of the best rappers in the world do their things. And if you’re like me, when you were done reminiscing on everything you’d seen, there was only one conclusion you could come to: It was lit. Super lit. 5-alarm fire lit. read more


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Toasty Boys All Summer

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Sunday. You’re probably doing one of two things today, getting ready for Soundset (like us), or sitting back and relaxing, preparing for the week ahead. Whatever it is that you may be doing, we’d like to run something by you…something that just might totally switch up your whole summer style.

What if we told you that you didn’t have to wear shorts and white tees all summer? That you didn’t have to stuff your jeans and hoodies into the back of the closet until the weather started cooling down once again? That’s right. You can join the Toasty Boys. read more


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Photo Recap: Piff Collection 002 Pre-Release Party

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This past Thursday, Piff thew a party to celebrate the release of their second apparel collection. The event featured DJ sets from DJ Boogie Wonderland and Phrol, Polaroids from Juice, and beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery (a local craft beer company, far better than what you’ll usually find in a keg at most parties). Good vibes were flowing through the night, and the KicksOneTwo staff was on hand to capture the action.

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All types of people came through to check out the clothes, grab a beer, and chill. read more


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Soundset: The Ins & Outs

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There are few things that are more dope about living in Minnesota than Soundset. Every year, Minneapolis’s own Rhymesayers bring in the best hip-hop talent from across the country for an epic show that always makes memories for all in attendance.

And this year just might be the best year yet. There’s a new venue (Soundset has moved from Canterbury Park to the State Fairgrounds), and a dope lineup (A$AP Rocky, Future, The Roots, Common, and Anderson .Paak to name a few). What’s not to love? read more


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Take Flight: GoodKarmaNiles’s SPVCESHIP Is Here

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Summer is upon us. It’s beautiful out in the Twin Cities, and you’re probably in need of some fire music to bump in your whip. Well, you’re in luck. GoodKarmaNiles just dropped his highly anticipated EP SPVCESHIP, produced entirely by RP Hooks, Ninety, and CONNYE.

The EP features ethereal-sounding production, car-rattling bass, and extremely relatable lyrics. It’s a conceptual project with a very distinct sound. Ever been through the struggle and came out stronger because of it? So has GoodKarmaNiles, and you’ll be able to relate to what he’s spitting through the whole project. It’s all about creating something that gets you to your destination and your goals, be it a spaceship or a car (GoodKarmaNiles loves fast cars). read more


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The Best Spots For Sneaker Photography In Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is a great city. It’s a melting pot of cultures, design, and art, and no matter where you’re at, be it far South or far North, you can always manage to find something dope. And if you like to take photos? Then you’re really in luck, as there’s tons of spots that provide scenic backdrops and great photo opps.

We love taking photos. Sneaker photos specifically (we are a sneaker-based website after all). Over our years of taking photos, we’ve developed a list of favorite places to go shoot…so we’re going to go ahead and list them off so you can get to snapping too. Without any further ado, here’s the best spots for sneaker photography in Minneapolis. read more


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Don’t Do It Fam! How To Avoid Mindless Copping

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There’s really nothing quite like copping a new pair of kicks. The rush you get when you see something that you like and you cop it is a unique and extremely enjoyable feeling, and when you’re borderline obsessed with buying shoes, you tend to want that new-cop feel over and over again. However, in this case, you can have too much of a good thing.

In the pursuit of that rush, you may find yourself doing a lot of mindless copping. See shoe, like, shoe, buy shoe. See how thinking wasn’t involved in that process? That’s how you wind up with a closet full of kicks you won’t wear and didn’t really want in the first place. We’ve been there before, and we know how it gets. Thankfully, we’ve learned from our experiences, and we also know the best ways to ensure that you don’t wind up doing way too much mindless copping. Sit back and relax. You’re about to get educated. read more


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Music Mondays: May 23rd

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For this edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you a track that’s sure to lift your spirits. Here’s a live performance of “Blessings” (part 1), one of our favorite tracks off of Chance the Rapper’s excellent new project “Coloring Book”.


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Ballin’ On A Budget: Tips For Collecting Sneakers On The Cheap

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Shoe collecting isn’t a cheap hobby. Even if you’re not fully invested into it, it’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars a month copping new releases and paying resell prices for kicks that you really want and missed out on. It’s not something that’s financially feasible for a lot of people. Thankfully, over our years in the game we’ve found that there’s a few ways you can save money here and there and collect kicks on the cheap, so we compiled the best ones for you. Don’t break the bank just yet…check out these tips first! read more


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The Three Best Items From The Palace x Adidas S/S 16 Drop

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It’s almost that time again. Two of the hottest brands in the world, Adidas and Palace have linked up for another season of collaborative goodness. The first images of their S/S 2016 collection hit the Internet earlier this week, and they couldn’t have come at a better time, with summer right around the corner, and a break in Adidas’s Yeezy releases. There’s a lot of fire pieces in the collection, but after careful deliberation we were able to narrow it down to our three favorites. Let’s stop talking and get right to the jawnz. read more


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The Jordan I Low “Swooshless” Is A Must-Cop

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We’re pretty damn particular about our Jordans here at KicksOneTwo. We know what we like and what we want from Jordan Brand, and we generally stick to it. However, something occasionally comes along that just blows us out of the water (like the Futures did 2 years ago), and we’ll rock with it heavy.

Well, one of those releases is dropping this weekend: the Jordan I Low “Swooshless”. Available in  black, “trooper” (olive green), and “arctic orange” (pink), all three colors of the Swooshless are simple, clean, and high-quality. The branding is minimal, with a small Nike Air on the tongue and the classic winged ball logo on the heel, the leather quality is high (we had a chance to check them out in person and they feel great), and the laces have gold tips for a little extra touch. read more


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If A Hyped Shoe Wasn’t A Hyped Shoe

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Sneakerheads love a heated discussion. Whether it’s about which retro is better, who the biggest influencer in sneakers is right now, or what shoe has the best quality materials, they have their opinions and will defend them to death. There’s a lot of room for interpretation and opinions in the sneaker game, and that’s what makes it such a fun hobby, as there’s always something to talk about.

However, there’s one argument sneakerheads love to have that’s just flat-out pointless, and it begins with something like this: “If (insert hyped shoe here) wasn’t associated with (insert celeb or influencer here), then nobody would care about it!” If you’ve ever said that, we’ve got one question for you: So what?? read more


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Anti Social Social Club: A Club Worth Joining?

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In today’s Internet age, new brands are very polarizing. They appear out of nowhere, and with the right backing and co-signs can become wildly popular in a matter of days. Most of these brands seem to be somewhat of a flash in the pan, but one that appears to have some staying power is Anti Social Social Club, founded by Neek Lurk of Stussy. With celebrity co-signs from Kanye West to Keith Ape, and releases that sell out almost instantly, they’ve become somewhat of a force…but opinions on them are widely divided. read more


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Nike SB: What Happened?

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Nike SB. If you were into sneakers in the mid to late 00’s, you at least had a few pair in your collection…well let’s be honest here, your collection was probably mostly comprised of SB Dunk Lows and Highs, with a couple P-Rods thrown in for good measure. Nobody was better at coming up with interesting concepts and dropping limited releases than the folks at Nike SB.

But now things are different. Nike SB’s sit on shelves. Apart from the core SB fans, sneakerheads don’t get excited about the releases anymore. You can even find them at outlets. Go into your local Nike outlet or factory store right now, and you’ll probably see a full run of De La Soul SB Dunk Lows sitting on the shelves. How could something like this happen? How could the coolest brand out turn into a denizen of sale shelves and outlets? read more


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Music Mondays: May 16th

For this edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you one of our favorite songs of 2106 so far (which you’ve probably already heard), accompanied by a brand-new video (which you might have not seen). Here’s “Yamborghini High”, by the A$AP Mob, featuring Juicy J.


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Sunday Sneaker Ramblings Vol. X

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10 Deep (word to Scott Sasso).

We’re back again with the 10th edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings…and it’s been a while, as the last one was all the way back in February. If you’re new to the site, here’s a quick background: I share my unfiltered thoughts on everything that went down in sneakers the past week. That’s it. Plain and simple. Now that the background’s out of the way, let’s get right to it. Round 10 begins now.

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Let’s go ahead and start things off with the Yeezys, as everyone’s hyped to hear some news on the Kanye front. A June 11th release date has been announced for the next color of the wildly popular Yeezy Boost 350’s, and this time it’s going to be a “beluga” colorway (probably the first time a lot of sneakerheads have heard that word). If these rumors, which seem solid, are indeed true, we’ll have a white 350 to rock this summer. Prepare yourself for the Yeezy madness. We’ve had a nice break, but it’s about to envelop everything once again. read more


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Tan Kicks Are In Right Now

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Trends come, and trends go. Some, you miss. Others, you catch. It’s the name of the game, and there’s always something new and dope right around the corner.

What’s in currently? Tan kicks. Yes, tan kicks. A color you though you’d only see on dress shoes has made its way into mainstream sneaker culture, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The most obvious example is the Oxford Tan Yeezy 350 boosts pictured at the top of the article, but that’s not even close to everything. Vachetta Tan Jordan I’s. NikeLab tan Air Flight 89’s. NikeLab Vachetta Tan Air Force 1 Mids. Tan Common Projects Achillies Lows. Tan/white Filling Pieces low tops. Any Hender Scheme. read more


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When Is A Sneaker’s Box Price Too High?

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There’s no denying it, sneakers are a very expensive hobby. Even a pair of kicks every other month is a budget-stretcher for some sneakerheads, and as kicks continue to get more and more expensive, there’s a simple question that’s just begging to be asked: When is a sneaker’s box price just too damn high?

This is a difficult question, and one with no solid answer. Shoes used to be somewhat reasonably priced. Remember when you could get a solid pair for under $70? Remember the 2 for $90 deal at Champs (still the best deal in the history of sneakers if you ask us)? Well, those days are long gone. So you’ve got to ask yourself: where are you going to draw the line? Will it be at $190 for a Jordan? Will it be at $230 for a pair of American-made New Balance? Will it be at $500 for a designer shoe, like a Balenciaga? Will it be at $650 for a pair of Just Dons? Mind you, we’re not talking resell prices here. We’re talking about what you’re willing to pay for a new pair of shoes from a retail location or website. read more


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How To Get The Most From Your Nike Outlet Trip

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Some call it the outlet. Some call it the factory store. Some call it the clearance store. No matter what you call it, you know Nike’s outlets are chock-full of great deals on sneakers and apparel. However, much like thrifting, there’s an art to getting the most out of your experience when you hit the outlets. Here at KicksOneTwo, we’d like to think we’re very skilled at getting deals…and we’re feeling generous, so we’re going to share some of our best outlet tips with you. Let’s get it. read more


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The Graveyard: 3 Shoes That Are Completely Washed

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Every so often, something special happens in the sneaker game. A new model comes out, or an old model gains steam again for some reason, and it’s the hottest thing out for a good minute. New colorways and special editions drop, sneakerheads and fashionistas sing the praises of the shoe from coast to coast, and then the market gets saturated. The “cool shoe” becomes a favorite of suburban high school kids and 50-year old men. The “cool shoe” is now firmly buried 6 feet deep in the sneaker graveyard. read more


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Does The Value Of Your Kicks Affect How Much You Like Them?

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You’ve got some rare heaters in your collection. From limited-edition Jordans, to retro runner collabs, to any type of Yeezy, there’s some valuable kicks that you possess. You’re happy and proud to have them and you should be. Having valuable pairs is always dope. However, there’s a very important question that you need to be asked: does the vaue of your kicks affect how much you like them? 

“What are you saying?” you might be thinking. “Where’s the connection?”. Fair question. Sometimes, when a sneaker’s limited and expensive, people grow to like it simply because it’s limited and expensive, not because they actually like the design or the aesthetic of the sneaker that much. read more


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Music Mondays: May 9th

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We’re enjoying Skepta’s new album “Konichiwa” so much that we’re bringing you a track off of it for the second Monday in a row. Sorry, not sorry. Nothing but bangers. Here’s “Ladies Hit Squad”, featuring D Double E and A$AP Nast


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Are Restocks Still A Big Deal?

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Restock.

It’s a word that makes your pulse quicken. Makes sweat drip down your brow. Makes your hands feel fuzzy. You’ve got to drop everything you’re doing and get online as quickly as possible so you can hit on whatever kicks are being restocked on whatever site. They were limited, you missed out the first time, and now the sneaker gods are sending you a rare second chance.

At least that’s how it used to be. Restocks aren’t the same anymore. See, even a few years back it would be one or two shoes at a time, in very small quantities. You had to have a fast trigger finger and even better luck to get whatever pair you wanted. Nowadays, every restock is massive, with multiple pairs from the past six months to a year dropping…and most of the time, they’re not even shoes anyone wanted anyway. Wolf Grey XIII’s? Statue IV’s? No thanks read more


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Refined and Kind: Sneaker in Charleston, SC

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we love to travel. Getting out and exploring new parts of the country is something we enjoy greatly…and you know whenever we set foot in a new town, we’ve got to hit the local sneaker spots to see what’s good.

Well, we’re happy to say we’ve come across one of our new favorite spots. Sneaker, in Charleston, SC has everything a sneakerhead could need and want, from a carefully-curated selection of kicks by Puma, Saucony, Converse, New Balance and more, to dope apparel from brands like Raised By Wolves and 10 Deep. The aesthetic is very refined, but don’t get it confused: there’s no snobbery whatsoever at Sneaker. The staff is kind and welcoming, and the store is a great place to post up and talk kicks. read more


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Shorts SZN: 5 Kicks That Look Great With Shorts

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Shorts SZN is almost fully upon us. It’s finally getting warm enough for you to put the pants back in the closet, and break out that pile of neglected shorts that’s been sitting in your bottom dresser drawer for the past half year or so. Khaki shorts. Ripped jean shorts (not jorts). Tech Fleece shorts. Printed basketball shorts. Whatever your flavor is, it’s time to bust em’ out.

When you change from pants to shorts, it’s often important to change your footwear as well, as some  shoes that just plain look better with pants should be left in the box in favor of more short-friendly models. We’re going to strive off the beaten path here and not mention the obvious shoes that look good with shorts like Yeezy 350’s or Jordan I’s as we want to give you something fresh you can try out this summer, so without further ado…let’s do it. Here’s 5 kicks that look great with shorts. read more


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On the Materialism in Our Culture (And How To Avoid It)

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Sneaker culture is a beautiful thing. It brings together all types of people from all different backgrounds who share a common love for shoes. This love transcends age, race, background..all of that., and that’s amazing. The inclusion and diversity of sneaker culture alone make it a worthwhile hobby.

However, like most good things, there’s a side of sneaker culture that’s not so great: its materialism. You’re collecting things. Objects. Sometimes you get in too deep, and when that happens you can drown yourself in these things and objects. It’s important to keep you head around you in the sneaker game and always remember what’s what. read more


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Will This Be The Summer Of The Nike Presto?

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Think about a memorable summer you had. It could be two years ago. It could be five years ago. It could be ten years ago. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was. Then think of your style choices that summer. You probably had a go-to pair of kicks, right? That’s what we thought. For every memorable summer, there’s a memorable pair of kicks to go along with it. We’ve got a hunch that in the summer of 2016, that shoe just might be the Nike Presto.

Why’s that, you may ask? Fair question. First off, sneakerheads have been loving the classic Presto recently. No matter if it’s white, blue, or black, they’ve been eating it up. They’re lightweight, comfy, look really dope, and are easy to wear with anything. There’s a lot to like. Retro runners are always in heavy rotation during the summer months, and the Presto is peaking at the right time. Plus, with the Nike ID option, you can make literally any colorway that you want. read more


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The Great 8: Eight Kicks We’re Stoked For In May

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May is upon us. Summer is right around the corner, and with the warmer weather comes a lot of fire kicks. There’s a whole lot of heat dropping this month, so we narrowed it down to a few of our favorites, and we were even nice enough to list their price and release date so you (and your bank account) can be prepared when they drop. Let’s get to it.

Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit-May 5th, $160

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The first shoe we’re really excited for this month is definitely the Air Presto Ultra Flyknit. We weren’t sure how the classic silhouette would look with a Flyknit makeover at first…but it works great. They’ll be a home run with tapered, cuffed pants or Tech Fleece. A W for Nike Sportswear. read more


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Music Mondays: May 2nd

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you a heater from Skepta. Here’s the official video for “Man’, off of his upcoming album Konichiwa, set to be released on May 6th.

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Sneaker Gallery In St Paul Is Open For Business

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We’re a Minneapolis-based sneaker blog. The 612 is our home. But we’ve got love for the 651 too (St. Paul for you out-of-staters), and we’re stoked that a new sneaker store just opened up across the river.

Sneaker Gallery is located at 2480 University Avenue West in St. Paul. They’ve got walls full of sneakers, racks of apparel, and  NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and The Simpsons arcade machines if you want to come get your nostalgia on. Go check them out this week, and see what they’ve got going on! Here’s a few pictures of the store so you can get an idea of what they’re all about before you make the trek out there. read more


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