Adidas + Kanye West: What The Long-Term Partnership Means

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You’ve heard the news already. Kanye West and Adidas have got the Internet goin’ nuts (word to Paul Wall) with yesterday’s announcement of an extended, long-term partnership. Kanye will be receiving the opportunity he’s always dreamed of (and ranted about), as Adidas will assist in the creation of full lines of sneakers, apparel, accessories, and other gear (he’ll even have input on performance designs, which is unheard of for a non-athlete)…and if all that’s not enough, Adidas is even giving him his own specialty retail stores to sell the gear. read more


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The Great Eight: My Eight Favorite Event Photos

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We reached 800 posts here on KicksOneTwo last week. That’s a lot of content. We’ve been working to ensure that there’s something new and fresh up every single day at 8AM for over two years, and we won’t be stopping any time soon. To all of you reading this: thank you so much. Your support is what drives us daily, and we promise we’ll keep the articles coming.

Pardon the gushing. We’re just very thankful. We write daily here…but we also take photos. You need pictures to go with your words when you’re covering an event, or nobody will be able to see what’s going on! Since we reached 800 posts, I figured it would be only right for me to dig through the KicksOneTwo vaults and grab my eight favorite event photos. There’s some from a few weeks ago (ITS Fest) and some from a few years ago (TCSAX III, the first event we ever covered). But they’re all here, in one place, each with a brief backstory, starting from the oldest picture and ending with the newest. Without further ado…let’s get right to the photos. read more


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An Ode To The Hyperdunk

We’re waxing poetic and being nostalgic today. We’re looking back on the past fondly. We’re talking about our favorite Nike Basketball shoe ever (yeah, that’s right!) today. We’re talking about the Nike Hyperdunk.

Introduced at the 2008 Olympics, and proudly sported by Kobe Bryant, the Hyperdunk was originally available in a white/red/blue (for the Olympics of course) and an all-black colorway…and it was a game-changer. One of the earliest shoes to use Flywire, the original Hyperdunk was incredibly light, surprisingly supportive, and excellently cushioned. It was ahead of its time from a performance standpoint…and still stacks up against many of today’s basketball shoes. But like any great shoe, it was more than just the performance that made it so legendary. read more


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Music Mondays: June 27th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a dope cut off of YG’s new album, “Still Brazy”. Here’s “Bool, Balm & Bollective”.


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The Key Master: Classic Arcade Fun

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Everyone loved going to the arcade as a kid. Play games, win tickets, get cool stuff with tickets. Bring up any arcade game to a 90’s or 80’s baby, and they’ll likely wax poetic about all the dope stuff they did at the arcade back in the day.

Thankfully in 2016, there’s a grown-up version of a classic arcade game that appeals to the kid in all of us. There’s a good chance that as a young whippersnapper (been waiting to use “whippersnapper” in an article for a while TBH), you played a variation of the Key Master game. In the event you didn’t, here’s a quick rundown: you try to perfectly position a key to fit through a hole so it can knock down a prize that’s usually very valuable. Your chances of winning were low…but the hope you’d nail it kept you coming back. read more


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Who Is Ape?

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Supreme vs. Bape. A clash of titans. The longest-running debate in streetwear. A question with no true answer (if you’re wondering though, we’re partial to Supreme). The two biggest brands in our culture each have their devoted fans who swear nothing’s better…and recently, one of those fans has been making some serious waves on the Internet.

See this guy in the video above? He goes by “Ape”, and has been on quite a roll for the past week, terrorizing Supreme stans all over New York City, filming himself throwing clothes in the Supreme store (even filming yourself in there is pretty impressive, as it’s not allowed), and even messing with Jonah Hill. read more


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Special Cloth Alert: NSOD Polos Available Now!

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You read the title right. It’s a (very) Special Cloth Alert. Our good friends over at NSOD (Never Stop On Dreams) Clothing just released a new polo shirt that’s available now on their webstore.

Featuring a pigment dye for a vintage vibe, bold NSOD graphics across the chest, a “Masked Dreamer” logo on the left breast, a large “0” on the back and detailing on the cuffs, it’s a clean and elegant piece that you can slide effortlessly into your summer wardrobe. Need something more dressy than a T-shirt? Feel like switching your steez up a touch? Need to show everyone that you’re really out here? Want to remind yourself to never stop on your dreams? Then this is the piece for you. read more


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Adidas Ultra Boost: Caged Or Uncaged?

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The Adidas Ultra Boost: one of the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever wear. The plush Boost cushioning and the foot-hugging Primeknit upper combine to make you feel like you’re walking on clouds. Nothing else compares.

And they’re not just comfy. They’re dope too. Cosigned by everyone from Kanye West to Lawrence Schlossman (much respect to the Four Pins and Grailed gawd), the Ultra Boost looks great both with denim and shorts. But that’s not all: it can even be customized. That’s right, forwards-thinking sneaker heads have started “uncaging”, or cutting the plastic 3 stripes design off of the shoes. read more


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Studiiyo23’s “Summer Of ’16” Sale Is Going On Right Now

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Summertime is fully upon us. It’s hot. It’s humid (we are in Minnesota after all). Your winter wardrobe is firmly tucked away in the corner of your closet, and you’re getting all your summer jawns ready to go.

Figuring out your summer wardrobe can be tough. Sometimes you don’t have enough. Sometimes you don’t like what you have left over from last year. Sometimes you just flat-out want some new stuff to rock in the warmer months.

No matter what it may be, Studiiyo23‘s got you covered for the summer with their awesome “Summer Of ’16” sale. From now until the 26th, there’s deals to be had all over the new store. Need some new kicks? Shoes are buy one, get one half off, or buy two, get one free. Want to get the jump on fall/winter with some hoodies, sweats, or beanies? 50% off (buying out of season is the best. You’ll save a ton of money). Need some new shorts? Select pairs are $20 off. Tired of wearing nasty, crusty socks? Buy two, get one free on all the socks in the store. read more


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The 5 Worst Questions You’ll Be Asked As A Sneaker Store Employee

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Retail. A thankless profession with sporadic hours, low pay, and high stress. A profession that requires you to work on holidays. A profession that requires you to…well, you get the point.

Retail’s a tough job, especially when you’re selling kicks. No matter how much you may love sneakers and the sneaker game/culture as a whole, there are things about the job that even the most hardened sneaker store veteran can’t stand…and one of those things is being asked stupid questions. Here at KicksOneTwo, we understand those stupid questions. We’ve been asked those stupid questions. We know some of our readers work in shoe stores and have heard those stupid questions first-hand as well. So for the sake of a laugh and a knowing nod of the head, we’ve compiled the 5 worst questions you’ll be asked at a sneaker store. Let’s get to it. read more


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Music Mondays: June 20th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’ve got some ‘Ye for you. Here’s “Saint Pablo”, a new track that was recently “added” to TLOP.


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Sunday Sneaker Ramblings Vol. XI

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Back again. Round 11.

It’s been a little over a month since the last edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings, so it’s high time I checked back in with ya’ll and shared my unfiltered thoughts on what went down in sneakers the past week. Both Adidas and Jordan had things booming (and Reebok made some noise too), so without further ado…we’ll jump right into it. Let’s begin the 11th edition of Sunday Sneaker Ramblings.

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Adidas continued their roll with the release of the AlphaBOUNCE, which flew off of shelves, both IRL and on the web as soon as it released on Wednesday…and Kanye hasn’t even worn it yet. Adidas’s roll seems to be going just as strong as ever. They’re hot right now, and they’re giving the people what they want while continuing to innovate. Props to them. Personally, I really like these. We’ll see what the other color ways are all about, but these have an almost fish-like look to them (do they look like scales to anyone else?), which is supremely wavy. read more


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O Canada: Canadian Brands Are Killing The Game

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Canada. The land of hockey, Tim Horton’s, Aubrey Graham “Eh”, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. However, Canada’s got more to offer than pucks, coffee and pastries, pop-rap, and funny sayings…they’ve also got some of the most fire clothing you’ll find anywhere in the world. From Naked and Famous’s world-class denim, to Canada Goose’s warm, puffy jackets, to Herschel Supply Co’s bags that you see on every street corner to OVO’s owl-branded tees and hoodies, Canada has a solid foothold in the fashion game. Those are four heavy hitters that everyone knows about…but they’re not all Canada has to offer. Here’s a few of our favorite Canadian brands you may not have heard of, and a little bit of knowledge about them. read more


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No Laces Necessary: The 5 Best Sandals For This Summer

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Summer. A time for style adaptation. It’s hot (and sometimes humid) out, and you don’t have access to your full wardrobe like you might in the colder months. But guess what? This is a good thing. It gives you an opportunity to take risks and try new things with your style…and one thing that you should try this summer is rocking some dope sandals.

We’re not talking about Birkenstocks (that’s too easy and too many hipsters wear them anyway), and we’re not talking about thong sandals (there’s really never any excuse for wearing a pair of thong sandals), we’re talking about dope slides and strap sandals, from the very cheap to the extremely expensive. Without further ado, here’s the 5 best sandals for this summer. read more


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Gosha Rubchinskiy Has Done It Again

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When it comes to designers nowadays, there’s nobody hotter than Gosha Rubchinskiy. His signature graphics, like his “Flag” tee and his “CNOPT” sweater are recognizable from a mile away, and with cosigns from style icons like the A$AP Mob, Gosha’s not going to be going anywhere any time soon.

Yesterday, the premier of his S/S ’17 line hit the web, and as you might have expected, everyone went nuts. His signature aesthetic was clear in his pieces, and it looked to be another successful season’s work. But that wasn’t all. read more


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Bape x Adidas NMD: Is It Actually Going Down?

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There’s nothing sneaker heads, hypebeasts, and collectors all over the world love more than a good collab. When two brands come together to create a dope product everyone gets excited…even more so when it’s two of the hottest brands out, like Adidas and Bape.

If you haven’t already heard the rumors swirling around on the web, Adidas and Bape are supposedly linking up for a collaborative NMD Runner (arguably the hottest shoe out right now), and a line of co-branded apparel. It’s mostly speculation at this point, but SneakerBarDetroit has gotten their hands on what they claim are “leaked images” of the shoe read more


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The Roast Of Steph Curry’s “Chef Curry” Lows

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Steph Curry. The NBA’s man of the moment. The back-to-back MVP and soon to be back-to-back NBA Finals champion (come on now, we all know the Cavs aren’t coming back, as much as we may want them to) is by far the most popular basketball player in the world right now. He’s so popular that he even managed to make Under Armor relevant in the basketball world with his signature shoes, the Curry 1 and 2.  But even the great Steph Curry is not immune to the occasional brick, and he teamed with Under Armor to toss a resounding one recently, with the release of the “Chef Curry” Curry 2 Lows, pictured above. read more


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Music Mondays: June 13th

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For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Joey Purp’s excellent mixtape “iiiDrops”. Here’s “Photobooth”.


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Starting Five: KicksOneTwo Founder & Editor Ross Dwyer (Part 3)

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It’s that time again. Summer is upon us, and with the warm weather comes an entirely new sneaker rotation. I checked in at the beginning of fall last year to show you what I was rocking…and now the rotation has completely switched up, so a new Starting Five is in order. Here’s everything I’m going to be rocking heavy this summer. And yes, there’s some dirt and grime on some of them. They’re being rocked. Wear your shoes (word to Mayor). Let’s get it. read more


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Photo Recap: ITS Fest

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This past Thursday, ITS Fest took place at Gallery 13 in downtown Minneapolis. Photographers, designers, artists, and writers from all over the city came together to celebrate the arrival of summer, soak up the good vibes, listen to music…and last but not least, eat some Cane’s. Here’s everything that went down at the event, in photos.

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DJ JRed made sure the vibes were right, as he spun everything from Chief Keef to A$AP Rocky.

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The crowd was ready to get turnt.

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It wasn’t just a DJ set either. Several rappers took their turns blessing the mic. read more


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Giving Back: Create Karma Is Doing Their Part

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Create Karma. A brand for creatives and innovators. A brand that promotes positive vibes and good karma. A brand with clean designs and a signature aesthetic.

Now you can add something else to that list: Create Karma is a brand that lives up to their name by giving back. During fall and winter 2016, they’re aiming to give 800+ beanies to those in need so they can stay warm during the winter months.

How are they going to do that, you might ask? Simple. For every product purchased on their website this summer, a beanie will be earmarked for donation. Instead of donating beanies in bulk to a third party and letting them handle the distribution, Create Karma is taking a more hands-on approach. With the support of Visionary MFG, Create Karma will be taking to the streets in major U.S. cities and distributing the beanies by hand to those in need. read more


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The 5 Best Supreme x The North Face Collabs

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Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. KicksOneTwo readers and fire jawnz. Supreme and North Face. When the two titans of industry, one of street culture and the other of performance outerwear come together, you already know it’s bound to be something dope. There’s a lot of history between the two brands, as they’ve been collaborating since F/W 2007, and a proper ranking of the collabs is in order…so today we’re bringing you the 5 best Supreme x North Face collabs. Let’s get it. read more


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The Case For The Jordan Pinnacle Line

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The Jordan Pinnacle line. A point of contention among many sneakerheads. Some love the high-fashion twist and premium materials on their favorite Jordan models. Others think paying $400 retail for a Jordan shoe is outrageous, and that the high-fashion shoes should be left to high-fashion brands.

We’re of the first school of thought. We’re big supporters of the Jordan Pinnacle line. We think it’s a dope concept, and that putting a high-fashion twist on classic silhouettes is a great idea, and we’ve got a few reasons why, so pull up a chair and put your reading glasses on. read more


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This Thursday: ITS Fest at Gallery 13

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Summer’s almost fully upon us. Those of us who are still in school are done for the year (congratulations to all the recent graduates!), and those of us who aren’t are ready to get in full summer mode. Thankfully for both parties, there’s a perfect early-summer event this Thursday at Gallery 13 in downtown Minneapolis.

ITS Fest (Intro To Summer if you were wondering) is an event that’s by artists, for artists. The primary purpose of the event is to bring everyone into the summer on a high note, and provide a place for creatives to connect. Are you a photographer? A writer? A designer? An artist? No matter what you are, you’re bound to find like-minded people at ITS Fest. You’ll get a chance to network, meet new people, make connections, and talk about your work, all in a dope venue (if you haven’t been to Gallery 13 before, you’re in for a treat). read more


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Music Mondays: June 6th

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If you’re like us, pretty much all you listened to this last week was Gucci Mane to celebrate his release from jail. Thankfully, he blessed us with guest features all week, and some new heat of his own too. Here’s “First Day Out Tha Feds”, produced by none other than Mike WiLL Made-It. Gucci back.

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The Kith x colette Collab Is Way Too Lit

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Ronnie Fieg has done it again.

Nobody has a higher batting average when it comes to collabs than Ronnie and Kith, and they’re pushing their average even farther into the stratosphere with their recent collab with colette.

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What exactly is in the collection, you might ask? Two of Ronnie’s Puma favorites. A Disc Blaze (pictured above) and the Blaze Of Glory (notice a theme with the whole “blaze” thing here?). A set of matching summertime apparel (Kith box logo hoodies and tees, jackets, socks, hats…there’s a lot). And a dope portable Beats speaker, just to make sure the accessory side of things isn’t ignored. read more


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Yeezy Season 2 Footwear: Our Thoughts

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Yeezy Season is almost upon us.

We’ve gotten a break, gotten refreshed and rejuvenated, and gotten hit with a lot of heat releases from other brands, but that time’s coming up again. That time where the power of Kanye overshadows (for better or worse) everything else in the footwear world. June 6th is the date, and the boots you see above will be dropping, along with 4 different types of women’s heels.

Let’s start off with the boots. Last season’s 950 Boots were a success, as sneakerheads and fashionistas the world over took to the chunky, rugged silhouette. We’re of the opinion that Yeezy Season 2’s Military Crepe Boots (pictured above) will be just as big, if not a bigger success. Sure, the $645 retail price is steep, but has that ever stopped Kanye fans before? Plus, it’s a dope, slim, high-quality boot, with an all-suede upper and a crepe sole. It’s not as chunky as Yeezy Season 1’s boots, and is more acceptable for all-season wear. We’ve got a feeling these will be a massive hit. read more


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Ranking This Weekend’s Jordan Releases

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It’s a big weekend for Jordan Brand. They’re dropping 4 (that’s right, 4) shoes…and they’re all bangers. From the re-issue of a classic to a shoe designed for one of the world’s best soccer players, there’s something for everyone…so we decided we’d put a little twist on our usual “Best Sneaker Releases This Weekend” piece, and simply do the best Jordan releases this weekend, as there’s certainly enough of them. Let’s get right to it. read more


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What Is It About The Jordan XI?

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Anyone who’s into sneakers (and even a lot of people who aren’t) know: the Jordan XI causes mass hysteria  every time it drops. From the summertime low-top releases, to the thirsted-after holiday release, XI’s cause sneakerheads, fashionistas, and Michael Jordan fans to lose their collective minds every time they drop.

I love Jordans, (I’s, III’s and IV’s especially), and I think the XI’s are dope, but I don’t love them as much as most people seem to. So I figured we’d take a journey together today. A journey in which we try to figure out why people love their XI’s so damn much. Let’s begin. read more


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VLONE Is Poised To Break Out In A Major Way

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You’ve probably already seen the shirts. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti (above), and Virgil Abloh have all sported them. You’ve heard the music, Carti’s “Vlone Thug”. You might be wondering what VLONE is all about, or you may know already. Regardless, you need to know one thing: VLONE is poised to break out in a major way this summer/fall.

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Don’t know much about the brand? Fear not, here’s a quick backstory. Started by A$AP Bari, a founding member of A$AP Mob, VLONE is a cult fashion brand that produces tees and hoodies. Although the classic VLONE graphic is the most recognizable (they’ve even collaborated with Off-White on a limited shirt), they also offer other graphics like their “Friends” logo tees. Originally, VLONE was only available through pop-up shops and Bari himself (if you were lucky), but now their online store is open, and the brand is available to the masses. read more


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