3 Shoes I Wish I Had

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I’m pretty happy with my shoe collection.

I’ve got a good variety. I’ve got summer shoes. I’ve got winter shoes. I’ve got high-tops. I’ve got low-tops. I’ve got shoes that are crazy as well as shoes that are muted. I like to think that my collection is diverse, and that I’ve got a fresh pair for any outfit or occasion.

However, like most sneakerheads, there are a few pairs that I badly want and don’t have. They may have been within reach before and I just didn’t pull the trigger for whatever reason, or they might never have been close to being in my grasp. There have been lots of shoes I wanted and didn’t get over the years, but 3 pairs stick out more than any others. Here’s 3 shoes i really wish I had. read more


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So Fresh & So Clean: A 4-Step Guide To Cleaning Your Kicks

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No matter how careful you are about making sure your kicks stay clean, they’re bound to get dirty sooner or later. When that happens, you need to be prepared. No, you don’t need to freak out. No, you don’t need to run to the store and cop a new pair. You need to sit down and get your kicks cleaned up. There’s a simple process to it, and today we’re laying it out step-by-step-by-step-by-step (that’s 4 steps for those of you who can’t count) so you can make sure your favorite pairs stay crispy no matter how much you wear them. A full-fledged guide on cleaning your kicks (because we love you). Let’s get it. read more


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JsForDays Is No More

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Owning and running a sneaker business can be tough. The market is up-and-down. Trends come and go at the speed of light. The hottest shoe of 6 months ago could hardly be worth retail now. It’s a constantly evolving and changing world, and it’s borderline impossible to keep pace. Sneaker businesses rise, and they fall.

The latest business to take that fall was JsForDays, a name familiar to many in the Minnesota sneaker community. Known mostly for their online pre-orders (you could pay extra for the peace of mind that comes with a guaranteed pair of a limited release), JsForDays recently took a big leap of faith by spending half a million dollars to purchase the collection of Kenny Williams, or Air Kenny, which consisted of everything from Oregon III’s to Legends of Summer I’s. We even wrote about the staggering purchase four short months ago. read more


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LeBron 14 Price Drop: It’s A Good Thing

There’s no denying it: signature shoes are expensive. Very expensive. An NBA player’s name and logo on a sneaker can fetch a price point that’s unthinkable to some casual consumers … but that player’s fans will continue to buy the shoe.

The most expensive signature shoe line on the market belongs to none other than the King himself, LeBron James. King James fetches a whopping $200 a pair for his kicks, severely lightening the wallets of young fans across the country. read more


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Reminiscing: The 2 For $89.99 Deal At Champs

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Unless you were born into wealth, there was probably a point in time when you were younger that you couldn’t always afford the kicks that you wanted. Spending upwards of $150 on a pair of kicks wasn’t always feasible for you or your parents. So how did you manage to get fresh on a budget? If you’re now in your mid 20’s, you know there was only one thing to do back in the day: go to Champs for that 2 for $89.99.

As a young whippersnapper, there was no deal more lit. You could get two pairs of kicks for the price of one, and get a little rotation going for yourself so you didn’t have to wear the same thing every single day. Need a pair of Adidas? Wanted to channel your inner streetball legend and rock some And 1’s? Prefer to get on your 80’s steez with some Filas? No matter what you wanted to do, you were covered (if you were wondering, our favorite shoe on the deal was always the Fila F-13. No lie, they were crispier than Air Force 1’s to us). read more


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5 Things To Bring To Your Sneaker Photoshoot

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So you’re heading out to a sneaker photoshoot. You’re going to get high-quality pictures of your fire jawns, and you couldn’t be more excited. We know the feeling. Shooting with our friends for the KicksOneTwo Instagram is one of our favorite things to do, and since we’ve been doing it for a while, we thought we’d compile 5 things for you to bring to your sneaker photoshoot so that you have the best experience possible too. Let’s get right to it.

1. Multiple Pairs Of Kicks read more


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Music Mondays: July 25th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Cousin Stizz’s excellent new mixtape “MONDA”. Here’s “Down Like That”, featuring Larry June.


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Is Anything Better Than Boost?

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We’re product nerds here at KicksOneTwo. We like finding about what exactly goes into a shoe and how various sneaker technologies work.

One of our favorite things about shoes are the cushioning systems used. From Max Air to Lunarlon, to Zoom Air, to DMX, to Bounce, we love it all. We’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, but if you made us choose … we’d have to go with Boost.

That’s right, Boost. Adidas’s revolutionary cushioning system, designed in partnership with NASA. It’s billed as a “revolutionary cushioning system that returns more energy per foot strike than traditional EVA foam”. It’s also more resilient than standard foam, and will not lose its cushioning after multiple wears. Adidas promises that no matter the temperature or conditions, Boost will be the softest and most comfortable ride available, and we’d have to agree with that statement. read more


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The Jordan 31: Absolute Fire

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Every year for the last 31 years, the sneaker world has stopped when Jordan Brand unveils the newest model in their signature line. From the 1’s to the 14’s to the Jordan 2009’s (remember those?), it’s big news every time a new signature Jordan releases … and it’s about to be that time again as the Jordan 31 is dropping September 3rd.

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Heavily inspired by the shoe that started it all, the OG Bred (or Banned) Jordan I, the Jordan 31 does a great job of fusing old and new technology together for a look that’s vintage yet sleek. The off-court wearability of the past few models has been questionable at best (even though they were terrific performance shoes), so it’s nice to see a signature model that’ll look just as good on the streets as it does on the court. It’s the first model ever to feature the Jumpman, Wings, and Swoosh logos all together, and the large “Banned” hit on the outsole is a very nice touch as well. read more


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Leave Em’ In The Past: 3 Shoes That Didn’t Age Well

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There’s nothing quite like a classic sneaker that ages like fine wine. The longer you have it, the doper it gets. Maybe you’ve had it for 5 years. Maybe 10. Maybe 20. But every time you wear it, it just seems to get better and better. That’s how you know a shoe is a classic.

However, not every shoe can do this. Some shoes are period pieces, and are better left where they came from. The aging process can be a harsh one, and the three shoes we’re about to show you, all hot when they came out, just flat-out didn’t age well. Let’s get right to it. read more


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Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend

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It’s that time once again.

The sneaker gods have blessed us with a weekend full of fire. There’s truly something for everyone releasing this weekend, no matter if your preference is retros or tech runners. And you already know when we’re blessed with a weekend full of heat, we rank it … so let’s get right to the ranking. Here’s the top 5 sneaker releases this weekend.

5. Nike Metcon 2 “Metcon Knows”- Friday, $140

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We’re not fans of CrossFit. Most of the people who do it talk about it way too much (nobody cares about your workout routine), and we’re not normally fans of the shoes made for it either … but we’ve got to admit that these “Metcon Knows” Metcon II’s are dope. Slapping the original color way of the Air Trainer 1, one of the most iconic Nike trainers ever on their latest and greatest training shoe is a fantastic idea, as the colorway is just as fire today as it was when it first released. This shoe just makes a lot of sense. read more


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Ian Connor Can Disappear Any Time Now

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Ian Connor. A true product of the Internet (thanks a lot for this one, Tumblr). A “stylist/model” who has managed to get famous and rub shoulders with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Kanye West, even though he lacks any noticeable talent whatsoever.

Connor’s fall from grace was just as fast as his meteoric rise to fame, as he was accused of rape by multiple women who had strikingly similar stories, and then punched out by A$AP Bari (his former mentor) after attempting to punch Theophilus London, another mentor, in Paris. read more


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Black Metallic V’s: The Best Jordan Of 2016 Thus Far?

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Sneakerheads live for buzzwords. OG. Remastered. Limited. Exclusive. Europe-only. Kanye (lol). Throw enough of those buzzwords around when you’re discussing a shoe, and it’ll automatically become desirable, even if the shoe itself is really not all that great. Thankfully, that’s not at all the case with this weekend’s hottest release.

Every so often a shoe comes around that checks off these buzzwords and is actually as good as it’s hyped up to be … and one of those shoes is dropping this very weekend. Yes, we’re talking about the “Black Metallic” Jordan V’s. read more


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Music Mondays: July 18th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of the funniest freestyles we’ve heard in a long while. Here’s idontknowjeffrey’s “5:40 AM Freestyle”.


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Bleached Tees: A Perfect Summer Piece

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Old is new again. Recently the demand for vintage (or faux-vintage) t-shirts has been sweeping street culture. It doesn’t matter if Guns N’Roses or Master P graphics adorn the front, if it’s old-school, it’s dope is the line of thinking right now.

You’ve probably seen more and more people with these old-school tees on, so how do you stay a step ahead of them? Simple. Cop a bleached tee.

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You’ve got lots of options, so no matter what your preference is, there’s something for you out there. Want something that’s a little more artistic-looking and tame with the blotches? Check out Vintage Bleach (purveyors of the finest bleached tees you’ll find anywhere in our opinion). Want something a little louder and in-your-face? You can easily find a shirt like this Iron Maden tee above. Not sure exactly what you want just yet? That’s not a problem either. You can easily bleach a shirt yourself if you’re feeling adventurous. read more


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Gucci Mane & Supreme: A Match Made In Heaven

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Gucci Mane and Supreme. A legendary rapper and a legendary brand, each with their own fervent cult following, Gucci for his persona and clever wordplay, and Supreme for their legacy and attitude.

You’d never think that they’d come together for a collaboration (even the most ardent hypebeast can’t say they saw it coming) … but now that they did, you’ve got to love the results. Indie hero Harmony Korine, the director of Spring Breakers (which Gucci played a major role in) directed an ad in which Gucci, decked out in a Supreme box logo tee, plays the piano, sings, talks about Supreme, and shares his shopping habits. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out. read more


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Cousin Stizz’s “MONDA” Is Here & It’s A Must-Listen

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Finding your go-to music for the summer is essential. It’s gotta give off the right vibes. It’s gotta sound good in the car. It has to fit the summertime mood just right.

Thankfully, KicksOneTwo staff favorite Cousin Stizz has got you covered with his new project, “MONDA”, named after a friend of his that passed away at a young age from cancer. The tape is catchy, yet slightly sinister. Melodic, yet it still knocks. Yeah, it’s perfect for the summertime.

If you’re not familiar with Stizzy yet, let us give you a quick background: The Boston-based (yeah, that’s right … not what you expected, huh?) rapper burst onto the scene with his standout 2015 tape, Suffolk County (do yourself a favor and listen here if you haven’t heard the tape yet), and garnered attention with standout tracks from the project like “Shoutout” and “Fresh Prince”. read more


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Get Down With Vans This Summer

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we share what we like. If we rock with something, we’ll always be sure to let you, our loyal readers know about it. We know that some of you are Nike Sportswear lovers. We know that some of you are old-school Jordan heads. We know that some of you love whatever shoes Kanye West puts his stamp on. No matter what you love, we’d highly suggest that you try a pair of Vans or two this summer.

Yes, Vans. The classic California skate shoe that’s become a go-to for more than just skaters. They’re classic. They’re surprisingly comfy. They have great collabs (we miss you, Vans Syndicate *crying emoji*). They look dope with both pants and shorts. They’re extremely versatile, and they look great beat up, so it really doesn’t matter how much wear you put into them … they’ll still be fly. read more


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RE2PECT: Derek Jeter & Jordan Brand

We’re spending a lot of time talking about legendary athletes this week. Yesterday’s article was an ode to Tim Duncan, who announced his retirement in the most Tim Duncan way possible … quietly and without fanfare. Today we’re discussing an athlete from a different sport, but one who’s just as legendary as Timmy D: Derek Jeter.

The long-time Yankee captain and shortstop (who retired in 2014) has a long-standing relationship with Jordan Brand, who provided him with cleats, turf shoes, batting gloves and more during his playing career. During his farewell tour in 2014, Jordan Brand heavily promoted their “RE2PECT” campaign to pay homage to him, and just because his playing days are over doesn’t mean he’s done working with them. Yesterday it was announced that Jeter and Jordan Brand were coming together for a “RE2PECT” line of training footwear and apparel set to launch in the spring of 2017. He was also named the “captain” of Jordan Brand’s athletes, which shows you how much respect (or RE2PECT if you want to use marketing terms) the brand has for him. read more


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A Salute To Tim Duncan

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The best power forward to ever play the game of basketball retired yesterday.

Tim Duncan called it quits after 19 seasons (all with the San Antonio Spurs of course), 5 NBA Championships, 2 MVP’s, 3 Finals MVP’s, 15 All-Star selections, 10 All-NBA First Team selections, and a whole host of other honors.

In true Tim Duncan fashion, he announced his retirement quietly and without fanfare. He didn’t need to have a big, over-dramatic final season filled with sappy tributes and everyone waxing poetic about how great he was every time the Spurs were on TV. He didn’t need a farewell tour. He wanted to retire quietly, on his own terms, and he did just that. read more


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Music Mondays: July 11th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Schoolboy Q’s new “Blank Face” LP … and it’s even accompanied by a short film. Here’s “By Any Means”


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Ranking The Nike Olympic Pack

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There’s only three things guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and Nike releasing an Olympic Pack of sneakers every four years. This installment of Olympic kicks offers everything from basketball shoes to retro runners, and there’s definitely some heat to be had … so you already know what we had to do. We had to hit you with the official KicksOneTwo rankings. Let’s get right to it.

6. Air Max BW

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Coming in at the bottom of the list is the Air Max BW. The shoe itself is nothing to write home about, and the black/white doesn’t work so well with the red, navy, and gold accents. Not bad, but not special. Not much more needs to be said. read more


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Re-Releases: Never Quite The Same

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I love the Nike Hyperdunk. It’s my favorite Nike Basketball shoe of all time. You may remember that I wrote a whole piece on my love for the Hyperdunk a little while back. So obviously when I found out that the original Hyperdunks would be re-releasing, I was extremely excited. I headed on down to the mall earlier this week to grab a pair of the all-black colorway (my favorite), but when I got to the mall, I was sorely disappointed. It wasn’t like the original (which I still have, mind you) at all. read more


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Kendamas & Streetwear

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If you’re a KicksOneTwo reader, we’re going to take a leap of faith and say you know what streetwear is. You know the difference between a camp cap and a dad hat, can discuss rare Supreme pieces, and still love a good mid 00’s Kaws tee.

We’re going to take another leap of faith and say that you might not know what kendamas are. They’re a hand-eye coordination skill toy that originated in Japan several hundred years ago. They consist of a ball on a string attached to a handle with three different size cups and a spike. You can toss the ball up into the cups and do all sorts of dope spins, flips, and other tricks with it. If you’re still confused, it’s similar to freestyle yo-yoing with all the nifty moves and tricks you can do. read more


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Desiigner’s “New English” … No Thanks.

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re Desiigner fans. We rock with his energy, enthusiasm, and crazy on-stage dances, so we were excited to hear what he’d bring to the table with his recent “New English” mixtape. Now that some time has passed and we’ve been able to listen to the tape a few times, we’ve been able to form an opinion … and that opinion is that the tape is not good at all.

It’s chaotic and disjointed. Several songs are incredibly short (one’s 38 seconds and another is 24 seconds, which isn’t even really enough to be a song). and on others he sounds so much like Future you really can’t tell the difference. read more


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Prepare For Marketing: KD & Steph

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You’ve heard the news. Kevin Durant has decided to join the Warriors. You’ve heard the opinions on KD’s move to the team who last year set the mark for best regular-season record in the NBA too, mostly negative (for the record, we don’t love it either. You’re one game away from the Finals, and you leave to join the team that you lost to? Nahhh). You’ve probably also heard about the potential sneaker ramifications, and that’s what we’re talking about today. read more


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How To Make Sure You’ve Got The Perfect Hat

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Here at KicksOneTwo, we love hats. Dad hats, camp caps, fitteds, snapbacks, we’ll rock them all. We’re the people you see at the barbershop who get the fresh cut and shamelessly throw the hat right back on immediately after it’s done. Yeah, that’s how hat-crazed we are.

A hat is an essential part of your wardrobe, and you’ll be able to throw on the right hat with any fit, so it’s important that you know what you need to get. As we consider ourselves experts on the subject, we thought we’d share our expertise with you…so here’s a few things you can do to ensure that you get the perfect hat. read more


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Music Mondays: July 4th

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Happy 4th of July! We know you need some new bangers for your playlist today, so for this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a new track from the homies RP Hooks and GoodKarmaNiles that’s produced by Tek. Here’s “HFF”


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Affordable Classics: Remembering Stephon Marbury’s Starbury Sneakers

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We’re not even going to front: basketball shoes are expensive. Take the newest technology from a big company, be it Flyknit, Boost, or Charged Foam, slap it into a well-designed shoe, and put a famous player like LeBron James or Steph Curry’s name on it, and you can pretty much charge whatever you want for it.

It’s marketing, capitalism, and sneaker design at their finest, and they can’t be stopped. The disadvantage to this is that they can’t always be afforded either. Not every mom/dad can afford to drop $150+ on a pair of signature shoes for their kid, no matter how badly they’d like to. read more


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Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend

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Welcome to July. The month isn’t even 72 hours old yet, and we’re already being blessed with a cornucopia of dope sneaker releases, which makes it a perfect time for one of our infamous Top 5 lists. Some of the kicks on the list dropped yesterday (if you didn’t get them already, they’re probably sold out), and some are dropping today…but no matter what kind of sneaker you like, there’s something for you on this list. Let’s get right to it. Here’s the top 5 sneaker releases this weekend, top 5 sneaker releases this weekend (don’t worry…we won’t say it a 3rd time. This isn’t Beetlejuice). read more


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The Definitive Ranking of Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost Footwear

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After the big announcement this week…it’s become Yeezy Week here on KicksOneTwo. It wasn’t planned, but it makes a lot of sense. Kanye West and Adidas are a match made in heaven. Together, they’ve produced some of the best footwear of the last few years, and every new release throws the sneaker and fashion world into a frenzy. The shoes aren’t just shoes anymore…they’re cultural landmarks. So today, we’re taking these cultural landmarks and ranking them What takes the #1 spot? You’ll just have to read on and find out for yourself. read more


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