Happy Halloween! For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you one of our favorite tracks off of the A$AP Mob’s just-released project, Cozy Tapes Vol 1. Here’s “Telephone Calls”, by A$AP Rocky and featuring Playboi Carti, Tyler, The Creator and Yung Gleesh.
The Bapesta. Babe’s flagship model. A shoe that’s enjoyed a resurgence lately, thanks to clean in-line models like the one above as well as collaborations with the likes of Kith. It’s a unique sneaker in that it looks exactly like another established shoe (Air Force 1), but has a style, persona, and history all its own.
So today we’re asking: where’s the Bapesta’s place in the sneaker game? Let’s delve into it and find right out.
We mentioned above that the Bapesta has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, mainly owing to clean releases, and a renewed desire for Bape in general, as most of the kids who were too young to afford it in the early 2000’s and couldn’t afford it when it first hit stateside are now old enough to buy it. Although it looks exactly like an Air Force I, there’s not a lot of crossover. You won’t see most of the people who wear Forces wearing Bapestas, and that’s because it’s two different target audiences.
The 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle collection was recently unveiled (with a release date of December 17th), and as always, there’s some crazy, outlandish, fun shoes dropping. And you know what we’ve got to do whenever there’s a pack or collection of some sort: we’ve got to rank it. So we’re going to go ahead and rank all 6 shoes in this year’s Doernbecher pack, plus provide our thoughts on them. Before we start, we’d like to mention that we understand that all the shoes have a great backstory and mean something to the kid who created them. We’re just ranking them based on what we like the best. Nothing more, nothing less. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
The Ultra Boost is a fantastic shoe. The first two installments of Adidas’s most premium model both changed the sneaker game, first with their otherworldly comfort and then (on the second model) with extra durability courtesy of a Continental rubber outsole.
Yeah, the Ultra Boost is a great shoe. It was a day of sadness at KicksOneTwo when we realized there would be a hiatus from one of our favorite shoes on the market after all the 2.o releases were done (we’re not gonna lie, we were worried it might be quite a long wait before we saw something new), but we were thrilled this week when it was announced that the Ultra Boost 3.0 would be arriving … well … sooner or later (there’s no official release date just yet).
Here at KicksOneTwo, we pride ourselves on always putting you, our loyal readers, on game. About 2 1/2 months ago, we published an article entitled “The Come Up”, in which we gave you 3 brands to check out for fall. Today, we’re back again with 3 more brands that you should peep ASAP if you want to stay ahead of the curve. They’re some of our favorites … and they’re bound to become some of yours too. Let’s get right to it.
Carrots By Anwar
If you were a Peas and Carrots fan before they disbanded, then you already know that Anwar Carrots makes dope clothes. Carrots By Anwar presents streetwear heavily influenced by Fairfax culture, and the loud, colorful designs are sure to turn heads. They recently collaborated with XLARGE, and likely have more dope collaborations in the chamber.
Anyone who watches the NBA (we’re assuming this is at least 95% of KicksOneTwo readers) knows Craig Sager. The sideline reporter who’s known for his crazy mis-matched outfits. The much-loved personality who announced this previous spring that his leukemia was no longer in remission and that his doctors gave him 3-6 months to live (which he’s thankfully beat).
Many teams around the NBA, from the Celtics to the Warriors paid tribute to him on opening night yesterday, and Bleacher Report has linked up with NikeID to do the same. They came together to create 100 pairs of Air Force I’s (and two matching t-shirts) with crazy, mis-matched patterns and colors inspired by Sager’s colorful suits, with part of the proceeds going to the SagerStrong foundation, which donates all their proceeds towards cancer research and education.
Nobody in music is able to whip the Internet into a bigger frenzy than Drake, and he’s gone and done it again with his recent diss of Kid Cudi.
In case you weren’t up-to-date on the story, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version. Kid Cudi went on a Twitter tirade a few weeks back, with what many believed to be a jab at Drake included:
Everyone thinks they're soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 14, 2016
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite songs (arguably our favorite song) of 2016. Here’s Mura Masa’s “Love$ick”, featuring A$AP Rocky.
We’re big A$AP Rocky supporters here at KicksOneTwo. We love his music and sense of style, so we were hyped when we heard he’d be putting out a short film through his AWGE collective in preparation for the release of “Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1”, a commemorative mixtape that was originally initiated by A$AP Yams (R.I.P.)
Well, the film is here, and it’s a must-see. Entitled “Money Man”, it tells the tale of Rina, a youth trapped in a dark world rife with all kinds of negative energies. Rocky takes a large role in the film (obviously), and it also features A$AP Nast, A$AP Bari and Skepta. There’s also a cameo from Said Taghmaoui, who starred in “La Haine”, a 1995 film that “Money Man” draws most of its inspiration from.
The Ultra Boost vs. the NMD. Two of the most gassed shoes on the market, both courtesy of Adidas, and both featuring the best cushioning technology on the market, Boost foam. Some sneakerheads prefer the Ultra Boost. Some prefer the NMD. A lot of sneaker heads love them both. But today’s the day we crown a champion.
We’re throwing them in the ring, using boxing-style scoring (winner gets 10 points, the opponent 9 or less) to determine which shoe is better … and as it is a championship match after all, there will be five rounds, each focused on a different category. Let’s get right to it.
2016’s beginning to wind down just a touch. We’ve got a little over two months left, and with holiday releases right around the corner, we’ll get one last infusion of heat before 2016 turns to 2017 and a new year, both on the calendar and sneakers are upon us.
There’s been a lot of heat so far this year. Adidas has been doing their thing (as always) with Yeezys, Ultra Boosts, and NMD’s. New Balance and Saucony came correct with the collaborations. Nike Sportswear was a strong player. But one of the things we’ve been most excited about this year is Jordan Brand, mainly how they’re doing their thing with the Jordan I.
Every time there’s a Yeezy release, you’re bound to hear a fair amount of whining and complaining. Maybe it’s someone complaining about how they got cart-jacked. Maybe it’s someone complaining about bots. Maybe it’s someone complaining that they just flat-out never get lucky on releases.
We sympathize with all of those complaints. The sneaker game can be a rough one, and companies are constantly trying to find new ways to make releases fair for everyone. The latest “solution”? A purchasing app called Frenzy.
Jordan Pinnacle: a name that always brings excitement. With the Pinnacle line, you already know you’ll be getting top-notch quality and a creative design, so there’s many a reason to be excited when you hear a new shoe is releasing.
Well, come October 22nd, we’ll get 3: a Jordan VI inspired by MJ’s first championship, a low-top Swooshless Jordan I (a true sleeper shoe this year, didn’t get nearly as much love as it deserved), and a slide for all the cozy boys out there. We’re intrigued by the pack as a whole, so we figured we should share our thoughts on each of the shoes (and sandal) in the pack. Let’s get it.
DJ Khaled. Snapchat mogul. Record producer. Well-connected businessman. Champs Sports store owner.
What, what? DJ Khaled, Champs Sports store owner? Yes, you read that right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. DJ Khaled “owns” his own Champs Sports store. How’d this come about? Valid question.
Khaled has recently established a reputation for himself as a major player in the sneaker game. Although his knowledge of shoes might be somewhat questionable, his penchant for coming up with funny names for his kicks and his lovable bombastic banter have made him a celebrity in the sneaker world.
For this edition of Music Mondays, since it’s the first Monday after Gucci Mane’s “Woptober” dropped … we had to hit you with a banger off of the project. Here’s “Out The Zoo”
You had a pair when you were younger, had clumsy hands and couldn’t tie your shoes. You’d throw them on every day before school dreaming of the day when you’d be tying your shoes instead. You thought you wouldn’t have to wear them again until you were old. There’s a good chance you never thought you’d be taking a second look at them as an adult … but here you are.
We’re talking about strap sneakers. That’s right, strap sneakers. Shoes with velcro straps instead of laces, and we’ve got news for you: they’re not just for senior citizens anymore. They’re a fresh, head-turning alternative footwear option, and many a brand has worked them into their current lineup.
Getting a Jordan collab is a holy grail for many a sneaker shop. It’s hard enough to get a Jordan account so you can carry the product … and it’s almost impossible to get a shop-specific Jordan collab unless you have a ton of clout and a great account (unintentional rhyme), or your dad is Michael Jordan (we’re looking at you, Trophy Room and Marcus Jordan). They’re more likely to collab with an athlete or a performance artist.
There’s a short and esteemed list when it comes to Jordan collabs … but after some thought we’ve realized that Miami’s Solefly might just be the best. Their upcoming “Florida Marlins” XXIII’s (pictured above) have thrown the Internet into a frenzy, and their past efforts like the Eclipses, the Spiz’ikes, and the III’s have all been bangers too.
What a weekend we have ahead of us. It’s packed chock-full of fire jawnz, and there’s something for everyone, from dope runner collabs to more heat from Adidas (what’s new?) to a clean, simple Jordan. With all that heat releasing, you already know what time it is: time for another edition of Top 5 Sneaker Releases This Weekend. Let’s get it.
5. Nike Flyknit Racer “Pure Platinum”-Today, $150
Although the heyday of the Flyknit racer has passed, it’s still a great shoe, and when it drops in a clean tonal color like the “Pure Platinum” jawns, we’re all about it. You can either wear these all fall (the light grey will work wonders with your fit if you don’t mind being a little cold), or put em’ on ice till next summer. Either way, you’ll be winning.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re fairly openly critical of Jerry Lorenzo’s brand, Fear Of God. We think that Lorenzo receives far more credit than he deserves as a designer, and that Fear Of God isn’t the ground-breaking brand the hype machine (and Justin Bieber) would have you believe it is.
That’s a story for another article though. Today we’re here to sing Lorenzo’s praises … not for his designs, but for his heart. He recently stopped by LA’s Skid Row to hand out shoes and clothes to the homeless who couldn’t afford them. Here’s the video below if you’d like to see for yourself.
Like most of Minnesota’s hip-hop, street culture, and fashion lovers, I was in attendance at the Saint Pablo tour on Monday … and it was a night to remember. Kanye delivered everything you could ask for, both from a performance and visual standpoint, and it’ll go down as the best concert I’ve been to yet.
We rolled up around 7PM and got in “line” for merch. I use quotation marks because it wasn’t really a line, it was more a bunch of people clustered together shoving forwards in the hopes of getting their hands on some Saint Pablo gear. After almost an hour of yelling, shoving, texts from the homies telling me what they wanted, and theatrics (the homie Devo hopped the table and caused quite a scene), I got my merch and headed down to the GA floor.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re fiercely loyal to the shoes we like. If some new heat releases, we’re always with it … but the classics always have a special place in our hearts.
So when two of our favorite classic shoes release in tonal colorways perfect for the fall, you already know we’re behind it 100%. Vans has just released 6 killer tonal kicks, 3 brand-new Sk8 Hi Lites, and 3 brand new Old Skool Lites.
This is really the double whammy for us. The Sk8-Hi and the Old Skool are our two favorite Vans shoes by a long shot, and all 6 colorways are great. The Sk8-Hi Lites come in black, a medium royal blue, and burgundy, while the Old Skool comes in a dark navy, a washed brown, and a blue-grey. All are constructed of a premium nubuck, and all are inherently wearable.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing your some classic Kanye (it’s only right as the Saint Pablo tour is in town tonight … even though you won’t hear this song). Here’s “Drive Slow” featuring Paul Wall and GLC, one of our favorite classic Ye jams.
There’s really nothing like a high-quality pair of shoes.
With prices steadily climbing nowadays, when you buy a pair of shoes it’s almost an investment. You want to wear them a lot so you can be sure that you get your money’s worth out of your purchase … and that’s hard to do when the shoe you cop is cheaply assembled. You really don’t feel like you’ve made a good purchase when the shoe you cop looks like shit after only a few wears.
However, sneaker companies have noticed this, and the quality of recent releases seems to be better than it’s ever been within the last few years. No matter if it’s a remastered Jordan (we’re not hot on them essentially admitting that they were releasing inferior products before and they’re now uncharging you for what they should have been giving you all along, but at least their new releases are nice), a Bapesta adorned with premium leather by the gawd Ronnie Fieg, or a premium Diadora collab runner, quality just may be at an all-time high.
So you’re headed to a concert. You’re ready to see whoever’s performing, and you’re geeked. You’ve almost finished putting your fit together and then the realization hits you like a ton of bricks: you have no idea what shoes you want to wear.
Figuring out what shoes to wear to a concert can be challenging. Sure, you want to wear something fresh, but you don’t want to wear anything that can get thrashed too easily, as you’ll be jumping around with hundreds of other people (unless standing around in VIP is more your thing, in which case this article isn’t for you). With the Saint Pablo tour right around the corner (hitting the Xcel Energy Center this monday), we figured now’s as good of a time as any to give you three great shoes you can wear to any concert.
We’re all sneakerheads. We’ve all got a damn good amount of shoes. This is what we do after all, right? We collect.
However, sometimes in our search for the ever-elusive pair to add onto the 20+ pairs we already have, we can forget that there are those who are less fortunate than us. Those who’d be happy to have one good pair of shoes. Those who buy shoes because they need them, not because they want them.
Thankfully, Foot Locker doesn’t forget those kids. This year marks the 28th straight year they’ve linked up with Fred Jordan Missions in Los Angeles to give away 4,000 pairs of kicks to needy kids. They gave those kids the shot to step out feeling like a million bucks in a new pair of kicks … which we all know is a feeling everyone should be able to have.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re always on the hunt for fresh new clothing brands to rock. We’ve got our old standbys that we love and rock season in and season out, but we’re always keeping our eyes open for different brands that we can put in our rotation.
One of those different brands that we’ve really been loving lately is Carrots by Anwar Carrots. Quick backstory for those of you who don’t know Anwar: he came up in the mid-00’s Fairfax Avenue talent incubator that also gave us Dom Kennedy, Tyler, The Creator and the rest of the Odd Future crew, Casey Veggies, and many more.
We’ve officially made it back to the future. The power-lacing Nike Mag is finally upon us.
That’s right, the shoe that originally captured hearts and minds in 1989 is back again (it released in 2011 as well) … but this time it even comes with the infamous power-lacing system that the film made so popular.
And we’ve got to say: this is a release that’s being done right.
When the Mags release, the proceeds are donated to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research. The beloved actor (and Back To The Future star) suffers from the disease, and is at the forefront of fighting it with his foundation. Nike graciously gives the Mag money to the foundation to help. That’s awesome.
We’ve been writing about collabs a whole lot here at KicksOneTwo recently. Can you really blame us? The sneaker game has been getting blessed with a bunch of great ones recently, from the official Adidas x Bape announcement, to Kith x Captain Crunch. However, the collab we’re discussing today is special in its own way, and as 90’s babies we’d be remiss to not talk about it.
Toy Story x Vans. Classic Vans silhouettes, from the Sk-8 Hi to the Old Skool to the Authentic. There’s a lot of variety in this pack, and with all that variety comes a lot of memories.
For the first October edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a brand-new banger courtesy of A$AP Rocky, Key! and A$AP Twelvyy Here’s “Crazy Brazy”
Ronnie Fieg: a man of many tastes. A man who loves running shoes. A man who loves athletic-inspired streetwear. A man who loves cereal.
Yes, cereal. The breakfast food that we all know and love. Fruity Pebbles. Froot Loops. Count Chocula. Cap’n Crunch. The man loves cereal so much, he even opened a revolutionary cereal treat bar inside his own Kith store, entitled Kith Treats.
However, he’s just taken it to the next level, and possibly pulled off the biggest flex of 2016. He’s leveraged Kith’s name and marketing muscle … and somehow managed to secure a collaboration with one of the biggest names in cereal … Cap’n Crunch.
There’s no question about it: Bape has been on their shit recently.
When it comes to collabs, there’s not really many streetwear brands that can rattle off a list of footwear projects like Bape can … and some of their recent/upcoming releases might just be their best work yet. Let’s start with the NMD’s, the hottest shoe of the moment.
When you take a shoe that’s got as much juice as an NMD and slap a classic Bape camo print on it, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a perfect storm of hype, and we’ve got a feeling that both pairs will be blowing off shelves before you can say “hypebeast”. Bape linked up with another brand that’s got all the juice at the moment .. and the result is looking excellent.