Happy New Year’s Eve!

Wow. We’re finally here. The end of 2016. A year with a lot of extreme highs and very low lows, both in the sneaker game, and the real world (yes, I do know there are other things going on besides sneakers).

It’s been a whirlwind year for myself personally, as well as KicksOneTwo. As some of you already know, midway through the year I accepted a paid writing gig (a goal I’d been striving for since the creation of this site) at PIFF, the best store in the Twin Cities (check my work for their blog right here). read more


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Why Do People Wear Fake Yeezys?

Fake Yeezys. The scourge of the sneaker game. Some are made-up colorways, like the one above. Some have light-up midsoles. Some are so flimsy they look like water shoes. Some are actually pretty damn good and can only be spotted by a trained eye. No matter what they look like though, they all have one thing in common: they absolutely suck.

The Yeezy 350 Boost just might be the most-faked sneaker of all time. You can hardly go a day without seeing a fake pair of Yeezys on someone’s feet … and we can’t help but sit here and wonder why. What would compel you to buy/wear a fake pair? read more


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PE’s: Not Always A Winner

Some sneakerheads love nothing more than a fresh pair of PE’s. Maybe it’s a college shoe, and they’re fans of the school. Maybe it’s a professional athlete’s PE, and they’re gassed to have a player they love’s shoe. Maybe they just love having rare shoes that were never for sale and are difficult to acquire. Yeah, it’s safe to say the PE life is a crazy life.

However, not all PE’s are a winner. Just because something’s limited and unavailable to the general public doesn’t always make it dope. Let’s use Andre Johnson’s Miami Jordan XI’s (pictured above) that he premiered on Instagram yesterday for an example. read more


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The Ultra Boost Mid Will Be A Hit In 2017

Ah, the Ultra Boost. Season after season, it continues to be one of the KicksOneTwo staff’s favorite shoes because of its comfort and style. We wear Ultra Boosts year round, and are of the opinion that there’s never a bad time to throw a pair on.

So obviously we’re gassed about the Ultra Boost Mid, the newest model in the Ultra Boost family, first introduced by Ronnie Fieg as part of the Kith Aspen capsule collection.

The Ultra Boost Mid is similar to the regular Ultra Boosts in that it features a Primeknit upper with a full-length Boost midsole, but where it’s different is its high, sock-like collar that comes up around the ankle. Kith introduced the first two colors to the world, the multicolor pair pictured above and an all-white friends and family pair … but now Adidas has leaked the first images of the Ultra Boost ATR mid, a heavy-duty, weather-resistant version of the same shoe. read more


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Kyrie 3: How Does It Stack Up?

Kyrie Irving: One of the most exciting players in the NBA, a point guard with a quick crossover, a knack for getting to the hoop, a true competitor’s spirit, and three signature shoes now under his belt.

That’s right, the Nike Kyrie 3 released yesterday in the “Black Ice” colorway. Even though we believe that signature shoes aren’t what they used to be, we’ve always had a soft spot for Kyrie’s line, as all the shoes he’s released so far have been clean, comfy … and most importantly, extremely affordable compared to other signature shoes. Not every kid’s parents can afford to drop $150+ on the newest signature shoe … so the Kyrie’s slightly lower price point has always been a win in our book. read more


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Music Mondays: December 26th

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Christmas is over … but the East Atlanta Santa does his thing year-round, so for today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you Gucci Mane’s Tiny Desk concert from NPR, with Zaytoven on the keys.


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Fragment I’s & Marshalls: The Craziest Story Of The Year

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It’s been a wild year for sneakers. From releases to news to rumors and speculation, there was always something going on from the beginning of January to the end of December. Yeah, the game was engaging (to say the least) in 2016.

But looking back at it all at the end of the year, do you know what the craziest story had to be? No, it’s not Yeezy related (don’t worry). It’s the Fragment I’s, one of the most valuable Jordan I’s on the market popping up at discount chain retailer Marshalls. read more


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Foresight: 3 Bold Sneaker Predictions For 2017

2016 is almost over. It was a crazy year in the sneaker world, in terms of news, releases, firsts, and pretty much everything else you can think of. With Adidas still riding the wave Kanye started and Nike making some of the best product they’ve made in a while, we’re geared up for a pretty damn good 2017 as well.

But what exactly will happen next year? What trends will rise and which will fall by the wayside? Nobody can see the future … but we’d like to think we’re pretty good at guessing, so here’s 3 bold sneaker predictions for 2017. read more


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Remembering A Classic: Just For Kicks

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Social media is extremely important in today’s sneaker world. It breaks news, informs, and is a communication medium for sneakerheads all over the world. From Instagram to Twitter, the sneaker world is always abuzz.

Back in the day (yes, I’m old enough to say that) before social media was what it is today though, there were fewer outlets providing news and info on sneakers. Someone who didn’t understand what our world was all about might not be able to comprehend just what was so special about kicks and why people did so much to collect them. read more


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Lift Off With Jordan’s Recently Announced “Take Flight” Pack

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From their early days, Air Jordans have always taken a lot of inspiration from fighter planes. From the P51 Mustang inspiration on the V’s to the stealth jet-esque look on the XV’s, the rulers of the sky have always held weight when it comes to the thought process behind Jordan designs.

It should come as no surprise then that the three-shoe “Take Flight” pack releasing in early 2017 is heavily inspired by flight and flying as well. The black IV’s and their stealth-jet inspired design lead off the pack, while the V’s and the VIII’s (with am upper incorporating neoprene for the first time ever) are inspired by old-school olive bomber jackets worn by pilots. read more


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2017: The Year Of The Jordan VI

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Word to them Jordans out the 6ix.

Pardon us for the terrible Aubrey Graham reference … but we’re gassed on all the Jordan VI’s that are releasing in 2017. It seems that Jordan Brand picks a shoe to focus on every year, and as the VI is one of our favorite models, we couldn’t be more stoked that it’s their pick for 2017.

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The releases will be coming in fast and furious starting in January, and both men’s and grade school sizes will receive an abundance of new heat. New colorways of Jordans have been sub-par recently, so it’s good to see Jordan Brand getting back on track with the schemes and designs. read more


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It’s Safe To Say The “Heiress” XI’s Are A Hit

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Sometimes it’s a blessing to be able to fit grade school sizes.

The shoes are cheaper. They generally don’t sell out as fast. And occasionally, there’s some GS fire that big-footers wish they could cop. That’s the case with the recently released Jordan XI “Heiress”.

The rich burgundy colorway first debuted on a Jordan I earlier this year, and although they made some noise, they weren’t a ground-shaking release by any stretch of the imagination. The XI’s though … yeah, they got the sneaker world buzzing, as they’ve been the talk of the town the last few days. read more


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Music Mondays: December 19th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banging new track from Lil Yachty and A$AP Ferg. Here’s “Terminator”


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What’s The Best Way To Handle A Yeezy Release?

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The thirst for Yeezys continues to get more and more real.

Every time you think people couldn’t get more hyped for a drop, they get more hyped. Every time you think there’s going to be more pairs available, they’re mysteriously all gone and you’re left without any yet again. The game is crazy. How do stores releasing the Yeezys handle it?

Obviously first come, first serve is a no-go, and the traditional raffle takes a lot of heat from whiney sneakerheads who complain about raffles being rigged every time they don’t win (if they are rigged, don’t complain … just get yourself a better plug). read more


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R.I.P. Craig Sager

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The NBA lost a great personality on Thursday. A man who loved the game of basketball. A man who was ready to interview at any given moment. A man who was as known for his loud and crazy outfits (that he somehow managed to make work time and time again) just as much as he was known for his interviews.

Craig Sager, the legendary NBA On TNT sideline reporter passed away at the age of 65 due to complications from his battle with cancer.

The outpouring of love and support from the NBA family was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Sager left a great impact on the players as well as his NBA On TNT co-workers, and was as much a part of the game as anyone else. read more


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Matthew Dellavedova’s New Shoe Commercial Is Hilariously Awkward

You can’t not love Matthew Dellavadova. He’s a grinder. He’s a hard worker. He doesn’t quit. He’s a guy who gets by more on sheer will and hard work than athleticism. He can shoot pretty well too. He stepped up in the 2015 NBA Finals when Kyrie Irving went down with an injury and helped a battered Cavs team take two from the Warriors by playing tough defense and hitting threes. He signed a 4-year, $38 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason, an extremely impressive achievement for any NBA player … especially one who wasn’t drafted. read more


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What Does “Widely Available” Mean When It Comes To Yeezys?

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You may have heard: there’s a Yeezy releasing this Saturday. You know how it goes at this point: you’ll have to get up early to try your hand at getting your pair online after you took countless L’s raffling at the mall. You probably won’t get them, and the day will leave a bad taste in your mouth. You’ll say you’re done trying to get Yeezys … a resolution that’ll stick until the next drop comes around and you start the cycle again.

That’s just the way of the game. But rumor has it that the 350 Boost V2’s releasing this weekend may just be the most widely available pair yet. What does that mean? That’s a good question. Your guess is just as good as ours. read more


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Does Anyone Really Care About Aape?

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Diffusion labels can be a tough sell. Sometimes, they take what was so great about the brand they were based off of, and put a fresh spin on it (PACCBET and Gosha Rubchinskiy for example) … and sometimes what they do is a little more muddled.

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One of the brands that falls into the “more muddled” category (at least as far as we’re concerned) is Aape by A Bathing Ape. Quick backstory if you’re not familiar: Aape is a less expensive version of A Bathing Ape that comes in at a slightly lower price point and is supposed to offer a younger, fresher feel. It’s aimed at a younger audience that may still want the Bathing Ape signature look but can’t/won’t dole out the cash to achieve it. read more


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The Kith Aspen Footwear Is Off The Charts

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Ronnie Fieg the gawd.

Year after year, we think Ronnie can’t turn up any more, and what does he do? He goes out and turns up more. 2016 was arguably his best year ever with the presentation of his Kithland fashion show, his new store opening in Miami, his “Heritage” Asics, and collabs with 90’s icons like the Rugrats, Cap’n Crunch, and the Power Rangers. Yeah, Ronnie’s been making a lot of boss moves these past 12 months … but his strong 2016 isn’t over just yet. read more


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Music Mondays: December 12th

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For this edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a track courtesy of a young, braid-less(!) Travis Scott and Casey Veggies. Here’s “Up”


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The Jury Is No Longer Out: The Space Jam XI’s Are A Winner

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About a week and a half ago, we were wondering what the Space Jam XI release would look like. We’d heard a lot of complaints from a lot of sneakerheads about the shoe. They didn’t like the “45” on the back. They didn’t like the higher cut of the patent leather on the upper. The shoe wasn’t true to the original because (fill in the blank with any number of sneakerhead-style complaints here). We wondered how the general public would receive the shoe as a whole. read more


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Will The Flyknit Racer Ever Fully Return To Glory?

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The Nike Flyknit Racer. A shoe that as recently as 2013 was unfuckwittable. A shoe that ushered in the age of athleisure along with tapered sweats and fashion-forwards workout garments. A shoe that was collected obsessively by sneakerheads around the world, and even worn by Kanye West. Yes, there was a time when the Flyknit Racer was top of the line. Shit, the original “Multiunit” colorway still bangs for upwards of $450 on Flight Club.

Nike has recently put the Flyknit Racer back at the front line of their sportswear offerings, with recent releases like the “Blackout” and the “Multiknit 2.0” generating a good amount of hype, and even selling out fairly quickly. So we’re wondering: will the Flyknit Racer ever return to its former glory? read more


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Don’t Buy Into The Hype: Fake Sneaker Release Rumors Are Abundant

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If there’s one thing that all sneakerheads agree on, it’s that we all get excessively gassed for new releases. Every time there’s news or a somewhat credible rumor about a new shoe dropping, we’ll be talking about the possibilites. We’re a hopeful bunch, and if we hear that a shoe we love might be dropping sometime soon, we’ll rock with the rumors more often than not.

The downfall of this is that sometimes we can fall prey to untrue rumors or leaks about shoes releasing. It seems to happen every November/December: various news outlets will report that a desirable shoe will be dropping sometime next year, and we’ll all get excited. The news will spread like wildfire through the sneaker circles until one of our “trusty” news sources will brand the rumors as false or admit to jumping the gun … and then we’ll all be disappointed again. read more


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Nike Is Pushing The AF1 To The Forefront Of Cool Again

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The Air Force 1: one of the most iconic models in Nike’s history. From its inception in 1982 to today, it’s a shoe that’s been at the forefront of fashion and street culture. Much like any other shoe, it’s had its ups and downs in the popular eye, but it’s managed to remain remarkably consistent over its 30-year existence.

We’d mentioned ups and downs in the paragraph above … and it seems as if Nike is setting the AF1 “up” (no pun intended) for a very good year in 2017. In today’s world, there’s nothing better than a collab, and it appears as if we’ll be getting blessed with a few crazy ones. read more


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Anwar Carrots Can Do No Wrong

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We’re huge Carrots By Anwar Carrots fans here at KicksOneTwo. Anwar’s brand has developed an unmistakable signature aesthetic (with a whole lot of orange), has been rocked by everyone from Lil Yachty to Madeintyo, has collabbed with everyone from Alt Med to Rare Panther, and is truly on the come-up.

However, their most recent power move might just be their biggest yet. Anwar and Brooks have come together for a collaborative Beast (one of Brooks’s most iconic running shoes) done up in an orange, navy, and white colorway. It’s classic retro runner style meets modern streetwear … and it looks absolutely great. Anwar’s done it again. read more


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The Original Blue Toe Question Is Back!

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You read the title right. The Question is back … and it’s not just another overdone new colorway. It’s back in its first and very best color. The color Allen Iverson wore during his Rookie Of The Year season in 1996. The color he took the NBA by storm in. The color he wore while crossing over Michael Jordan, in arguably the most famous moment of his career. It’s a must-cop for any AI fan.

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The shoe has aged quite well. It brings back classic mid-90’s nostalgia but still looks fresh enough for the streets or sturdy enough for the courts in 2016, 20 years after the original release (can you believe it’s already been that long? We can’t). read more


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Music Mondays: December 5th

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For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a Narcos theme song-sampling banger from Joey Badass. Here’s “Front & Center”.


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Pusha T and Adidas: A Match Made In Heaven

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Nobody has a better stable of artists and influencers in footwear than Adidas. From Kanye West to Pharrell to Rita Ora, Adidas has managed to tap into almost every imaginable market due to their great product and brand ambassadors.

One ambassador who may fly slightly more under the radar than the rest but still commands just as much respect (if not more) from the culture is Pusha T. The legendary rapper and 1/2 of the Clipse has practically become the face of Adidas’s EQT products, as his third release, a lux Primeknit EQT called the “Greyscale” sold out incredibly quickly this week, much like his last two EQT releases did. read more


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Opening Ceremony x Vans Mono Pack: FIRE

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Vans and Opening Ceremony. Two powerhouses. Two brands that do what they want, even if some people don’t rock with it (remember when Nick Young said Opening Ceremony should be called Closing Ceremony?). Two brands that just came together for a fire collab. Two brands that just came together for a “Mono” pack, consisting of Old Skools, Sk8-Hi’s and Prison Issues.

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All the shoes in the pack are clean, wearable, and dressed in high-quality monochromatic leather. Even though they were born as skate shoes, Vans have always managed to look very high fashion-esque when dripped in premium materials. You can’t tell us that these don’t look like a high-end shoe! read more


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Brrr! Holiday Season Gucci Time Merch Is Available Now!

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Gucci Time is upon us again.

Our good friend, designer Chris Bailey has released another capsule collection of Gucci Mane-inspired merchandise to follow up his first two Gucci pop-ups/capsule collections.

This third effort is very holiday-themed and features the East Atlanta Santa himself surrounded by “presents” to help you ring in the holiday season in a festive spirit. The design is inspired by Bape’s Baby Milo characters, and lends itself well to Gucci’s flashy appearance. read more


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Is The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Worth The Price?

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Self-lacing footwear.

People the world over have been obsessed with the idea ever since Marty McFly’s Air Mags laced themselves up, and now the technology actually comes to life on a performance shoe, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

It’s an extremely limited release, and an expensive release too, with a whopping box price of $720. As cool as the technology is, you’ve got to ask yourself: is it worth it? Let’s delve in and find out.

What exactly do you get with your $720 when you buy the HyperAdapt? Well, the shoes come packaged in a special box that also includes an AC adapter, charging pucks for the motor that fires up the automatic lacing system, and an instruction manual so you’ll know how to use these futuristic shoes. read more


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