We love Vans, especially the classic Sk8-Hi. We love Supreme (and have for years, don’t get it twisted). We really love leopard print. It’s nothing if not a head-turner.
Because we love all that, you’re probably already came to the conclusion that we love the new Supreme Vans … and you’re 100% correct.
Announced yesterday, this season’s Vans collab arrives on the not-often-used Sk8 Mid (we wish they were Sk8-Hi’s, but beggars can’t be choosers), and comes in yellow, blue, black, and pink.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Nav’s self-titled new album. Here’s “Some Way”, featuring The Weeknd.
We’ll come right out and say it: sneakerheads don’t really care about Nike Basketball anymore.
The hot streak they enjoyed when every LeBron, KD, and Kobe release was on point is long gone, and now the vast majority of their shoes sit on shelves, hit the sale rack, and then hit the outlets. It’s the nature of the game. Sneakerheads have a short attention span, and Nike Basketball lost that attention span several years ago due to a combination of over-saturation, poor design, and a shifting market.
Kith has a pretty damn high batting average when it comes to collabs.
From Asics to New Balance to adidas and more, they can really do no wrong in the eyes of the general sneaker-loving public, and it seems that each of their new releases is better than the last.
However, they’ve got a shoe dropping in March that seems to have a lot of sneakerheads torn. It’s the CS2S, released in collaboration with Naked and adidas. If you were wondering, CS2 is short for “City Sock 2”. These will be the first release of the second version of the City Sock.
Pharrell’s Human Race NMD’s were without a doubt one of the best shoes of 2016. In typical Skateboard P fashion, they were unique, colorful, and turned heads wherever you went. They were very desirable … and very valuable, as most pairs still easily go for $500.
Now it’s 2017, and Pharrell’s back for another go-around with the Human Race, as evidenced by these leaked images courtesy of someone who refers to themselves as “spicy chicken wings”. Great name, right? Well, at least as long as they’re bone-in. The KicksOneTwo squad doesn’t really rock with boneless wings, unless we’re at Buffalo Wild Wings or a similar establishment where you really can’t taste the difference.
We’re going through withdraws.
Air Max withdraws to be specific. You see, we’re hankering for a pair of the “Silver Bullet” Air Max 97’s, even though they haven’t seen a widespread U.S. release yet (they were released as a quickstrike at Kith, but we can’t count that … nobody hits on those).
Why do we want a pair so bad, you may be asking? Fair question. Let us explain.
The Air Max 97 (especially the Silver Bullet colorway) is a classic. From roadmen to football fans to Air Max lovers, it’s a shoe that’s firmly established its place in history, and several would go as far as to call it one of the best Air Maxes of all time.
The madness will descend upon us again this Friday, February 25th.
Feelings will be hurt. Credit cards will be loaded up with pending charges. Complaints about a complete and total lack of luck will be made. The resell market will be booming.
Yup, it’s Yeezy release day again … and this weekend’s release is the best Yeezy V2 yet for our money. It’s clean. It has just enough flair. It’s mostly white, something we haven’t seen on a 350 just yet. It’s perfect for summer, and it’s nicknamed the “zebra”.
If you’ve heard it from us once, you’ve heard it from us a thousand times. Now that we’re over a thousand articles, there’s a damn good chance we’ve said it nearly a thousand times: we love Jordan I’s. From the OG’s to new colorways, from simple GR’s to rare collabs, we love em’ all. They’re our favorite shoes ever.
So you already know we were gassed when the Breds (our favorite shoe ever) dropped in an extra-luxe satin style last year (to honor the “banned” release), and we’re hype again, as it’s been officially announced that the Royals will be receiving the satin treatment as well.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you yet another classic song from a G-Unit alum. Here’s “I’m So Fly” by Lloyd Banks.
The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is trash. It’s been trash for the better part of the last decade … and it really isn’t even worth watching anymore.
Yeah, we said it. And we’re not just saying it for shock value either … we mean it. It sucks. But before you slam your laptop shut or throw your phone in disgust, hear us out. The dunk contest isn’t what it used to be, and the NBA needs to give it a rest.
For a long while, the dunk contest was the best part of NBA All-Star Weekend (even more so than the actual game). Dr. J dunked from the free throw line. MJ and Dominique dueled. Vince Carter shook the rafters. So did Jason Richardson.
We’re assuming you’ve seen The Godfather before. If you haven’t, we’d recommend you close your computer or turn off your phone, and go watch it right now. If you don’t have the time (it is a pretty long movie after all), here’s a quick synopsis of the beginning: the Don can’t refuse any favor he’s asked for on his daughter’s wedding day, but anyone who asks him for a favor may need to repay it some day in the future.
The old-school Italian mafia isn’t really a huge thing anymore in 2017, but there is a Don who’s doing favors this weekend: Just Don’s own Don C.
You may have seen that there’s supposed to be a heat wave in Minnesota this next week (no, this is not a joke). Temperatures are supposed to reach into the low 60’s. That’s unheard of for February. It’s crazy. It’s getting hot out here … so throw on all your jawns.
Sorry, we got a little bit carried away there. Our apologies. We think we just might know the cause of this crazy heat wave though: the adidas Y-3 “Triple White” Pure Boosts that dropped recently.
We’d like to start today’s article off by apologizing for the blurry lead image. We wouldn’t usually post an image with quality that poor, but this is a special circumstance. This is Kanye West’s new Calabasas Runner, unveiled at his Yeezy Season 5 fashion show yesterday, and it’s currently the talk of the sneaker world.
A quick background on the sneaker for those of you who might not be familiar: the Calabasas Runner was originally unveiled (unofficially) back in January 2016 when Kanye was spotted wearing a pair in a white/teal/orange/black colorway while leaving his office in … Calabasas. An all-black colorway and a white/teal pair were revealed in the fashion show yesterday, and images of a white/gum colorway (that wasn’t included in the show) have been making the rounds on the Internet as well.
When it comes to sneaker collabs, you could make a strong argument that nobody in the game has a higher batting average than Fragment.
Year after year, Hiroshi Fujiwara’s design imprint comes together with Nike (sometimes regularly, sometimes as part of HTM) and Converse for clean, well-thought out shoes that stand the test of time … and they’ve certainly done just that with their new collaborative Converse Chuck 70, inspired by tuxedos (hence our self-given “Chuxedo” nickname).
The new Nike Vapormax is a pretty damn cool shoe.
An extra-thin, sock-like Flyknit upper sitting on top of what Nike claims is the most advanced Air unit yet? A Comme Des Garcons collab version? A lightweight, sleek style? Dope women’s colorways (the picture at the top of the article is actually a women’s pair)? Yeah, they’re set up to be a pretty big and important pair in 2017.
But as we all know, adidas is still running things … and one of their most popular shoes, the Ultra Boost, has a lot in common with the Vapormax. They’re both $180. They both feature a woven upper. They both proudly represent their company’s latest and greatest technologies. We don’t think it’s a reach at all to say that the Vapormax is supposed to be an Ultra Boost competitor. But can it succeed?
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you a 00’s classic. Here’s Young Buck’s infamous “Get Buck”.
Today marks the day that I publish my thousandth personal post on KicksOneTwo (and also post a rare picture of myself). That’s almost three years of a brand-new article every single day at 8AM, be it an opinion piece, a list or an event recap.
KicksOneTwo has done a lot for me. When I conceptualized it while sitting at a desk at my shitty office job in December of 2013, it was just something I wanted to do for fun because I enjoyed writing about the culture I love. I never thought that it would open new doors, introduce me to great new friends, teach me so much about dedication and hard work (do you really think that over the course of writing an article for a thousand days straight, I never once had a day when I didn’t want to write at all?), and least of all, land me a paid writing gig at the very best shop in Minneapolis (shouts to PIFF, my favorite place in the whole world).
Jordan and OVO. Aubrey and Michael. A legendary shoe brand and the world’s most famous rapper.
When the first collaborative effort between Jordan Brand and OVO (the white/gold X’s) released in 2015, the hype was crazy. Drake was untouchable & widely beloved (this is before Views, an album that while a commercial success was not critically acclaimed), and his first collaborative release threw the sneaker world into a frenzy.
The white OVO X’s, the black OVO X’s and the white OVO XII’s all had the sneaker webs going nuts, blew off shelves, and at one point seemed like the only serious contender to the market dominance of Adidas’s Yeezy line.
Supreme, Louis Vuitton, and LVMH (the conglomerate that owns LV, Hennessy, Sephora and more) have all been in the news a lot lately. It’s understandable: When Supreme and Louis Vuitton came together, it moved mountains. It was a cultural moment of such magnitude that we couldn’t blame you for thinking that it was fake when the news first broke.
Thankfully, it wasn’t fake. But something that would have been just as earth-shattering that’s been making the rounds on the web these past few days is fake.
We’ll come right out and admit it: we were pretty harsh critics of the Nike SF-AF1 when it first came out. We thought the chunky, super-high top look and earth tone colorways were a ham-handed attempt to cash in on the Yeezy boot craze, and we though that Nike saying they were inspired by military equipment was flat-out lame. We were hating so hard we even wrote an article about our general distaste for the shoe.
It’s been a few months now, and as mature, responsible adults (most of the time at least. “Don’t grow up, just glow up” is a phrase we try to live by), we can admit when we’re wrong … and we were wrong about the SF-AF1.
Kevin Plank and Under Armour’s rise to fame and fortune is a fascinating story. A great idea, a driven founder who had next to nothing to his name when he started the company, and innovative products that have pushed the limits of athletic footwear and apparel. Under Armour is a powerhouse company, and even though we don’t much care for their designs (you can’t sit here and tell us all three Currys aren’t terrible), we generally held them in high regard.
Until now. Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO stated in an interview with CNBC yesterday that Donald Trump, our current orange-colored disaster of a president was “highly passionate” and a “real asset for US companies”.
J Balvin: a name you might not have heard unless you’re a fan of reggaeton music, but a name that holds a lot of weight. He’s released a lot of hit records, made a lot of money, and copped a lot of fly kicks … something he does in spades in Complex’s latest installment of their famous “Sneaker Shopping” series.
He discusses everything from his Columbian upbringing to his friendship with Pharrell (of course he cops a pair of Human Race NMD’s), and states that he gets his Yeezys before even Kanye does thanks to his grade-A sneaker plug.
For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a feel-good track from Kaiydo. Here’s “Fruit Punch”
The adidas Superstar. One of the most classic athletic sneakers ever made. A favorite of multiple generations, cultures, and unique individuals. A shoe that has staying power that other kicks only dream of (do sneakers dream? If so we’d assume it’s about staying power. Or maybe being cleaned. Apologies, we digress). A sneaker that just received a super-ill, futuristic update.
Unlike the also-released Superstar Boost that keeps most of its original shape and detailing, the Superstar Bounce Primeknit offers a sleek, futuristic look made possible by an all-Primeknit upper (except for the classic rubber toe cap of course), and a Bounce midsole for upgraded comfort and support.
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’ll always show love to our homies that are doing something dope, especially when it’s sneaker or sneaker culture related. We love to see people create, push themselves, and take their hobby or passion and turn it into something awesome. And recently, nobody’s been killing it more than our homie Brady, a young Twin Cities sneakerhead.
He’s got a YouTube channel called Tomo Talk, in which he discusses his sneaker and clothing pickups, vlogs on his trips to Chicago, tells stories, and shares his thoughts and opinions on happenings in the sneaker game. He’s got an impressive sneaker collection for someone his age, and a passion for the game as a whole.
Custom shoes have always been a part of the sneaker game. As soon as the first enterprising artist picked up a brush and made the smallest change to a sneaker they were locked in, and over the years we’ve seen a lot of customs from great (Mache’s Iron Man LeBrons) to the terrible (unfortunately there’s too many to list).
However, the new thing seems to be customizing Yeezys, and we’re of the opinion that it’s gone way too far. It’s not cute nor clever to slap a fake designer logo or print on a pair (we’re looking at you CDG and Bape customs), and these recently-premered Kaws customs are the very worst of the bunch.
It’s the end of an era for Nike Basketball in some ways.
They officially announced this week that they wouldn’t be releasing any special All-Star edition footwear for this year’s NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. Although this came as a surprise to many a sneakerhead (including us), we’re not disagreeing with the decision.
Let’s flash back to 2012 when Nike Basketball was the hottest thing on the market. The Galaxy Foamposite and Zoom Rookie had the Swoosh’s basketball department more gassed than ever, and although the shoes kept getting more technical and the prices kept getting higher, rabid consumers continued to snap them up like it was nothing.
We love Ultra Boosts here at KicksOneTwo. They’re dope. They’re comfy. They go great with both pants and shorts. They’ve become an essential pair in many a sneakerhead’s rotation … and for good reason. They’re avalible in a myriad of colors, and both with and without a cage (the three plastic stripes on the side for those of you who aren’t as familiar).
But with a new Ultra Boost coming out seemingly every weekend we’ve got to ask ourselves: Is the ultra boost market getting oversaturated?