It’s been a decade since we discovered a new love. A new love for a dope Jordan I Mid (never thought you’d hear “dope” and “Jordan I Mid” in the same sentence, did you? that released way back in 2007 as part of the “Old Love, New Love” pack.
Yes, the “New Love” I mids are getting a retro, and we couldn’t be more hyped. The re-release isn’t 100% true to the original (of course), as it doesn’t feature the transparent plastic Wings logo on the ankle color, just a regular embossed one, and it doesn’t come laced up with the yellow strings … but at least that’s an easy fix.read more
Reigning Champ: purveyors of the finest sportswear and fleece you’ll find anywhere. Simple, high-quality, garments are their specialty, and they do it better than anyone (their classic hoodies and sweatpants are a game-changer).
adidas: the brand that’s on top of the sneaker world right now. Boost is as big and bad as ever, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. A brand that’s pushing the envelope with their designs, innovation, and collaborations.
And collaborations are what’s being discussed today. The long-awaited adidas and Reigning Champ collab was announced earlier this week. It consists of an Ultra Boost and an Alpha Bounce, both done up in simple, clean colorways with premium details.read more
Sorry, had to say it one more time. We CALLED it that the Nike Vapormax would be a hit. Called it on January 14th to be specific, a solid six weeks ago. And what’s happened now? Yeah, you guessed it. It’s a hit.
When we said it would be a competitor to the famed Ultra Boost, adidas’s flagship running model, we could practically hear the scoffs and feel the angry fingers typing out tweets and messages on phone and computer keyboards. How dare we say that a Nike shoe could compete with the Ultra Boos, the creme de la creme of premium running models.read more
The Flyknit Racer: a legendary sneaker in Nike’s catalog. A shoe that pushed the boundaries of innovation when it was released, and a shoe that still holds a strong place in the culture today.
Within the last week, we’ve seen a few shoes that are clearly Flyknit Racer-inspired pop up, like the casual Dualtone Racers (which we didn’t care for very much) and these new Flyknit “Mariah” racers.
Keep in mind that these bad boys are just a sample (there’s been no official release, price date, or even final model just yet), but there’s a good chance that they’re the follow-up to the OG’s. They offer a similar midsole, a very similar woven upper, and just enough tweaks from the original (a plastic heel cage and a sock-like upper reminiscent of an uncaged Ultra Boost) that it would be logical to assume they’re the follow-up to the classics.read more
We’ve been talking about the Jordan I “Royal” release for a long while now. We’re hyped for the release, as we’re sure you are too. The thirst for these is going to be very real.
However, there’s a much more serious thirst than a thirst for shoes going on in our world, and that’s in Flint, MI, where clean water is still not available. It’s pretty awful … so thankfully one sneaker shop is doing what they can to help out with the Flint water crisis.read more
The release of the Jordan I “Royal” is drawing closer and closer. April 1st is right around the corner, and the general sneaker populace is quite excited.
Understandable. The “Royal” is arguably the best Jordan I colorway ever (we personally prefer the Breds, but we can certainly see why someone might like the Royals a little bit more), and if the Bred release is any indication, the thirst for these will be very real as well.
Earlier this week, Sneaker News posed an interesting question: would the Royals generate more hype than the Breds? Unfortunately, they didn’t really answer the question at all in the accompanying article, so we’ll take care of that today.read more
Newsflash: you can’t escape the madness of Yeezy SZN.
Sure, you may be able to catch a respite every so often in between releases, but you know in the back of your head that no matter what, Yeezy SZN is always approaching, and you’ll have to steel yourself for the hype, the thirst, and the endless L’s that you’ll take (it happens to the best of us).
It’s been blissfully quiet since the release of the Zebras, but Yeezy madness will be kicking up again, soon, as it was announced yesterday that the “Triple White” 350 Boost V2’s will be dropping April 29th.read more
The Ultra Boost has done what few other shoes manage to do: stay relevant in a market that’s changing and evolving by the day. Many new models will come out, get hot and be extremely popular for a short while … and then just fade into the ether, never to return to their previous levels of hype.
That didn’t happen to the Ultra Boost though. We’re on the third version (can you believe it?), and it’s still just as popular as ever. adidas has managed to keep it hot … and it’ll only get hotter with the recent announcement of its addition to adidas’s customization system, miadidas.read more
As adults who wear full-size sneakers, we get lucky a lot. We have a plethora of sneaker options … and it’s every rare that we can’t find a style or color that we want. However, that’s not always the case for the kids.
Shoes that are released in full adult sizes don’t always see a grade school size release. The kids (or adults with smaller feet, shouts to everyone who can fit grade school sizes) sometimes have to take an L because the shoe they want simply isn’t available in their size. It’s a rough world out there.read more
At this point in the sneaker game, it’s a safe bet to assume that any popular performance sneaker will receive a “lifestyle” model sooner or later. On paper, this makes a lot of sense. Performance silhouettes are generally sleek and unique, so throwing casual materials on them and switching to a street-ready style seems like a pretty damn good idea. However, it’s not without its flaws. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Unfortunately, in the case of the recently-announced Nike Dualtone Racer … it didn’t work. If you couldn’t tell from looking at the above image, the Dualtone Racer is based off the infamous Nike Flyknit Racer, a shoe that turned the sneaker game on its head when it first released with its sleek, minimal style and incredibly unique look.read more
Rihanna’s collaborative “Fenty” line with Puma has provided some of the best sneakers and sandals in recent memory. Her “Creepers” were arguably the shoe of the year last year, and her furry Fenty slides were a big hit as well.
However, we’ve gotta say her newest Fenty releases (an R698 and a slide both featuring a large bow) are … well … not really up to snuff.
We understand it’s hard to follow up a release like the Creeper with something better, but these aren’t even close. The bow is a very cool concept, but it’s large and garish and doesn’t work well with the somewhat sleek silhouette of the R698, and it unfortunately doesn’t lend itself too terribly well to the sandal either, even though we will say that they’re marginally better.read more
We’d assume that you missed out on the recent release of the OG Air Max 1’s. It’s cool. We did too. We’re not really even that mad … they’re a very classic shoe, and it’s cool to see that the demand for them is still high.
We’d also assume that you probably missed out on the Air Max 90 Hyperfuse USA pack back in 2013. That’s also OK. We missed those too. We snoozed on them for a while (just like most sneakerheads), and then Kanye wore them and they were gone before we could even turn our heads. Hype happens sometimes, and there’s nothing that you can do about it.read more
If you know me, you know that’s a big deal. I only ever had one Yeezy, the “Turtledove” 350 Boost … which also happens to be the best Yeezy of the bunch in my opinion. I managed to cook on them when I was still working at Finish Line … and I even got an employee discount, which means I paid a whopping $140 for one of the most valuable shoes of the last few years.
And I wore the absolute shit out of them, from the day they showed up. I wore them at Minnehaha Falls for a photoshoot, where they got thrashed. I wore them to events. To parties. To dates in the attempt to impress ladies (that didn’t really work, but hey … nothing ventured, nothing gained!) I wore them frequently, and got more than my money’s worth.read more
Just kidding. The release of the Yeezy PowerPhase won’t be his “greatest test”, we just wanted to say it because it rhymed.
However, the PowerPhase will be a test of sorts: it’ll be a test of how real the Yeezy hype actually is. These aren’t a futuristic, fashion-forwards sneaker like the 350’s and 750’s, nor are they a chunky, military-inspired boot like the 950’s or any of the Season 3 footwear. They’re a plain white leather sneaker that bear a striking resemblance to the Reebok Workout … a shoe that was loved by middle-age aerobics participants the world around when they released.read more
We’ll start today’s article off by acknowledging that we’ve said various parties “need to chill” a lot these past few weeks at KicksOneTwo. We’re cool with that though … there’s been a lot of extra shit going on in the sneaker game recently. From terrible overdone Yeezy customs to bad Team Jordan releases … you just gotta give out a reality check every so often.
The latest person who needs a reality check (as far as we see it) is LaVarr Ball, father of LaMelo, LiAngelo and Lonzo Ball, the three basketball-playing brothers, who’s names you’ve heard left and right if you follow hoops. LaVarr has garnered a reputation for being somewhat forwards and outlandish … but his latest caper might just be his best one yet.read more
Every so often, there’s a sneaker that slips through the cracks. A sneaker that, for whatever reason, doesn’t get the love (and with that love the cultural significance) that it should from the general public. Those shoes have a small (but very dedicated) group of fans that swear by them, and they manage to carve out their own weird niche even though they haven’t gained status with the sneakerhead community.
One of those sneakers is the Nike Footscape. A Nike sportswear release that offers a woven, moccasin-style upper sitting on top of a retro-inspired Nike running sole, the Footscape is a lightweight, unique sneaker that’s ideal for warmer months.read more
Jordan Brand: makers of the great, and the terrible. They’re no stranger to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Unfortunately, we’re discussing the lowest of lows today. To be more specific, we’re asking this: have Jordan “lifestyle” shoes ever not been trash?
The Jordan Express (pictured above) was recently announced, and it’s yet another lifestyle brick from a brand that’s produced some of the best shoes of all time. They’re “inspired” by the Jordan IV’s, but we’d be lying if we said we saw the similarities.read more
Every summer, there’s a style of shoe that rises above the rest. It becomes the shoe of the season, and is seen everywhere from street style shoots to the feet of your neighborhood fresh kid. It’s always fun to try and predict what the shoe of the summer will be … and in 2017 we’re calling that it’s gonna be an Air Max.
Why an Air Max, you might ask? Well, there’s a few reasons.
First off, it seems that sneakerheads are more excited about March’s Air Max Day this year than they have been in a while. Air Maxes are beginning to generate a great amount of hype again, and it’s not unreasonable to think that the Air Max Day hype will carry over into the summer months.read more
We’ll say it for what seems like the 100th time in the past 6 months: adidas is gassed right now. They took the Kanye West wave, used it to establish their cool factor, and spun off a bunch of other great products, and in doing so solidified their place at the top of the sneaker game. Nobody can touch them right now when it comes to innovation and cool factor.
However, there were still some naysayers. Some who said that cool factor doesn’t equate to sales and market value in the major way that it needs to in order to affect a company’s bottom line.read more
Here at KicksOneTwo, we stick to our promises. We promised we’d bring you important updates on the Kaws x Jordan IV, as we’re extremely excited for their release (how could anyone not be??). As the release date (still not specified yet, but we’ve got a hunch it’ll be coming soon with all the info that’s leaking) draws closer, more and more influencers are showing off the shoe … and earlier this week, the infamous Don C posted the first image of the box.
The lid features Kaws’ iconic XX graphic, and also is covered in a light tonal companion hands print. If that wasn’t enough, the Don also blessed us with an on-foot pic of the upcoming shoe.read more
There’s nothing in the sneaker game quite like a DMP pack.
Two Jordans, the numbers of which add up to 23, full of meaning, great details, and excellent packaging. DMP packs were arguably the high point of sneakers when they initially released, and Jordan wisely shelved them for a few years, enabling them to maintain their iconic status.
But it’s that time again. The DMP pack is back in a big way, and sneakerheads around the world are rejoicing. There’s a few differences this go-around, but thankfully in this case, change is a good thing.read more
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re quick to clown on a lot of Jordan Brand’s signature sneakers. They seem completely unable to capture the magic of the retros, and put out forgettable performance shoes year after year. They work great on the court … but they don’t work great in the streets, so they can’t cross over and become true classics.
So when we heard that Russell Westbrook’s first signature Jordan sneaker would be a casual shoe, we were very interested. Russell is one of the better-dressed NBA players, so we wanted to see if Jordan Brand could do him justice with his first release. Long story short, they didn’t.read more
Coogi and Puma. Two brands that have a great history and have established their place in street culture history, Coogi for their loud and colorful sweaters, and Puma for their classic footwear silhouettes.
Since both brands have such a strong heritage, it seems only right that they came together for a collab on one of Puma’s most iconic models, the classic Clyde.
The collection consists of two different Clyde colorways, and co-branded apparel, set to drop sometime later this summer. The first sneaker to release will be the all-over print Clyde pictured at the top of the article … and it’s extremely unique.read more
You might have someone who gets you kicks, and can help you cook on limited releases, but we’re sure of one thing: you don’t have the plug like the man, the myth, the legend, the Nature Boy himself Mr. Ric Flair does.
The above photo was posted by Ric himself on Twitter yesterday, after he supposedly received all the 350’s from Kanye and adidas themselves. We’d like to mention that nobody knows for sure if Kanye himself actually had anything to do with Ric receiving the shoes … but for the sake of a great story, we’d like to think that he did.read more
Our home-grown hip-hop festival has become one of the biggest and best in the world in its first decade of existence, and for their 10-year anniversary they may very well have pulled together their best lineup yet. From major names to underground legends, from some of the best artists of our generation to newcomers, there’s truly something for everyone this year, and we think it just may be safe to say that this is the very best Soundset lineup yet.
Let’s start with the headliner, Travis Scott. Travis is more popular now than he’s ever been, with the recent release of his first #1 album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. He’s a true A-list hip hop superstar and a great choice to headline the festival.read more
Here at KicksOneTwo, we’re of mixed opinions on custom shoes.
We love a simple, clean custom in which the customizer changes the shoe just enough to be unique, but we can’t stand customs in which the customizer slaps the most hyped-up thing he/she can think of on a hyped-up model. We actually dislike that type of custom so much that we wrote an article a little while back about how everyone needs to chill with the Yeezy customs.
Sadly, the customs featured in today’s article fall into that same category. These Supreme/LV customs on an adidas NMD deserve the BIGGEST roast hand.read more