Day After Release: Our Thoughts On The Triple White 350’s

Release day’s behind us. The madness has subsided (somewhat). The hypebeasts have left the mall, and returned to their rooms, where they’ll scheme their next few weeks of Instagram posts until the next hot release, when they’ll re-emerge.

So now that the initial hype has died down, we can look back on the shoe with a slightly more objective point of view (check the rhyme scheme). And what do we think? It’s clean. Very clean. Might just be the best V2 yet … but it’s not enough to swing us back on the Yeezy train. read more


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We Told You That LaVarr Ball Needed To Chill

A few weeks back, we wrote about LaVar Ball. How he needed to chill. How his big mouth and outlandish statements were doing more harm than good. We were (and still are) of the opinion that he’s enjoying the limelight too much, and putting negative attention onto his sons with his behavior instead of letting their play speak for itself.

Well, according to reports it looks like we were completely correct. ESPN’s Darren Rovell (a typically reliable source of information) reported this week that Nike, adidas, and Under Armor aren’t interested in signing Lonzo Ball to a contract. Think this might have something to do with LaVarr? We do. Lonzo stayed quiet and let his excellent play speak for him … but LaVarr’s constant outlandish statements (especially the one he made regarding the package shoe deal for his sons that we touched on in the previous article) has made a kid who could be a solid pitch man for a brand into somewhat of a liability. read more


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Best Of Both Worlds: The Jordan x Converse 2-Pair Pack Will Be Dope

Jordan and Converse. Two brands that fall on opposite ends of the spectrum … but both started out serving the same market. Both were originally manufactured as athletic shoes, and both have branched out to become much more. Both have iconic models and loyal fanbases, and on the business side, both are owned by Nike.

One thing they have in common that you might not know about? Their association with Michael Jordan. That’s right, MJ used to wear Converse while he was at North Carolina, hitting his iconic championship-winning shot in a pair of Pro Leathers. He’s got history with more than one brand, believe it or not. Jordan even came together with Converse for a limited-edition Pro Leather in 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the historic shot. read more


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Forget Yeezys: 4 Heat Pairs Of VaporMax Drop Today

Over the past few weeks, we’ve expressed our growing disdain for the Yeezy 350 Boost here at KicksOneTwo.

Sure, we’ll still report on the releases and cover you with any news and updates because, well … let’s face it: the 350 Boost is still the most popular shoe on the market today, and we can’t deny that the white joints coming out this weekend are extremely clean.

However, we’re tired of all the hype, and frankly are completely ready to move on to the net thing … and we can’t help but believe some (if not most) of you are too. Well, go ahead and forget all about the Yeezys … four great VaporMax are dropping today. read more


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The Pure Money IV Could Be The Shoe Of The Summer

When summer comes around, it’s extremely important that your sneaker game is right. Transitioning from fits you’d wear in the colder months with more layers and darker colors to simpler summer fits with lighter colors and less layers can prove challenging. You’ve got less to wear, so you need to make it count.

Thankfully, it looks like Jordan Brand will have you covered all this summer, as they’re re-releasing one of the best Jordan IV’s of all time, the “Pure Money”. We haven’t seen them since 2010 … and we’ve got to say: we’re extremely excited to see them again, as they’re returning at the perfect time. read more


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We Really Hope This Isn’t The Yeezy Boost 650

We’re sitting here in a state of dismay.

You know that feeling you get when you see something you really don’t like? That odd pit in your stomach? Well that’s what we’re dealing with right now after we saw supposed leaked images of a Yeezy 650 Boost.

We’re normally pretty skeptical of these “leaked images”, as there’s a lot of fake news (both in sneakers and otherwise) on the internet, and stuff like this is often not true, but we’ve got to say … these unfortunately look legit. And by legit, we mean they look like an overgrown rat. They’re large and bulbous, and any charm that was given by the oversize sole on the lowtop 350’s is completely eliminated by the horrible mid-top collar. read more


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Music Mondays: April 24th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you an old favorite off of the A$AP Mob’s “Lord$ Never Worry” tape. Here’s Da$h’s “Dope, Money, Hoes”.


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TODAY: TCSAX 9 At The Cabooze

It’s that time of year again. A time that only comes around twice every 365 days, once in the fall and once in the spring. The 9th edition of TCSAX (Twin City Sneaker Art Xchange), Studiiyo23’s long-running sneaker exchange will be taking over the Cabooze from 12-6 PM today to bring you a sneaker and art experience like none other.

$12 will get you in the door, and will bring you all the sneakers, clothes, art, music, and more that you can handle, plus you can bring three pairs of your own kicks to buy, sell, or trade (we hear you might even be able to get beer at the Cabooze bar too). There will be plenty of great vendors, from sneakerheads with their own tables to local brands plying their wares and it’s one of the few times a year that the whole community gets together, so you’ll have a chance to both see familiar faces and meet new ones. read more


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The Air Max Plus Has Grown Up

Air Max frenzy is still just as real as it was in February and March. Air Max Day is almost a month behind us already, but the hype for Nike’s most famous technology hasn’t died down one bit yet as evidenced by the hype behind the Silver Bullet 97’s and other Nike Sportswear releases.

One Air Max that’s always been somewhat of a cult favorite (especially with the roadman set) is the Air Max Plus. The slightly goofy yet somewhat futuristic design has always had a following, and has usually been released in loud and crazy or simple monochromatic colorways. read more


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It’s Official: The “Cream White” Yeezy 350 Boost V2’s Are Dropping April 29th

Yeezy SZN (and the madness that always surrounds it) is almost upon us again. Ever since the announcement of the “Cream White” 350 Boost V2, the sneaker interwebs have been going nuts … but now we’ve got an official date, so you can expect things to be ramped up to the next level.

April 29th is the official date, and as before the shoes will be priced at $220 for adult’s sizes and $140 for infant sizes. It appears as if the “Cream White” jawns will be more readily available than the last few Yeezy 350 Boost releases too, as more stores than usual will be participating in the adidas Confirmed App raffle. read more


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Lend A Hand: Help Out Our Friend Matt

Here in the Twin Cities, we’ve got a tight-knit sneaker/streetwear community. Everybody knows everybody, and everyone tries to help out when misfortune befalls someone in the community. Unfortunately, misfortune struck our good friend Matt (or LMNO as many call him), the store manager at Phenom (a Minneapolis streetwear/sneaker shop) earlier this week, as he was stabbed while at work. Anyone who knows Matt will tell you he’s a stand-up guy. He loves his kicks and gear, is always quick with a smile and a dap, and he’s someone you can always count on for a good conversation. What happened to him is terrible. He had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, and will likely be away from work for quite a while. Matt’s Phenom family has set up a GoFundMe to help him with his expenses while he recovers (as we all know, life doesn’t stop for anything), and any amount you can spare would be a great help. Matt’s a father, brother, and good friend, and could use a hand in this situation. Hit the link here to check out Matt’s GoFundMe, and donate if you can. Trust us when we say it couldn’t be going to help out a better person. We’re happy to help out in any way we can too, so we’ll be donating a portion of our profits from this next week to the GoFundMe as well. Get well soon Matt! Our thoughts are with you. -KicksOneTwo

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Nike: The Real Winner At The Boston Marathon

The 121st edition of the Boston Marathon was ran this week … and like usual it was an event to remember. From the first woman to ever run in the marathon running again 50 years later to a veteran with a prosthetic leg crossing the finish line, there was a lot to be remembered.

Unfortunately for the event’s sponsor adidas, there’s probably more that they want to forget.

For starters, they sent out a completely tone-deaf email to everyone who finished the marathon that stated “you survived”. You’d think that someone in their marketing department might have pointed out that may have not been the best idea … but they’ve got to hold an L on that one. read more


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Jesse Williams: Very Opinionated On His Kicks

We greatly enjoy Complex’s “Sneaker Shopping” episodes. No matter if the guest is oblivious, or well-versed, the episodes always make for some great entertainment. The recent episode with Allen Iverson was fantastic (even though we all know that he didn’t pay a damn dime for those Reeboks, he’s got a lifetime contract), and the new episode with Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy (lol) fame is quite interesting too.

Remember how we mentioned above that the guests on Sneaker Shopping range from uninformed to knowledgable and opinionated? Jesse definitely falls in the latter category. The man knows his stuff, and clearly has a passion for sneakers, which is a lot of fun to watch. When guests on Sneaker Shopping have opinions, it’s much more fun to listen to them even if you don’t necessarily agree with what they’re saying. read more


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Music Mondays: April 17th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic new project “DAMN”. Here’s “FEAR”.


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You Need To Add A Pair Of adidas Gazelles To Your Rotation

You’re always on the hunt for that perfect summer sneaker. That shoe that’s sleek, but still has some substance. It’s gotta look good with both pants and shorts, and it’s gotta be able to take a bit of a beating too, cause you’re gonna go on some adventures this summer, and you don’t want a shoe that’s going to get thrashed right off the jump.

Well, you’re in luck because we’ve got the perfect sneaker for you: the adidas Gazelle. It’s a classic model that offers everything you could possibly need, and it can easily find a place in your summer sneaker rotation. read more


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Second Chance: You Can Take Another Crack At Grabbing The KAWS Jordan IV’s

There’s no shame in admitting it: you took a major L when the KAWS Jordan IV’s released. It’s cool … we did too. With all the bots, trickery, fuckery, and confusion surrounding the release (just like any other hyped release), it was bound to happen.

Maybe you’ve moved on. Maybe you’re still salty. No matter how you’re feeling, we’re sure you’ll be glad to know what you can get a second crack at grabbing these beautiful shoes, and for retail (not $1,500 +) nonetheless. read more


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Color Blocking On Jordan 1 Midsoles: No Thanks

Jordan Brand has been doing a lot of experimenting with the Jordan I lately, and the results have been somewhat mixed.

As die-hard Jordan I fans, we’ll always prefer the originals, but we understand that a company’s gotta shake shit up every so often to stay ahead of the curve … so we can forgive Jordan Brand for messing around a bit with our favorite model ever. However, we just simply can’t get behind the new color-blocked midsoles on the grade school Jordan I’s that released this week. read more


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Airwalk Back.

If you grew up in the 90’s, there are certain things that were undeniably a part of your childhood. Saturday morning cartoons. Backyard Sports computer games. Having to call your homies on the house phone when you wanted to kick it. Yeah, the 90’s were a great time to be a kid, and there’s a good chance that you tromped through at least a part of them with a pair of Airwalks on your feet.

That’s right, Airwalk. The skate shoe brand that was the coolest of the cool, and then wound up in Payless Shoe Source, essentially completely folding. You never thought you’d see them again, did you? Well, they’re back. read more


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Land Of The Free: The New Nike Frees Will (Obviously) Be A Hit

There’s no shoe in the running market more ubiquitous than the Nike Free. From hardcore runners to weekend warriors to folks who just like wearing running shoes casually and don’t actually do any running (people like us), the Free is by far the most popular shoe on the market.

It’s lightweight. It’s comfy. It’s (somewhat) stylish. It’s one of Nike’s highest-grossing models year after year after year, and deserves your respect off the strength of consistency alone. And we’ve gotta say, Nike is good about updating the Free every so often to keep it fresh. read more


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Third Time’s Not The Charm: Hopefully These Aren’t The Yeezy 350 Boost V3

Sneakerheads and sneaker news sources are always falling over themselves trying to be the first to break news. When there’s a new release, new colorway, or new info of literally any sort, they’re always in a competition to see who can break the news first … and sometimes that’ll lead to incorrect information. We’re hoping the picture at the top of this article is incorrect information.

You see, it was reported earlier this week that this might just be the Yeezy Boost 350 V3. For obvious reasons, we hope it’s not. Just take a look at it: it looks like a poor man’s version of the V2 with the weird mesh pattern on the side and the giant heel tab loops on the back. read more


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Music Mondays: April 10th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks off of Joey Bada$$’s new album, “ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$”. Here’s “Rockabye Baby”, featuring ScHoolboy Q.


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Will The OFF-WHITE Jordan I See A Release?

Collaborative Jordan I’s are always hyped up. From Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment I’s to Don C’s charity-bennifiting BHM I’s, they reach crazy high resell prices and whip the sneaker world at large into a frenzy. Understandable. The I is a terrific shoe (as you probably already know, it’s our personal favorite), and when it’s touched by a designer outside of Nike/Jordan the results are usually somewhat spectacular.

Earlier this week, images leaked of a sample pair of OFF-WHITE Jordan I’s that look to be an interesting take on a Chicago colorway. They feature a strange and unique deconstructed look with the Swoosh held to the shoe with blue thread, and raw edges around the ankle collar, and as expected with anything OFF-WHITE, they’ve got large, bold text both on the inside panel and on the outside midsole. read more


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adidas Is Bringing Innovation To The Next Level With Their 4D Futurecraft Shoe

When it comes to any business, companies are always trying to out-innovate one another. Whoever can push out the latest, greatest, and most tech-filled products will capture the attention (and the pocket money) of the general public.

This is no different in sneakers. The two biggest athletic footwear companies in the world, Nike and adidas are engaged in a constant battle to see who can innovate more and bring the most futuristic technology to the general public, and adidas has struck a big blow in that battle with the recent announcement of their Futurecraft 4D sneaker. read more


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The PG1 Is Helping Resurrect Nike Basketball

Nike Basketball is not what it used to be.

We’ve discussed this frequently here on KicksOneTwo. The resell value isn’t there, the designs aren’t as good, and until recently, most of the price points were too damn high. However, there’s a spark of hope for Nike, and it’s the signature shoe of a lanky, athletic Indiana Pacer, Paul George.

The PG1 hit the market recently, and it’s already won many a fan over with its clean, simple low-top design that doesn’t look way too techy (one of the major downfalls of the LeBron line in recent years), and its easily digestible price point ($110 for a signature sneaker? Have we gone back in time 10 years?). The shoe’s cool enough to wear in the streets, but performs wonderfully on the court too, as many of George’s Pacer teammates have labeled it the best sneaker they’ve ever played in. That’s a pretty damn good endorsement if we do say so ourselves. read more


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Like NMD’s? Today’s Your Day

There’s a good chance you’re a fan of the adidas NMD. Since their initial release back in 2015, the NMD has become the go-to shoe for many a sneakerhead owing to its lightweight comfort and versatility (the hype around adidas helped too). It’s available in a multitude of colors and styles, and there’s an NMD out there for just about anyone.

The rough thing about the NMD though is it can sometimes be hard to cop. Due to its popularity, it tends to sell out fast, so if you’re not on top of things, you won’t be getting your pair. You’re in luck today though: adidas will be restocking 19 (that’s right, 19) colorways of their most popular shoe in men’s and women’s sizes. read more


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The Jordan I Royal “Satin” Release Was Handled The Right Way

The Jordan I “Royal” release is officially in the books. The madness has died down, and the sneaker game is in a state of calm … at least until the next hyped release drops and gets everyone all gassed up again.

Now that some time has passed, we can look back upon the release with a different perspective. How was it handled? How did everything go? Pretty well, in fact. There was some fuckery, both from stores and customers, but that’s to be expected. Nothing too out of the ordinary. read more


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The Best Design Didn’t Win Nike’s Air Max Day Contest

It’s been over a week since Nike’s Air Max Day contest ended, and we’re still salty about the results. Twelve “visionaries” entered, with only one poised to walk away as the winner … and the winner was Round Two head honcho Sean Wotherspoon with his vintage-inspired Air Max 97 and Air Max 1 hybrid pictured above. The only thing is … we don’t feel like he deserved to win.

Don’t get us wrong: we rock with Sean heavy. He seems like a really great guy who’s completely obsessed with his business (something we really respect), and his pair is cool too. But it’s not the coolest … and it seems as if he was a shoo-in to win from the start. read more


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Music Mondays: April 3rd

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you the only thing anyone’s been listening to all weekend. Here’s Kendrick Lamar’s amazing new track, “Humble”.


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Can The Air Woven Be A Hit In 2017?

The Nike Air Woven. A shoe that was well ahead of its time when it originally released in 2000, and only in Japan. A shoe that offers a sleek look with a slip-on design that ensures it can be worn both with and without socks. A classic, innovative shoe in Nike’s catalog that was well ahead of its time.

Here we are in 2017, and the Air Woven is back. Upon its original release, it was somewhat of a niche shoe, as the style wasn’t really in at the time (think more chunky shoes like Air Force 1’s), but it’s developed a cult following over the years, and the sleek, minimalist style that it offered is very much in in 2017. read more


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Ronnie Fieg Is Taking It Back To 1995 With His Gel Diablo

Spring is here … and the gawd Ronnie Fieg is back. He’s been quiet on the sneaker front since he blessed us with the adidas City Sock 2 a few weeks back, but gawds only stay quiet for so long, and Ronnie has spoken loudly with his latest collab, this new Asics Gel Diablo.

There’s a good chance that you have never heard of the Gel Diablo before, but that’s what Ronald does: he pulls old models out of the Asics vault and breathes new life into them. He’ll take a shoe that you’ve never heard of before, and make it relevant for the current day and age. read more


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