“Pride” Sneakers: Cultural Statement … Or Good Marketing?

Sneaker companies love releasing themed collections nowadays. Christmas, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, you name it and there’s probably a sneaker (if not a few) that are released to commemorate the occasion.

One thing sneaker companies love to commemorate is LBGTQ pride. No matter if it’s pride day, weekend, or month, Nike, adidas, and more brands love to release colorful kicks to show their unity with the LBGTQ community. It’s lead to some interesting collabs and some colorful kicks … but we’ve gotta wonder just one thing: are these sneakers a real cultural statement and a show of support, or just some masterful marketing? read more


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The New DMP Pack Celebrates MJ’s Last Championship In Style

There’s nothing quite like a Jordan DMP pack. Two great shoes in one set celebrating a dope part of Michael Jordan’s career? Yeah, they’re just as much of a winner as they sound like, and the newest DMP release continues that tradition.

It consists of a XIII and and XIV done up in a white/gold and a black/gold colorway to commemorate MJ’s last championship in 1998. Quick backstory for those of you who might not be familiar: Michael wore the XIII’s for the first five games, and then switched to the XIV’s (marking the first time they’d ever been seen by the general public) for the last two. read more


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Music Mondays: May 29th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger from Cousin Stizz and G-Eazy. Here’s “Neimans Barneys”


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Be True: A Special Colorway Of The Nike Vapormax Is Incoming

Each and every year, Nike releases their “Be True” collection to support and honor the LGBQT community in sports and beyond. It’s always bright and colorful, and usually sells out quickly.

It’s looking like it’ll be as hyped as ever this year too, as Nike has announced that the VaporMax (their best shoe out right now, fight us) will be releasing as part of the pack. It features a blue and purple Flyknit upper over a VaporMax sole that’s a shockingly beautiful 8-color pattern. We can’t say for sure, but we wouldn’t be terribly surprised if these colorful jawns were the most sought-after VaporMax since the Comme des Garçons collab. read more


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TOMORROW: Soundset At The State Fairgrounds

It’s going down tomorrow.

One of the biggest and best hip-hop festivals in the world is happening in our city, as it does on the Sunday before Memorial Day every year.

Yes, Soundset is here again. And even with recent cancellations (Mac Miller just backed out yesterday and Kevin Gates is in jail), it’s still arguably the best lineup to date. Gucci Mane. Travis Scott. Pusha T. TI. The St4ndard. The list goes on and on and on.

And it’s more than just the music too. There’s a car show. Live painting. Booths (Minneapolis’s finest vendors will be in the house). Head over to the Fifth Element website, grab some tickets (if there are any left when this goes live  … they might just sell out), and get ready to head over to the State Fairgrounds tomorrow. It’ll certainly be an event to remember. read more


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Transforming Yeezys Into Sandals Is The Worst Thing Takashi Murakami Has Ever Done

Takashi Murakami is one of the greatest artists of our generation. His sculptures, paintings, and album covers (Kanye West’s Graduation still boasts some of the best album artwork of all time thanks to Takashi-pom) have influenced many, and the mark he’s left on the cultural landscape is nothing short of amazing.

However, with that kind of longevity it was inevitable that he did something less than great sooner or later … and that something that was less than great was a pair of shoes. read more


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The New Balance 990: Not Just For Your Grandad

There are certain shoes on the market that are going to be associated with older folks off the strength. Shoes that are usually worn with calf-high socks and cargo shorts. Shoes commonly found at retirement homes.

The New Balance 990 is one of those shoes. For most, when you bring it up, they see it as a shoe for old folks. But it’s more than just that.

The 990 is a low-key fashion icon, as strange as that sounds. Everyone from normcore (yes, that’s still a thing) nerds to Lil Uzi Vert (who loves the shoe so much he even rapped “990, that’s the Newbies” in “Canadian Goose” rock the 990’s heavy, and despite what you may think, they’re not a shoe that just belongs in your granddad’s closet. read more


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The Nike SF-AF1 Mid: An Interesting Take On The Original

The Nike SF-AF1 has become one of our favorite new shoes currently on the market.

But it didn’t start that way. We were iffy at first. We thought they were a bit too Yeezy-esque. We didn’t like the look. But they grew on us. More and more fire colorways kept releasing, and as we saw more street style shoots, we came around on them.

Because of that, we’re more willing to give the new SF-AF1 Mids a chance than we’d normally be. What made the SF-AF1 unique was its super high high top, something that’s not present on the mid. The mid looks like a cross between an AF1 Mid and an AF1 High … so it’s unique to say the very least. The ‘Tiger Camo” pair at the top of this article will be the first colorway to debut, and we’re interested to see what the response will be like. read more


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Day N’ Night: The New Vapormax Pack Is Very Dope

The Nike VaporMax is a great shoe. Clean, futuristic, wearable, and comfortable. It’s killing things on the collaborative side too. The CDG VaporMax are one of the most valuable shoes of the year so far, and the recently-announced CLOT collaboration is making waves all of its own too.

However, we’re here today to talk about the “Day To Night Pack”. 5 colorways of the VaporMax, representing the turn of day to night. Arctic Pink, Violet Dust, Glacier Blue, Blue Orbit, and College Navy. 5 tonal unisex colors that bridge the gamut from morning to evening. read more


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Music Mondays: May 22nd

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you new banger from Travis Scott and Playboi Carti. Here’s “Green & Purple”


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The Stan Smith Boost: A Lowkey Hit

As a rule of thumb, we’re pretty iffy on updated versions of classic shoes. Like we’ve mentioned before, sometimes the combination of old and new just flat-out works, and other times it looks garish and clashes terribly. There’s not a lot of middle ground as far as we’re concerned … it’s either pretty good or pretty bad. Thankfully the Stan Smith Boost falls into the former category and not the latter.

The Boost replaces the classic rubber midsole perfectly, and is not really all that noticeable unless you’re looking directly at it. That’s how updated classics should be: all the subtle detail of the original with just a little bit of modern flair for cultural purposes. You won’t notice the Boost midsole unless you’re looking for it … but you will notice and appreciate the new-age comfort. read more


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The Whole “Calabasas” Thing Can Go Away Any Time Now

Kanye West has really, truly got the Midas touch.

Any word, font, or colorway he likes is automatically a hit. Just look at any of his Calabasas stuff. A random city in California. A font that’s already been ripped off a million times. A bunch of cool but overpriced sportswear that blew off the shelves like nobody’s business. It’s impressive. His brand is all-powerful.

However, with all that hype comes a whole lot of fatigue, and we’ve gotta say that we’re flat-out tired of the Calabasas stuff. It’s been ripped off so many times that even the real product is hardly cool anymore … and the Yeezy customs by Mache at the top of this article are a prime example. read more


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The “Camo Pack” Jordan I’s: Pretty Dope

Any long-time KicksOneTwo reader knows at least two things about us: we generally praise Jordan I’s, and we generally are iffy on customs. However, we have enjoyed many a custom Jordan I … especially any camo pair. So needless to say … we’re pretty hyped on the new Jordan I “Camo Pack” that’s dropping soon (there’s no official release date just yet).

The shoes will be offered in two different colorways, the “Shadow” and the “Banned”. The “Shadow” colorway features a grey, white, and black tonal look while the “Banned” colorway trades in the tonal styling for some bright red accents. Both aren’t the best summer shoes … but would be perfect for the fall/winter months, and both sport a new “Air 23” graphic on the heel. read more


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LaVarr Ball Is Back … And Now He Wants $3 Billion

Lavarr Ball and herpes have a lot in common. They’re both annoying. They both won’t ever go away (just disappear for a little while) … and they both have a bad habit of popping up when you really don’t want to see them.

We’re exaggerating a little bit. Lavarr isn’t quite as bad as herpes. Sure, we dragged him a few weeks back when it was announced that none of the major shoe companies wanted to sign Lonzo (guess they weren’t going for the $1 billion package deal with LiAngelo and LaMelo that LaVarr wanted), and then we shook our heads in disbelief when he released his own $495 shoe. That was some of the most ridiculous sports-related news of the whole year. But even so, we’ve got to give LaVarr his props. Sure, he’s annoying as all hell .. but he’s managed to keep his sons in or around the headlines for the better part of a year, and shows no signs of slowing down. That’s impressive, if nothing else. read more


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The OFF-WHITE Jordan I’s Are Even Crazier Than We Thought

We promised we’d keep you up to date on the OFF-WHITE Air Jordan I’s, one of the craziest and most hyped-up shoes in recent memory … and we’re doing just that today. The most extensive selection of on-foot images hit the Internet earlier this week, courtesy of Hypebeast, and we’re even more gassed about the shoes now than we were when the release was originally announced.

We were somewhat tentative about how the extremely deconstructed look would work on foot (keep in mind that some shoes look better on display than they do when they’re actually being rocked), but these jawns look CRAZY on feet. They’re surprisingly clean, and even though they look like they just might fall apart at a moment’s notice, the clean and bold branding helps tie them back together. read more


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Fear Not, The “Arctic Orange” Just Don II’s Will Be Available In Men’s Sizes Soon.

There was a good amount of disappointment in the sneaker world this weekend. Sure, that’s something that’s bound to happen whenever there’s a hyped release, but the disappointment was twofold these last couple days.

Many a sneakerhead took an L on the “Arctic Orange” Just Don II’s. That’s the common part. The uncommon part? Many a sneakerhead didn’t even get the chance to try and cop. The shoes were a infant, pre-school, and grade school exclusive, so anyone with a medium to large size foot was totally out of luck. With a shoe that’s as hyped as these bad boys, you already know there was some salt involved for a sneakerhead or two. read more


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Music Mondays: May 15th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we’re bringing you an amusing new track courtesy of Rich Chigga, XXXtentacion, and Keith Ape. Here’s “Gospel”


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SNKRS Stash: The Pokemon Go Of Sneakers

Ever since the Nike SNKRS app was first made available as an exclusive, invite-only way to get kicks, the game changed. Sneakerheads all over the world thirsted for an invite, and Nike proved once again that they were ahead of the curve.

Then, the app opened up to all, and it became an easy way to purchase kicks on the go. Now, things are changing up again. Nike recently announced the newest updated to SNKRS, SNKRS Stash. Wondering what it is? It’s pretty much the Pokemon Go of sneakers. read more


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The “OG” NMD Colorway Is Returning Again, This Time On The XR1

There’s no denying it, adidas LOVES what they call the “OG” colorway of their NMD’s. We’ve mentioned a few times before that we think it’s a bit rich to say that a shoe that’s only been around for few years has an “OG” colorway, but that’s neither here nor there.

It was recently announced that the “OG” colorway would be making yet another return, this time on the NMD XR1. The classic red, blue, black, and white colorway is back yet again … but at least this time, the shoe is blessed with a premium leather heel tab. We don’t really like the XR1 as much as the R1 (we think that the plastic cage around the midfoot is just a little too busy for such a sleek shoe), but these are one of the cleanest XR1’s we’ve seen yet, up there with the Masterminds … even though they probably won’t approach those in value. read more


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The Jordan I “Wings”: Not Taking Flight

I believe I can fly … I believe I can touch the sky … I think about it every niiiight and daaaay…

We’re sorry. When writing about any Jordan “Wings” release, we find it challenging to not break into our finest R. Kelly impersonation. When the first Wings came out, the XII’s, we were singing loud.  They were fire. One of the best and most unique sneakers we’ve seen in a long time.

But now the Wings I’s are here, and we don’t love them nearly as much as the XII’s. This isn’t common for us. We love most Jordan I’s, but these? Can’t even do it. They look like a tarnished statue, and not in a cool old Roman or Greek sculpture way … like in a whack cheap statue you’d find in a thrift store kind of way. read more


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Why Are Kids’ Shoes Getting So Expensive?

There’s a good chance that if you’re here reading a KicksOneTwo article, you don’t mind dropping a good chunk of change on a pair of shoes. As long as you like them enough, and you think you can flex in them (we know you can), then you’ll go ahead and pony up the dough. We get it. We’re the same way.

There’s also a chance that you may have kids. We’re not sure if you do or not (we’d assume that some of our readers do as we have a diverse audience), but we’re sure you buy them shoes too. The one question we’d have to ask: would you buy expensive kids shoes? read more


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BrandBlack & Weartesters: An Extremely Interesting Collab

When you see a sneaker collab, especially a performance footwear collab, it’s usually a very high-profile thing. A brand links up with an A-list athlete for a heavily marketed, highly technical, “revolutionary” sneaker. It’s a song and dance that we’ve all see before, and as dope as it is, it’s great to see some new things every so often. Thankfully, BrandBlack is bringing us a new thing with their latest collaboration.

They’re not collaborating with a professional athlete (even though they’ve got names like Jamal Crawford on their roster). They’re collaborating with noted shoe review group WearTesters, headed up by Chris Chase … better known to most as Nightwing 2303. read more


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Are Virgil Abloh’s Nike Collabs Getting Excessive?

Virgil Abloh. The man behind famous street fashion/high end brand OFF-WHITE (it’s kind of a hybrid, but the prices are definitely high-end) is a designer in the truest sense of the word, willing to lay his hands on anything and everything in the pursuit of making something unique and dope.

What’s he been designing recently? Nike sneakers, it seems.

Image after image of Virgil’s designs have hit the internet, from Jordan I’s to Jordan III’s to Air Force I’s and Air Max, there’s a sneaker for every type of sneakerhead. Virgil seems locked in, and it seems that Nike is willing to collaborate with him on an extremely major level. read more


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Music Mondays: May 8th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a HEATER of a new track from Cousin Stizz. Here’s “Jo Bros”.


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The Jordan I Flyknit: A No-Go In Our Book

We love Jordan I’s. They’re simple. They’re classic. They’re clean. They’ve been out for over 30 years, and are STILL one of the best shoes on the market. We’ll love them forever, and we usually love it when Nike puts a fresh spin on them … but the recently-unveiled Jordan Flyknit I doesn’t really float our boat. If you’re wondering where the above image is from, it was captured at a Spurs-Blazers playoff game in Portland recently.

We love Flyknit, and we love Jordan I’s but two great things don’t always come together to make an even better thing, and that’s unfortunately the case here. The classic look of the Jordan I and the futuristic look of the Flyknit just don’t come together right. read more


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Stadium GoodsIs Plugging On The Pure Money IV’s

We’re hyped on the Pure Money IV’s. We think that they’re a great sneaker, and will be killer this summer. Even though the hype for Jordans isn’t what it once was, we still think that these will be a banger, and we were so gassed when we first heard the news that we even wrote an article about them. They drop next week, and we’re still hyped.

However, you might not want to wait for the drop. That’s understandable. When you’re looking for a fire pair, sometimes playing the waiting game isn’t something that you’re interested in doing. But paying extra for an early pair isn’t going to be something you want to do either (unless you’ve got money to blow like that). Thankfully, Stadium Goods has got you covered. read more


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1-2 Punch: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Have The Best-Selling Shoes In The NBA

It’s a good time to be a Cavs fan. Your team’s doing well in the playoffs and look like they’re primed to repeat. You’ve got the best player in the game (yeah, we said it), an elite point guard, and a strong supporting cast. Your team’s on the up-and-up like usual … and their shoes are selling too.

Forbes.com recently reported that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s signature shoes are the #1 and #2-selling signature basketball shoes on the market, and even in a down market for signature sneakers, this is something to be proud of. LeBron’s recent price drop on his shoes (they’re no longer $200) appears to have worked in his favor, and Kyrie’s lightweight, affordable and well-designed shoes are clearly moving just as well as always. read more


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Matt Powell’s Article On 2017’s Q1 In Sneakers: Fascinating.

Matt Powell’s been writing about sneakers for years.

He works for NPD Group, a company that analyzes trends in retail and sales (Powell handles athletic footwear), and breaks down why things happen the way they do. He just released his report on the first quarter of 2017 in footwear … and it’s interesting to say the least.

Nike had 4 of the 5 best-selling shoe models in the first quarter (the Jordan IV, the Jordan VI, the Jordan XII and the Huarache) but still saw a sales loss in the high single-digits, while adidas only had one model in the top 5 (the classic Superstar), but adidas’s sales grew close to an incredible 85%. You probably weren’t wondering about Under Armor, but in the event you were, their footwear sales declined in the double digits. read more


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The All-Black Jordan I Is Going To Be Crazy

We’re geeking out over here at KicksOneTwo. Yes, it’s about Jordan I’s. Can you blame us? Just look at the beautiful shoes in the image above. The clean, smooth all-black colorway. The buttery looking leather. These are reminiscent of the 2001 Japan-exclusive Jordan I’s that have gained legendary status among sneaker collectors all over the globe, with the only real difference being the red “Nike Air” hit on the tongue.

We stated in yesterday’s article that I’s have either been blowing off the shelves or sitting around recently … and we’re of the opinion that these jawns will blow off the shelves before you can say “perfect fall and winter shoes”. read more


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Will The Metallic Red Jordan I Fare Better Than Its Navy Counterpart?

Despite our love for the Jordan I, we won’t argue that there aren’t many shoes on the market more hot and cold than the classic high top. The shoe will either blow out the day of release (like the Royal I’s did recently) or reach super-duper-deep discount status at Nike outlets all over the country (like the yin-yang pack I’s did).

So with the release of the classic Metallic Red I’s on the horizon (May 6th to be specific), we can’t help but wonder: will they sell out, or will they sit on shelves and hit outlets like the Metallic Navy did? read more


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Music Mondays: May 1st

Welcome to May! For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite tracks from The Game’s “1992” album. Here’s “92 Bars”


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