The Faces Of 2017: A Film Photography Retrospective

It was a wild year, wasn’t it?

2017 is almost in the books, and as I reminisce on a year gone by, I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to all the people that made it so memorable. I shared great experiences with friends and loved ones both old and new, and created memories that I’ll keep with me forever.

And thankfully I was able to document those memories. Over the course of the year I shot film photos of the people around me, starting with a small Pentax IQ Zoom 120Mi, before upgrading to a Yashica Micro Elite Zoom 120, and finally a Yashica T2 (my favorite film camera I’ve owned). 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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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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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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Music Mondays: March 20th

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you one of our favorite songs off of Smino’s excellent new project “Blkswn”. Here’s “Anita”


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Russell Westbrook’s Jordan 0.2: Not That Bad

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


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Kevin Plank and Donald Trump: Simply Awful

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”. read more


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The Most Lit Sneaker Of 2017 Arrives This Weekend

We’re not even halfway through the first month of 2017, and the competition for the most lit sneaker of the year is already completely, totally, unequivocally over. You can’t fuck with a Monarch … and you absolutely, positively can’t fuck with a special edition Monarch.

Normcore gawd and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will take to the sideline for this weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions rocking the special-edition Monarchs pictured above … and the Lions might as well pack up and head back to the Motor City right now, because with heat this severe on the Seahawks sideline, they really don’t stand a chance. read more


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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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Rio 2016: A Lit Sneaker Olympics

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Every 4 years when the Olympics come around, we’re treated to lots of great shoes. Brands bring out their latest and greatest to showcase on the world’s biggest stage … and sneakerheads get a chance to immerse themselves in dozens of Olympic collections, collaborations, and colorways. Each and every Olympic Games has their own special releases, but Rio 2016 may very well be one of the best Olympics in terms of sneakers yet, as every brand that dropped special products came correct. read more


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Starting Five: KicksOneTwo Founder & Editor Ross Dwyer (Part 3)

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It’s that time again. Summer is upon us, and with the warm weather comes an entirely new sneaker rotation. I checked in at the beginning of fall last year to show you what I was rocking…and now the rotation has completely switched up, so a new Starting Five is in order. Here’s everything I’m going to be rocking heavy this summer. And yes, there’s some dirt and grime on some of them. They’re being rocked. Wear your shoes (word to Mayor). Let’s get it. read more


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The Best Spots For Sneaker Photography In Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is a great city. It’s a melting pot of cultures, design, and art, and no matter where you’re at, be it far South or far North, you can always manage to find something dope. And if you like to take photos? Then you’re really in luck, as there’s tons of spots that provide scenic backdrops and great photo opps.

We love taking photos. Sneaker photos specifically (we are a sneaker-based website after all). Over our years of taking photos, we’ve developed a list of favorite places to go shoot…so we’re going to go ahead and list them off so you can get to snapping too. Without any further ado, here’s the best spots for sneaker photography in Minneapolis. read more


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TCSAX 7 Photo Recap pt. 2: On-Foot Pics

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Round 2. We’re back with the second part of our TCSAX 7 photo recap, the on-foot pictures. There was a lot of heat at the event (arguably the most ever), and we’ve got it all for you right below. We’ve even included several IG handles if you’re feeling friendly and want to toss any of these fine folks a follow.

If you want to use any of the photos yourself, that’s fine by us. We do it for the community. All we ask is that you be sure to give us the photo credit! Without further ado…here’s the on-foot (and a few off-foot for fun too) pics from TCSAX 7. read more


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Music Mondays: March 21st

For today’s edition of Music Mondays, we bring you a banger off of our favorite Soundcloud account (you guessed it, AWGE Shit). Here’s “VLONE Thug” by Playboi Carti and UnoTheActivist.


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The Lowdown On TCSAX 7

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It’s almost that time of year again.

That’s right, the 7th installment of the Twin City Sneaker Art Exchange is almost upon us, and it’s  a can’t-miss event for any Minnesota sneakerhead, music lover, or art aficionado. Taking place on April 10th at the Mayo Clinic Square from 12-6 PM, everything great about sneakers and sneaker culture will be under one roof.

In the market to buy, sell, or trade some kicks? There will be tables full of them. Want to hear some dope local music? Several artists from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area will be blessing the mic. Love art? Local artists will have their wares on display. There will also be giveaways from both local and national brands. read more


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Staff Top Three – 2015 Pickups and Favorites

January 1st. New year, new possibilities, new days to cop new kicks. We’re in for a great year of sneakers, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Every year, there’s a few shoes that really stand out to you, weather they were your favorite pickups or kicks you get a lot of wear out of, and we thought we’d share the shoes that stood out to us. Bobby’s showing his three favorite pickups of the year (shoes that he picked up in the past 12 months, not just shoes that released in the past 12 months, and I’m showing off the three shoes that I got the most wear out of. Let’s go. read more


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Shameless Instagram Plug IV

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As some of you may have noticed, (or not noticed at all), I haven’t posted an article in around two weeks now. Finals week got the best of me, and I had to focus my time hitting the books instead of doing something cool like writing for KicksOneTwo. Now that finals week is over and Winter break has begun, it’s only right that I come back to the site with an absolute BANGER of an article, right??

Well… Sorry to disappoint.

I figure another Instagram plug is well overdue since Ross and I have been taking the most fire shots of our lives lately. I promise you – you will not be disappointed. read more


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Release Fatigue Continues

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Release fatigue is a very real thing.

These last few months, more than any other time in the last few years, there are release-date sneakers sitting on the shelves. Starting with the “Marvin the Martian” Jordan VII’s, shoes have been sitting on the shelves for weeks (if not months) after their initial release date. Why is this, you might ask?

Sneakers are as popular as they have ever been. But, as discussed in past articles, the sneaker bubble is starting to burst. With the wide swath of new releases that drop every single week, you just can’t keep up to pace. It doesn’t help that this is one of Jordan Brand’s weakest seasons in recent memory and a rough year for retail sales as a whole, but shoes just aren’t moving as fast as they used to. read more


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Music Mondays: November 23rd

The KicksOneTwo staff has really been enjoying British hip-hop recently, so for today’s edition of Music Mondays we bring you a smash from JME. Featuring Giggs, here’s “Man Don’t Care”


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Starting Five: Dallas Camp

Happy Halloween! Today we’re bringing you a very rare Starting Five. Our homie Dallas was kind enough to let us shoot the five kicks that he’s currently got in rotation. There’s a lot of fire in this Starting Five, so make sure that your monitor doesn’t overheat while you’re checking out the pictures. Without further ado, here’s Dallas’s five!

1. Jordan Black Infrared VI

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Dallas Says: The silhouette of the Jordan VI is dope, and this is such a clean colorway. It’s the first shoe Mike won a ring in too, what’s not to love? read more


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Can You Ever Really “Retire” From The Sneaker Game?

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There’s always those moments in the sneaker game where you think you’ve had enough. Maybe you’ve struck out on one too many releases. Maybe you’re sick of resellers. Maybe you’re just having one of those days where you can’t help but think “Damn, why do I have so many boxes stacked up in my house?”

Sometimes when unfortunate instances like the ones listed above come up, you think about hanging it up. About getting out of the game. About “retiring” from sneakers, a la Jeremy Guthrie. read more


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Starting Five: Jordan Bachmeier

We’re back.

That’s right, we’ve got an all-new Starting Five, courtesy of our good friend Jordan, who was kind enough to let us shoot the five kicks that are currently in his rotation (and their doubles of course…you’ve got to be sure to keep two pairs on deck if at all possible). Let’s get right to it!

1. Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High

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Jordan Says: The red AF1’s were my favorite colorway out of the three Supreme released last year. I threw the white laces in my everyday pair, they contrast so well with the white upper. read more


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The Five Best Pieces From The Supreme F/W ’15 Line

If you’ve been online at all this past week, you’ve seen the internet going nuts (word to Paul Wall) over Supreme‘s F/W ’15 offerings. One of their strongest collections in recent memory, the line includes everything from dope overcoats, to a baseball jersey inspired by 1980’s White Sox uniforms to dope trinkets like crowbars and air horns, there’s something for everyone.

Now that I’ve had a few days to absorb the line as a whole, I’ve been able to narrow my favorite pieces down to five, which I’ll present in order as well as spend a little time discussing why I’m so fond of each piece. Let’s get right to it! read more


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Starting Five: Ross Dwyer (Part II)

We’re back with a new edition of Starting Five, and this time around, we’re doing our first ever re-visit.

I did the first ever Starting Five here on KicksOneTwo, and since a substantial amount of time has passed since then, my rotation has changed as well. Here’s the five kicks that I’m currently rocking the most!

1. Nike Air Huarache Run PA “White/Gum”

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I’m usually not the biggest all-white sneaker fan, but these were too clean to pass up. The ostrich-pattern white leather upper with the gum sole? C’mon son. I actually passed on these when they first dropped, but when I got a second chance to grab them, I couldn’t pass it up. They’re just so easy to throw on with any summer fit..and the comfort is A1 too. read more


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Kick Pic: July 19th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of Jahmade rocking one of his most-worn pairs of kicks, the “Wino” Nike Zoom Janoski SB’s.


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Kick Pic: July 14th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of Ross rocking the Asics Gel Lyte V “Brazil” (the Kithstrike edition of course, note the rope laces).


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Staff Pickups: Yeezy Boost 350

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Yeezy season.

This last weekend, Ross was lucky enough to grab a pair of the Yeezy Boost 350’s online, and you know we had to get some snaps as soon as they arrived. Enjoy the pictures, and if you’re in the market for a pair, head to eBay or Flight Club…and make sure your wallet is ready.

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Staff Pickups: Fendi Zucca

After a short hiatus, we’re back with another edition of Staff Pickups, and this one’s a little different than past editions.

Why’s that, you might ask? Well for this edition, we’re bringing you a high-end designer sneaker, the Fendi Zucca to be specific. Check a few pictures below!

(Editor’s note: These are so dope I couldn’t even wait until after I took pictures to wear them! My favorite shoes I’ve copped in a while).

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Kick Pic: May 26th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of Ross rocking the Jordan I “Chicago”, with a lace swap for good measure.


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BLVCK SPVCE Is Performing At The Soundset Pre-Party Tomorrow.

It’s that time of year again.

Soundset, the annual Rhymesayers-hosted hip-hop festival boasting performances from the likes of J. Cole and Big Sean is this Sunday. As always, there’s a pre-party and an afterparty.

But the pre-party is a little different this year. KicksOneTwo homies BLVCK SPVCE will be performing at First Ave with several other artists.

We’ll let you know right now: If you’ve never been to a BLVCK SPVCE show before (or even if you have), this is one you can’t miss, as they’re guaranteed to tear the roof off the building. Check the flier below for more event info, and be sure to grab your tickets today. read more


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Kick Pic: May 21st

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As today is Thursday, it’s only right we bring you a throwback picture. Here’s a snap of some dope custom “Melo” XI’s our friend Salvatore whipped up for TCSAX V. If you’re so inclined, you can check out the original article here.


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Starting Five: Jessica Yeang

It’s back, and it’s better than ever. You read the title right, we’ve got an all-new Starting Five for you, featuring one of the waviest female sneakerheads in Minnesota,  our girl Jessica. With everything from Jordans to Flyknit to Air Max, (and some great backdrops thanks to the Walker Sculpture Garden) it’s a dope and varied rotation.

1. Nike Flyknit Rosherun “Multicolor” 

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Flyknit is one of my favorite sneaker materials and the Roshe is one of my favorite silhouettes, so obviously the Flyknit Roshe has gotta make an appearance on my Starting Five. The multicolor is by far the best color way of the many that have released so far. read more


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Kick Pic: May 14th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of Ross rocking the “Triple White” Air Max 90’s (an ’07 pair to be specific)


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Kick Pic: April 2nd

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As it’s Thursday, we thought it would be only right to bring you a throwback pic. Here’s a snap of all the shoes in Midas’s Starting 5. If you didn’t see that when it dropped, you can check it out here.


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Kick Pic: March 10th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap full of Jordan I’s. Here’s (from left to right) Jahmade, Ross, and DW rocking the “Shadows” “Breds” and “Royals”.


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Staff Pickups: Jordan I AJKO “Sport Blue/Royal

At TCSAX this last weekend, I was lucky enough to grab a pair of AJKO’s for a steal. Some might call them the “Sport Blue”, and some might call them the “Royal”, but whatever you call them, you can’t pass up a dope pair of kicks for a good price. Check out a few snaps below!

(And the shoe really is blue and black, not white and gold)

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TCSAX 5 Recap Part 2: On Feet

Continuing with yesterday’s coverage of TCSAX 5 at the Target Center, we bring you all the on feet pictures from the event. There’s fire at every TCSAX, but TCSAX 5 just might have had the most fire yet. Check the snaps below!

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Yoseph was rocking a volt/black colorway of the Flyknit Trainers.

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Bill threw a nifty lace swap in his Melo I’s

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Jacob showed love to the Jordan I as well, rocking the black/white colorway.

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But that’s not all for I’s. Joe was on the I train as well, rocking the recently released Laser I’s. read more


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Staff Pickups: Jordan 1 “Do The Right Thing”

This weekend, I was able to grab a pair of the Jordan I “Do The Right Thing” (or “Sea Green”, or “Metallic Green” depending on who you ask). They’re in pretty good shape, and for only $60, there was no reason to not pull the trigger! Check out a few snaps below.

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Kick Pic: February 15th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we’re continuing this week’s trend of Jordan Future pictures. Here’s a snap of K12’s own Jahmade rocking the “Infrared” Jordan Future Premium. Look at that 3M!


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Starting Five: Midas Thompson

For this edition of Starting Five, we bring you the five kicks in our good friend Midas Thompson’s rotation. With everything from Adidas to classic Jordan Brand Randy Moss trainers, there’s something for everyone here. Check it out!

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1. Nike Hyperdunk “Aston Martin DB9”

I really like Aston Martin, and the execution on this shoe was flawless. It’s the exact same colorway as the car that Kobe jumped over in that infamous video. Super comfortable and made with premium materials. read more


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Sneak Peek: Jordan IV “Oreo”

The “Oreo” Jordan IV’s don’t release until February 21st, but KicksOneTwo thought it was only right to bring you a few early snaps. The quality and construction of these IV’s is on point, and the leather is very soft and supple. Check out a few pictures below, and let us know if you’re planning to cop next month!

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Kick Pic: January 20th

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For today’s Kick Pic, we bring you a snap of KicksOneTwo homie Midas rocking some Bred I’s. He also insisted that his favorite SB’s ever were in the snap…can you name ’em?


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Kick Pic: January 16th

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Today’s Kick Pic isn’t a picture of sneakers. It’s a funny little note that should give anyone who’s ever had their sneaker buying habits questioned a chuckle.

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