What Would Drake Leaving Jordan For Adidas Mean?

“If Nike ain’t have Drizzy man, they wouldn’t have nothin!”

Hours before the clock struck midnight on December 31st, 2015, Kanye West released “Facts,” a now-legendary diss track with most of its venom and vitriol aimed at Nike, his former creative partner. He mentioned that they “treat employees just like slaves,” mocked them for having to give LeBron James a billion dollars not to “run away,” and most memorably stated that if Nike didn’t have partnerships with Drake and his close personal friend Donald “Don C” Crowley (of Just Don fame), they wouldn’t have any relevance in street or hip-hop culture. read more


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TBT: The Golden Age Of Sneaker YouTube

YouTube is one of the most powerful and expansive mediums of communication in today’s digital world. Since its inception in 2005, the once-humble video sharing site has blossomed into an endless library of content, with everything from news to music to cat videos to fight compilations just a simple search and a click away. YouTube has created a new breed of “influencer,” one that controls and sways a viewer’s taste through their videos.

YouTube also brought many subcultures into the spotlight by making them much more accessible. “Sneaker YouTube” was a fringe term only a few years ago, but has exploded in popularity due to daily vlogs (video blogs), unboxings (new product being opened live on camera) and discussion videos from content creators with subscriber numbers in the hundreds of thousands, like BULL1TRC, Blake Linder, Money Kicks, and Qias Omar amassing huge loyal followings. read more


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5 Great Brands For People Who Love Supreme

Being a Supreme fan can be a tiring hobby/obsession. With all the hype and thirst surrounding their products, it’s harder than ever to get your hands on the pieces that you wanted. Cart crashes, instant sellouts, long lines, and a website that’s so overloaded with traffic you can’t even get through are familiar frustrations for any Supreme lover. Face it: sometimes you just need a break. We understand. It can be quite rankling, especially when you’re just trying to add something new to your wardrobe. read more


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2018: Nike’s Best All-Star Weekend Ever

Another NBA All-Star Weekend is officially in the books, and we’ve got a fresh batch of great new memories from the festivities. From Quavo of the Migos dominating the Celebrity Game en route to an MVP award, to the NBA’s young guns showing out in the Rising Stars challenge (a game that practically turned into a dunk contest) all the way back around to All-Star Saturday Night where Spencer Dinwiddie showed off an impressive skill set, Devin Booker was money from deep, and Donovan Mitchell did his best Vince Carter impersonation … there was a lot of dopiness going down, and that’s all before the game itself, where the King himself, LeBron James dominated and earned MVP honors yet again in a defenseless victory. read more


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The 5 Best Accessories From Supreme’s S/S ’18 Season

It’s the undisputed truth: No brand in the world produces better accessories or lifestyle items than Supreme. Season after season, year after year, Supreme brings clever, funny, ironic, and (occasionally) surprisingly useful items to market, all adorned with their signature touch, and usually sporting their iconic logo and infamous red/white colorway. There’s a lot of excitement around their S/S ’18 clothing but there’s even more anticipation around the accessories, as this season presents a wide variety of great trinkets and knit-knacks, from small to gigantic. read more


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The 10 Best Pieces From Supreme’s S/S ’18 Collection

No more anticipation. No more guessing games (even though several of our predictions have already been confirmed as truth). No more “what if’s”. Supreme S/S ’18 is finally officially upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited. The official lookbook and preview arrived Monday. The clothes themselves? The first release from Supreme’s S/S collection drops in-store on February 15th, and online February 22nd.

Under new lead designer Max Vanderwoude Gross, Supreme has delivered yet another solid season with a healthy mix of looks both old and new, and pieces both loud and subtle. Some items are immediate head turners while others are meant to be appreciated quietly, but one thing’s for certain: it’s a very solid collection with an extremely minimal amount of weak links. read more


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What Does GOAT and Flight Club’s Merger Mean For The Resell Industry?

GOAT and Flight Club. Two behemoths of the sneaker resell industry. One an old standby with a heavy physical retail presence, one a new-jack online only peer to peer marketplace. Both boast a devoted following, a high degree of name recognition in their market, and a massive amount of incredible sneakers for purchase, and now the two are combining into one colossal company.

That’s correct: GOAT and Flight Club are joining forces to create the single largest aftermarket sneaker empire in the world … and GOAT, not Flight Club will be the overarching parent company after raising $60 million dollars in capital (and a whopping $250 million dollar valuation) from venture capital firm Infunding. read more


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9 Predictions For Supreme S/S ’18

It’s like clockwork. Twice a year everything that’s going on in street culture comes to a screeching halt and all eyes turn to Supreme. When the iconic New York brand officially announces their Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter collection, the unveiling comes with a fresh new wave of possibilities and excitement, and the collection becomes the talk of the streets and the Internet for weeks on end. Each piece, collaboration, and accessory is carefully dissected by hoards of adoring fans, and the brand carries that momentum and hype right into their legendary Thursday morning releases. read more


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III SZN: The Stories Behind February & March’s Jordan III Releases

The Jordan III: arguably the greatest sneaker of all time. An iconic silhouette, crafted by a masterful designer for the best basketball player to ever set foot on the hardwood, it boasts a rich history both on and off the court and still speaks to sneakerheads around the world today, 30 years after its initial release in 1988.

Yes, the Jordan III is legendary in more than one way. The first Jordan sneaker to feature the now-ubiquitous Jumpman logo was also the first to use elephant print and offer an exposed heel air bag. Even more importantly than that, the Jordan III was also the shoe that saved Michael Jordan’s relationship with Nike. After the first two models, Jordan was thinking of jumping ship from the Swoosh, but the wizardry of a young Nike designer named Tinker Hatfield reeled him back in. The Jordan III’s unique design and luxurious materials were unlike anything ever seen before in sneakers, and frankly there would be no Jordan Brand as we know it without Tinker’s touch. It’s safe to say: sneakerheads around the world owe him a debt of gratitude. read more


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Monarch Mondays: The Past, Present and Future of An All-American Sneaker

Every so often, a special sneaker is introduced to the market. Maybe it’s an iconic design. Maybe it features a brand new, industry-shifting technology. Maybe it’s a shoe that becomes intertwined with a legendary moment in cultural history. Or maybe it’s just a shoe that’s brilliant in its simplicity and speaks to the common man.

The Air Monarch is just that: a brilliantly simple sneaker. It’s never been at the forefront of culture. It doesn’t fetch crazy prices on the resell market. Nobody can tell you about the time they remember (insert influencer here) wearing their pair while doing something that became iconic. But it is among Nike’s best-selling and most important models because it’s accessible, available in a variety of widths and colorways, and most importantly … it’s so damn normal.  read more


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Supreme & The Air Force 1: A Collaborative History

When you think of something that’s quintessentially New York, what comes to your mind? Taxicabs? The subway? Bagels? Dollar slices? Pigeons? The classic navy-and-white Yankees cap? There’s many things in New York that have become larger than what they physically are, and over time have come to represent the ethos and spirit of the city. What comes to mind for us when we think of New York? Air Force 1’s and Supreme.

Why? Both have a rich history with the city: the Air Force 1 has been a New York style mainstay since its inception in 1982, coming to be affectionately known as the “Uptowns” due to its popularity in the uptown neighborhoods of the city, most notably Harlem where they grew into the cultural juggernaut that they are today. Supreme was established on Lafayette Street in Soho circa 1994, and his since grown to become one of the biggest and most influential brands in the world of fashion. read more


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The 2018 Street Culture Grammy Awards

Planning on watching the Grammys tonight? We’re not, even though we do enjoy some of the yearly hijinks that are bound to occur. We’d rather just give our own awards instead.

With a panel full of old, out-of-touch voters who don’t understand what’s really relevant in music today, the Grammys are usually more rigged than a championship boxing match. Who can forget Macklemore beating out Kendrick Lamar for “Best New Artist” and then publicly apologizing for a win that he didn’t deserve in 2014? You’d probably prefer not to recollect Eminem winning “Best Rap Album” for “Recovery,” a putrid, convoluted mess of an album in 2010. Yes, the Grammys are hot garbage. read more


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An Air Affair: Ranking 2018’s Air Max Day Releases

Every year sneakerheads around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of March 26th, and not because it’s Puma founder Rudi Dassler’s birthday. No, the 85th day of the year is all about the Swoosh: March 26th is Air Max Day, Nike’s yearly celebration of their most iconic technology.

And the lead-up to Air Max Day is almost as good (if not actually even better) than the day itself. In the weeks and months prior, Nike typically pulls out all the stops to build hype for Air Max Day with marketing, storytelling, and great releases like 2017’s “Anniversary”, “Master” and “Atmos” Air Max 1’s, and the now-iconic Vapormax. read more


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Kim Jones To Burberry? It’s Inevitable.

Kim Jones is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion today. During his 7-year tenure as Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, Jones has fused the worlds of streetwear and high fashion together in a way that the other heads of legendary fashion houses or founders of streetwear brands can only dream of. From a cult classic collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment, to the heavy streetwear influence in LV’s collections with pieces like bomber jackets, souvenir jackets and all-over prints being sent down the runway and last year’s extensive, culture-shifting Supreme collaboration, Kim Jones undoubtedly has his finger on the pulse of cool. read more


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Will Nike Shox Bounce Back To Prominence In 2018?

Nike Shox: a sneaker technology that’s lived many lives.

Originally designed by Bruce Killgore, the luminary behind the Air Force I and the Air Jordan II and Sergio Lozano, the mastermind responsible for the Air Max 95, Nike Shox burst onto the scene with a tremendous amount of momentum in 2000. There was nothing quite like them. Their iconic foam columns made you feel as if you could run at the speed of light (thanks to Nike’s great advertising) and jump tall buildings in a single bound (thanks to Vince Carter’s iconic dunk in the 2000 Olympics). read more


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Maximum Air: The Definitive Ranking Of Every Vapormax Silhouette

We love the Nike Vapormax here at KicksOneTwo.

Widely regarded as one of the best Nike silhouettes of 2017, the Vapormax took the premium running market by storm early in the year, wrestling away coveted top dog status from the played-out Adidas Ultra Boost (we’d like to mention: we called the Vapormax’s success early on). From its space-age Flyknit upper to the unique full-length Air Max sole, from clean general release colorways to sought-after collaborative releases with Comme Des Garcons, CLOT, and Virgil Abloh, it’s not a reach in any way, shape, or form to say that the Vapormax lays a strong claim to the “best new shoe of 2017” title, and its momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all in 2018. read more


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Jeremy Scott and Adidas: A Whimsical Collaborative History

What comes to mind when you think of fashion? Do you think of clothes and shoes as a way to express yourself? Would you consider a unique, finely-crafted piece a work of art? Do you think clothes can be a whimsical way to shock and delight the world, turning heads wherever you go? If the answer to any or all of those three questions was “yes”, then you already know about Jeremy Scott, the fabled American designer.

Born in Kansas City, MO, Jeremy Scott is known and loved around the world for his capricious designs, toying with fabrics, patterns, graphics, sizing and loud, bright colors. He runs his own eponymous label, and is also the longtime creative director of legendary Italian fashion house Moschino. He’s been known to cause controversy and open dialogue with his designs, and has a knack for pushing the boundaries of fashion, making the seemingly impossible very possible. read more


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Man’s Not Hot: 5 Ways To Cope When The Cold Saps Your Creative Energy

Let’s keep it real: January’s not the most fun time of the year. The holidays are over. Everyone’s back to work in earnest. The thrill of making New Year’s resolutions has worn off along with all the champagne you consumed on New Year’s Eve. Now that reality has set in, all you’re left with is a hangover, literally and figuratively.

Plus, if you’re not blessed enough to live in the South or on the West Coast, it’s cold. Not just chilly, cooler than a polar bear’s toenails (word to 3 Stacks). Flat-out frigid. In the Midwest, temperatures have been hovering around 0 (although they’re finally starting to warm up a little bit). New York’s been getting so much snow dumped on them that they’re currently experiencing a city-wide shortage of fresh Timberlands. The Northeast has been dealing with windchill the likes of which has never been seen before. And still, our asshat of a president Mr. Donald Trump sits in the White House, denying that climate change is real. read more


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A Little Bit Cooler: The Lasting Impact of The Cool Kids on Street Fashion

The Cool Kids. Not the lukewarm kids, not the hot kids, not the tepid kids, not the warm kids. The Cool Kids. As so eloquently stated by Hanibal Burress at the beginning of their most recent project, 2017’s Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe, the Cool Kids are very much what their name entails. The two-man group has quietly been setting trends, influencing styles, and driving street culture since they burst off the Internet and onto the scene with “The Bake Sale” EP  in 2008, and to this day have never fully received the credit they deserve for being the tastemakers that they are, both in music and fashion. read more


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Obscure To “For Sure”: A Supreme Collab Makes Any Nike Silhouette A Hit

There’s no denying it: Supreme has the Midas touch. Every collaborative piece that they work on is instantly rocketed into the streetwear stratosphere, and although some question their design chops (more loudly so in recent seasons), nobody doubts their ability to generate hype and desire in a way that no other brand in the world can. They’ve worked with a veritable “who’s who” of fashion-industry royalty, from Comme Des Garcons to Brooks Brothers to Lacoste, but one of their longest-standing and most successful collaborative runs is with Nike, whom they’ve been working with since 2002. read more


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Resolve To Evolve: 5 Resolutions You Need To Make For 2018

For all intents and purposes 2017 is over. In less than 24 hours, the clock will strike midnight and a new year full of fresh possibilities, new opportunities, great shoes, and fire clothes will be upon us. As the calendar resets to January 1st, we’ll be given one last chance to look back on the year that’s passed as well as being blessed with an opportunity to set goals and resolutions for the year ahead.

We’ll be the first to admit it: New Year’s resolutions can can cause some interesting conundrums. It’s easy to fall into a trap, thinking that you have to set grand, illustrious life goals for yourself before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Thankfully, that’s not true. If something in life is truly important and meaningful to you, you can resolve to do it at any time. read more


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Is Virgil Abloh Nike’s New Michael Jordan?

Nobody had a better year in 2017 than Virgil Abloh.

The multifaceted creative’s OFF-WHITE label enjoyed great success as his industrial-inspired belts caught fire and became one of the most stand-out accessories of the year, used as everything from purse straps to dog leashes by forward-thinking fashionistas. He traveled around the world for DJ gigs, seemingly landing in a new country and playing in front of raucous crowds every week. And his collaborative effort with Nike, “The Ten”, which re-imagined ten iconic Nike silhouettes both new and old was undoubtedly the biggest story of the year in the sneaker world. read more


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Christmas List: Nike’s 7 Best Christmas Sneakers Of All Time

Since the dawn of modern-day sneaker collecting, brands have fueled seasonal hype with holiday-inspired kicks. From the 4th of July to Halloween, from 4/20 (yes, it’s a holiday) to Easter, there’s special releases to coincide with each and every major holiday over the course of a year. But come Christmas, things get kicked into overdrive. It’s one of the biggest holidays for sneaker collaborations each and every year, and nobody does Christmas sneakers better than Nike.

Nike’s Christmas sneakers have a lot working in their favor: there’s strongly defined cultural totems that they can draw inspiration from (you’ll see recurring themes in this list), they’re not bound to ugly, difficult-to-wear colors like some other seasonal releases (we’re looking at you and all your gag-inducing pastels, Easter), and sneakerheads are always looking for a fresh new pair around the holidays so they can stunt at Christmas dinner (don’t lie to yourself … we know you love doing it just as much as we do). read more


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8 Trends That Will Make A Mark In 2018

Streetwear has become an increasingly trend-driven industry over the past few years. Thanks to the limitless reach and voracious appetite for consumption of the Internet, there’s always something new that you need to know about and add to your wardrobe, and with a new year comes a fresh new batch of trends. Some of these trends have staying power beyond their initial hype, carving out a permanent place in the culture. Most fade away into near-nothingness, reduced to cheap imitations of their former selves occupying space on the racks of fast-fashion mall retailers. No matter if you love trends or hate them, they’ll always be a part of the game, and it’s up to you to decide which ones merit sticking around. read more


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Where Does Streetwear Stand Heading Into 2018?

2017: the year that streetwear went mainstream.

Over the past few years, the Internet has taken a close-knit underground culture with a rich history full of unique characters, excellent stories, and incredible clothes and for better or worse, it’s been exposed it to the masses. What was once an exclusive club of sorts is more accessible than ever, and in the last twelve months streetwear truly went mainstream, breaking into popular culture in a way that it never had before.

A whole lot happened to streetwear culture in 2017. Extreme trends and borderline excessive collaboration ruled the sphere, high exposure on social media changed the way that the culture is exposed permanently, and the lines between old guard high-fashion houses and street brands were blurred almost to the point of nonexistence. Now that this crazy year has almost drawn to a close, it’s time to look back on both the highs and lows of 2017, and discuss streetwear’s future in 2018 and beyond. read more


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Seventeen For ’17: The 17 Best Sneakers Of The Year

2017 was a truly wild year in sneakers. Full of trends both new and old, endless collaborations (more than three-quarters of the shoes on this list are collaborative pairs), and all-consuming hype the likes of which has not been seen before, sneaker culture shifted massively these past twelve months. And it’s likely it will never be the same again.

Nike came roaring back to the forefront of cool with extensive collaborations and limited releases after losing siginificant ground to Adidas the past two years. 90’s trends came full-circle, as both chunky old-school sneakers and classic Air Max silhouettes enjoyed a revival, while the athleasure set took to new, sleek designs that were futuristic in their concepts and space-like in their feel. read more


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The Importance Of The Graphic Tee, A True Streetwear Staple

Streetwear is an industry in a perpetual state of flux. Trends come and go, tastes evolve and change, and in the last few years the Internet has made what was once a subculture tucked away from the mainstream and only accessible to those “in the know”  available to anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge.

However, one thing that’s never lost its place in streetwear is the graphic tee. It’s been integral to the culture since the very first day “streetwear” became a thing (there’s no true answer to when streetwear started – 10 people would likely tell you 10 different origin stories), and still reigns supreme (no pun intended) today. read more


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Killer B’s: Brendon Babenzien and Bee Line Are A Match Made In Heaven

Brendon Babenzien, the new creative director of Billionaire Boys Club’s Bee Line

Billionaire Boys Club: one of the most well-known and storied brands in streetwear history. Since the brand’s inception in 2005, it’s managed to fuse Japanese and American street culture in an authentic manner that most brands could only dream of, due to Pharrell and Nigo (of Bathing Ape fame)’s unique space-inspired aesthetics.

Pharrell and Nigo wearing BBC and holding their “Diamond and Dollars” collaborative Reebok sneaker

The brand has released several legendary designs (who could forget the classic crest logo or the Diamonds and Dollars print?) and lived many lives since then, and even though it’s significantly more available (and less expensive) than it was when it was founded, BBC still stands strong in 2017 … and is now aiming to revive a mostly forgotten sub-label, their Bee Line. read more


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Kicks For Dummies: A Brief History Of 10 Classic Sneakers

You’re not into kicks heavy. No judgement. It’s cool. Not everyone is into kicks in the way that you need to be if you want to be up on game in today’s sneaker landscape. Collecting kicks is more than just a hobby … it’s a way of life. Not everyone can stay up to date on the newest releases, enter multiple raffles in the hope of winning a coveted pair, refresh a website over and over again in the hopes of catching a limited drop, or deal with a never-ending release cycle that’s tiring on both their closet space, bank account, and mental state. read more


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I Feel Like We Got Cheated Out Of Fall Fit Season

It’s cool outside. A little too cool for my tastes. Cooler than a polar bear’s toenails (word to 3 Stacks).

Early November in Minnesota is always chilly, but this year it’s a little different. The temperature has already dipped into the low 30’s, it snowed in October (granted, the snowfall didn’t have the magnitude of the 1991 blizzard, but it still happened), and fall is effectively over. The calendar may say that fall is not officially done until December 21st … but as far as dressing goes, fall is dead and buried six feet under. read more


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Dapper Dan And Gucci: A Truly Iconic Collaboration

More than any other major industry in the world today, fashion moves in cycles. Styles and trends that are old become new once again with the passage of time, and what’s considered cool one year can be damned to languish in mall chain-store obscurity the very next year until it completely collapses in on itself, and then inexplicably storms back to the forefront of cool yet again, aided by a timely celebrity co-sign or a fierce wave of nostalgia.

It certainly is an interesting time to be following fashion. If “less is more” was a saying most abided by a few years ago when monochromatic, low-key outfits were all the rage in the streets and on the runway, “more is more” would be the perfect way to describe the popular style of the past year-plus. read more


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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WE TOLD YOU: The Nike Vapormax Is A Hit

We told you.

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


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Rise NY Is Rising To The Occasion With Their “Royal” Jordan I Charity Raffle

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


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How Real Will The Thirst For The “Royal” Jordan I’s Be?

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


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Do It For The Children: Nike Is Blessing The Kids With The Jordan IV “Linen”

You’ve gotta do it for the children.

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


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Dualtone Racers: Hard Pass

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


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Rihanna’s Latest Fenty Sneakers: Not The Best

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


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I Sold My Yeezys Yesterday

I sold my Yeezys yesterday.

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


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Will The Yeezy PowerPhase Be A Hit?

Kanye West’s greatest test is about to commence.

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


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LaVarr Ball Needs To Chill

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


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The Nike Air Footscape: An Incredibly Underrated Sneaker

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


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Have Jordan “Lifestyle” Shoes Ever Not Been Trash?

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


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This Just Might Be The Summer Of The Air Max

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


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Is Anyone Really Surprised adidas Stock Is Killing Nike And Under Armour?

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


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The DMP Pack Is Back In A Big Way

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


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Coogi and Puma Are Combining Forces For Some Vintage Goodness

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


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This Supreme x Louis Vuitton x NMD Custom Deserves The Biggest Roast Hand

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


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The Supreme x Vans Sk8 Mid Pro’s Are A Must-Have

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. read more


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Nike’s Handling The PG 1 Release The Right Way

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. read more


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Divided Opinions: The Kith x Naked Adidas CS2S Has Sneakerheads Torn

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. read more


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Pharrell’s New Shoes: Not Sure If Human Race Or Stan Smith

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. read more


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The Air Max 97 Needs A Stateside Release ASAP

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. read more


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Zebras: The Best (And Hardest To Get) V2 Yet

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”. read more


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Satin Jordan I’s: A Luxe Take On The Original

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. read more


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Give The Dunk Contest A Rest

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. read more


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Heat Alert: The adidas Y-3 “Triple White” Pure Boost Is Flames

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. read more


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Beyond Boost: Our Thoughts On The Yeezy Calabasas Runner

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. read more


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Fragment’s Done It Again With Their New “Chuxedo”

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). read more


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Can The Nike Vapormax Be A Competitor To The Ultra Boost?

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? read more


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One Thousand

One thousand.

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). read more


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Are OVO Jordans Still Gassed?

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. read more


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Supreme’s “Sale” To LVMH: Shameless Clickbait

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. read more


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The SF-AF1 Has Grown On Us

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. read more


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A Classic Reimagined: The adidas Superstar Bounce Primeknit

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. read more


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Chill With The Yeezy Customs

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. read more


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