The Bapesta. Babe’s flagship model. A shoe that’s enjoyed a resurgence lately, thanks to clean in-line models like the one above as well as collaborations with the likes of Kith. It’s a unique sneaker in that it looks exactly like another established shoe (Air Force 1), but has a style, persona, and history all its own.
So today we’re asking: where’s the Bapesta’s place in the sneaker game? Let’s delve into it and find right out.
We mentioned above that the Bapesta has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, mainly owing to clean releases, and a renewed desire for Bape in general, as most of the kids who were too young to afford it in the early 2000’s and couldn’t afford it when it first hit stateside are now old enough to buy it. Although it looks exactly like an Air Force I, there’s not a lot of crossover. You won’t see most of the people who wear Forces wearing Bapestas, and that’s because it’s two different target audiences.
The 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle collection was recently unveiled (with a release date of December 17th), and as always, there’s some crazy, outlandish, fun shoes dropping. And you know what we’ve got to do whenever there’s a pack or collection of some sort: we’ve got to rank it. So we’re going to go ahead and rank all 6 shoes in this year’s Doernbecher pack, plus provide our thoughts on them. Before we start, we’d like to mention that we understand that all the shoes have a great backstory and mean something to the kid who created them. We’re just ranking them based on what we like the best. Nothing more, nothing less. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
The Ultra Boost is a fantastic shoe. The first two installments of Adidas’s most premium model both changed the sneaker game, first with their otherworldly comfort and then (on the second model) with extra durability courtesy of a Continental rubber outsole.
Yeah, the Ultra Boost is a great shoe. It was a day of sadness at KicksOneTwo when we realized there would be a hiatus from one of our favorite shoes on the market after all the 2.o releases were done (we’re not gonna lie, we were worried it might be quite a long wait before we saw something new), but we were thrilled this week when it was announced that the Ultra Boost 3.0 would be arriving … well … sooner or later (there’s no official release date just yet).
Here at KicksOneTwo, we pride ourselves on always putting you, our loyal readers, on game. About 2 1/2 months ago, we published an article entitled “The Come Up”, in which we gave you 3 brands to check out for fall. Today, we’re back again with 3 more brands that you should peep ASAP if you want to stay ahead of the curve. They’re some of our favorites … and they’re bound to become some of yours too. Let’s get right to it.
If you were a Peas and Carrots fan before they disbanded, then you already know that Anwar Carrots makes dope clothes. Carrots By Anwar presents streetwear heavily influenced by Fairfax culture, and the loud, colorful designs are sure to turn heads. They recently collaborated with XLARGE, and likely have more dope collaborations in the chamber.
Anyone who watches the NBA (we’re assuming this is at least 95% of KicksOneTwo readers) knows Craig Sager. The sideline reporter who’s known for his crazy mis-matched outfits. The much-loved personality who announced this previous spring that his leukemia was no longer in remission and that his doctors gave him 3-6 months to live (which he’s thankfully beat).
Many teams around the NBA, from the Celtics to the Warriors paid tribute to him on opening night yesterday, and Bleacher Report has linked up with NikeID to do the same. They came together to create 100 pairs of Air Force I’s (and two matching t-shirts) with crazy, mis-matched patterns and colors inspired by Sager’s colorful suits, with part of the proceeds going to the SagerStrong foundation, which donates all their proceeds towards cancer research and education.
Nobody in music is able to whip the Internet into a bigger frenzy than Drake, and he’s gone and done it again with his recent diss of Kid Cudi.
In case you weren’t up-to-date on the story, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version. Kid Cudi went on a Twitter tirade a few weeks back, with what many believed to be a jab at Drake included:
Drake responded to Cudi’s diss during a concert a few days later, and when he released 4 songs this last Sunday, there was a shot at Cudi included on “Two Birds, One Stone”, in which he said “You were the Man on the Moon, now you go through your phases / Life of the angry and famous”.
We’re big A$AP Rocky supporters here at KicksOneTwo. We love his music and sense of style, so we were hyped when we heard he’d be putting out a short film through his AWGE collective in preparation for the release of “Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1”, a commemorative mixtape that was originally initiated by A$AP Yams (R.I.P.)
Well, the film is here, and it’s a must-see. Entitled “Money Man”, it tells the tale of Rina, a youth trapped in a dark world rife with all kinds of negative energies. Rocky takes a large role in the film (obviously), and it also features A$AP Nast, A$AP Bari and Skepta. There’s also a cameo from Said Taghmaoui, who starred in “La Haine”, a 1995 film that “Money Man” draws most of its inspiration from.
The Ultra Boost vs. the NMD. Two of the most gassed shoes on the market, both courtesy of Adidas, and both featuring the best cushioning technology on the market, Boost foam. Some sneakerheads prefer the Ultra Boost. Some prefer the NMD. A lot of sneaker heads love them both. But today’s the day we crown a champion.
We’re throwing them in the ring, using boxing-style scoring (winner gets 10 points, the opponent 9 or less) to determine which shoe is better … and as it is a championship match after all, there will be five rounds, each focused on a different category. Let’s get right to it.