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.

1. Comme Des Garcons PLAY x Converse Chuck ’70 Low

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I know, I know. This is two separate pairs, not one. But both the white and black colorways are going to get heavy play this summer. Chucks are a great shoe for any occasion, and the CDG heart adds a little more flair.

2. Nike Air Presto


The new Flyknit Prestos are dope, but the originals take the cake for me. You need a lightweight, all-white shoe for summer, and these are a perfect fit. I just might have to double up, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep these this pristine all summer.

3. Adidas Stan Smith

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Is there ever really a bad time to rock a pair of Stan Smiths? They look great with both shorts and pants, and somehow become even more classy when they’re beat up. If you don’t have a pair of Stans in your summer rotation, you might need to re-evaluate your footwear choices.

4. Supreme x Nike Air Max 98

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Had to get at least one hyped shoe in here. The “Sail” colorway was hands down the best of the 4 pairs released, and the silver/snakeskin uppers are just right for summer. The Air Max 98 is an underrated shoe, and Supreme’s eye for detail and dope little touches really put this pair over the edge.

5. Vans Old Skool “Fuck Trump” Customs

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fuck trump toebox

Rounding out my Starting Five are these “Fuck Trump” Old Skools I drew up myself. I can’t stand Donald Trump. He’s a racist, arrogant, bigoted fool, so for my first ever custom I thought I’d make my feelings known. “Fuck Trump” on the heels, and a peace sign & heart (slightly lopsided on purpose, as love, while beautiful, isn’t always perfect) on the toebox. If I piss a few Trump supporters off while wearing these this summer, then I’ll know I did a good job.


What was your favorite pair in my Starting Five? What kicks are you planning on putting in heavy rotation this summer? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.


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