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1-on-1 with Sneaker.St: Behind the scenes with the hottest iPhone case in the game

We are Midwest Sole and it is only right to feature one of the Midwest’s own on the site. We chopped it up with Andy, the man with the plan over at Sneaker.st hailing from Chicago. He is currently blowing up the sneaker community with his expertly crafted iPhone and iPad cases featuring designs of […]

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Air Jordan V 2013: Fire Red vs Fire Red

As you all know, we got 2 different versions of the Air Jordan V “Fire Red” from JB in 2013. Neither is a new colorway as both dropped separately in the mid-late 2000’s, but we wanted to get your take on which you prefer. The 2 different makeups cater to 2 different crowds. 3M is […]

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Collection Highlight: Midwest Sole (Brad)

I was bored tonight and couldn’t sleep, so I decided to write an article highlighting some of the sneaker in my collection that I liked enough to buy multiples of (excluding the Motorsport 6 which has it’s own article here). First up is the Air Jordan VII “French Blue.” This is the first sneaker I […]

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Casual Friday: “ZOSHO? – Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fa’ Dat!”

The Midwest Sole coverage earlier this week, exposing the Zosho from Lugz was…. Interesting. The summary, if you missed it, was discovery, amazement, hilarity and virility. Since the post of the article, the number of hits and shares to the article written by @WeavertheGreat has multiplied faster than gremlins dropped into a local swimming pool. […]

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The Midwest Sole Release Date Calendar: How To Set It Up For Android Devices

**Writer’s Note: The screenshots and instructions were performed using Android version 4.3 “Jellybean”. Other Android versions and their operations may vary.** Since the recent updates to the Midwest Sole Release Date Calendar, more and more people are supporting the calendar and downloading it to their mobile devices. Since I’m an avid user of Google’s Android platform, […]

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Profile: CivilWrites – Stand For Something…

Atlanta based duo Draft Pickington and Sean Emcee are CivilWrites. Hailing from a city known for quality Hip Hop music through the years, Draft and Sean will looking to make their own mark with the release of their debut record, and in the process bring the realness that’s been sadly lacking recently back to rap […]

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Nike Concepts: Envisioning and Rendering

A piece of the sneaker/footwear industry that I have developed a newfound respect for is design. The ability to have a vision of a product and then applying that vision with the tools available to physically create a product is no easy task. Industrial Design student and sneaker concept dreamer Mike Sturge can attest to […]

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My Grail: Air Jordan VI (6) “Motorsport”

grail /grāl/ Noun (in medieval legend) The cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and in which Joseph of Arimathea received Christ’s blood at… A thing that is earnestly pursued or sought after. Everyone has their own definition of a grail, but the second definition above is how I define a grail. […]

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Discussion Piece: The Gift That Taketh Away

In the days where its hard enough to find someone willing to help you pickup a hard to obtain pair of new sneakers, now those people (as well as myself) will have to be a lot more cautious when it comes to lending that helping hand. Paypal, one of the most used and recognizable merchants […]

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Sneaker Moments: The Man With The Golden Shoes

There are certain moments in sports history that will forever be tied to sneakers, moments ingrained in our memories not just because of the events on the court, or field, or track, but also because of what was on the athlete’s feet at the time. The moment that stands head and shoulders above the rest […]

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Team MWS Favorite Sneaker Related Jams

The crew at Midwest Sole love more things than sneakers themselves. Hip hop has played a huge part in the existence of the sneaker game  spinning tales of the love affair with leather and rubber all the way to horror stories involving a pair of kicks. It was only right that we put a countdown […]

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My Grail: Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach”

The Summer of 2010 was quite a tense one for LeBron James fans around the world, including myself. I’ve been a fan since his high playing school days at St. Vincent St. Mary’s and rode the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows while he was a Cleveland Cavalier. However, that particular […]

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Kixpo 2013 Recap (Part 1)

One of the things I was looking forward to with moving to Texas was greater access to the sneaker community. The annual “Kixpo” event snuck up on me in the midst of settling down in my new town and I was very happy to be able to attend. I’ve been in the game for a […]

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My Grail: The Nike Air Penny 1

For anyone who’s ever visited or follows my Twitter and Instagram pages, it’s very well known that I am a Memphis, Tennessean with every fabric of my being. And being from Memphis, I always love to represent my hometown, especially when it comes to my sneakers. One of my idols growing up was the great […]

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Corruptsoles sits down with an artist – Meet Kido Whippington

Designers, artists and visionaries are often the driving force behind any sneaker brand. The artistic degree of difficulty and the technical demands are something that we lack an appreciation of. Innovation is a gift and a rarity in this world. When it comes to dreaming up new concepts and translating those ideas into something physical, […]

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Discussion Piece: Shop Smart

Lets be real, most of us aren’t in a position to cop every pair of sneakers we want. We all have jobs, and the pay we earn dictates how much we can feed our passion. I see a lot of people that live beyond their means. How many people have copped a new release on […]

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What Makes a Sneaker Iconic?

What makes a sneaker iconic? There are numerous sneakers released every year by every brand and styles/designs change to reflect the current times. The passion and opinions of sneaker enthusiasts evolves just as similarly. Occasionally, one might lose touch with what truly brought them to their passion of sneakers – from the Chuck Taylor All-Star […]

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An Open Letter – Time For A Change And Growth In Terminology

Allow us to be blunt. There is a word commonly used in the sneaker community to describe outrageously high resale prices. We want that to stop. You know which word we’re referring to, there’s no need for us to say it here. We have all used this term whether it be in person or online […]

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Sneakers On Steroids

Let me throw a simple analogy at you; bots are the sneaker game’s steroids. The athletes who have had dealings with the Biogenesis lab in Miami aren’t the only people that look to gain an advantage. Every Saturday that Nike drops a big release how many times do you see people tweet how they “won” […]

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Conversation Piece: Is Nike’s Commitment To Fairness Making A Real Difference?

It wasn’t long ago that Nike (@nikestore) gave us a Commitment to Fairness; an attempt to help combat the use of bots and automation software that allows users to add product launches into their cart within seconds of Nike Store launch tweets.  Because of the use of automation software, it has given would be consumers […]

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Nike iD – “Elephant Collection” (Selling Buzz or Fun? )

One of the most iconic sneaker releases in “Elephant” print history (Excluding the Air Jordan Black Cement III) was the collaboration of Supreme NYC and Nike that birthed a trio of Dunk SB Lows back in the early 2000’s. Each colorway was limited to roughly 500 pairs, released exclusively at Supreme Skate shop locations and […]

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Conversation Piece: Will the KD VI Colorways Live Up To Those Of The KD IV?

via Nike When pictures first surfaced of the since-released Sonic Yellow colorway of Kevin Durant’s sixth installment of his popular Nike KD line, it was initially met with a very lukewarm response and an overall perception that these low top “soccer shoes” were a step further down from the once vibrant and energetic line.  Not […]

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All Lunar Everything

With the announcement of an Infrared Air Max 90 set on a Lunarlon midsole Nike have done it, Nike have proven that nothing, nothing at all, is sacred. No classic shoe is safe from being “updated”, some may say ruined, by the inclusion of Nike’s foam based cushioning. If a shoe has Air in it’s […]

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Random Rants by @WeaverTheGreat

So a couple of things have caught my eye this week and i feel like sounding off. 1. The Lebron X EXT “Black Suede” isn’t black suede after all but hey, “Black Nubuck” just doesn’t have the same ring to it does it? It will have the same price tag though, so for inferior materials […]

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Synical523’s Top 5 of 2013 (So Far)

We just passed a halfway mark of the year 2013. Some great shoes have been put out and I figured I would share my personal top 5. Your opinion might differ but that’s why I’m writing this. If we all liked the exact same shoes, we would all be the same. Luckily we aren’t. Before […]

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@KidKrampus Top Five of 2013 thus far

With half the calendar year gone and a full solid six months to go I decided to follow fellow writer @WEAVERTHEGREAT ‘s lead and put together a top five of the year so far. So lets get right to it. Honorable Mention: Flyknit Chukka Air Jordan 1 Royal BHM Nike SB Dunk Low and Roshes…just […]

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Nike.com launch policy update

Nike have announced an update to their release policies in an apparent attempt to curb the use of bots to purchase the latest releases on nike.com. According to their new terms any orders determined to have been placed by auto scripting bots are subject to cancellation. “We believe in a level playing field for product […]

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Random Rants by @WeaverTheGreat

1. If there’s one thing that bugs me it’s how the internet sneaker community, especially on Twitter, can whip themselves into a frenzy over nothing more substantial than some loose talk on a forum. Hypebeasts everywhere are rejoicing at the mere suggestion of a Supreme foamposite. Until I see a sample I won’t believe it. […]

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Interview with JBF Customs

Incomparable, a word defined by the Oxford English dictionary as, “without an equal in quality or extent; matchless.” Many people would agree that Jake Ferrato, otherwise known as JBF customs, work on custom sneaker reconstructions could fit that bill. While Jake has been customising shoes since he was 16 his work this year has really […]

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Top 5 of 2013 so far

As we near the end of June I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look back at the first 6 months of 2013 and feature some of my favorite releases so far. My personal favorite over the first half of 2013 doesn’t have a swoosh or a jumpman on it, in […]

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My Favorite Doernbecher: AJ1

What makes a shoe special? The design, the colors, the materials? Is there a story behind it? Certainly how attainable it is. How many people have had that immense sense of satisfaction when they’ve tracked down something that’s been on their list for a long, long time and the delivery finally arrives? There’s one shoe […]

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A history of violence

With reports that a man has been shot and killed outside Wish in Atlanta while attempting to rob those camping for the Lebron X Denim release this morning more bad press coverage is sure to come sneakerheads way. Anytime something like this happens at a release it gets covered, It’s been a long time since […]

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My Favorite Doernbecher: AJ3

It was in December, 2010, the model was the Air Jordan 3. In December of 2010, I was an eager college freshman, attending my first “invited” fraternity party, holiday themed of course! A year or so before my love of sneakers really took hold of my life, and wallet. I knew long before 2010 that […]

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For the love of the game

It’s been about a week since Darren Rovell’s Nightline segment entitled “Sneakerheads: Inside the world of high stakes sneaker trading” aired. I didnt watch it at the time, but like most other people i saw the reactions on Twitter from the sneaker community throughout the brief broadcast and on into the next day. It’s not […]

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Random Rants by @Weaverthegreat

The Random Rants section has so far been MidwestSole’s domain, but I feel like blowing off some steam so I’m hijacking the section for the day. So here’s a few things that have been on my mind… 1. Roshe Run’s. They’re everywhere, they come in a multitude of different colorways and materials and you can […]

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The H-Word

  If you were to ask just about any “sneakerhead” what they think is killing the game right now the answer is going to be one of two things: resellers or hypebeasts. Resellers are a problem in and of themselves. Not all resellers are bad, not all of them charge terrible prices, some of them […]

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Talking Point – The Future of Retros?

We associate the sneakers we buy with the athletes that wear them, we as sneaker lovers will forever have memories of their performances tied to the models we covet and own. Deep down we aspire to be like our icons through wearing the same shoes. Who doesn’t want to dominate like Shaq, or cross people […]

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OG vs New

The retro shoe game is big business, bigger now than it’s ever been with companies other than Nike and Jordan Brand looking to cash in and re-releasing classic models accompanied by a great deal of hype. To name just a few, Reebok brought back the Shaq Attaq, and the Shaqnosis is coming soon. Ewing Athletics […]

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Nike, a Reseller!

Would you pay almost double retail for a pair of sneakers from Nike already released at clearance outlets? Hopefully your answer is the same as mine, “No”. We all remember the “mistake” Photo blue Jordan 9s with the black bottom, well, they will be released tomorrow at a $130 price point on Nike.com.  Truth is […]

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FootLocker now offers in-store PayPal payments

Ever wanted to use the cash you have saved up in your PayPal account to buy sneakers? Well you can use it online only, but that changes as FootLocker has announced the arrival of in-store PayPal payment option. This is big news for sneakerheads who don’t like to carry wads of cash on them, or […]

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Good Re-sellers Vs Bad Re-sellers

We’ve talked in earlier posts about the necessity for re-sellers as well as tackled the issue from the perspective of the re-seller  Today the focus is going to be on how to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Almost every one of us has been here: Its Saturday morning, your only solid connect fell through, online camping […]

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Nike modifies Twitter RSVP

Late last year, Nike began its infamous Twitter RSVP process to curb the all the violence and issues occurring during campouts outside of Nike Stores around the country during first come, first serve releases. Hot releases, such as Retro Jordans, could only be purchased through a twitter RSVP where one reserves their size at their […]

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Happy 50th Birthday Michael Jordan!

His Airness turns 50 today! We at Midwest Sole want to wish the Greatest of all Time a very happy birthday. 6 NBA Championships 6 Finals MVPs 14 NBA All Star Selections 2 Olympic Gold Medals That is just the first few lines in an illustrious career that spanned what many believed was the pinnacle […]

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Interview with @EaglesandHeat

Most of us have had contact with DMV Sneakers, and if you haven’t, you should start right now! He is a humble guy out of the DMV who really looks out for anyone who cherishes a fresh pair of sneakers. If you are looking to buy, or sell, @EaglesandHeat is always one of the first […]

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Box Hype

Something that is being seen more and more often is “Box Hype.” This is when a shoe is given a large amount of attention because of the box and extra’s that come with the shoe. Shoes that would normally not sell out are slapped with a “limited” tag among the sneaker community, given a special […]

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Do @Nightwing2303 ‘s Sneaker Reviews Affect Your Decision to Purchase?

As you can probably tell, we are huge supporters of @Nightwing2303 and KicksOnCourt.com. He provides a great service to the sneaker community, and needs to be recognized for the work he does. @Nightwing2303 ‘s great influence on consumers should be acknowledged by the companies that his reviews affect. The fact that he is paying for […]

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The Truth About Reselling Sneakers

Contrary to popular belief, reselling sneakers is not for everyone. We welcome competition, but do not at all recommend taking up reselling sneakers as a way to either get some extra cash or as a full-time job and here’s why… Reselling is expensive, period. If you are serious about selling sneakers and want it to […]

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1 on 1 with @NightWing2303

Everybody loves Chris. No, I’m not talking about that ill fated TV show based on Chris Rock’s childhood. Let me rephrase that. Everybody loves Nightwing2303. Am I getting through to you now? Yes? Good, that’s what I thought! For the very few who still have no idea about who I’m talking about, I’m talking about […]

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Moe’s Sneaker Spot New Location Grand Opening

If you live in NY and are still licking your wounds from missing out on the top releases of 2012, you’re getting another shot. Moe’s Sneaker Spot is opening a new location, sending 2012 out with a bang. There is a long list of 2012 releases that will be available at the Grand Opening, so […]

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.@EricMatenaer Featured By @NikeNYC

MidwestSole.com Team member @EricMatenaer was featured by @NikeNYC today in 2 of his classic Air Force 1s. Check it out below.

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