Just for Kicks (2005 film)

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Just for Kicks
Directed by
Produced by Alex Stapleton
Written by
  • Come Chantrel
  • Thibaut de Longeville
Music by Joe Rudge
Cinematography Lisa Leone
Edited by Scott Stevenson
  • CAID Productions
  • Program 33
  • Canal+
Distributed by Image Entertainment
Release date
  • April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Just for Kicks is a 2005 American documentary film about the sneaker phenomena and history. It includes self-confessed "sneakerheads" like Grandmaster Caz, Reverend Run, and Missy Elliott. It tells the story of the Nike Air Force Ones, which are called "Uptowns" in New York, and the beginning of Air Jordans. The documentary also tells the story of how hip-hop pioneers DJ Run, Jam Master Jay, and DMC had everyone wearing Adidas Superstars with their song "My Adidas".



Just For Kicks premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival[1] on April 23, 2005.[2] Image Entertainment released it on DVD on June 6, 2006.[3]


Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "aptly slick and stylish as a TV commercial".[4] Giovanni Fazio of The Japan Times rated it 2/5 stars and wrote that the film is more of an unwitting documentary about mental illness than it is about sneakers.[5] Gil Jawetz of DVD Talk rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote that the filmmaker's enthusiasm for the subject is not enough to make it compelling.[3]


  1. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (2005-03-10). "26 Films Set for TFF's 2005 NY, NY Section". Indiewire. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Just for Kicks (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  3. ^ a b Jawetz, Gil (2006-06-20). "Just for Kicks". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2005-06-12). "Review: 'Just for Kicks'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  5. ^ Fazio, Giovanni (2007-05-11). "'Just for Kicks'". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 

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