All the hype, and all the craziness for today’s release. It is pretty ridiculous how people craze over a pair of sneakers.
My acquisition of this sought after sneaker release started about 9pm online. Foot Locker, Champs, and Finish Line websites were being held up due to high traffic volumes. Foot Locker and Finish Line had splash pages that apologized for not working. Champs sports actually had a working site but was very slow. The AJ11 was published on the front page for purchase. After 2 minutes of entering my information, the check out page froze 5 times. After the 5th time I received a confirmation number, but no actual bill. I already had a feeling it didnt go through.
11pm rolled by, I headed out to my local mall where I had signed up on their security list for the 12am release with the mall security 3 days ago. I was on page 8 of like 15 pages of names. Luckily this placed me in the middle of the 300+ people that signed up. 40 degrees outside with a windchill waiting for mall security to escort 1 by 1 people to the store to pick up the store. Out of the 200 pairs expected, only 140 of them were accounted for in the various sizes. Fortunately for me, my size is not one of the more popular sizes as 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5 were sold out in a matter of 10 minutes. Long story short, I made my way up to the door and luckily the security guard called my name for the last pair of the last adult size. I was escorted with 2 other lucky crazed sneakerheads to pick up the last of the Space Jams for the night. By the time I got home, it was 2:30 am… 5 hours until work. Despite all the hype, freezing my ass off, and the price tag of the shoes….it was very exciting and rewarding experience as I had avoided the next morning full of violence, crowds and craze of this Air Jordan re-release.