Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nike limited-edition basketball shoe make collectors crazy: shoe release stopped at last

Galaxy Glow-IN-The-Dark, the edition that drew hundreds of Nike lovers

Nike canceled its All-Star shoe release on February 24 morning after Thursday night's near riot at Orlando's Florida Mall, prompting disbelief among sometimes-agitated shoe collectors and investors who traveled from across the country to buy the limited-edition Nike Galaxy Foamposite.

More than 100 sheriff's deputies in riot gear broke up an out-of-control crowd waiting outside the mall to buy that basketball shoe. Authorities say there were no injuries or arrests outside the Florida Mall late Thursday. The crowd began getting unruly as hundreds packed the parking lot, waiting to buy the $220, limited-edition shoe that was timed to be released during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.

Police also arrested 3 from the agitated and rioting crowd in Maryland waiting for the shoe's release. The disturbances follow a series of outbursts across the country in December as impatient shoppers lined up for another new basketball shoe from Nike Inc. The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reported the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed. But one person ran toward Foot Locker and others followed. Authorities formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd.

"I saw hundreds of people running toward me. I thought I was going to get trampled," Amanda Charles, 20, told the newspaper. Charles who was among a group of a half-dozen friends who drove more than two hours from Jacksonville to try to buy the glow-in-the-dark Nikes. At a mall in Hyattsville, Md., police said Friday they arrested one person for disorderly conduct as a crowd of more than 100 awaited the shoe's release.

Another Nike Galaxy Foamposite

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