It’d be great if this were the first time in recent memory that riot police had to be called in to break up a crowd of sneakerheads trying to get their hands on the latest pair, this time in Orlando over the Nike Foamposite One.

The shoe’s release is timed to coincide with this weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities so a crowd gathered across the street from the Florida Mall in anticipation even though the mall had already closed. One bold shopper ran towards Foot Locker and many others followed, creating the need for police intervention and the announcement that no shoes would be sold at that time. The 100 police called to scene to break up the crazed crowd report no injuries or arrests. Crowds around the country are camping out for the Foamposite Ones, which retail for $220.00.

I know that I may be preaching to the choir here, but what is really going on? I cannot put myself in the shoes of anyone (no pun intended) who wants anything enough to wait in line for it in the dead of night, so I’m kind of at a loss. Two things worry me about these incidents. It’s troubling that a material item can cause such a reaction from people, a disproportionate number of which are black or brown, and it disgusts me that folks’ values are so twisted. But my real concern is that all of this constant police interaction will inevitably lead to someone losing his life at the hands of law enforcement. All over a pair of shoes?

What do you think about these incidents? What can we do to prevent them?

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  • OSHH

    I had many of the same thoughts this morning as I watched the news.
    Plus if you are fortunate enought to cop a pair, my concern is then folk getting robbed or GOD forbid killed over a pair of basketball shoes. What is really going on?
    Now I know when I was younger and even worked at Footlocker folks would line up for Jordans and still do, but it seems to have gotten out of hand.
    Either Nike needs to make more of a particular shoe or let folks have the option of ordering or pre-ordering online, which they did not do with this shoe launch.

  • CurlySue

    I live in Orlando and I gotta say, I’m not at ALL looking forward to the ratchet behavior that the NBC All Star games will bring out. I’m going to be downtown this weekend. Please y’all, pray for me lol because isht will not be cute. Hoochie groupie chicks everywhere, people looking to fight for no reason, and general mayhem. Ughhhhh.

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  • Kacey

    Instead of harping on the tired, old, never-to-be-resolved issue of skin color and who is “mixed” and who’s not, why don’t we address this issue right here. Some of you need to check your sons, your brothers, cousins and men and put a stop to this ignorance. A bunch of fools with no jobs rioting over $200 sneakers! SMH!

    • chanela

      so true at no jobs! SMH how is it that the statistics say that black men have the highest unemployment rate yet their ass is first in line to get arrested for $200 shoes.

      why don’t black people in a more than 6 person group know how to act civilized?!?! its so sad that so many black women say that they are afraid of their own men and cross to the other side of the street. or when people expect a fight because its a group of black people gathering up. do people nor realize how sad that is???

    • chanela

      im starting to think that men are more shoe whores than women. lmao

    • Regina


      Because if they were working at a job, I know they wouldn’t be getting a day off from their boss so they could camp out overnight at some shoe store.

    • Leo the Yardie Chick

      After working 8 or more hour days, five+ days a week, they’d think twice about dropping $200 on sneakers. Especially in this unforgiving economy.

      Some people just live to profile, though. *sigh*

  • CD86

    ‘We’ cannot do anything. It’s up to the people to stop thinking they need $200+ pair of shoes.

    • binks

      Exactly, you can’t change someone’s mindset they have do that for themselves, all you can do is teach and influence. Personally I don’t see why people are spending and lining up tor some ugly @ss shoes… I wonder what position they are in to afford such luxuries given the state we are in as a country…

  • NtrlGAGirl

    Can I get some of these folks, that “a disproportionate number of which are black and brown” to line up outside a book store? College admissions office? Library?