Crazy Sneaker Riot Gets Out of Hand in Orlando (VIDEO)

sneaker riotDo the words Foamposite One Galaxy mean anything to you? Kind of sounds like an episode of Star Trek, or like the name of some carnival ride that's sure to leave you feeling dirty and queasy. Alas, it's the name of a Nike sneaker, and it's causing quite the stir. An Orlando Foot Locker had to get the police involved after the midnight release of this specialty shoe instigated some riots. Hundreds of consumers mobbed the mall, trying to get their hands on the sneak with the glow-in-the-dark sole that retails for $220. Eye-witnesses said they were worried about being trampled and cops came in on horses to try and enforce some semblance of crowd control.

I don't know, I feel the need to remind everyone that these are just tennis shoes, and if you're well-heeled enough to run and riot in your current kicks, I don't think you need new ones.


But what do I know. I'm not a sneakerhead. Nor am I a zealot of any kind who has to have the newness of anything. I guess that makes it hard for me to understand stories like this because I can't relate on any level. No part of me wants to wait in line for hours to then push and shove my way to a cash register to hand over money for something I don't really need in the first place.

Clearly, there are others who feel differently. Sneaker riots, and shopper madness around the holidays, are becoming more and more common. This is just one of multiple Nike events that has gotten out of hand, or should I say, foot, this year. Chaos surrounded new shoe releases in Prince George's County in Maryland, in Richmond, Virginia, and Indianapolis, San Antonio, and Charlotte.

I suppose the Foamposite One Galaxy sneaks will look like old news on people's feet during the next shoe store mob in search of the next latest and greatest in athletic footwear, so kids, enjoy them while you have them. Or I should say, enjoy sending them out to your highest bidder on eBay while you have them. Soon they'll be a distant memory, just like those bruises you got from the shoe-frenzied mob. Soon enough, it'll be time to do it all over again.

Is there anything you'd mob for?


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