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Air Jordan 11 Concord Release & Campout Madness

December 23, 2011 BY / 157 c

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Nikestore cleared out of its Adult and Kids stock in an hour. Thousands upon thousands of eager sneakerheads camped out all across the nation. Ordering from other online retailers may have resulted in the dreadful realization that “your session has timed out”, which was immediately followed by the worry of whether your order went through or not. Perhaps this was all expected for the release of the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’, which was easily the grandest, most anticipated, and most talked-about mass sneaker release of 2011 or perhaps the entire decade. It’s all fun and games – camping out with your fellow sneaker pals for hours, chatting about kicks and making new friends. Then, the unfortunate news of a rumored death (now proven false) in the Washington D.C. area related to the Concords forced us to revisit a time when footwear-related crimes were a serious issue in certain areas – even Sports Illustrated explored one of the most heinous acts of sneaker-robbery when in 1989, a 15-year-old was murdered, found in the woods, all for his Air Jordans. Riots, fights, and attempts to tear store-fronts down were reported in other cities, and nationwide news outlets made the Concord a story worth covering.

Sneaker releases like the Concord 11 isn’t the fuel, it’s the engine. Over the last four Decembers, the Air Jordan XI has been the marquee sneaker of the year, preceded by numerous other footwear releases during the 11 months and three weeks prior, and as the year slowly progresses, the typical sneakerhead’s focus reconfigures and thought processes evolve from “I’ll cop these now, but gotta have the Concords at the end of the year!” to “I need to save, need my Concords!”. The actual release may last under an hour, but the process actually spans an entire year and by January 1st, the Concord XI will have been ‘old news’ and the next December release will be the biggest discussion of the year – again. For now, check out a recap of the Air Jordan 11 Concord releases from some notable spots, and let us know how you copped your Concords. If you missed out, go the safer route and hit up eBay. Add’l images via Deftronic.

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Carrina

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Inventory
Inventory

After saving $400, winning $200 at the casino, and selling 4 pairs of USED shoes on craigslist I was able to purchase 3 pairs.... (when you need to stock up on XI's, its all good)

Flava23
Flava23

eastbay.com...bought 6 pair no problem, kept 1 pair and sold the other 5 pair the same day...profited $1200 cash. Thanks MJ!

db23
db23

anyone got em in size 13? willing to pay up to 400$

n2blue
n2blue

I got my pair but the dude in front of me started talking about how he didn't really care about shoes....talking about how he would wear any nike, adidas, k-swiss. When he dropped K-swiss that pissed me off more than the mass of people in line! It was a different crowd at this release..

lamar
lamar

Me and my brother woke up at 4am and went to go stand in line at this shoe store called "Deveroes" We didn't go to the footlockers or champs big chain stores like that bc we knew that other ppl were gonig to hit them up first. So when we got to the store it was already ppl camping out. Lucky we were the nineteen and twenty person in line. everyone was cool and riot or yelling or nothing of that nature. even one of the guys that work at the store came up there at 5am to make sure it was nothing crazy going on. the only problem was that a chick cut in line, not only that but the second person in line! So someone went off on her and that was that. The guy started to hangout tickets around 7am. after that. A big ass semi truck came and guy ask how many pairs the store had "which was only 32 pairs! they guy offer 300 for the guys ticket and of course he gave up the ticket. Anyways we got our pair and it was worth it. when u put the work in and wait for hours for something that u wanted as a kid and couldn't get it. U can cherish alil bit more. My mom couldn't get the shoes for me when I was kid. So to relive my childhood and love sneakers like i do u know it was worth the wait!!!!

Matt
Matt

See this is the only reason why im not an advent jordan lover nor an 11 fanatic.....for this reason alone no shoe is worth this much hype and those rumors may have been rumors in Baltimorebut here in NY one got stabbed and another got shot for em and idc what anyone says those jays are made with the exact same quality as the other crap quality jays tht dropped this year yet the prices jumps 15 dollars extra why? cuz theyre freakin 11s.....like i said its only my opinion and i choose not to conform to the crowd.....i already knw how many lil kids im gonna see rockin em like ohh look at me and my jordans tht i went broke for or got cuz of mommies money....like tht dude said earlier the shoe game is not what it used to be

Allan
Allan

Shit was more crazy than black friday. My God, do you see this lines? Worse than the idea of, "getting that 42" Sharp TV." HAHAHA..sneaker releases are going mad...

Crack 77
Crack 77

resellers didnt ruin anything...people with too much money who buy shoes they dont know anything about and barely like ruined it. EX: south beaches could be copped for 200-300 day after release. pretty standard mark up nowadays. then people hopped on and we all know what happened to the price. only difference now is people are hopping all over everything way too fast and way too eagerly because they dont want to miss out on the next "big hit". wish everyone could just buy what they like... #myrant

STeven
STeven

I'm lucky snuck inside the mall and got 3 pair size 13

Chris E
Chris E

I'm lucky I have a friend that live in the U.K. I had mine since August.

Chachi
Chachi

Someone got killed in arizona mills mall i was there a helicopter came, along with a ambulance,he got shot it wason the news too ,

Gus
Gus

I thought they had said that the price of Jordan's were going from $150 to $160..not from $150 to $180!!! Man Nike and Jordan are scandalous. SCREW JORDAN!! He doesn't care about anyone or any of his fans. He likes to screw ppl over just to get what he wants which is more money, no matter what it takes. All he cares about is himself. Screw buying Jordans i gotta put my priorities first, which is family.

ROLL UP
ROLL UP

I camped out for hours and didnt get a pair, but some punk who had on his Footlocker uniform came in the store and bout like 14 pair! Dude exit the store with the bags and people were snatching em um and throwing water on em. What really pissed me off was that the manager of the store would even allow this dude to grab 14 pair considering the store only got 60 and it was at least 150 in line! Dude end up getting fired from footlocker the same day.Thankfully my homie hit me up and grabbed my pair and mailed em to me. All in all, this was some complete bulls**t!!!!!!!

deauxboy22
deauxboy22

Yeah you know there's no more love for shoes in the sneaker game when niggas showing up at a release in transparent Air Force 1's. -.- It's not going to kill my love for the sneaker game. I know what it's about & I know my purpose so what ever anybody else is doing doesn't really bother me. I know my love for the game & the reason I spend this money & lace up a fresh pair on my feet.

NETO
NETO

Im from Mexico, they arrived like a month ago, and i just got mines yesterday, no lines, no crazy people, and there were still like 5 more pairs in that store.

guest
guest

horrible here in ky camped out for hours. and didnt get a pair. was a mess. will never camp out again! ever! people shoving wrestling. cops harrasing me cuz i was standing in the line they told me to then try to make me go see at the food table or i had to leave, SMH!!

newsouth912
newsouth912

Congrats to everybody who got their pair but I was saddened to see how ppl acted for a fucking shoe. An 18 y.o. boy got stabbed to death over these shoes! I send my condolences to his family. The sneaker game is getting out of hand, i don't like where this is heading

buggaz
buggaz

ur all wasted pos subhuman trash an I hope moths eat yer idiot glorified keds

los
los

i live in syracuse ny waited in line for over 6hrs at champs i felt bad for the white boy behind me cause he wore a 10.5 and ended up getting a 12 but overall there were no fights glad i stayed upstate and didnt go to nyc and get them

bdogg
bdogg

i got my pair..wanted 2 but i will take the one...minimal wait for me ..no camping..not to be rude..i work for a living and have a real job! merry xmas everyone!

deauxboy22
deauxboy22

Only with the XI's does this shit happen. Ever since Space Jams released...the sneaker game changed. There's no love in it. Just a lot of people buying to impress others. It's sad but w.e. I still love shoes & nothings gonna kill my love for them. Columbia are my favorite 11s...next year, I'm camping out at home in front of thy computer with 6 tabs open. Bet. I'm not going back out there. I have a better chance copping online than early in the morning

Bruno23@cox.net
Bruno23@cox.net

Welfare recipients should be banned from buying jordans!!!

Robert
Robert

I was lucky to get my concords but man sometimes i wonder why i go trough this shit to get some pair of shoies it was raining and super cold and now im sick.. all for shoes.. im happy i got em but still i need to get over this shoe thing.lol

Chimoney
Chimoney

I paid 250 they are worth it sooo fresh

DATKIDFELIX
DATKIDFELIX

People are buggin for these XI's. Glad I got mine.

louking83
louking83

im so disappointed in the way some people acted today locally. we had two malls get doors kicked in or knocked down, it was breaking news at 5:00AM. couple that with nike.com and footlocker.com both pretty much crashing and becoming useless after a few seconds, its become very hard to justify continuing to buying sneakers like this. i know not every release is this way, but it makes it look like being a sneaker head is crazy or something. yes you can't blame the stores, but how is that apple can sell 100k+ iPhones in store over a weekend without a single problem, but with 10k Jordans there's a fight in every city... very disappointed

qwerty
qwerty

I don't ever do this, but I payed way over retail to get these... only because I was up since 1:30 waitin on line and still got deaded for my pair cause some holligans didn't know how to act and cut my line. I kinda felt like I had to.. Kinda makes me wish I wouldve copped them early months ago lol. Oh yea and death to the resellers chargin rape for thse on ebay right now

TR3WATS
TR3WATS

ANYONE COP A PAIR OFF FINISHLINES WEBSITE LAST NIGHT? AND IF SO WHEN?

TR3WATS
TR3WATS

FINISHLINE'S WEBSITE CRASHED AND THEREFORE I GOT SHIT. IT NEVER WAS THIS BAD. NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE. AS LONG AS I WAS ON TOP OF MY GAME I GOT MY PAIR. THIS TIME I DID EBERYTHING I ALWAYS DO BUT AS SOON AS THEY PUT THE 11'S UP THE SITE CRASHED. I KEPT TRYING AND FINALLY GOT INTO CHECK OUT PROCESSED THE ORDER BUT IT WOULD TAKE THE ORDER BUT THE WEB SITE WAS SHOWING THEM IN STOCK. USUALLY WHEN THEY SELL OUT THEY WON'T LET YOU BUY THEM. IT WASN'T MY CARD CAUSE IT WORKED EVERY OTHER TIME. PLUS I PATIENTLY TRIED MY OTHER CARD AND EVEN PAY PAL AND NO LUCK. ONLY WANTED ONE PAIR LIKE USUAL. DAMN I AM PISSED. THE PEOPLE WHO USUALLY SAVE A PAIR FOR ME WOULDN'T AND IT WASN'T BECAUSE I WAS LATE. I STARTED CALLING THEM A MONTH AHEAD OF TIME. AND WHEN THEY CAME IN THEY SAID THEY WERE ALL SPOKEN FOR. BULLSHIT. I THINK SOMEONE IN THERE IS RESELLING. SOMETHINGS WRONG WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE ON EBAY WITH PILES OF CONCORDS FOR SALE AND ALL I WANTED WAS ONE PAIR. ANYWAYS SO I DONT KNOW WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED ON THE FINISHLINE WEBSITE LAST NIGHT. I DONT THINK THEY SOLD ANY UNTIL THIS MORNING WHEN YOU CAN CALL TO ORDER? OR IF UNTIL ALOT OF PEOPLE GOT OFF THE SITE? I TRIED UNTILL ABOUT 3AM THEN QUIT. ANYONE COP A PAIR OFF FINISHLINES WEBSITE LAST NIGHT? AND IF SO WHEN?

Tobie
Tobie

i feel like after all this madness over a pair of shoes.....It makes me not even want them......Not to mention it cost JB $2 to make them -____-

BOF
BOF

Killing people over kicks!!!! Are you f*#cking serious!!!! Makes me glad I live in Australia where I lined up for an hour grabbed 2 pair and went home with out a voice even being raised. RIP to the kid and all the best to his family & friends, shitty way to spend Christmas. SMH.......

AndyLoCo
AndyLoCo

Stop lying bro! I gotz my 2 pair EVEN after i got thrown outa line by tempe police. I was top ten in line when popo grabbed me by the colar amd kikd me out. Maddness but no shots.

FanofJays
FanofJays

The Retro 11 that have been released the last three years, have been higher priced. Space Jams & Cool Greys were priced @ $175 only a five dollar increase....all the other releases will be $160, well until next years Retro 11 which probably be $180 or $185

Big_Infinite
Big_Infinite

their all fakes then my dude... air randy kinda shit

dotsupreme
dotsupreme

my man i cannot agree more same here no one was into kicks were im at syracuse b4 the jams now its crazy

Matt
Matt

Man this was very well said i could not agree moreee!!

hey_haole
hey_haole

because there's 100k+ iPhone (and more coming) for everyone and only 10k jordans with no re-stock. you do the math.

ken mckinney
ken mckinney

yeah my girl ordered mines at 6am because of all the shut down processes of checkout

deauxboy22
deauxboy22

I did at 8 AM. It was crazy af that I got the chance cause after it processed my order...the shit crashed again. I camped but only got a GS pair for my mom. Ordered my pair only a half size larger. I heard the run small so it might fit like my usual size (9). If not ill just ask around for size swaps. Glad I got a pair though.

Devin P.
Devin P.

I seriously, agree with you though. I'm being so serious - because you ARE RIGHT. I remember when I went to go get my Space Jams in 2009, woke up late, called up all the stores in Central FL I could, and still, at 9 a.m. - was able to go to the Florida Mall's Foot Action and get my pair. "We have five pairs in each size left from 9-13. So no stress my man." said the Foot Action employee. I was so happy. Cool Greys, same treatment from a Finishline. Let me say one thing. THIS HAS BEEN THE BY FAR MOST CRAZIEST AND INTENSE/WILDEST RELEASE I HAVE EVER SEEN, AND BEEN THROUGH YET! What "TR3WATS" is saying is so true. It was never this bad, I mean come on. Y'all need to chill with this re-selling shit on eBay and your rape prices on Craiglist. It's a bad economy for everyone, but nobody is being fair. It's a dog eat dog world. I wish things weren't so damn HYPE as they are now. Best of luck to all of us in the future who didn't get our pairs...:(

n!ck nvz
n!ck nvz

Man that same shit happened to me but it charged my credit card and I haven't got a tracking number yet. And I order mine on Friday morning at 4:30 when I was at the mall, man I thot I was suck a bad ass that I walked out of line and when It gave me some bullshit I was like fuck my spot... so did they charge u in your credit card to? Hit Mr up on my email pls I wanna know if this happens to anyone else nicnevarez@gmail.com Man I hope the order went threw ..

qwerty
qwerty

caps lock broken?

Matt
Matt

How abt the guy who was shot in arizona and the guy stabbed in harlem?

Dwade3
Dwade3

probably didnt get them they already started cancelling orders

TR3WATS
TR3WATS

bullshit right. they didn't charge me but if they charged you and you dont get a pair then they will probably at least give you a im sorry gift card. so you will at least get something for your troubles. This happened to me from east bay for the space jam release but i ended up getting a pair of jams the morning at my finishline 2 years agout. at any rate this sucks. I want a pair and will pay like an extra bill or something but i have a really hard time buying a pair for double or more.

Dwade3
Dwade3

yea i did like at 12:41 AM and still didnt get it bunch of bull then they say first come first serve but i did go because i even called and they told me i did be one of the first people to get it but still didnt get mine. i dont get it



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