Is It Worth It? A Look Back at Crazy Sneaker Releases and Campouts

April 3rd, 2014 by | 58 comments


crazy sneaker releases Is It Worth It? A Look Back at Crazy Sneaker Releases and Campouts

In preparation of today’s in-store release of the Supreme Foamposites, hordes of sneakerheads and brand loyalists gathered at the store locations in New York and Los Angeles with hopes of acquiring a pair in person. The mayhem at the NYC location forced the NYPD the cancel the in-store release in New York due to safety concerns, and the thousands that showed up were forced to go home and wait for the online release. The events that unfolded are a reminder that Nike’s efforts to keep these types of releases strictly digital have produced positive results, especially with the higher frequency of high profile items. However not everything can be done through an RSVP or Twitter Link Only system, and there was a time when chaos on release dates was to be expected.

First things first – campouts and rowdy behavior at sneaker releases go back over a decade. This isn’t something to be shocked at, with Foamposites being wildly popular and Supreme being the “it” label for the moment. What went down yesterday only reflects events of the past, and the occurrences we’ve noted here focus on significant and notable campouts/releases and the overall enculturation of the sneaker community, not on isolated acts of violence that unfortunately happen as well. Did you experience any of these sneaker releases first-hand? Do you have a story to tell that might surpass these in terms of significance to this sub-culture? Check out this feature below and let us know what you think in the Comments area below.





52 comments
BigBlake10
BigBlake10

dudes were camped out for a week for the galaxy foams, its pretty insane.

SneakerPornStar
SneakerPornStar

this is crazy i dont think the supremes are worth it

nickcop10
nickcop10

People died over concords... It was definitely the craziest release ever

LuisAntonioAyalaIII
LuisAntonioAyalaIII

This is a huge company witch has material for these sneakers and no matter how many times they release these so called never to be made again sneakers is a huge lie and even if so why oh why don't the company's make more to let any and all people can wear not just for the people makeing money on the resale of the sneaker's which probably don't pay tax on!!!

youngballcoach
youngballcoach

F@#$ing clowns!!! Them fools need to be that serious about getting an proper education and a nice job. They need to get their priorities straight!

schopes
schopes

I paid £200 (over $330)  for my Diamond Supply Co. Dunk Highs and not a single fuck was given that day. I have better things to do than sit outside a shop all day/night and fight people at the time of release.

Vichy Vich
Vichy Vich

If all those campers set the same level of priorities within the working environment as they do for a sneaker release, this world would be a better place. Nike is just laughing at everyone!

John Kitt
John Kitt

I have a real job I can't take off to sit outside and most are reseller anyway there not there for the love of the shoe but there for the money

Shawn Dacnaughty Batson
Shawn Dacnaughty Batson

for all of you that want limited edition sneakers check off michael k on broadway between howard and grand

Rome 1
Rome 1

This is exactly the reason why the shoe game ain't fun no more. All that running, cutting, tearing down gates and shit. Straight ignorance at its finest. You swear these shoe stores were giving away money....SMMFH

A majority of these people are not even into shoes like that, just want to be included in the talk or take advantage of the people who are by being a reseller.

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

My thing is, if there's 20-30 people in front of you, and especially if that store doesn't have a limit on how much you can buy, GO HOME. Causing mayhem isn't helping anybody get the kicks, especially when you're the thousandth person in line.

justshoes
justshoes

Its not worth it at all. I only camped once because back then you actually had time to try the shoes on, now you can't. That 1 time I camped I realized how much of a fucken waste of time and life it was and I wouldn't do it again. Then I saw the galaxy pack and I really wanted the kobe 7s but when I got there the line was 15 deep. They still had my size but I would of had to wait 2 days for them. I tried, but I only lasted 10 min and went home it wasn't worth it that was too much precious time and life I could do something fun and enjoy. It feels like being in a zoo people walking by looking at you like "what a bunch of weirdos,losers" camping out in the street. But id rather be seen camping out for basketball shoes then camp out for some supreme Tshirts that look the same as the last one and say the same shit as the last one and get charged 100 for one.lol. Its getting really fucken stupid these dudeds are trying to resell clothes gtfo, and calling themselves supheads really?

C_Jones06
C_Jones06

Foot Action just did a restock on the XX8 All Star for anybody looking for it as it was unannounced (or at least it didn't reach me).  The XX8 Bel Air's have also been re-released.

sneaker freak
sneaker freak

I found my space jams in one of my local sneaker spots 6 months after release and I only paid 40$ over retail but yeah I've personally never campped for a pair of kicks I have lined up early before and now I do the raffle but from watching thsese videos I would say that it's really not worth it I know alot of people hate raffling but I think it's the best way to handle these shoe releases if you don't get a call don't bother going to the mall so that way you don't have a mob of people trying to bum rush the stores also if you don't get the call you can figure out a plan-b like trying to purchase online 

PMJC07
PMJC07

The craziest release was 2011, when the concord 11's came out.

dopeman978
dopeman978

It's not worth it! Nike has to make more for the masses!! To camp out too sneaker bots the sneaker game Is messed up, too many heads want these exclusive kicks Nike need too make more they're creating frenzies for limited kicks. Too see this on each coast is crazy. The local NYC news covered the manhattan outbreak, but these pictures are bananas. To see so many people come out for sneakers astounds me. Not even job fairs, voting for our local official have the young coming out like this. Nike should give away nike mags for just voting and I bet these same people would come out. But damn shame how many of these people living check to check, taking the bus and not saving up for a car or house. I had to stop buying for awhile to get my car and license straight. But to see so many turn out for a dated shoe amazes me

James Lowery
James Lowery

whoa people lined up for Jordan Futures? cool shoe but I'd only cop on-sale or something

James Lowery
James Lowery

they're just sneakers. there's tons of em.

TheKidDope_
TheKidDope_

The Space Jam 11's were actually a pretty calm release when they came out in my city. No long lines or anything. I got to the mall at like 6:30 and they started selling at 8. I was like the 10th person in line at the FinishLine. After that release, all hell broke lose and still is breaking lose till this day

Lloyd Skeen
Lloyd Skeen

This was a thrown together article....more than 20 pairs of pigeon sb's and space jams wasn't even bad....concord release and breds were wayyyyyyyyyyy worse than jams.....hell getting gamma xi's was harder than jams...pretty much anyone knows that

"C.E.O."
"C.E.O."

Imagine "What the..." scene is goin' to be on May 31st (gonna be a memorial day for sure) & Fall for AJ XI's or worse the Nike Air Mags. Yeah, not worth it for me. Even when "No Ideas Original" - Nas just design your own exclusives if you got the patience. Looks like Nike/Jordan brand gonna keep sneakers extremely exclusives for generations to come.

Ryan Ysiano
Ryan Ysiano

Id honestly just pay the $600-$800 from a reseller instead of dealing with the bs

Bikash Sherpa
Bikash Sherpa

Nike and supreme need to collab with employment agencies

Jaysdaname
Jaysdaname

 Michael K is where I always go to.  I ain't got time to sit outside ...I have a life unlike some people waiting days for kicks.

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

@Rome 1  If only the common sense and educated dialogue displayed by some of you here was infectious to the touch. You know what scares me? If people act like this over "material goods" they could live without what would they do if water and food was being rationed? It's a chilling thought.

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

@JFresh_136  In theory you're right and so is everyone else saying this but I don't think any of you have fed Piranha's or watched a video of them feed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQIo9r8ZcjM


My post simply means these people in line don't think. They just envision getting the shoe. Doesn't matter if there's 7,000 people in front of them.

fittedchamp01
fittedchamp01

I was on line just looking around and I think It's wrose when people buy a shoe and try to sell it for more then double what they paid. There is someone on ebay selling the supreme foms for 30,000 smh the what the kobes are on line for 600 or better. I wish people would camp out to vote, or register for school or a job fair

RT5
RT5

@dopeman978  Yeah I agree. All this madness over retros has really turned me off. Yeah some of these shoes are sweet (most are just plain goofy looking). But c'mon, If people just think about it it for a second. THESE ARE JUST SHOES!


And then once people get them, the next thing they do is complain! Complain about the price tag, the quality , etc. But notice how they don't return them to the store. They Just keep them and move on to the next shoe. It's a cycle.  


I wonder if in a decade, will this only get better or worse? Kids that currently can't afford these shoes right now will absolutely be buying them then. Now throw that new era into the mix. More competition. Or is all this a phase right now? Maybe in a decade people will be into something completely different. Probably not though.


Damn, Nike has all these people by the balls!      

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

@"C.E.O." Funny you say that because after two months of striking out "online" with over 4 brands I'm pretty tired of the games. I paid way over retail for my Lebron Gumbo's, KD Floral's and now the overpriced BS is starting to take effect with Reebok and Saucony. I can't complain about the problem but then contribute to it by paying reseller prices.

I have plenty of leather paint and suede dye here and come spring I'll be copping plenty of "basic", easily accessible shoes and doing my own work on them. This shit is just getting ridiculous now.

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

That was my mentality going into the UBIQ "Dirty Martini's", Lebron Gumbo's and KD Floral's. When I added up the lost sleep and then all for nothing at striking out on sites where my item would be in the cart then their sluggish systems just didn't allow me to complete I just started paying reseller prices. Some were only $80 above retail, others unfortunately double but if these dudes went to school with the determination that they camp out with paying over retail wouldn't be an issue.

valdeaunia
valdeaunia

And that is why they are falling in line for you!

hyphy852
hyphy852

+1! Don't forget that these clowns can only afford the retail price.

adadalives
adadalives

Need to drop like 100 likes on that comment. 

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

Sometimes I'm on the fence about living in NJ but when it comes to shoe releases I agree with you and others. It's definitely something I DON'T MISS about NYC?

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

True, it's like they get tunnel vision. It's amazing how plastic and rubber can get rid of common sense.

FutureTomorrow_
FutureTomorrow_

@fittedchamp01 If I could give you a 100 likes I would. Our priorities as a society are completely upside down. It would be awesome to see people camping out to vote or register for school. At the end of the day we're talking about a pair of shoes and in the case of the Supreme foams an ugly pair at that.

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