What some are calling the "most anticipated Nike releases to date," the release of Nike's Galaxy Foamposite shoes did not disappoint, at least on an entertainment front. Yes, it the enjoyment was coupled with a tinge of sadness as you watch a nation of youngsters do everything short of selling their souls, all to own a piece of Nike's sole.
Bad puns aside, the anticipation for Nike's $220 is so high, folks in Orlando started acting unruly, causing the city to send out riot geared police units. While there were no reports of arrests or shootings in the Orlando area (thank goodness for small miracles), the hubbub did cause Foot Locker to cancel some of their Florida releases:
Update 2/24,1:30am EST: Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the All-Star releases this weekend (product list below) at the following Foot Locker House of Hoops stores: Florida Mall, Pembroke Mall, University Mall in Tampa, Southlake Mall and PG Plaza. Our priority is the safety of the community. Thank you for your understanding. Please check back for additional updates. This does not affect online releases.
As with everything in today's world, there's some civilian video of the fun in Orlando:
But the real fun surrounding the Foamposites came from Twitter, which is just about par for the course. While the trend has cooled some this morning; last night, it was a roaring fire. I "favorited" some of the ones that stood out. Be warned, however, the language use is NSFW, and may be slightly offensive to those who are uncomfortable with certain race-related terms:
I hope nobody get shot did weekend over dem galaxy foams.... Das if anybody gets em... Only like 550 pairs.... WORLDWIDE doe, dat shit cray
In fact, there was a lot of back and forth over the riots and the lengths people go through just to get some shoes. Some took it as a reflection on society as a whole, while some thought they were just ugly. That being said, the demand for the Foamposites is high:
I need them Galaxy Foams in my life!!!!!
Them galaxy foams are terrible
Those foam galaxy are ugly. The only reason some of you want to cop them just so you can fit in.
Riots over galaxy foam!! Aint it supposed to be Black history month, smh C"mon Son.
#c'monmanNiggas fighting for the galaxy foam but niggas ain't fight for the cure to cancer and aids
Some ppl are gonna get the galaxy foam and soon see heaven...guns the ultimate Barter system
Someone bought galaxy foams. Now he trying to trade em' for a used car. Nigga' smart a'f 😀
Bros I'm a Foam fanatic crazy, but 1. ARE YOU REALLY TRADING YOUR CAR?? and 2. ARE YOU REALLY BIDDING 20K on the GALAXY FOAMS??
I hope the niggas gettin the galaxy foams know that the only people they can wear those shoes around are white people
Galaxy Foams goin for $2500 on Ebay. Thats more than my damn rims cost. Imma pass
Speaking of eBay, while I haven't seen any $2500 auctions -- there were even rumors of $20,000 auctions, for goodness' sakes -- there are quite a few asking for $1000 or more. Is this how society falls? People absolutely losing their collective minds over a pair of basketball shoes and starting a riot that brings the country to its knees?
Would you be surprised if it did?