Fights erupt in shoe stores across the country as fans battle to get their hands on the latest Air Jordan 11 Gamma Blue sneakers
- Nike’s latest Air Jordan sneakers released yesterday
- People lined up overnight to put their feet in a pair
- Violence erupted in malls and outdoor stores across the country as frantic shoppers attempted to purchase the shoes
- Similar scenes accompany the release of a new version every year
- Last year, 22-year-old Joshua Woods was gunned down on his way home and had the pair of sneakers he bought stolen.
Chaos followed the release of Nike’s Air Jordan 11 Gamma Blue sneaker on Saturday morning as fights erupted in stores across the country between shoppers eager to get their hands on a pair.
Every year the highly anticipated release of a new, limited-edition version of Air Jordans is released, and every year a series of robberies, assaults, riots, and even deaths occur.
This year, videos and photographs from across the country show frenzied crowds fighting in queues outside sporting goods stores and inside stores.
Brawl in a store: These young men got into a fight in a sportswear store as they tried to buy Air Jordans
Violence: inexplicably shirtless young man repeatedly punched on pair of sneakers
Video that has surfaced shows a brawl at a Weberstown Mall shoe store in California that appears to represent various distinct skirmishes over wanted footwear.
A shirtless boy is repeatedly knocked down and beaten while elsewhere in the store another is attacked.
It is not known if the young men are fighting over the last pair of shoes or why either of them is not wearing a shirt. According to Fox 40, police responded to the store but the crowd had dispersed and no arrests were made.
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In Dallas, police were called to the Southwest Center Mall after a scuffle broke out in the shoe queue.
People had started lining up to buy the sneakers overnight in anticipation of the shoe’s release on Saturday morning.
According to Fox Dallas, a group arrived around 6 a.m. and attempted to cut off at the front of the line.
No one was injured in the scuffle, but police remained in the store during the opening to ensure that no further sneaker-related rage occurred.
Cult status: Many have questioned the veneration of a shoe bearing the name of a player who hasn’t been on the pitch for more than a decade
In New York City, Bronx shoppers spoke of fights, torn clothes and the police presence as shoppers, many parents trying to get a pair of shoes for their children, waited outside Foot Locker.
A snapshot of the scene posted on Instagram shows a huge crowd watching a group of girls fight before the store opens.
A customer explained that the street credit of wearing a pair of Air Jordans was worth it.
âI mean, technically it’s not. But to brag, it is. It’s, it’s worth it for the bragging rights, it’s, ‘ she told News 12, after explaining that she had been waiting 12 hours to get her hands on a pair.
Sneakers fans: a group of girls scuffle in the crowd gathered outside a Foot Locker store in the Bronx while waiting for the release of the latest Air Jordans
Last week in Ohio, shoppers managed to pull a door completely off its hinges as they piled into the Champs Sports store in the Eastland Mall.
The shoes weren’t even on sale until Saturday, but the store was handing out vouchers that would allow shoppers to purchase the shoes on Saturday.
Agents were also called in to disperse an “unruly” crowd in Florida on Friday night after a sports store manager decided not to sell the sneakers due to the size of the crowd and the limited number of sneakers the store had.
The shoes are priced at $ 185. A new, limited-edition version of Air Jordans is released every year, and every year similar violence and frustration erupts.
Voucher: A door is pulled off its hinges as the shopper walks into an Ohio store to get a voucher that would allow them to purchase Air Jordans when they exit
In 2012, Joshua Woods, 22, was killed in Houston, Texas, shortly after he bought a pair of recently released Air Jordans by four men who followed him from the mall.
His mother, Dazie Williams, has started a campaign called Life Over Fashion that aims to change the way Nike distributes its sought-after sneakers.
âNike nor Michael Jordan didn’t pull the trigger that killed my son, but with great power comes great responsibility. It’s product liability. If your name is on a product, you have to stand up. The first person who was killed [for Jordans] was in 1989, and here we are in 2013, âshe said.