Air Jordan Retro XI (11) Concord Release Causes Anarchy

Air Jordan Retro XI (11) Concord Release Causes Anarchy

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Air Jordan Retro XI (11) Concord Release Causes Anarchy
This morning, several Air Jordan carriers both online and in-store made the retro Air Jordan XI Concord available for purchase to a very eagerly awaiting public. However, we have already come across several reports of rather dangerous release circumstances. Rather unsurprisingly, police officers were called to help temper huge crowds of sneakerheads awaiting the opening doors to said carriers. However, things took a turn for the worse when in several locations including Virginia, Indiana, Texas & Florida, antsy mobs rushed into malls and led to several people being trampled on, doors being broken, and shoppers being taken into custody for such absurd acts as leaving underage children locked inside a car for the chance to get away and hopefully cop a pair. Most unfortunately, there are also reports of a young man suffering fatal stab wounds near the Washington, D.C. area in his pursuit of the classic basketall sneaker. Within hours resellers made pairs available on eBay for upwards of $500. We understand the passion for sneakers and even the allure of making an extra buck; however, when it results in the legitimate danger of crowds of people (especially those that include young children), then a line has to be drawn. Whether your blame Jordan Brand for keeping a tight watch on how many pairs are produced/released or the security/lack thereof afforded to different sneaker locations- the bottom line is that this has got to stop and a shift in focus must be reached in order to truly appreciate sneaker society without compromising our safety.

Air Jordan Retro XI (11) Concord Release Causes Anarchy

51 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s not blame the shoes and lets not forget about Black Friday at Best Buy, it is not the product as much as it is ignorant people.

  2. I fully blame Jordan brand. Release enough that there are enough to go around. These lines make it look like we live in a communist society. Isn’t the point of their business to make money? Make enough so there are more to buy and watch the money roll in.

    • Why blame J Brand? You ruin the product if you make mass quantities so that EVERYONE has one. Blame the idiots that do these things. I mean, c’mon, who leaves their kid in the car for kicks? I know, morons. I’m proud to say that nothing happened in Chicago – where the G.O.A.T. played his best ball. All these other places – savages, idiots and dumb@$$3$.

      • honestly they can make a little more. This product was meant to SELL-OUT. All the way from the retro model number to the choice of release date. People wanted it too badly there were not enough which causes the problem. Usually retailers who make limited quantities of something reaise the price so that everyone can’t get it. If they weren’t going to make enough raise the price, otherwise make more.

    • I totally agree. JB needs to take responsibility! But at the same time I think think it’s easy to write about how people should change but we know the authors of sneakerfiles already had their pair on lock, probably wayyy before the release. There are a lot of people that aren’t so privileged, so don’t be so quick to judge. Though I don’t advocate violence some people wait months for one day work hard to save money & will do what it takes to get there pair. That’s just what a true sneaker head does. True heads have been out there and it’s a survival of the fittest bout. Physically & mentally but until governing bodies/ corporations take charge & make things fair or radily available, humans will be just that…human.

    • I don’t even know where to begin with a response to such an ignorant statement, so I’ll start from the top;

      1. “Release enough to go around”—> good idea, let’s completely flood the market with sneakers so that there’s absolutely no reason for collecting, and thus this website, to even exist. In fact, let’s make the world a Finish Line so that all of the people as pretentious as you can ignorantly tarnish the true reason why the word “sneakerhead” even exists, and can think even less about what they put on public websites for the world to see, like said post I’m commenting on.

      2. “Communist Society”—> Technically, if we lived in a communist society, we’d all receive the same shoes, same clothes, same food, etc., you obviously didn’t pay attention in your history class, and therefore are writing a post that is arguing the very points one is trying to make.

      3. “Isn’t the point of their business to make more money?”—> Yes, it is, so complain about the fact that they ARE flooding the market, with shoes that are made with FAR LOWER quality materials than 10 years ago, when they had yet to realize that people like you are far too worried about the surface content and shallow meanings of having a shoe collection, and furthermore, would actually be dumb enough to buy Eggplant Foams on the second release, when the color doesn’t even match the ’07’s. But apparently, you know that already. COMPLAIN about that, not the fact that you’re too lazy to camp out for shoes because, I dunno, YOU LEGITIMATELY CARE ABOUT HAVING SOMETHING THAT A SMALL SUM OF PEOPLE HAVE.

      4. “Watch the money roll in”—> You should have written “Watch this comment contradict everything I just said” right after it.

      Your comment is not only an ignorant, contradictory slap in the face to the crowd you represent (the crowd that is responsible for the “anarchy” Friday morning, and this article, resultantly), but furthermore is an offensive statement against the very website you posted on.

  3. Civilized people in the Chi. Props to those at Niketown that kept a tight ship and those peeps that braved the cold to get theirs and didn’t cause mass hysteria.

  4. some kids tried to rob my friend lastnight, i ended up fighting and get cut with a knife, smh it was crazy ill never do a midnight release again

  5. some kids tried to rob my friend lastnight, i ended up fighting and get cut with a knife, smh it was crazy ill never do a midnight release again

  6. I wouldn’t blame jordan brand entirely. There are just a bunch of knuckleheads out there that take this dream release and turn it into a nightmare. Even if Jordan brand made millions of concords, it only takes that one moron to ruin everything. A s much as i consider myself a true sneakerhead, I know this isn’t worth killing or injuring someone else over. Just my 2 cents.

  7. It’s called online shopping I’ve never waited in line for a pair of shoes in my life and I’m not mentioning my 6 years in footaction

  8. What’s really crazy about this whole ordeal is that more than half these yahoos probably never watched a bulls game from 96. Theyre dumb kids who get caught up in the hype of “looking swagged out”, I wanna look the flyest cuz that’s what I see on MTV lol. There’s a lot of young urban culture that want to imitate there fav rapper cuz they think they’re cool. There is a huge self esteem issue here w these kids n it’s being caused by bad parenting. Tv n Internet raise kids now, and these boys are growing up to be metrosexual panzies having more shoes n accessories than there girlfriends. Man up boys, swag is for suckers and your all buying into it. It’s Xmas, you lame ducks should’ve taken that $180 n take someone you love out for a nice dinner instead of a pair of sneaks that will sit in a dark closet. I should throw u in the closet with them, Merry Christmas

  9. ish was mad crazy..thank g-d for hook ups..nice to have folks in corp!!! felt like diddy last night…i work 12 hours a day trying to play gordon gekko..got my pair..very happy!

  10. I had the family hook up for my kicks but JB knows that they coulda produced more. They just like the free publicity they get every year when dummies rush the mall fighting each other for their XI’s. Its all in the news and crap. But this is my last pair of J’s. Did you see what they did to the last shots GTFOH JB!!!!!

  11. I camped for two hours. One hour in themorning and one hours at night. Copped two pairs with ease. Both sz 12. You just have to make out a plan and be safe. Malls are to big for two gaurds to protect.

  12. This one was the worst so far, way worse than the Space Jam’s and the Cool Grey’s. One of the major issues is so many of these stores get way more pairs than they say, but they’ve already peddled pairs out to themselves and family. And it’s not just with releases like this one, the Nerf and Weatherman KD release was similiar, and now they’re on eBay for 450-500 and upwards of $1500 respectively. I understand you don’t want to flood them and release enough for every single person to have, but at the same time there needs to be SOME KIND of safe way to do it. One of the Mall’s here in Charlotte NC held a lottery this morning for everyone waiting BEFORE they let anyone physically into the mall, the winners of the lottery were awarded tickets and were allowed to go in the mall and purchase their pair from one of the three stores selling them (Finishline, Footlocker and Champs) That at least calmed the hysteria of pushing and trampling. Last year MJ himself was at the Bobcats team store here in Charlotte signing pairs of Cool Grey XI’s. I know Bobcat team store got some Concords but I havent heard anything about MJ being there this year.

  13. In a perfect world JB would sell out and restock. However there was more than enough to go around and people act stupid hands down

  14. Jordan Brand is in NO WAY at fault for the actions of a few idiots . What else on this planet is mass produced so every single soul can have it ? NOTHING !!! U not being able to get what u want is never an excuse to be stupid . Nobody has nothing to say when JB puts out a shoe that nobody buys .

  15. Its either i get mine online or pay the extra $$ to get them before they drop…i Had a bad experience with the DMP’s and vowed never to stand in line again…Theres always going to be that one bad apple that spoils it for everyone. I dont blame JB at all theres always a positive way to get what you want

    • Agreed! I paid extra to get mines early too, and avoid the line waiting and risk of getting mugged, stabbed or killed… :/

  16. when people are dying for a pair of shoes blame the brand for not making enough shoes, i do like being the only one of many to have the sneaker but when it comes down to how many people got hurt and jailed, you have to blame the brand… our local stores got 30 pairs tysons corner mall in va got 75 pairs thats where i got mine, 150 pairs per store would not have killed jb and would have saved a lot of lives and from where i was that is 75 more pairs now is that too much to ask for or is it better if someone gets killed??? the brand sells mass numbers of shoes to rich investors that turn around and sell them for 500++ when those sneakers could have made it to the stores for the people to buy, its called american greed

  17. Yeah i dont understand why people are so ignorant. I got in line for mine at 11 pm the night before i was fifth in line and when i went into the store people were talking mad ish to me. Don’t hate because your lazy ass didn’t want to get in line early.

    • I WENT TO LINE UP AS EARLY AS 10 AND THE LINE WAS A ZOO. I DECIDED TO JUST ORDER MINE FOR A LIL EXTRA. YOU KNOW WHATS REALLY FUCCED UP IS SPOTS LIKE FINISHLINE TELLING PEOPLE THEY ONLY HAVE KIDS SIZES AND THEY ONLY RECEIVED 4 ADULT SIZES. AND ALL ADULT SIZES WERE KEPT BY THE EMPLOYEES. FUCCING LIARS CUZ HOW DO THEY ONLY GET 4 ADULT SIZES. AND TO TOP OF ALL THEE DAMN INSANITY. JAMAICA AVE ON A SATURDAY NIGHT WAS CHARGING 450 FOR A SIZE 7.. WTF IS GOING ON. HELL NO IM AGAINST EVERYONE HAVING A PAIR. IF SO THEY THE PRICE FOR JORDAN HEAT WOULD BE LIKE 50 BUX AND WHO WANTS THAT SHIIIT. SIMPLY GIVE OUT WRIST BANDS IN THE AMOUNT THAT YOU HAVE IN THE STORE OR TAKE PRE ORDERS SO THAT PEOPLE WONT SURPRISE YOU LATER. IF YOU WAS A SNEAKER STORE AND YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH A CRAZY MOB THEN THATS ON YOU. SHOULD HAVE THOUGH AHEAD. NIKETOWN AND HOH USUALLY DO.

      • co sign. same shit happened with me @ finishline i waited in line for several hours and saw like 4 or 5 ppl walk out with em before they came out talking about they didnt have anymore. how do you only have 4 adult pairs of the most hyped shoe of the year? glad those who did got escorted by security cuz i wouldve feared for their safety.

  18. I found 2 knives and a hammer in the parking lot as i was coming back to my car. I was the first one outside footaction at 1am but was kicked out and was told to wait in the parking lot till 4am, so that we could form a line outside? should be first come first serve if you ask me

  19. PROBABLY THE MUST HURTFUL AND DISGUSTING THING IS WAS EVERY A PART OF. LOVE THE KICKS. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL JO’S EVER. BUT SHIT WHEN I SAW KATS ON JAMAICA AVE CAMPING OUT. I KNEW IT WAS BAD. WHEN I SAW KATS LINED UP @ GREEN ACRES MALL WRAPPED AROUND THE MALL. I KNEW IT WAS BAD. WHEN I SAW DUDES GANGING UP NOT MOVING WHEN NASSAU COUNTY POLICE SAID TO CLEAR THAT PARKING LOT @ SUNRISE MALL I KNEW IT WAS BAD.. AND HEARD DUDES GETTING STABBED IN THE BX. I KNEW SHIT WAS THE WORST. EITHER DO WRIST BANDS FOR ALL SNEAKERS SHOPS OR TAKE PRE ORDERS. WHY HAVE PEOPLE WHO WON’T GET A PAIR WAIST THEIR TIME AND FORM DANGEROUS GROUPS FROM FORMING. SHIT HAS TO STOP. TOO MANY HYPEBEAST OUT THERE WITH NO COMMON SENSE AND LOVE FOR THE SHOES. JUST TO LOOK IMPORTANT PEOPLE WILL DO STUPID SHIT!

  20. I’m sorry to say this but this foos that blame JB for these idiots’ actions are idiots themselves I mean why blame the brand yo? Who’s really at fault here are the stores that carried them if they had a more organize way to sell the pair this would of never happened. I bet you associates that work in those stores already hooked their homies and fans up which made their store quantities less when really they should be there waiting like the others.. Ordered my pair online but I still lined up to help out a friend get his pair and I should say there are a couple idiots that stood there just to SELL their spot which I thought was dumb but hey no trouble at our mall or whatsoever just a fun freezing night..

  21. I heard that the story about the dude that got killed was a false report. Nicekicks.com said that the photo was a stock photo taken off of the internet. It WAS hectic though. I walked past all the lines when I bought my son a pair. To avoid all of the madness that I predicted, I pre ordered a pair off of eBay.

  22. honeslty i dont think it was the sneakerheads or J brand. it was the random guys who just wanted the “newest pair of J’s” to rock. every “sneakerhead” i met was chill and respectful. sure they were gonna run and push and try and get their pair but enevr would they dream of hurting people or damaging property for a shoe. its the non-sneakerheads who come out to these events that casues problems. and defintly more security should have been provided. everyone knew this was gonna be an insane release.

  23. I think the retailers should develop some type of system that rewards those of us that frequent their stores for more than just one significant release. I have a Finish Line “Winners Circle” card they are able to track my buying history and send me $20 rewards bucks every time I spend a certain amount, with the use of that system they see what brand of shoe I most frequently buy. So why not give frequent buyers the opportunity to get first crack at the shoes. Do lotteries for the opportunity to buy the shoe to those that spend a certain amount in your stores. Cancel out the hypebeast, the once every blue moon Jordan buyers, and the cats that just want to resale on eBay.

  24. By far this was the craziest release. I am a true “sneakerhead.” I do it for the love I have for sneakers. I did the line in HOH in Harlem and let me tell you that it got ugly. I am not racist, however “black people” just don’t know how to act. They would come in groups and skip people that were waiting on the lines for hours, smoking weed, throwing objects, and using bully tactics intimidating people. It was crazy there were two police offers there and did nothing. It got so crazy later on that they closed it down and more police officers were called in. This is why white people look down at us because the major of us are just so ignorant. There were people there who were just there to buy the sneakers and resell. I will never ever go back to the HOH in Harlem. The people there are animals and feared for my safety.

  25. middle finger to JB for this one. Anytime people are robbed & killed over something so minuscule as a pair of sneakers someone should look for a better solution to the problem. no i do not want everyone to have a pair but in this day in age with social media outlets like twitter and facebook the demand and hype for shoes is at an all time high. people who didn’t even know why the shoes were called Concords were ready to fight & shoot people over some damn shoes. disgusting. now that everyone is so worried about looking cool the sneakerhead population is over saturated & played out. especially when it comes to JB.

  26. Well…for all the people that are for the “limited” and the “exclusive”, and other words like that, I can only say that – Did any of you remember back in the 90’s, having crazy releases like this, all the Jordan (or any other player) shoes were available everywhere (not only in US) and at almost unlimited quantity, so everyone that wanted to, could buy them.
    Did that ruin the image of the brand, did that stop the collectors to be collectors, did that made the brand suffer and become insignificant… I don’t think so.
    Thank you very much.

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