Today marked the release of one of the most coveted Air Jordans to ever get retroed.
The Air Jordan Retro 11, in the white/black colorway, was released at many sneaker locations at midnight last night and the pandemonium that you would expect to ensue for a sneaker that hasn't been released since January 2006. The "Concords" as they are called because of the shade of blue used in the logo, brought out thousands of people in cities across the United States all trying to get their hands on their size of the coveted kicks.
Last night in New York City, not too far from our offices, the local Foot Locker was rumored to have over 700 pairs, while the Niketown further uptown almost doubled that but if you thought their hight stock guaranteed you a pair at midnight you would be mistaken. Although Niketown handed out wristbands to keep their line in order, Foot Locker, Footaction and others allowed to crowd to govern themselves, and when that happened, any chance of organization went out the window.
People had been waiting on lines across the city, some as earlier as 9 AM, to secure a spot for the Concord Jordan 11s but there was no real organization on the part of the stores. People who walked to the line at 10 went right to the front and created a sea of people crowding the door as opposed to an organized line. In many instances the police were called and we are sure that the pandemonium has made the news like it did last year for the release of the "Cool Grey" colorway of the same shoe.
For those of you who were able to get your hands on the shoe, we would like to congratulate you. Have a happy holiday, we are sure these Jordans will make for a great gift. For those of you who were not able to secure yourself a pair, keep trying, they were a general release (not made in limited quantities) so you may get lucky when you least expect it.
Take a look at some of the faithful who lined up for the Air Jordans out in Oregon in the video below.