After the Concords dropped to a riotous affair, campouts for sneakers haven’t reached the same level. The media latched onto the Jordan XI “Concord” violence as a way to demonize a sub-culture a bit, and with the Foamposite “Galaxy” lines already starting as early as 10 days prior to the launch, the sentiment is one of active peace between fellow sneakerheads.
There is still an entire day until the shoe comes out, and from the campouts I have done, we all know that the last few hours are the times when bad things potentially happen. When tension runs high from someone that has waited a week only to be cut in front of at the last second by some douche and his friends, problems happen.
Let’s hope that nothing like the reported deaths from the Concord release happens this time around, and just be happy that a shoe that has already seen releases in other colorways is garnering this much excitement in streetwear communities.
One of my favorite memories, if I remember correctly, was when Michael Jordan dropped 48 against the Charlotte Hornets and Scottie Pippen pulled his foot up to the camera to show off the outsole of the OG Air Jordan X that he was wearing.
These pictures provide me the first opportunity to read the bottom of the Jordan X, and January 21st will provide me my first chance to own one of my favorite shoes of all time, should I have $160 and (inevitably) a couple days to sit in line before fighting off stick up kids outside the sneaker store like the "Concord" release of late last year…
SneakerNews also put out a great story describing the anticipation of the “December release” in the world of streetwear and sneaker culture. Check it out.
And with any luck, you may be able to pick up one of the 300,000 to 500,000 pairs of Air Jordan XI “Concord” kicks without giving up any of these things. But good luck with that one… better luck than this guy, above, who got knocked out in line for his shoes in Brooklyn.
In honor of the recent Concord riots all over the country, I figured it would be a great time to share a video that you might or might not have seen that perfectly captures the feeling of sneakerhead culture.
It really becomes something much more than anyone who didn’t grow up with a dirty basketball in their hands and clean J’s on their feet could understand. And the video has some powerful visuals to get the message across.