We live in turbulent times. A certain restlessness pervades the culture. Sometimes that restlessness is channeled into earnest political action — think SOPA/PIPA protests, Bank Transfer Day, Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party — and other times it erupts into a near riot over a new, metallic-red version of an ugly, overpriced sneaker.
On Saturday, Nike made available the latest color in its Air Foamposite One sneaker line, and about 100 sneakerheads in Hagerstown stood for hours (some since 7:30 p.m. Friday night!) outside Valley Mall’s Footlocker waiting for the chance to drop $220 on a pair of shoes. I bet they figured the shoes’ NASA-developed, shock-absorbing foam would come in handy when we’re all living on Newt Gingrich’s moon colony. Anyway, a little after 8:00 a.m. a security guard called the police when the crowd started to get “unruly.” Cops evacuated the entire mall and escorted customers in small groups to Footlocker. The shoes sold out by 10 a.m.
If you missed out on these, don’t worry! Nike is releasing an even uglier version later in the month.