WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As you surely know, shopping around the holidays can be somewhat chaotic. But this year there was a big rush for one special item across the country inspired by a hometown hero. As the old commercials would say, “It’s gotta be the shoes.”
Every year around Christmastime there seems to be that one present that shoppers go crazy for. This year, for many sports fans, it was the newest Air Jordan shoe. The shoe caused madness across the country and even right here in Wilmington.
“Last night when we closed the store, there was already people starting to gather, and they knew they weren’t coming out until 9 o’clock in the morning when we open,” said Kate Lapp, who works at Boseman’s Sporting Goods in Wilmington.
Holiday shoppers camped out last night at Boseman’s for the release of the Retro Air Jordan 11 Concords. Many of those shoppers made the best of the situation.
“People ordered pizza, had gallons of sweet tea, McAllister’s deli trays, everything,” Lapp said. “They were all out there, I guess having fun.”
Boseman’s received 24 pairs in men’s sizes and 24 pairs in kid’s sizes. Employees say the store opened early for the occasion, and they were sold out of the shoes within 30 minutes.
But while there may have been excitement here in Michael Jordan’s hometown, it was nothing like the chaos in other places.
In California there were reports of shots fired over the shoes.
Last night in Charlotte police were called to at least three malls because of the crowds. At one mall glass door was even smashed.
“People started getting restless, so they cracked open the doors, and the next thing you know people started getting trampled and bum rushed. The doors fell on some girls heads, and it was horrible. It was real bad,” one shopper said.
Although many people across the country missed out on the hot item, they are already being resold online. The only problem is, in many cases, the asking price is at least double the original price of about $175.
It all proving that more than 30 years after Jordan left Wilmington and nearly a decade since he retired from the NBA, his Jumpman brand is still as popular as ever.
This is not the first time there’s been such a frenzy for Air Jordans since they debuted in 1985. They’ve been so popular at points that some people have been mugged or even killed for theirs.