December 23rd, 2011.
I coveted the Condord XI since I had an og pair in the 3rd grade. Moms couldn't afford the 2000 or 2001 retro. It was only right that I tried to get the 2011 retro since I had my own money to buy them.
I get to the local Hibbet sport at midnight. There are 8 people in front of me. No big deal. I'm definitely in a good spot to get a pair. We went down the line and everyone says what size they wear...
Everyone except the first person in line. He had headphones on and didn't speak to anyone. He was kicking it on a lawn chair so we mainly said "f him" and spoke about the different pairs we liked, how long we'd been fans of kicks, etc.
The line starts to get longer and longer. Surely enough the clock strikes 8 and it's opening time. The store employees made their way in. Unbeknownst to us, they got priority over the rest of us. There were 4 of them. One by one I see them each grab two pairs and check out. It's whatever, we thought, surely with such a high profile release, there were a lot more to go around.
And then the moment came that changed the way I look at shoes forever. They're only letting people in one at a time. Ol lawn chair buddy goes in, as is the custom for people who are first in line. One of the employees goes to the back and returns with a full case of kicks. The box is still taped up.
"Smart move, get us in and get us out instead of having to keep going to the back for pairs. Should be out of here in no time."
I was wrong. More wrong than I could ever imagine.
THIS ************ BOUGHT AN ENTIRE CASE TO FLIP.
The store employees see the outrage going on outside so they end up having to call the cops to escort this **** boy to his car. The second guy goes in, buys two pairs, and the employees come back to tell us all the men's sizes are gone.
Spent the next hour rushing all over the city to try to find a store that would have a pair left. No luck. All gone. Ended up having to pay $320 resale for my Concords a few days later.
Ever since then, I just look at the shoe game differently. That resale **** is for the birds. These days I stick to Nike running shoes that I can cop off of amazon. Never again will I wait in line on shoes. If I absolutely have to have em, I'll try to get a plug to secure a pair. If that doesn't work, it wasn't meant for me to have em.