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If the most recent release is any indication, the Air Jordan phenomenon is still going strong. Air Jordan enthusiasts are still sacrificing their nights and comfort to brave the cold weather to wait in line for the shoe.
One Houston reporter woke up some of the tennis shoe enthusiasts to ask them what was so special about these Air Jordans.
KHOU 11 News woke up some of the campers outside Active Athlete on Murphy Road just off the Southwest Freeway early Friday morning.
The shoppers said they were waiting for the new Air Jordan 11 “Bred” retro sneakers. The price, however, is not so retro: $185.
The first person in line at the southwest Houston store said he first got there around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
One of the young men interviewed said he grew up with the shoes and that makes them special to him. In addition to people who were camped outside the store, there were also people sleeping in their cars who were waiting for the shoe store to open.
Thankfully, the people camped out for the shoes were calm, much unlike the melees we’ve witnessed in the past. Last year’s release of Air Jordans resulted in a mother getting arrested for leaving her child in the car to wait in line, and there were numerous scuffles. In addition, a woman’s face was slashed and a man was beaten and robbed.
The release of the $220 Galaxy Nike resulted in police dispersing crowd control.