NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the rain and cold to line up for Nike’s new sneakers, which officially went on sale just after midnight.
About 100 people lined up outside the Foot Action on West 33rd Street to drop $220 on a pair of the limited-edition Nike Foamposite One sneakers and there were long lines reported at other stores around the city.
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“They’re really nice, they glow in the dark so I want one,” said one man waiting in line.
“It’s all worth it,” said another woman.
The shoes are in such high demand that one New Yorker even took out an ad on Craigslist offering to trade his Chevy Cavalier for a pair.
While it was all quiet in New York City, that wasn’t the case in Orlando where police on horseback had to calm crowds anxious to buy the new sneakers.
Authorities say hundreds of people packed a mall parking lot and started to get unruly when they were told to wait. Police in riot gear were called out to push back the crowd.
Similar scenes took place around the country.
This isn’t the first time a shoe craze has caused a little chaos at stores. When Nike released its new Air Jordan XI Concord sneakers in December last year, a fight broke out at a mall in Jersey City between some customers waiting in line to buy the shoes.
Then at the Staten Island Mall, a man had to be forcibly removed by officers after police say he exchanged words with another person in the crowd.
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