Nike is set to release its latest limited edition sneaker, the glow-in-the-dark Foamposite Galaxy, which will go on sale Friday at stores for $220.
Sneaker fans have been anticipating the release date of the Foamposite Galaxy, made of durable foamposite which ensures comfort in addition to resilience for the hefty price of $220. Inspired by space exploration, the galactic-themed sneakers are being released leading up to the 2012 NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Fla., home of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, for the first time in 20 years.
Interior graphics pay homage to the phenomenon of the Supernova - arguably the most powerful force in the universe - while fonts and badging are featured within the collection as a nod to Orlando and space, Nike said in a press release.
The Foamposite Galaxy will come in three colors: green, flat gold and blue grey with a wax canvas upper inspired by astro training suits. In three models -- Nike Dunk, Nike Flight One and Nike Foamposite One - the Flight One will be in two colorways that glow-in-the-dark.
While sneakers have always been a niche for fanatics, the world simply cannot forget the latest release from Nike back in December, when riots and crime erupted upon the release of the Air Jordan XI Concord shoes. Reports immediately emerged as shopping malls were overcrowded and customers trampled over, multiple incidents of assault reported and police using pepper spray to subdue crowds looking to snag the limited release sneaker for $180. One man, in Jersey City, N.J. was even stabbed over the sneakers.
Nike began the Air Jordan fad, now estimated at a worth of $1 billion annually, in 1985 when a replica of the red, white and black high-top worn by Michael Jordan emerged and immediately became a hit. The Air Jordan Concords are a reissue of sneakers from 1996 that cost $180. Similarly, the Foamposite and the Flight One are reissues of shoes from the mid-to-late 90's.
And surprise, the limited release of the Foamposite Galaxy is panning out to be no different, though some stores are increasing security measures to ensure violence does not happen as it did in December, according to Rolling Out.
According to the New York Daily News, hopefuls from all over the nation have been camping out in front of Nike stores in New York City since Saturday leading up to the sale, as they are expected to sell out almost immediately. Some have been living in the freezing cold with rations of food and water, and others, like Andrew Poveda, have been skipping school.
I'm missing out on tests, Poveda told the Daily News. If I get my size I'm keeping them. If I don't, I'm going to sell them.