The release of Nike's limited edition glow-in-the-dark Foamposite Galaxy sneakers created a melee at a Florida mall on Thursday night.
The Orlando Sentinel reported early Friday morning that the release of the highly anticipated sneakers created a wild scene resulting in cops putting on riot gear and shutting down the scene. Mall employees allegedly told the large group of anxious customers to wait across the street as the mall closed, but hundreds of customers made a mad dash for the shoes shortly at approximately 9:45 p.m.
I saw hundreds of people running toward me. I thought I was going to get trampled, Amanda Charles told the Sentinel.
After the initial rush towards the mall, cops put on riot gear, mounted horses, and rode around on motorcycles and patrol cars to try to quell the activity. Florida officers were likely hoping to avoid a similar outcome that cities around the country experienced in December when the Nike Air Jordan XI sneakers were released.
The release of the Air Jordan sneakers led to stabbings, shootings, and pure chaos for sneak aficionados hoping to snare a pair of the desirable sneakers.
The Niek Foamposite One sneakers are meant to be a tribute to Florida's space industry with a galactic theme and retail for $220.
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 sneakers still hadn't been released to the public as of early Friday morning, but are expected to create a huge demand later in the day.
The Sentinel reports that Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is scheduled to appear at the Foot Locker at the Florida Mall for the shoe release. To make things even crazier, Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin will bring some extra Linsanity to the shoe craze when he appears at the store on Saturday.