Here is what we know so far based on various reports from reliable sources in regards to the Nike Air Yeezy II, Kanye West’s second signature shoe collboration with Nike:
- The long-rumored March 23 release date of the “Black/Solar Red” colorway is up in the air and will most likely get pushed back
- The only confirmed – and even that you take with a grain of salt – colorway with a release date is the “Zen Grey” and that’s not until April 13th
- There will be a third colorway of the Yeezy II dropping at retail, but whether that’s the Kobe-inspired “Cheetah” that leaked a few days ago or something else completely different is up in the air
- There are people already lining outside of the Beverly Center House of Hoops despite the lack of a solid release date. Wait, what?
(Click here for video of the people camping out for release of Nike Air Yeezy II)
Even though the actual release date for the Yeezys could change on a whim, there is already a huge line forming around the mall for a chance, not even a sure thing, to pick up the Yeezys. Not even the “Galaxy” Foamposites that sparked so much controversy a few weeks ago had people lining up this far ahead. To be fair, there is still hope that the “Black/Solar Red” could still drop on the 23rd or a little bit past that, but it seems like these kids are willing to camp out all the way to next month for the “Zen Grey” as well.
Today, tech blogs are running a story about the first people to line up for the upcoming iPad revision. While it is totally ironic to me that people of that ilk are mocking people who line up days before a huge release like the next iPad, at the very least those fans know when they can and will get their grubby little hands on that little piece of Retina heaven. The sneakerheads – whether they are rocking it, stocking it or reselling it, and personally, I don’t care what the reasons are – are in limbo.
While I don’t agree with the talking heads who don’t understand sneaker or collectible culture that demand that Nike should just make the shoes available to everybody, I am for everybody involved finding out a way to prevent people from acting stupid for a pair of shoes. Whether that’s doing away with lines altogether and having raffles or just selling them all online so the only damage is to Nike’s servers, you can’t expect people to be civil when it comes to something rare and desirable. We see this during Black Friday and we see it whenever a new Air Jordan XI drops. It probably won’t change because of the publicity and hype it garners the brands (not just Nike, but Apple, Nintendo, Sony, etc.), and that’s a shame.
Source: Sneaker News
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