A riot erupted late Thursday night at the Florida Mall as hundreds of people became disordelry vying to buy special NBA All Star sneakers at a special event at the Foot Locker. It was so bad police with riot shields and on horseback had to be called in.
Hundreds of people ran from the Florida Mall property as Orange County deputies cleared the area.
Due to safety concerns the shoe release events planned for the NBA All Star Weekend have been canceled.
Foot Looker released the following statement on their website at 1:30 a.m. Friday:
Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the All-Star releases this weekend at the following Foot Locker House of Hoops stores: Florida Mall, Pembroke Mall, University Mall in Tampa, Southlake Mall and PG Plaza. Our priority is the safety of the community.
Thank you for your understanding.
The full name of the sneakers is the Foamposite One Galaxy. It has a constellation-like print with a glow-in-the-dark sole and they were set to go on sale for the first time in stores at midnight Thursday at a retail price of $220.00.
The shoes cost $220 and on Craigslist, someone offered a car — a 1996 Cavalier — for a pair, with others prepared to pay $2,400.
One thing that may have led to the increased demand at the store is that Nike decided not to sell the shoes online.
A re-release by Nike of Air Jordan XI late last year sparked a US-wide shopping frenzy which led to fights, vandalism and arrests as desperate shoppers scrambled to buy the limited edition shoes.