Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Camping out for sneakers

I've heard of people camping out hours or even days in advance of obtaining concert or playoff tickets and video games and systems. But sneakers?

Early Tuesday morning, a line of people - shown in an Associated Press photo at right - were outside a footwear store in Philadelphia to get their hands on a pair of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers called Air Questo. The footwear was designed by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, a Grammy-winning hip-hop band.

According to an Associated Press story, the sneakers from Nike's 1World collection are highly sought-after by collectors who call themselves sneakerheads

The limited-edition sneakers - apparently there are only 300 for sale - are red, green and gold and sell for $225. That's right, $225.

It could be my frugal Pennsylvania Dutch ways, but I look for deals on sneakers so I can avoid paying $50, let alone $225.

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