The Concords, the Cement IVs, the Metallic Red Foams, it has been becoming more and more rampant for sneaker consumers (regardless of the type of consumer one may be) to camp out for a particular release. While there are mixed feelings in regards to the act of camping out, the reason as to why the need to camp out is occurring more frequently, as well as other things, the cause of this simply boils down to the economic model of supply and demand.
Within in any culture, one must realize that people have different motives as to why they desire to be apart of the said culture. It's the classic tug of war between preservation & capitalization. The "sneaker game" is nothing new; however, one cannot deny that there has been a huge influx, recently, of participants in the "sneaker game". Some people have ill feelings towards it, some don't. Some blame it on the "hypebeasts", resellers, and some even blame it on us, the blogs. Some even blame Wale. Whatever one's theory may be, one must realize that there have always been people who follow trends, people who capitalize financially from trends, and those who cover or broadcast the trends; there is nothing new under the sun. But to quote the most fitting individual in regards to this occurrence, Michael Jeffrey Jordan:
"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."
One really cannot even be surprised about how things have turned out. Trends come back around seemingly every other generation or so. And with these "trends", you have the trendsetters & the trendy, the shepherd & the sheep, the leaders (no pun intended) & the followers. Whenever competition or saturation occurs just remember that: pressure busts pipes...or makes diamonds, gold and silver are refined and purified by fire, and the cream will eventually rise to the top. Do with that as you please. But we digress...
We recently took a trip down to Decatur St. in downtown Atlanta to a staple in not only Atlanta's, but the entire South's sneaker culture in the World Famous Walter's. Here, we spoke to a few individual who are already camped for a pair of sneakers that does not release until days from now (February 24). The shoes garnering the camp-out is not a retro, but a shoe that has yet to be released in this version, the Nike Air Foamposite One "Galaxy". When released, people would have been camping out for over a week in places like New York City and Los Angeles. Why? Some do it for the experience, some do it solely for the product. To rock, stock, shop, who knows? Check out the video below to get a better understanding:
Now, those on the outside looking in may look at these individuals like they are absolutely insane. We're sure you've heard of the recent events surrounding the Concord release or whatnot. However, everyone has something in which they covet and would be willing to do the same thing if it called for it. The iPhone 4 or the iPad2, tickets to an artist's concert in high demand, , college students looking to get good seats at a big rivalry game, camping out for Black Friday, this is not the only instance of this happening. But, to each his/her own. These camp-outs are just a sneak preview of what's to come for the next gigantic release, the Yeezy 2s.
What are you thoughts of camping out? Have you done it? Would you do it?
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