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Young persons willing to pay a 400% markup on Kayne West shoes

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  1. Myhairygrundle

    Myhairygrundle Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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    Just another GTR and shoes thread. Glad to know that the you know whats can pay $1000 for shoes...I guess that's easy when the government pays for everything else.

    Fucking priorities of some people.

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/media...t-Nike-Air-Yeezy-II-sneaker-launch/55459428/1

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Outside Burn Rubber, a sneaker boutique that plans to sell Kanye West's highly anticipated Nike Air Yeezy II Saturday morning at a 400% markup, a secondary economy flourishes amid the colorful camping chairs lined up on the sidewalk. The two dozen people — mostly young men — sell their spots in line or pay others to hold their place.

    Some have been there since last Friday, waiting for the chance to pay $1,000 for $245 kicks.

    Dariante Dubose, 21, a student who lives on Detroit's west side, arrived Tuesday and is fourth in line because he bought someone's spot for $400 to ensure he'll be able to buy his size, 9.

    "My mom stays in my spot when I go home to shower for an hour," said the expert sneaker-waiter, who came equipped with his computer, iPhone and headphones, along with a zebra-print Snuggie, gummy bears and the book "A Feast for Crows." "I decrease my water intake. I've been here three times before, so I know what to do."

    If people don't have proxies to stand in for them during a needed break, the group will often simply make note of the departure and hold the spot. For example, a man was allowed to leave to administer anti-seizure medication to his nephew. But others, like Keenan Hastings, who ironically works at Footlocker, weren't taking any chances; the 21-year-old Auburn Hills resident took the week off work to wait in line -- and is No. 3 in the queue.

    "It's a democracy," said store co-owner Roland Coit.

    And it's capitalism. On eBay, a pair was pre-sold for $90,300.

    Sneakerheads camping out before a new shoe "drops" isn't a new phenomenon. What makes this run of kicks new, though, is that it's a limited release and that the name on it doesn't belong to an athlete a la Jordans and LeBrons.

    The Burn Rubber sneaker strangers have bonded. The store — which has never sold a $1,000 pair before, a price dictated by the marketplace, according to manager Jay John Henry -- allowed the people in line to hang out in the air-conditioned store and charge their electronics. (Plan B involved running an extension cord off a city lamppost.) Bathroom breaks are taken at the nearby Coney Island or the restroom in the parking structure. Gemmayze Lebanese Kitchen dropped off free chicken, steak and falafel sandwiches.

    "I want to make sure the boys get some chow," explained Justin Nellis, a line cook, who was helping promote the local restaurant's new lunch menu.

    Henry has seen only the sealed box in the store that contains an unknown number of pairs. He plans to buy a pair for himself -- with no employee discount.

    And they won't stay in the box or on display.

    "I'm going to wear them and destroy them," he said, personally motivated by his love for sneakers and a collection of 200+ pairs. "Some people like designer shoes, how limited it is. Some people are Kanye West fans. They want everything he puts his hand on."

    Bianca Deramo, a 20-year-old model from Detroit's east side, was one of two women in the gaggle. Because of some disagreements about the line, she could only estimate that she's 15th in line.

    "I'm not going to be like other people and never wear them," she said. "I'll wear them, but keep them clean, in case I want to sell them. I'm not a big Kanye fan, but I like expensive shoes."
     
  2. Hudson

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    Expendable.
     
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    THose are pretty sick shoes.

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  5. Konstantin K

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    Those are fucking awful. I wouldn't pay $5 for them. If someone gave me a pair, I'd wear them when I cut the grass.
     
  6. Myhairygrundle

    Myhairygrundle Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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    Those look almost like my roofing boots!

    But they are kind of opposite in a way...mine are for work!

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  7. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    Last pair of sneakers that I bought:

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    If you have to "step your sneaker game up" you need to be shot in the face.
     
  8. Ballbuster1

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    Well of course they are. It's not like they're spending their own money.

    It's either welfare cash or stolen money so it's not like they worked hard for it.
     
  9. Chino Kapone

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    First pair sold for $90k.

    http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/06/kanye-wests-nike-air-yeezy-ii-shoes-sell-nearly-90k-ebay

    The Kanye West-designed sneaker, the Nike Air Yeezy II, has sold on eBay for pre-order for nearly $90,000.

    The shoes will officially hit stores on June 9 for $245, but one shoe fanatic just couldn’t wait.

    According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend has been wearing the shoes himself for weeks, and fans have taken notice. They have been camping out outside of stores to get their hands on them as well

    The last pair or shoes that people went this haywire over were the modernized edition of the Nike Air Jordans, which was last December.

    TIME reports that the Nike Air Yeezy first came about in 2009, and this is just the second installment of the sneaker.

    Some believe that the $90,000 sale of the shoe was a result of the Watch the Throne rapper himself, in order to create more buzz about it – which seemed to have worked!

    This particular shoe has been chalked up to being one of the most highly-anticipated shoes in history. This isn’t West’s first go-around in the fashion world, as he released a line of women’s fashion last year.
     
  10. Yesterdays Hero

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    Shwoogies dump gobs of money into the dumbest things. Have to be the group of people that spend the most on the dumbest shit.
     
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    The biggest shocker of this story is that young people are fans of the Game of Thrones series. And they're up to book four already...
     
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    god forbid they pay bills or take care of their kids with that money.
     
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    Thankfully, they do refuse to tie their shoes and that is a great help to the tracking dogs.
     
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    Far worse than that.
     
  16. Don the Radio Guy

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    Does anyone actually believe that $90k bid is going to actually be paid? Even if it is Kanye, it'll go back on auction.
     
  17. mikeybot

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    Appropriate
     
  18. VMS

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    What? It's not like they have jobs to wear woekpprk shoes *to*...
     
  19. Konstantin K

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    #sotk
     
  20. BIV

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    I wouldn't spend $245 on a nice pair of shoes, let alone $1000 on those pieces of shit.
     
  21. Don the Radio Guy

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    If I had money to burn, which these chimps don't, I'd pay $245 for a well made pair of running shoes that could control my horrible shin splints.
     
  22. stevethrower

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    Yep...

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    Umm jump boots though heavy will work...
     
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    Completely agree.
     
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    That's a different thing altogether
     

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