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Sneaker Mania Surrounds Nike Air Foamposite Release

Online bidding into 4 figures



    After camping out all night, hundreds of people outside the Mall at Prince George's leave without the new Nikes. Derrick Ward reports. (Published Friday, Feb. 24, 2012)

    The mania surrounding the release of a new pair of Nike sneakers has touched down in Prince George's County.

    #PGPlaza was trending on Twitter nationally overnight as hundreds of sneaker lovers talked about Nike Air Galaxy Foamposites.

    The newest addition of the classic shoe was supposed to be sold Friday at the Foot Locker at the Mall at Prince Georges. But the sale was canceled after hundreds gathered outside the mall. The line began to form Thursday morning.  Prince George's County police estimated the crowd to have been as large as 1,000 overnight.

    The glow-in-the-dark sneakers carry a retail price of $220, but are being listed for more than $2,000 on eBay.

    Nike Foamposite Frenzy at Area Shoe Stores

    [DC] Nike Foamposite Frenzy at Area Shoe Stores
    Sneaker fans waited all night at PG Plaza and at a District DTLR, hoping for a chance to purchase new Nike Air Foamposite sneakers. But after all the anticipation, no Foamposites were sold on Friday. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.
    (Published Friday, Feb. 24, 2012)

    In Orlando, Florida on Thursday night, a Foot Locker store canceled a scheduled midnight release of the shoes after riot police had to break up an unruly crowd.  On Craigslist, someone even offered a car in exchange for the shoes - a 1996 Cavalier.

    News4's Tracee Wilkins reported that around 7 a.m., the crowd at Prince George's Plaza began to thin, after store employees announced there would be no sneaker sale on Friday.  But many are still holding out hope that they'll still get a chance to make a purchase, and police officers on-duty overnight remain to make sure things don't get out of hand.

    Crowds also gathered outside the DTLR store on Minnesota Avenue in northeast D.C. on Friday, hoping for a chance to buy the shoes there.  However, employees announced that the sneakers would not go on sale until 11 a.m. Saturday there.