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Update: Shiekh Sold Out of Air Jordans

Police were called to NewPark Mall early Friday morning where a large crowd gathered around the much-hyped Air Jordan shoes.

Updated 12:35 p.m.

A shoe store at NewPark Mall was advised to close up shop for the day after the latest re-release of Air Jordans it was selling caused a gathering of hundreds of potential buyers, according to officials.

Shiekh was advised to close early after it was learned that the store only had a limited number of the shoes, according to Newark Police Sgt. Ray Hoppe.

A manager with Shiekh was not available, but an employee said that the shoe store was still open as of 12:40 p.m. That employee confirmed that store was "completely sold out" of the Air Jordan 11 Retro shoes it had available earlier today.

According to a report on KTVU, hundreds of people were waiting before sunrise for wristbands being given out by the store, which was selling the sneakers.

Kicksonfire.com describe the shoe as featuring "black nylon mesh and patent leather, as well as a white midsole and translucent red outsole."

The Air Jordan 11 Retro was originally released in 1996, according to Nike Insider, and is listed at $185. Re-sells of the shoe are being advertised on Craigslist for as high as $350.

TV footage showed a line of police officers holding the crowd back, and it appears that they were able to calm down the group.

Hoppe said police were patrolling the mall throughout the night but that the heavy police presence, which was put in place for as precautionary measures for crowd control, began around 4 a.m. Newark police cleared the area around 10:30 a.m., Hoppe added.

Newark Police Sgt. Manuel DeSerpa said no arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

"NPD’s involvement at the mall was only to keep the peace," DeSerpa added.

Nika Megino December 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Thanks for letting us know.
uofi December 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I think you mean "their" instead of "there." Make sure you spell correctly when you try to act superior to a group of people you don't know.
Julia December 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I guess I was a Lucky one yesterday. I walked right in the shoe store of our very small home town, got the shoes and walked out with no worries! I live in the south though, and we really don't have a lot of anxiey about shopping...we just mosey around malls and look, we usually see folks we know, visit with them in the middle of mall or food court, then go to another store. Shopping here is an all day Job, so buying those shoes by having to wait hours for them of be on lockdown like I was a 52 year old prisonr is a bit beyond me. I realize the economy is bad, but that is partially from having to house so many INMATES in our country!! Let them all make tennis shoes, then maybe they wouldn't be in such high demand in each city. Interesting topic this time oc year, thanks!
Anonymous December 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I was at the release at 5 in the morning I was inside the mall at 7 and trying to get into the sheikh at 7 but they wouldnt let us in so I went to the other stores because the cops were saying that the store is closed so I came at 12 to find it open. My cousin who works there told me very quietly that the shoes are sold out but there not actually sold out in reality the shoes are in the back but we have to say that so we dont get in trouble. So he told me if I wanted the shoe I just come back tommorow im just wating for the call
Nadja Adolf January 10, 2013 at 09:29 AM
This is very creepy. Riots over fashionable shoes? Not only are the customers a problem; but the company that makes the shoes is to blame for creating an artificial shortage. The only effective way to deal with companies that create artificial shortages is to not buy any of their products - and let them know that you are doing so, which is easy to do on their websites.

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