3 days queuing for Kanye's Yeezy

I've just been chatting with a small cadre of young men who have gathered outside a tiny sneaker shop in Amsterdam's Chinatown, a few blocks from my home. They've been camped out in lawn chairs since yesterday, queuing for the very limited edition Yeezy Boost sneakers designed by Kanye West for Adidas.

Apparently, 12 pairs of this highly covetable shoe have made their way to Benelux and will be for sale exclusively in Zeedijk's tiny Patta franchise. These sneaker aficionados are camped out and waiting in line to part with €350 to add these rarities to their shoe farms when they go on sale tomorrow morning. Two of them had travelled all the way from Antwerp to wait in line. They assured me the eBay resale value was at least ten times the retail.

They declined to be photographed, but I did get a picture of their little campsite with me in one of their chairs. They were clearly having a good time. 

If you thought I was extreme for going to London for a pair of George Cox creepers (which I still haven't managed) you have no idea of the lengths some people will go to get their feet into the right pair of shoes. 

I think they are committed. Mr Edge says they should be.

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  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    There's a shop near me that regularly does limited edition men's sneakers, and people also queue up for days for them.  The whole sneakerhead thing is a really interesting phenomenon. 

    Me?  I don't camp either in the wild or in the urban jungle and I hate waiting in lines.

  • Tania replied 6 years ago

    Nice picture!  You seem to have all sorts of fun. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    I agree with Mr Edge on this one :) :)

  • Diana replied 6 years ago


    I remember seeing some of these guys already in line one morning when I went out at 6 am to get my husband cold medicine the week before this shoe came out. I think it was maybe Wednesday, and the store releases all its limited editions on Saturday morning.

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Lol. I wouldn't even camp out for concert tickets when I was in high school, like some people did! Now I know people who camp out for the latest iPhone. I guess if you really must be the first (or one of the only few) to have something, well, go for it. ;-)

    Personally, my kind of camping involves national parks, hiking, backpacks and lots of photography. :-)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Hah. FUN pic. That's sneaker commitment for you. I'm impressed. 

    I don't think I have ever wanted any fashion item enough to go to these types of lengths to get it. Have you? 

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    I think this is a guy thing. It's that "collecting" instinct, the same impulse that has men hanging around railway lines writing down train numbers. These boys may look for all the world like hip hop urbanites, but a Canada Goose parka is an anorak by any other name. ;)

    The closest I've come to doing this was getting out of bed early one morning to join the queue for the Margiela pour H&M collaboration. There was absolutely no reason to camp out for that, I was in with the second shift. I got the pieces I was stalking and a couple more besides, one of which was the camel coat Kanye wore.

    And I do quite like camping, but not round the corner from my house. 

  • chouette22 replied 6 years ago

    Such a fun post - thanks for sharing!

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    How funny! I love your observations of this little happening.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    I'm definitely not a sneakerhead but I bet those guys are having a great time in their campout.

    I almost camped out for Margiela for H&M also, but in the end I just showed up later on the first day and got my favorite pants. I almost wish I had, though, just to see who else in San Francisco was as excited about it. I think my friend Jacky stayed in line all night.

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    There was something on the radio about this half an hour ago. Seems like there's a similar campsite in front of a store in Berlin. ;-)

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Diane, Astrid, funny to see this happening in other cities. I guess I'm not surprised that hardcore enthusiasts do this for the things they really love. I wonder if one of their reasons is to prolong that sense of anticipation and enjoy it with other people who share your excitement. And Zeedijk is a nice street full of trendy shops, cafes and nightlife, so I can imagine it's not so bad to hang out there for a few days. Those guys looked like they were having a blast.

    I looked forward to the Margiela@H&M collection for weeks. The queue was a lot of fun, it was full of people who were also really excited. It was an event, there was a sense of occasion about the whole thing. And I'm glad I got a look at the collection on the rails before it all sold out.

    Greyscale, what did you get there? 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    I got my Crazy Pants (the folded-over giant trousers):

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Yay! Pants twin! They were my reason for joining the queue too. Mostly I wear them with a blazer or fitted sweater and a little heel. They're a stellar pair of pants, but not great on a bike, so I don't wear them as much as I'd like. 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Hooray! They're fantastic, and somehow nowhere near as crazy-looking once they're on. 

    I haven't worn mine in too long. In general I've been too boring with my clothes since last winter. Knowing I have a pants twin might encourage me...

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