An Indianapolis shoe boutique is the only place in the state where sneaker fans will be able to get one of the most anticipated – and expensive – sneakers of all time.
Got Sole? boutique in Broad Ripple is the only shop in Indiana selected to sell the limited edition Nike Air Yeezy II, designed by Nike and rapper Kanye West. The shoes go on sale worldwide Saturday, and Got Sole? will have just 12 pairs available.
"It's a once in a lifetime thing," said Troy Heath Jr. of Indianapolis.
"Tomorrow is epic," said Justin Matteson of Indianapolis.
Demand for the shoes is so high, that some people have lined up for more than a week to buy the shoes for $1,000 or more. Got Sole? wanted to avoid lines and security issues, so the owner decided to hand out raffle tickets to customers. Twelve winners will be announced outside the store Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and they will have a chance to buy the shoes for the $245 standard retail price.
"(The price) is an absolute steal considering they're going for 10 times that," said Matteson said.
"I was planning to go to Chicago, but found out they were auctioning them, so I wasn't going to go anymore," said Willie Aleman of Indianapolis.
"I mean, it's just a blessing that we're able to get it in Indianapolis. Normally, we don't get stuff like this," Matteson said.
Rare sneaker releases have been anything but a blessing for police in the past year. Riots broke out at several shoe stores nationwide during a limited edition release in February. The release of an Air Jordan shoe caused a stampede at the Lafayette Square Mall in Indianapolis in December as well.
"I don't like dealing with all the hectic stuff, trying to fight over some shoes,” said one customer who doesn’t plan on showing up for the raffle on Saturday. “I'm sure it will be pretty intense out here tomorrow."
IMPD is working with Got Sole? to make sure Saturday’s raffle runs smoothly. The store handed out about 200 raffle tickets during the past week to people who made purchases at the store or showed a receipt. No more tickets are going to be handed out on Saturday, and each person with a ticket must also show their ID.
"It could be that golden ticket,” Matteson said pointing to his raffle ticket. “This is Willy Wonka level right here.”
People holding winning tickets will have a chance to buy one of just a few sizes. For security reasons, Got Sole? won’t be handing the shoes off at the store, so after paying for the shoes, customer will receive information on how they can pick them up.
Though some said the secondary market would make it tempting to sell the shoes, most said they would keep them if they win the raffle.
"I came out here early to get them,” Anderson said. “I might as well wear them."
"I'm not going to sell them," Aleman said.
"I'd probably wear them a couple times, then sell them," said Taylor Heath.
"I'd probably wear them one time and then keep them in the box for a long time, for my kids' kids to have them,” said Troy Heath Jr.