Supreme x Nike Collaboration Launch Canceled After Riot Police Called to New York Store

Never doubt a sneakerhead's commitment to copping the latest pair of limited edition kicks.
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Never doubt a sneakerhead's commitment to copping the latest pair of limited edition kicks.

Signs posted outside the New York Supreme store. Photo: Tyler McCall

Signs posted outside the New York Supreme store. Photo: Tyler McCall

Never doubt a sneakerhead's commitment to copping the latest pair of limited edition kicks.

Anticipation for Supreme's collaboration with Nike reached a fever pitch last night, as riot police were called to contain crowds that had gathered at the brand's SoHo outpost. There, fans spilled into busy Lafayette street, eager to get their hands on the Supreme x Nike Foamposite.

The situation got so out of control -- when I walked past last night, there were still barricades, crowd levels and a police presence typically associated with parades -- that the New York Police Department forced the store to cancel the launch. Now, a large, handwritten sign in the window reads, "Supreme x Foamposite NYC Release CANCELLED By: NYPD."

A smaller sign posted to the door goes into further detail, reading the same as the notice posted to the company's Instagram:

This morning, barricades remained as clusters of people lingered optimistically on various street corners. At least two security guards are on site, one sitting at the door and one pacing in front of the store, though there may have been more.

The man pacing told the small group of people stubbornly waiting behind the barricades that they had to leave. "They have hope," he told me, but the line will definitely not be sold in stores today. The guards will remain on-site to ensure that things stay orderly throughout the day.