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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2: Why shoppers lined up for Kanye West's new sneaker

July 22, 2019 by freemexy  

Since early this morning (and, possibly, earlier than that), shoppers from Melbourne to London have been outside queuing, not for concert tickets or to see a celebrity, but for the chance to pick up a pair of sneakers.get Yeezy Boost Shoes,more order with big discount
Or, to be precise, the new Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in "Black Static," designed by cultural omnivore Kanye West in collaboration with sportswear giant Adidas.
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For those outside of sneaker culture -- itself an enormous consumer base that bridges streetwear and high fashion trends -- it can be difficult to understand how a sneaker could attract such crowds. It's not like West himself was scheduled to appear, after all.
In a sense, though, physically present or not, for fervid Yeezy fans this is a chance to feel what it's like to be in presence of greatness -- or, at least taste the lifestyle that comes with it.
It's not so much about West himself, or the aesthetic appeal of a new Yeezy Boost (there's much debate to be had there), but the prize of exclusivity. The reason Yeezy sneakers sell out so quickly and with such fervor is because their numbers are limited. They are coveted because of their rarity.
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You only need to look at the incomparable success of skate brand Supreme to better understand the phenomenon. Founded by James Jebbia in 1994, the New York-based company was valued at $1 billion after selling a 50% stake to the Carlyle Group for $500 million in 2017.
Supreme isn't fronted by a global megastar (although global megastars frequently wear Supreme), and has instead built its brand on the basis of extremely limited weekly drops, creating huge queues at their stores.
London's Palace Skateboards, a brand that first gained popularity among the skateboarders at the Southbank Undercroft and is now worn by the likes of Jonah Hill, uses the same approach. Limited product is trialed before release, then dropped at regular intervals exclusively through their web store and brick-and-mortar locations.
It's a smart way to create demand, if a cynical one. Speaking to the Financial Times about a decision not to collaborate with Supreme, Birkenstock's chief sales officer, Klaus Baumann, pointed out the reality of creating the appearance of demand: "If I put a bouncer outside our doors on Saturday and regulate letting people in, I too could have a queue outside."