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Fans queue overnight for chance to buy Kanye West trainers

Published 21/08/2015 | 12:43

People queuing in front of Foot Locker in Oxford Street for the Kanye West-designed trainers
People queuing in front of Foot Locker in Oxford Street for the Kanye West-designed trainers

Kanye West may be best known as a controversial rapper, but it was his trainers which had people queueing overnight in central London.

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Only 50 pairs of black Yeezy Boost 350 Adidas model - designed by the singer - will be available from the Foot Locker shop on Oxford Street.

Almost 100 people lined the street from Thursday evening onwards, according to staff, despite the shoes not being released until Saturday.

Madhana Loredo travelled from Oxford at 7am on Friday to queue for the artist's limited-edition trainers.

"I personally wouldn't pay any more than £1,200, but people pay crazy money - I've seen some for £20,000," she said.

"Even if you don't get in your size, that's alright, you can keep it and make a lot of money."

Outlets throughout the UK will be offering the exclusive design and in London shoppers were made to register their contact details to get the chance to secure a pair.

West first penned a deal for his shoe range with Adidas in 2013 and the first 9,000 pairs of his Yeezy Boots sold out in ten minutes.

Security guards outside the Oxford Street store said tempers became frayed overnight after some line-jumping and two people loudly argued in the street today.

Another Kanye fan, Mo Abuelgasim, 20, arrived at 5am to join the crowd.

He said: "It was still pitch black when I arrived, people were camping out in tents, people brought chairs and food in advance - it was pretty hectic."

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