Thursday 22 February 2018

Up all night - 'Sneakerheads' queue for 17 hours to get their hands on limited edition trainers

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A total of 140 people queued overnight in Manchester to get their hands on limited edition Adidas Originals' The Stretford trainers.

Only 1,200 pairs of the coveted Manchester United themed shoes, priced at £85 (€115), have been manufactured world wide.

The first savvy shopper in the queue was Andy Burns who revealed that he spent 17 hours waiting for the shop to open so that he could get his hands on the elusive runners.

"My collection is not as big as my mate’s. I’ve got about 30 pairs.

“I keep them in the box, take them out once in a while to have a look, and that’s it. It’s my retirement fund.

“I will sell them all one day. Now I’m going home to have a brew," he quipped.

Several pairs of the collector's trainers are now advertised on eBay priced between £550 and £600 (€749 - €817)

A spokesperson for Size? sports store on Market Street, Manchester said that the queue was carefully managed.

“We had 140 people queueing for the trainers.

“We didn’t let anyone queue that wasn’t going to get a pair.

"They’ve all sold out now, we won’t be getting anymore in," he said.

Designed as a homage to Manchester United’s 1968 European Cup win, some supporters have complained about the use of Manchester City's blue shade on the shoes though others insist red does not look as fashionable on Originals.

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