Shoe Gallery Miami’s Jordans XX3 Finale Release
Photos and Words by David “DRO” Rosario (www.davidrosario.com)
The red searchlights spun around the Downtown Miami skyline and could be seen from afar on the evening of December 23, 2008. The elusive “Finale” (final) colorway of the Jordan XX3’s were on their way to being released at Shoe Gallery. Since news broke about the release, a small group of dedicated sneakerheads made way to Shoe Gallery almost 11 days before the actual release. They set up shop for a camp-out until the sneakers were released on December 23rd. 22 other Jordan brand retailers around the country joined Shoe Gallery in releasing the final colorway of the XX3’s. A total of 529 pairs (23 per store) were sold worldwide, making them ultra-exclusive.
Shoe Gallery always goes far and beyond to treat their dedicated customers right and this release was no exception of that. Red searchlights greeted them and made Shoe Gallery the eye of Downtown Miami on the night before Christmas Eve.
Everyone who got their pair was grateful to finally be able to hold their prize and get to finally…well, go home. The first person in line was proud to be number “one” and Shoe Gallery gave him a few additional pieces of gear on-the-house in a show of their appreciation. It was funny that throughout the 11 days of the camp-out, a few of the people in line worked out a system were they would alternate going home and then come back in line and switch and etc. A great show of dedication mixed with a bit of maturity. With that, see ya next year with the Jordans 2009 coming soon!!