EAST ORANGE, NJ - Early Saturday morning a crowd of shoppers lined up outside the East Orange Footlocker store hours before opening hours. Generally, this gathering may have gone unnoticed; perhaps waiting for a super sale or maybe job interviews, but there was something very interesting about these particular people. The group was an eclectic array of men, women, boys and girls, spanning several generations, cultures and races. There was no discernible dynamic that could readily identified them. The immediate question by the hosts of drivers, pedestrians and TAPinto staff was, ‘what’s going on?’

Upon further investigation, several proud patrons boldly announced we are all “sneaker-heads”.

After educating myself on the term “sneakerhead” through Wikipedia (a sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades or admires sneakers as a hobby) I discovered the store was carrying a new release of Jordans that true collectors just had to have.

We peeked into the window taking several photos hoping to get a look at this amazing shoe for ourselves, only to learn that true vintage shoes are never for public display. And the shoppers assured us that by the time they leave, every shoe will be gone as well.