Black Friday holds little to no meaning here in Singapore other than being a massive sale. But for sneakerheads, Black Friday is the hottest release period of the year with sneaker drops left right center.
But as Yeezus came and gone with his blessings of Copper, Red and Green, next week brings another juggernaut release of the Adidas x Bape NMDs. And unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that only two shops will stock these gorgeous beauties - Adidas Originals Pacific Plaza and the BAPE Singapore store.
And if you have been following the news of the release locally, you would have learnt that the BAPE SG allocation will not be available for public purchase.
WAIT HOLD ON A MINUTE NOW? NO PUBLIC RELEASE? *GASP*
"IT'S UNFAIR!", "BACKDOOR!", "I WILL WRITE IN TO BAPE JAPAN AND DEMAND THEY DO SOMETHING!"
But before you start gathering your angry mob and lighting your pyres, what you may not know is only 30 pairs were allocated to BAPE and these will be sold to their most loyal of customers (loyal as in "I will drop tens of thousands of dollars on BAPE stuff yearly because well, I genuinely like BAPE"). And before you go ape shit (geddit geddit) and label these individuals as posers or resellers, we can testify that these VVIPs are well literally ape shit crazy over everything BAPE (Have you ever seen anyone drop thousands on a BAPE stroller? We have)
So, as a brand or shop, wouldn't it make more sense to sell your pairs to your hardcore customers who will definitely keep the pair or someone who will just come to your shop to buy that ONE pair of sneakers (or worse, FLIP that shit even before you walk out of the store)?
Now, now, I know, you must be thinking, these Sole Superior bozos are talking from their ivory shoe box towers because they probably already reserved their pairs. Well, we wish we had that luxury or privilege. Sadly, we wish we were able to drop that kinda moolah on BAPE to warrant such a perk.
All we can say is that, every release, especially a hyped one, will have its limited supply. Yes we will definitely taste defeat and disappointment and yes it is a bitter pill to swallow but acting all salty is just a very sad way to approach not getting what you want.
That being said, online chatter has said that Adidas Singapore will be releasing their BAPE NMDs via raffle (thank goodness because god knows how bad a camp-out it will be if it was first come first serve *cue memories of the 3D2N Tiffany SB camp-out*. And if it is indeed a raffle, let's just say, if you see us in line for the raffle ticket, come say hi and chat with us. Let's make the camp out for *deep breathe* raffle tickets a slightly more cheery one yea?
In the immortal words of Effie Trinket, "May the odds be ever in your favour".
P.S to the people flipping their V2s for 2K and above, what crack are you smoking man? I mean we're okay with resellers but damn, at least be a proper one with proper knowledge of the market. Pfft.