Foot Locker disappointed many potential customers of the coveted Nike “Red October” Air Yeezy 2 sneakers designed by Kanye West. The athletic shoe retailer said Tuesday (Dec. 24), that it will not release the highly anticipated “Red Octobers” this week.
Just four days earlier, Foot Locker announced that it would offer the Red October colorway Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers through its website on Dec. 27 at 8 a.m. EST. “Unfortunately, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 will not be releasing via http://Footlocker.com on Dec 27. We have no further updates at this time,” Foot Locker tweeted Tuesday.
Of course many Air Yeezy 2 fans were not too pleased with the news and aired their frustrations to Foot Locker in a series of Twitter posts. “Teased Us for Yeezus : the @footlocker slogan. You've ruined Christmas,” tweeted @RyanLoco. Addressing Foot Locker’s business sense, “@footlocker your marketing VP should be fired for this. You literally ruined Christmas for all these hypebeasts,” tweeted @shuvyg.
Foot Locker did not specify whether the Red October Air Yeezy 2 sneakers are postponed for a later release date or if it would not sell the shoe at all. Kanye West announced that he left Nike in November to ink a deal with its rival athletic brand Adidas instead. According to West, he and Nike did not see eye to eye on contract terms in recent deal talks. Since then it’s been unclear if the Red October Air Yeezy 2s would ever be released in 2014 as planned.
In a Chicago radio interview last week, West criticized Nike’s business practices. “I've got friends that are store owners and they’ll say okay if you want these Red Octobers, you've got to take these ten other Nikes. And then they’ll (Nike) come to me and say ‘we don’t even know when the next ones are coming out’,” West said.
In prior reports, West also told a New York radio station that Nike kept him in the dark when he inquired about the release date of the Red Octobers. The confusion surrounding the Red October Air Yeezy 2 release date could be a result of West’s departure from Nike. West says he is grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nike to design the Air Yeezy 2 sneaker line.