Is it just us or has everyone totally given up on eBay to buy and sell shoes? Way too many fake Nikes, skyrocketing listing fees, unfair Paypal reversals, dodgy Guangzhou drop-shippers and deadbeat bidders are all standard gripes. As a result, consignment stores like Flight Club have flourished and dozens of fee-free Facebook trading groups have sprung up with lively banter aplenty.
With hours to kill in an airport lounge recently, we were sniffing around the Bay when a pristine pair of Nike Chapukas with a lowball BUY-IT-NOW appeared on screen. Bam, we pulled the trigger! Delving deeper and emboldened by some of the off-beat gems on offer, an idea for a magazine feature suddenly came to life. Given a semi-decent budget of $150 per shoe by the Freaker finance department, we were told to go forth and accumulate. Our mission? To not only snap necks, but totally make people bug out. Did we accomplish our assignment? We’ll let you decide… just don’t tell anyone!