i remember standing in line on the first day they hit stores. hundreds, no, thousands of others were waiting with me. we all stood there, our desire building and building. i felt the heaving, pulsing crowd around me, felt their body temperature rising. then, once it seemed like we couldn't take it anymore, i heard in the distance someone unlock the store and felt the crowd lurch forward in a violent thrust. everyone clamored for that door, pushing each other, grabbing each others' clothes, trying to gain even the smallest advantage. because only one of them-- the strongest, most able of the lot-- was allowed to claim a pair of these shoes.
this went on for a few minutes, until it became obvious that one of us had reached the shoes, and then everyone else walked away, feeling salty.