Monday, October 2
One Time Only
Today was a rainy day. I was caught out in the rain with the wrong outfit on and NO umbrella. I was none too pleased. Luckily, I ate enough delicious food to give the day a little balance. It was a pretty chill day, not at all like yesterday.
Yesterday was the release day for the One Time Only pack. It was a big deal. TONS of web hype. I totally got sucked into the hype. I was like a CIA agent compiling all the relevant info. This is some of the info I found out in preparation for the big day: they were only going to be sold at six stores in Japan, only 2 in Tokyo, and most likely all shops would be getting very little stock. I read on one site that some stores would be only getting one shoe per size per style. This was not good news for me. Sadly, I had to work that day and both shops in Tokyo opened at 11am, that being the same time I start working. So...I couldn't go buy them before work.
I was not happy about this at all because even though there were lots of styles in the pack, 12 to be exact, I had fallen in love with one (or two). The Original Air Max 90 (first love). But, over the last week or so, I had become very hot for the Clerks 90, (the temptress). All the others were fine, but not worth the price they would charge. [link to pics of all 12]
So, I made a plan to go to Field in Shinkjuku during my lunch break. I work in Ginza, so it is not that close at all. And this would be totally out of character, I very rarely leave work to do personal stuff. It's just too risky and makes me feel all edgy. My break was not until 4pm so I was quite nervous they would be sold out. To say I was nervous is actually a large understatement, I was sweating bullets. I could barely concentrate. And according to some pics I found on the ATMOS site much later, my fears were well founded.
So, I was ready to make a break for it at 4pm and just cross my fingers. But, the gods smiled on me and by a complete stroke of luck, I was able leave just before 3pm. I was very happy. I walked quickly to the train, I didn't run. More good luck; a train was arriving as I bounded down the stairs to the platform. After a 15 train ride to Shinjuku I booked it for the nearest exit, and again, thank the gods, it was the closest exit to the store.
As I walked into the shop I could see clearly that some of the styles were sold out already. But as I got closer I could see that both the Originals and the Clerks 90s were there. I just about tackled a shop clerk and asked for both shoes in my size. I still was undecided. After a short wait, he came back with one box. I knew the decision had already been made for me.
As you can see from my pics, it was my first love, the Originals. I bought them and raced back to work. There were no problems with the trains or at work. It was perfect. After I could think clearly again, I saw that they had given me a free gift. It is an orange furoshiki, a large piece of material, with a nice print of "One Time Only"on it. Overall, it went way too smoothly.
I am a happy man (in Tokyo)
ps. If I had any money left. I would be getting these Air Stabs from Mita Sneakers tomorrow. But I don't. So I can't.