ITHACA, N.Y. — One man camped out for about 18 hours to get his hands on a pair of new Ithaca inspired Nike shoes in a custom wooden box Friday morning.

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The price tag for a pair of kicks in the exclusive box? $185, with a one pair limit.

“That’s what people were really camping out for because it’s pretty exclusive,” shop employee Zack Glin said.

A pair in a traditional cardboard box was $120 and customers were allowed to purchase one of those as well.

Homegrown Skateshop owner Andrew Douglas, who has owned the shop at 104 East State St. for 10 years, created an Ithaca inspired shoe with collaboration from local artists and designers.He presented it to his colleagues at Nike Skateboarding and it was approved for a global release — debuting in Ithaca a day before becoming available anywhere else.

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Glin said that while only one determined shopper started camping out for the shoes at 2:30 p.m., there were about 20 people in line by 7 p.m. and about 30 by 9:30 p.m.

“There were people who drove up from New York City, Baltimore, Cape Cod,” Glin said.

But about 80 percent of the shoppers were locals who’ve supported Douglas for years, Glin said.

Homegrown Skateshop owner Andrew Douglas. (Photo provided.)

The shop received a one-time shipment of 300 pairs.  All 36 pairs in wooden boxes were sold out by 10:15 a.m. — just 45 minutes after opening.

As of about 4 p.m., about 60 pairs of shoes in cardboard boxes were still available.

The celebration will continue tonight with an art exhibit featuring Jesse Hill at 6 p.m. as part of First Friday Gallery Night. Hill was one of the collaborators who worked with Douglas, providing artwork and branding for the shoe.

At 9 p.m., there will be a launch party at Lot 10 located at 106 South Cayuga St.

(Provided photo)

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.