PlayStation’s official Nike trainer launched on Saturday – but many fans were unable to purchase a limited-edition pair of shoes.
For starters, PlayStation had promised that the shoes, which light up and feature a PSN Store code for an exclusive console theme, would be available worldwide. Alas, this was not the case.
Eurogamer’s social media manager and famous shoe fan Paul Watson was among those affected.
“They only dropped them in the US, despite the PS blog mentioning a ‘global launch’ that day,” he told me.
Nike has now confirmed that the shoe is never to be released outside of the United States, after all.
No word on a UK release for this style. Stay tuned to SNEAKRS for any updates.
– nikelondon (@nikelondon) February 12, 2018
This PG2 is only available in the United States at this time. Please stay tuned to SNEAKRS for launch updates.
– Nike.com (@nikestore) February 10, 2018
We asked PlayStation why the shoes were initially listed as available worldwide.
Additionally, the ability to purchase the shoes was only available through a lottery, which Watson said was not unusual for rare sneaks.
“I recently bought some limited edition sneakers from Nike and they were on a first come, first serve basis,” he explained. “The point is, PlayStation fans who don’t buy sneakers wouldn’t have known all of this.”
Most of the shoes went to dealers who set up fake accounts to play with the system. There is some evidence that these bot accounts are now being offered for sale – so people can buy the chance to buy the shoes afterwards.
On eBay, a few pairs have appeared for sale. Prices vary, but go up to hundreds of pounds.
A pair listed as sold cost £ 869.12, plus £ 57.93 for postage and packaging.