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Footwear frenzy over retro Jordans

Saturday, December 24, 2011
A newly-purchased Air Jordans sneaker is shown in front of a line of customers at the Nike Store at Union Square Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 in San Francisco. The release of Nikes retro Air Jordans caused a frenzy at stores across the nation early Friday, with hundreds of people lining up for a chance to buy the classic basketball shoes and rowdy crowds breaking down doors and starting fights in at least two cities. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A newly-purchased Air Jordans sneaker is shown in front of a line of customers at the Nike Store at Union Square Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 in San Francisco. The release of Nike's retro Air Jordans caused a frenzy at stores across the nation early Friday, with hundreds of people lining up for a chance to buy the classic basketball shoes and rowdy crowds breaking down doors and starting fights in at least two cities. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (AP Photo)

The return of a popular sneaker sparked mayhem at malls across the country Friday which led to several arrests.

Brawls broke out as shoppers rushed to get a pair of the highly anticipated "Air Jordan Eleven Retro Concords".

A mob stormed through the doors in Indiana, and in California, police arrested a man after he fired his gun into the air sending the crowd for cover.

The release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes have caused problems for shoppers at some New Jersey malls as well.

Authorities say a Jersey City man was stabbed when a brawl broke out Thursday night between several people waiting on line at the Newport Centre Mall to buy the shoes.

But the 20-year-old victim, whose name was not disclosed, was expected to recover from his injuries.

Authorities say the brawl occurred around 10:15 p.m., as about 300 people were waiting to buy the shoes.

Nike originally released the Air Jordan line in 1995.

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