My First Nike Retail Purchase Of 2017, Surprisingly Sizes Are Still In Stock

There’s no way I was passing on these.

As the story goes, I published a post about the sexy John Elliott NikeLab Vandal Highs on June 20. I’ve mentioned several times on this site that I rarely get excited about sneakers for a number of reasons.

However, every now and then I see shoes that immediately speak to me. John Elliott’s Nike Vandal in both colorways grabbed my attention off the rip. How can anyone front on these? I guess the only way is if you don’t rock with Vandals.

Back in June when I reported on this collaboration, the shoes were only releasing in Paris at colette and NikeLab P75. I hit the comments letting it be known that I wanted both colors, but preferred the Anthracite colorway. As you can see from my convo with C Brown, I even reached out to my friend at Nike to let him know that I was feeling the JE Vandals, hoping samples were laying around.

The Paris release came and went. I didn’t even bother looking at what resellers were asking. I just took my L like a grown azz man. But never lose faith because last week I caught wind that JE Vandals were releasing again, but this time stateside.

Most brick and mortar and online retailers that received pairs, released them this past Saturday, October 7. I tried to cop via UBIQ, and got excited when I was able to cart – only to find out sizes were sold out. Honestly I wasn’t upset because I expected pairs to sell out fast.

Later on in the day, Nike Chicago tweeted that pairs were available. I gave them a call and spoke with an older woman who quickly checked me when I asked about the Anthracite aka Dark Grey pair. She said, “Anthracite is a light black, sir.” I said, “Well, it looks Dark Grey to me, ma’am. But do you have a size 8.5 in stock?” It’s pretty funny when I think back on it. I’m respectful to my elders because that’s how I was raised, but ma’am I’m not calling to get schooled on colors – do. you. have. my. size. boo? That’s all I needed to know.

I asked about phone orders and all that. I already knew the answer but figured I’d ask anyway. In case you’re wondering or didn’t know, Nike no longer accepts phone orders. I also asked the lady about inventory because I was trying to figure out how many size 8.5s were in stock. She couldn’t tell me that either. That’s something else I already knew, but sometimes employees don’t follow the rules. Oh yeah, I asked if they could hold my size, but I think everyone knows the answer.

After she confirmed they had my size in stock (but not many), I thought about people I know in Chicago that wouldn’t mind grabbing my size. Two people came to mind: Brandy (formerly of sneakHerbox) and Oscar of Modern Notoriety. I hit Bee first, plus I follow Oscar on the gram and knew he was traveling with adidas. Long story short: she said yes and was able to grab my size. AYYYEEE! I bought her dinner (a very Chi-Town cuisine at that) because that was the right thing to do, and I appreciate her for giving me some of her valuable time. She could’ve easily said no.

Fast forward to Monday, October 9. I’m doing the usual Monday grind, and I see a tweet that JE Vandals are available on I was late seeing the tweet, so I figured sizes were sold out. NOPE!

Based off how quickly pairs sold out on other sites, I was extremely shocked to see sizes in stock. I know other retailers didn’t get the same inventory as NDC, but I was still shocked. The cool thing about this drop is that there was no hype. It was like: if you know, you know. No one should have to tell you how fire these are.

A NikeLab drop with premium suede, tumbled leather, rolled seams, and a layered Swoosh. Even Bee said, “They smell like the finest suede.” So yeah, I was still surprised to see sizes available on Nike. Did I mention retail is only $150? I definitely thought the price tag was going to be higher, but I’m not complaining.

The Vandals are so fresh that I pulled the trigger last night and bought the Sail colorway. I thought about getting both on Saturday, but for whatever reason I decided to just grab the Anthracite pair. But once I saw sizes available on NDC, I had to order my size.

Some of you are probably wondering is this really my first Nike retail purchase this year. Yes! This is NOT my first Nike purchase of 2017 – just at retail. I copped a few running shoes from the Clearance Store and a pair of Talarias from the outlet.

I’m excited to add these JE Vandals to the family. And if I gotta rock a pair of Vandals, Imma make it look sexy. Hopefully sizes are still available after reading this long story. If you feel like I feel, you can grab the color of your choice by clicking here.

FYI: After damn near 900 words, you better believe I feel like this is one of the best Nike releases of 2017. Top Five, Top Five, Top Five. And if these aren’t in your best of 2017 conversation…

Photos courtesy of Notre Shop Chicago

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Lord G-Roc from the Great South. Twitter/IG: @GRocSmith

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  • DJR

    Yeah it’s funny G because my story isn’t as crazy but I found out they were doing an online raffle for these entered and of course lost. I then saw a YouTube review from a guy who got them recently so I was like let me check a few spots online. Saw Bodega had 2 size 10.5’s I was like I’m good. Went back to watching the YouTube video. So after, noticed Bodega now only had 1 10.5 I was like shit I gotta cop now. Ended up getting the anthracite pair.

  • Ha! Glad you were able to get a pair. I know a few of us were checking for them back in June but assumed we wouldn’t have a shot at coppin. Originally I only wanted the Anthracite colorway but the more I looked at the Sail joint, I had to grab em. I def didn’t want to regret passing. I was also fearful thinking about wearing the Sail pair due to color and material. F it! I’ll just be extra careful and mindful where I rock them.

  • theloverswineverytime

    Well, im good here.

  • javi

    Riiiiiiight with your thirst that’s hard to believe hype?

  • Ray.

    It’s no way I’m reading all that..
    But I’m assuming the connect came thru.

  • Lol. Awe man. It only takes a few mins, a detailed story. But if you don’t read, yeah I was able to get right. lol

  • Justin

    These remind me of the Jordan Nouveau 1’s. At a time when everyone always was complaining about quality, they sat on shelves…I ended up getting 3 diff pairs for around $50 each. Actually, one of them is also an Anthracite Suede CW…very similar, except J1 is half suede/half leather.

  • Yep! I know exactly what you’re talking about. The quality on those are so good. Almost unbelievable for the price.

  • kaydot901

    glad the Gawds’s most def a dope underrated shoe.

  • The Vandal is my favorite sneaker of all time. I’m very happy, because they’re finally getting the love, and respect they deserve. Unfortunately, I can’t cop because I’m jobless right now. It sucks supremely, because they also released the OG metallic’s too. Hopefully, Nike releases more OG colorways, and a proper version of the Black/Metallic Silver colorway, that was worn by Kyle Reese, in “The Terminator”. My favorite movie ever and my favorite sneaker. I have two pairs of the 2002 Retro & three pairs of the 2015 Nike Lab SP’s. I got one of my 2015 pair painted to look like the OG’s, but the paint on the outsole, bled into the midsole. ? I’m gonna get them swapped, when I get some money. Anyways, I’m just glad that you appreciate them as much as I do, G-Roc. ????

  • C Brown

    Congrats G…glad you got your pair…this is one of them stories that makes being a sneaker collector or sneaker head one can tell you what’s hot or what’s not…it all comes down to what YOU like…it’s crazy cause Vandals are like the red headed step child to AF1 Highs up here….cats that are into Vandals are HEAVY into them…the rest…whatever…these and the Silver OG’s are sitting in NYC….(I’m sure Ronnie still sitting on stock)…suede is amazing…with the exception of The Cruz Trainers and the Kaws I would say these are the best quality suede product put out this year by Nike…Cruz’s I grabbed for $35 in the outlet…let’s see what happens with these…but none of that matters…you got what you wanted…that’s all that matters…congrats homie…

  • Erosion

    The black ones look nice.

  • Han Lee

    Ur first purchase this yr?…I thought for sure u would double up on those 96 olympics trainers

  • Yep! First retail purchase this year. I doubled on on Atlanta Trainers last year. It was only right. lol

  • UPDATE: Nike cancelled my online order for the Sail colorway. HOW?? *Kanye voice*

    That color isn’t sold out on other sites, but I can’t find a 8.5. 🙁

    I’m sure I’ll be able to find my size tho.

  • Thanks for reading, Marcus.

    And it looks like Nike is going to be rolling out a few Vandal drops, so hopefully the pairs you want are on the way.

  • Most def man!

  • Thanks CB! I know how the Vandal is viewed to some. Kinda like how some NY cats feel about AF1 High vs AF1 Mid. lol

    I’m just glad I was able to get them both with ease.

  • Is there anyway you can find out what colorways are dropping next? They just dropped the Metallic silvers, & Doc Brown’s outta nowhere. Hell, I never thought the Doc’s would be retroed. I wasn’t prepared at all. If you can find out for me, it’d be much appreciated. ?

  • That’s what I hate the most about the all white midsoles. It’s a clean look, but you have to watch were you’re going, with extreme caution.? I hated it the most on the 2015 SP’s, because it wasn’t true to the OG’s at all. They were almost a new colorway.

  • Good. That’s means more for us, who REALLY care. ?

  • theloverswineverytime

    Lol, glad to oblige.

  • javi

    Not with your thirst ?

  • Ray.

    There! I read it!!
    You happy now!?


    Oh it’s been a great week, fam! Metallic Silvers & Sail John Elliott’s up next. ???