I have never been a fan of the Nike Foamposite outside of its resale value. I know that’s a bad thing to say. I’m biased against it because of a bad experience, but that’s another story. The Foamposite dropped for the first time in 1997. I was playing basketball at San Diego City College, well not really since I had a season ending injury. I was finished up my two year degree and at that time I was heavy into lightweight footwear and the LWP Penny was my favorite. When I got injured and tried to rehab, I wore the David Robinson Nike, the name slips my mind. Then I went right back to my adidas obsession. It was a recent mistake I made that has made me kind of not feel the Foams. Like I said though, that’s another story and I’m trying not to let it influence me. Instead I will dig in to the research.
Since I do 3 checks before my decision I will weight them on a scale of 1-9. The max points on a scale = +3
First check: I hit Flight Club first. Today is 10/12/2016. FC does not have the Maroon Foam. This is always a sign to me that a shoe doesn’t have any buzz. There is another sign that kind of tells me that although the Maroon is a dope looking shoe it won’t become a classic for the market. The fact that the Ben Gordon, Wu-Tang and Yeezy Foams all have average resale prices leaves me thinking that with so many dope as shoes dropping next month that 230 dollar price point (250 with tax) is enough to say, I can probably get a pair of limited NMDs at that price. My rating for the potential for resale is a +1.
Rating = +1
Second check: My eBay check shows sold listings of the Maroon Foamposite at an average price of the first four sold listings… Wait a minute, the shoe is actually selling on eBay early. Which means either accounts have released these joints to buyers early to get them off of their hands so they can pay their Nike bill, or these joints are fresh off the truck. Here are the last 5 prices of sold pairs: 219+299+249+299+295= 1361/5 = $272.20 If the average price early is 272.20 let’s work out the end numbers. $272.20 x .13% fees to ebay/paypal = $35.39 Fees. 272.20-35.39= 236.81 – Shipping 15.00 = 221.81
If you are buying these at retail, I can’t even give this a +1 rating for resale.
Rating = 0 (This is my first zero on any SYBTF)
Third check: My third check is always looking for the hype on a shoe, or checking the inventory to see how limited this shoe will be. The problem is nobody is really talking about the Maroon Foam. Even if the shoe is limited, it’s being dropped in the middle of a month with the Yeezy 750 and a multitude of overpriced drops in October. The Footlocker Launch locator isn’t listing the shoe yet so I don’t know how widespread the release is, but honestly I don’t see the immediate value in buying this shoe. The color is amazing, but the resale value won’t arrive for a minimum of 6 months..
Rating = +1
Should you buy to flip?
My total on a scale of 9 is a +2. The Foamposite is still a great looking shoe but it can no longer be thought of as futuristic or ahead of its time. It’s now a boot that runs small and is heavy when compared to the lightweight options available instead of wearing the Foams. The crowd that would typically wear this shoe has opted for the Nike Lunar Force Duckboot. Even as a spring footwear option, or matching up a Redskins jersey for dudes in the DMV, I just don’t see the shoe performing well for resale.
The Foamposite Maroon was more limited than anyone thought which has increased the resale price on both Amazon and now that FC has the shoe, the resale has moved up to 325.00. It is selling on eBay at 289.99 to 309.99. I’m dropping it here for 295.00 with free shipping since I have 5 pair left.