With many still seeking justice for the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer this past Monday, thousands of Americans are gathering in protest across the country. Some of these demonstrations have escalated to include riotous behavior, vandalism and looting—the latter affecting many sneaker shops and boutiques.
Throughout Saturday, images and videos of stores being broken into and looted made rounds on social media. The Nike Store location on Michigan Ave. in Chicago appeared to be completely cleaned out.
Nike store on Michigan Ave smashed and completely looted pic.twitter.com/IRZc4FuDBO— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) May 31, 2020
Flight Club on Fairfax pic.twitter.com/b5hJYuEEPG— Andy J. Scott (@AndyJScott) May 31, 2020
Round Two on Melrose was also hit in LA, along with the retailer's Richmond, Virginia location.
that was fast pic.twitter.com/QZf3cH6zF3— ️️️️️️🌐 (@xdxego) May 31, 2020
RIF LA confirmed its own break-in with tweets earlier in the day. The San Francisco location was looted as well.
TOO LATE 😭 https://t.co/Y2ARjzcxP8— RIF LA (@Rifla) May 30, 2020
wow and now LOOTERS are back at the shop. Right now and cops can’t do shit— RIF LA (@Rifla) May 31, 2020
when it rains, it pours... RIF San Francisco down 😣— RIF LA (@Rifla) May 31, 2020
Don C also confirmed on Instagram that RSVP Gallery in LA had been vandalized and looted. About the incident, he said, "I understand people are hurt, so if stealing merch will ease the pain, I can sacrifice that. But, if you are not sincerely protesting and using this [as] an opportunity, you will be 3rd degree manslaughtered as soon as the glass is broken tonight."
Adidas in Manhattan was wrecked.
More footage was captured at VILLA in Rochester, New York.
Miami's Shoe Gallery thanked the city for its support after being vandalized and looted.
Undefeated acknowledged that it was hit last night.
Though many cities have increased police force and instituted curfews, protests are still going strong. No matter what happens in the days ahead, sneaker retail and consignment has been hit hard by this week's events.