In Tukwila, Wash., about 20 people were sprayed by police after they got in a fight waiting for the new shoes, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
Police said the incident began after more than 1,000 people began lining up around midnight to get a chance at purchasing the Air Jordan XI Retro Concords, which retail for $180 a pop.
Eventually, a group of customers began pushing and the situation escalated.
“Around 3 [a.m.\], there started to be some fighting and pushing among the customers,” a police spokesman told the Associated Press. “Around 4, it started to get pretty unruly and officers sprayed pepper spray on a few people who were fighting, and that seemed to do the trick to break them up."
One man was arrested in that incident — and did not get his sneakers.
In Lithonia, Ga., four people were arrested after overeager customers broke down the door to a store selling the sneakers.
Police were also called to shopping malls in Florida, Indiana, Texas and Virginia to control the crowds, ABC News reported.
“I don’t remember anything like this in the recent past at all, definitely not with the iPhone or anything like that,” Linda Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, told ABCNews.com.
In New Jersey, one shopper told My Fox Philly that a fellow shopper had threatened gunfire if he didn't get the shoes.
“Security opened the door, and it was complete mayhem,” shopper J.R. Santos told the TV station.
In addition to being hot Christmas gift items, the sneakers can resell for hundreds more — and could increase in value.
By Friday afternoon, pairs were going for $510 on ebay.
While the hysteria over the shoes seems extreme, it's sadly become predictable for the popular shoe, which first debuted during its namesake's NBA career, in 1985.