Hundreds of Berliners line up for shoe with sewn-in annual transit ticket

Eager to get their hands on the exclusive shoe, which is also a ticket valid on local transit in the capital city for the rest of the year, shoppers have been lining up in front of two shops where it will be sold on Tuesday.
With only 500 pairs of the limited-edition Adidas sneaker on offer, snow and chilly weather didn’t stop fans from queuing in front of the stores in the Mitte and Kreuzberg districts early in the morning on Tuesday.
At around 1:00am about 550 people were counted - some of whom had been queuing since Saturday - and jotted down on the waiting list. At 6am another count was carried out and those who had left were removed from the list.
A shot of the exclusive pair of shoes from the shop window. Photo: DPA
Peggy from Berlin’s Hellersdorf district said she had been there since Monday morning. Together with Oliver from Friedrichshain, she secured a place in a bus shelter - wrapped in thick blankets and with deck chairs. Other people had put up tents and camping tables on the sidewalk.
"The shoes are cool, but I want the BVG ticket first and foremost," 18-year-old Sara told Tagesspiegel.
The sneaker with an annual ticket sewn into its flap will cost only €180; an annual BVG (Berlin Transport Company) ticket costs upwards of €761. On Ebay, it was offered for €600 before the official start of sales on Tuesday.
The shoes are valid until the end of 2018 as a ticket on Berlin U-bahn (subways), trams, buses and ferries - but only if they are worn at the time of travel. The two shops open their doors to customers at 11:00am.