The most popular sneakers are often produced in limited quantities, and lines often form outside of shops, with customers jockeying to get their pair before the next person. Fights have broken out while people wait for hours or days, but that’s the least of it. Certain tales from sneaker releases are stranger than most people would imagine, from raging parties to people sprinting across stores as they attempt to grab the sneaker they have their heart set on.

All too often, the stories are so crazy that it seems impossible they even happened. The only way to get the real story is to go to the people who know, the clerks and shop owners, so we hit up the folks who work behind the counter to tell us the craziest sneaker releases they’ve ever witnessed.