Of all the stange goings-on in Washington right now — and anyone who has seen a live shot of the National Mall in the past two days can attest to the fact that a lot of weird crap is going on — none can compare with one Brooklyn entrepreneur, who decided the best way to make a quick buck was to rip off Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star 2K shoe design (remember those?) and hastily adapt it to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Not surprisingly, the entrepreneur in question, one Mitchell Rose, had the shoes made in China and shipped over for the inauguration, where he’s peddling them throughout D.C. According to NBC NEW YORK, he’s charging a whopping $60 per pair for what amount to Payless knock-offs with a bad rubber portrait of the president-elect.
Yet, as mad as prospective buyers of Rose’s cheapo kicks may be, they’re not as upset as a group of D.C. natives who are just mad that they can’t even be there: The Washington Wizards.