After unveiling A Ma Maniére’s Air Jordan 3 collaboration, the Whitaker Group revealed it would release a "Nike Waffle One" sneaker, exclusively available at sneaker boutique Social Status. Prior to the launch, however, Whitaker Group announced it would delay the Waffle One’s release date — for a good cause. To help support families in Texas, where a winter storm left millions without power or water, the company announced it would extend the draw for its Waffle One, with an option for participants to donate any amount with their entry. While the wait may be disappointing for sneakerheads, the Whitaker Group has provided them with even more time to enter the shoe raffle, and better yet, an opportunity to help those in need.
That said, this isn’t the first time a raffle has been disrupted. Most recently, and perhaps most infamously, Trophy Room raffled off its Jordan 1 “Freeze Out,” and was plagued by errors, backdooring claims, and angry participants. The disastrous event put a damper on the draw system, which has become more popular as drops see an increase in bots and resellers.
Despite the backlash, Carpet Company announced it would raffle off a pair of its collaborative Nike Dunk High sneakers, with every $20 purchase on Carpet Company’s website automatically granting shoppers one raffle entry. But to combat the same issues Trophy Room faced, the skate brand will cancel any “suspicious” orders.