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10 Reasons Why it Sucks to Work In a Sneaker Store During the Holidays

The holidays are great, but if you’re a sneaker store employee (or in retail in general) this time of year may have a different connotation for you. The first thing that might come to mind might be sleepless nights, hours on your feet, and of course—holiday music on a constant loop for 31 days. And who could forget the infamous Air Jordan releases that drop around Christmas.

These are a few things that only those in retail may be able to understand. If you’re not familiar, here are 10 Reasons Why it Sucks to Work in a Sneaker Store During the Holidays.

Late nights.

Via Geofffox

It’s that wonderful time of year when shopping malls are open until midnight. If you work at a mall-based sneaker store, that usually means you’re working well past dark to get the store ready for the next day.

Early mornings.

Via deviantart

Aside from closing later during the holidays, most malls usually also open up at the crack of dawn too. (Gotta cash in on that holiday money) That means you’ll most likely have to work some shifts that require you to be in before the geriatric mall-walkers start their workout.

Telling someone’s grandma that she won’t be able to get those Gamma Blue XIs for little Jimmy.

Via USAToday

For the uninitiated, getting hands on the hottest releases in December is a savage game. When you work at a sneaker store, you have the cold-blooded job of breaking the news to these people that what they were hoping to acquire for their special someone is no longer in stock.

Holiday Music.

Via Betanews

Try listening to “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time” by Band Aid every hour, on the hour. That’s what’s playing in your store, in the food court, and on the radio. It’s enough to drive a person to insanity.

Missing out on holiday parties.

Via CafeDiscala

Thinking about hitting that last holiday bash at your buddy’s dorm before heading out on winter break? No can do. You’ve got to sell some sneakers tonight… and tomorrow morning.


Via TheConnection

And lots of them. The floodgates open around this time of year when shoppers aren’t only hoping to get shopping done, but also their kids’ photos taken with Santa. This makes trying to find a parking spot, when you’re already late for your shift, a bit of a hassle.

Stressed out shoppers.


The sneaker shop is probably one of several stops a frazzled person will have to make during the season. Trying to furiously cross items off the Christmas list can get a little tense, and that stress is usually reflected in the demeanor of most of your customers this time of year.


Via FinishLine

Times are tough, and there’s nothing wrong with trying to pinch a few pennies during the holidays. However, causing a scene at your cash register over an expired $10 off coupon is not worth the trouble.

You can’t shop.

Via Foot Locker

The ironic thing about working in retail during the holidays is that most of the time, you’ll be confined to your store. This doesn’t leave a lot of time to step out and knock those items off your Christmas list, unless you plan on getting everybody sneakers this year.

Last-second shoppers.

Via Blogto

When you’re closing up, there’s always that straggler that makes his or her way into the store just in the nick of time. More often than not, it’s someone who has no idea what they want to buy and have no sense of how much the store’s employees want to get out of there. Multiply this by 100 during the holidays, when the store already closes at an ungodly hour.


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