Now I am reading this article and I don't understand this line with sorry.

“Times have definitely changed a lot but my love of the Air Jordan has not,” Geller says, noting that he and his wife were married on 11/11, for which they each broke out a fresh pair of Nike Jordan 11s.

I think the verb ( bold one ) break out means "to buy", but my googling by "break out buy meaning" doesn't produce anything such. Could someone help me, will you?

I appreciate your support in advance.

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From the entry for “broke out” in the Free Dictionary

  1. verb To present something for use, especially something that had been stored out of sight or concealed.
    Break out the champagne—we've got an engagement to celebrate!

In many of the meanings listed for “to break out”, there’s a sense of unexpectedness and suddenness.

  • After I asked at another forum [englishforums.com/English/ToBreakContext/bxvhmn/post.htm], the answer there was completely different. If your answer were correct, then it would sound a bit strange to me since they bought the Jordan 11 for their marriage. Anyway thank you for your support.
    – user17814
    Jun 23, 2019 at 11:21
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    @KentaroTomono The post you refer to has been deleted. For what it's worth, I completely agree with this answer. I can't imagine how the expression could mean something different in this context. (Their love of Air Jordans was such that they marked the occasion of their wedding with new pairs.) Jun 23, 2019 at 15:52
  • @Jason Bassford The post you ( or I ) mentioned is still alive. link[englishforums.com/English/ToBreakContext/bxvhmn/post.htm]. The answerer said, "It's AmE. It means to start using something in order to make it comfortable." he and his girlfriend ( or his bride ) were married on 11/11. which had been scheduled about the detail of the day far prior to the bridal day, so that the answerer's answer "to start using something in order to make it comfortable" sounds very fine to me. On the contrary, sorry Colleen, I can not read the nuance of "unexpectedness" or "suddenness"
    – user17814
    Jun 23, 2019 at 18:56
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    @KentaroTomono The expression used to start using something in order to make it comfortable is break in. As in " : to overcome the stiffness or newness of // break in a pair of shoes." Break out and break in have very different meanings. Jun 23, 2019 at 19:09
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    @KentaroTomono Yes, at least according to my own usage and dictionaries. :) Jun 23, 2019 at 19:16

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