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“Moon Shoe”: One of Nike’s First Pairs of Sports Shoes Sold at a Record $ 437,500

One of the first pairs of sports shoes ever produced by the American Nike equipment maker called “Moon Shoe” was sold Tuesday for 437,500 dollars (431,000 francs) at online auctions organized by Sotheby’s. This is a world record for such shoes.

The Nike Waffle Racing Flat Moon shoe from 1972, designed by co-founder Bill Bowerman, was expected to bring in $ 160,000.

One of Nike's first pairs sold at a record $ 437,500

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The “Moon Shoe” was destined for US track and field athletes for the 1972 Olympics. The pair sold on Tuesday, the only one of the twelve known, was estimated at between $ 110,000 and $ 160,000.

The previous record was established in 2017 by a pair of Converse Fastbreak worn by American basketball star Michael Jordan during the 1984 Olympic final in Los Angeles, sold at $ 190,373 in auctions organized by SCP Auction. .

It would be the last shoe to be sold at an auction of 100 pairs of sneakers – from Adidas to Air Jordans – in New York.

The previous record was established in 2017 by a pair of Converse Fastbreak worn by American basketball star Michael Jordan during the 1984 Olympic final in Los Angeles, sold at $ 190,373 in auctions organized by SCP Auction. .

Canadian collector Miles Nadal, who also paid $ 850,000 for the other 99 pairs of the auction, plans to display the sneakers in his private museum in Toronto, the Dare to Dream Automobile Museum.

Only 12 pairs of the moon shoe were made and the set sold on Tuesday was “one of the few known pairs”. This particular pair was worn by an athlete at the time.

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