Nike Moon Shoes have made rounds of auction houses as many times as they must’ve been worn. The first pioneering track and field shoes made by the company’s co-founder Bill Bowerman in 1972 are back on the auction block filthy as ever! Interest in the iconic ‘Moon Shoes’ created by Bowerman by ingeniously pouring rubber into his wife’s waffle maker to get the groundbreaking idea of studded soles continues to thrive. The “Moon Shoe” got its name from the resemblance between the impression that the waffle pattern left in the dirt and the famous tracks left on the moon by astronauts in 1969. London auction house Sotheby’s is selling the old trainers online that is believed to be one of only about 12 pairs of its kind created. Not too long ago, Sotheby’s auctioned a pair of handmade Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ at their New York offices for a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. This time a pair of dirty and ragged Nike trainers are on sale for £150,000, that’s roughly $2,03,000.
As filthy as they look now, these were the crowning glory of the $1 billion sports brand and s Nike’s first major innovation as a brand. Sotheby’s mentions, “The moon got its name from the resemblance between the impression that the waffle pattern remained in the dirt and the famous orbits left by the astronauts on the moon in 1969. The Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ is one of the most important items in the $ 1 billion sports brand’s history.
[Available at: Sotheby’s]