A Canadian financier and philanthropist who smashed the world record this week for the purchase of a pair of sneakers is bullish on the future of sneaker collecting.
Miles Nadal paid $550,000 (US$437,000) for an ultra-rare pair of Nike sneakers designed by the company’s co-founder, Bill Bowerman in 1972.
The Nike Waffle Racing Flat Moon Shoes Nadal purchased were the last of 100 pairs of sneakers recently put up for online auction by Sotheby’s.
Nadal also bought the other 99 pairs for $1 million (US$850,000).
The price of the so-called “Moon Shoes” eclipsed the previous record of US$190,373 spent in 2017 on a pair of signed Converse worn by Michael Jordan in the 1984 Olympic basketball final.
“I think sneaker culture and collecting is on the verge of a breakout moment, and I hope Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods will continue to lead the way in this exciting new future,” Nadal said in a Sotheby’s statement.
Bowerman designed the sneakers for runners at the 1972 Olympic Trials and Sotheby’s says only about 12 were ever made.
Nadal, the founder of Peerage Capital in Toronto, says he was “thrilled” by the purchase.
He plans to display the sneakers alongside his classic cars his private museum, the Dare to Dream Automobile Museum, in Toronto.
With files from CTV, Global News, The Guardian, South China Morning Post