Sotheby's first-of-a-kind auction dedicated to sneakers

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 13, 2019

Nike is hot on your heels.

But the real showstopper has to be the handmade Nike Waffle Trainer "Moon Shoe" from the '70s-which Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman designed for the runners at the Olympic Trials in 1972.

Premier sneaker and streetwear marketplace Stadium Goods has partnered with auction house Sotheby's for an online auction featuring 100 of the rarest sneakers ever produced.

In addition to the online-only auction, Sotheby's is showcasing the sneaker collection at its NY galleries from today until the auction closes on July 23.

Clear out your shoe racks (if you've got a few thousand dollars to spare): NY auction house Sotheby's has announced a sale of 100 of the world's rarest sneakers, including a handmade 1972 pair expected to sell for up to $160,000.

Shown in this undated photo is the Nike Waffle Racing Flat, Moon Shoe in a size 12.5 from 1972.

The shoes are on public exhibit at Sotheby's in NY through July 23.

"Other standouts, all curated from Stadium Goods" legendary Trophy Case, include the 2011 & 2016 limited releases of the Back to the Future II-inspired Nike Mags and Travis Scott's Air Jordan 4 "Family & Friends" collection, which will come as a lot of five colorways.

The 2016 version of the futuristic shoe, complete with self-lacing technology, is expected to sell for between US$50,000 and US$70,000.

"At Stadium Goods, we've long talked about how sneakers are this generation's luxury fashion, and being able to collaborate with a brand with the history and esteem of Sotheby's is further proof of that".

In a press release, Sotheby's said the "Moon Shoe" was the "auction's crown jewel", claiming it is the only unworn pair of the sneakers to exist.

The auction sale will be ending on the 23of July and the line-up will include other limited-edition sneakers from Kanye West's Yeezy collection, Air Jordan and Adidas. The shoes were auctioned through California sports memorabilia company SCP.

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