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Nike fans and hype beasts everywhere, here’s a little something you can aspire to own one fine day.

The Nike Moon Shoe.

Picture Credit: Sotheby’s

Okay, yes, it looks a little raggedy and worn out but listen up, boys (and girls)…

This scruffy looking pair was just sold for $437,500 (RM1.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction.


Not only that, it broke the record for the world’s highest auction price for a pair of sneakers.

Yep, turns out these aren’t just any ol’ pair of sneakers. The 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe’ was designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman (who was also a running coach) for the 1972 Olympic Trial runners.

It is known for the iconic waffle iron sole pattern. The sole was apparently created by Bill pouring rubber into his wife’s waffle iron. “The Breakfast Epiphany” happened when his wife was serving Bill waffles for breakfast, made using an old waffle iron.

Picture Credit: Department of Nike Archives via Popular Mechanics

He immediately jumped up and started experimenting. As the story goes, the waffle iron was ruined but the world was presented with a pair of shoes that worked on every type of surface.

Fun fact: US Athlete Mark Covert wore a pair of the Nike Moon Shoe in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials. The shoes made in a waffle iron were also the first Nike shoes worn during competition.

Mark Covert’s Nike Moon Shoe.
Picture Credit: Kirby Lee via Popular Mechanics

However, ONLY 12 pairs were created. This shoe is especially rare because it is the only known pair to exist in unworn condition.

Picture Credit: Sotheby’s

The lucky owner of this historic pair is an avid collector named Miles Nadal, who plans to place them in his private museum in Canada.

If you’re looking to buy a pair of the Nike Moon Shoes, it will take about 136.5 years, or 1,639 months, of saving based on the RM1,100 minimum salary in Malaysia.

(Rare Nike Racing Flats Set Auction Record)
(How a Dirty Old Waffle Iron Became Nike's Holy Grail)

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