Nike running shoe prototype sells for $1,500

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; The nike shoe belonging to Oakland Raiders running back Lonyae Miller sits on the field after falling off against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report by ESPN, an avid shoe collector named Jordan Geller just bought a one-of-a-kind prototype for Nike’s original running shoe for $1,500.

The prototype, which was made back when Nike was still called Blue Ribbon Sports, was sold by Jeff Wasson, who told reporters he was given the unique piece of memorabilia by Tom Bowerman, the son of legendary University of Oregon tack coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. As Wasson tells it, he asked Tom for the prototype after it was discovered in a trash pile in 2010. (In case you’re wondering, Wasson works for a utilities company and did meter readings at Bill Bowerman’s house.)

Geller, who owns about 500 pairs of shoes, said the decision to buy the prototype was a no-brainer:

This shoe is really special. Not because Drake or Kanye wore it but because Bill Bowerman made this from his hands. I almost want to go back to his house, with a comb and toothbrush, and go through his backyard myself.

Follow the links to the ESPN piece to check out what the prototype looks like.

[Source: ESPN]

Topics: Jeff Wasson, Jordan Geller, Nike

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  • Aaron Somers

    I’m surprised it didn’t go for more.

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