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‘Everyone wants them’: the trainers that sold for $150,000

Several pairs of Nike Air Force 1s were auctioned at Sotheby’s this week to celebrate the shoe’s 40th anniversary. These five commanded the top prices – just don’t expect them to be wornWhen a trainer commands a six-figure price at its own Sotheby’s auction, you know it has transcended everyday shoe status. Indeed, no sensible sneakerhead – if such a thing exists – would wear any of the 40 rare Nike Air Force 1 trainers that were sold on Tuesday at Sotheby’s New York’s “40 for 40” sale (so-called as this year marks the shoe’s 40th anniversary).The AF1 is not just a trainer; it is a cultural phenomenon. Designed as a basketball shoe by Bruce Kilgore in 1982, it was expected to be replaced by the AF2, the AF3 and so on, but consumer demand put paid to that. “It’s the perfect design in its simplicity,” says Simon Wood, the founder of Sneaker Freaker magazine. Continue reading...

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