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The Nike swoosh is one of, if not the most recognizable logos and brands in all of sports. However, back in 1972, Nike was just a small company in its infancy based in Eugene, Oregon the home of the University of Oregon. Co-Founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman of Blue Ribbon Sports – the precursor to Nike, had a product to promote – namely the Moon Shoe.

Bowerman, who was the running coach at Oregon and the U.S. Olympic track coach in 1972, was looking for a way to help his runners. He came up with a unique design. Looking to capitalize on the close proximity of the upcoming Olympic Trials that were held in Eugene, Knight put his marketing skills to work and presented the Nike Moon Shoes to five runners at the Trials. While not all of the shoes were used, they did garner attention for the lightweight feel and waffle sole that gripped better and made imprints similar to those footprints left by the astronauts on the moon during the Apollo missions of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Thus, the name Moon Shoe was chosen.

Bowerman, with the help of Geoff Hollister, began to hand-cobble the first dozen Moon Shoes. The waffle sole was Nike's first major innovation as Bowerman used his wife’s waffle iron to make these shoes by hand-cutting rubber sheets that were made in Eugene, Oregon and pairing them up with imported Japanese nylon uppers by gluing them together. These were the first Nike shoes to have this type of sole.

Nike made several different iterations of Moon Shoes, but only a limited amount of the original-style “Moon Shoes” were ever made, making this style very rare and almost impossible to find. Such a rarity is not lost on collectors as recently as July 2019, one of the original pair sold for $437,500, a record price for sneakers sold at auction.

Goldin Auctions is proud to present one of the original Nike Moon sneakers. These sneakers were obtained by our consignor through legendary Nike Collector Lindy Darrell. This EXACT PAIR of Nike Moon Sneakers are featured in and pictured in the November 27th ,2017 issue of Cincinnati  Magazine. A link to the article is https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/stylescoutblog/style-counsel-lindy-darrell/

As part of the original run of shoes produce by Nike, these pair of sneakers are hand-made. Many of the limited amount of original Moon Shoes that were made their whereabouts are unknown as some were used in competitions and some simply disappeared over the near 50 years since they first came out. There may only be a handful left in existence and these offered shoes are one of those very rare pairs. This pair has no tagging as it was custom-made and is an approximate size between 8 and 9.

The shoes are in remarkable condition given their age and this pair differs from the other original dozen sneakers with extra padding in the sole. The sneakers are heavily toned and have the black Nike swoosh on both sides. There are remnants of the glue on the edges used in the construction of these shoes. The laces are still fully intact. The left shoe shows more edge wear with minor chipping, but overall these sneakers maintain a strong visible appeal. Also included in this lot is an original early 1970’s singlet yellow jersey made of silk with “OREGON” in green across the chest. These types of runners’ jerseys are almost impossible to find, making this an even more incredible lot. The singlet displays fading due to age, but is otherwise good condition. This is an incredible opportunity to own a historic pair of shoes that launched the most successful shoe company in existence.

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Auction closed on Sunday, December 8, 2019.
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