Nike ‘moon shoes’ used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50K

This image taken from video shows the Nike handmade Moon Shoe, designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in 1972, on display in New York on Friday, July 12, 2019.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A pair of handmade Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000.

Dave Russell, of Sacramento, sold the rare kicks last month to a hotel chain in Eugene, Oregon, that is building a Nike-themed property.

“They wanted something that would say, ‘This is Nike town,'” Russell said. “And here are these shoes that were a prototype before Nike was even a public shoe.”

Russell was 25 when he qualified for the trials in the marathon in Eugene, where the shoe and the Nike brand debuted that year, he told KTXL-TV.

Known as “moon shoes” for their wafflelike bottom, the shoes were the first prototype designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.

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“They were very unorthodox shoes,” Russell said. “They were very exotic because the sole was completely different. It was made on a waffle iron. It was glued to the bottom of the shoe. The shoe was completely handmade.

“Oh, I loved them; they fit like a glove.”

Nike, which is based in Oregon, made only 12 pairs.

Letsrun.com says Russell finished 55th in the trials, which were won by Frank Shorter who went on to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Munich.

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