Well it seems that we can all go home.
Last month, auctioneer hotspot Sotheby’s announced it would auction off 100 of the most sought-after and rare sneakers in the world. From the covetable Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ Waffle Racing Flat handmade in 1972 to a more recent one-off sample of Pharrell’s collaborative sneakers with Chanel, it was set to be a frenzy as savvy sneaker heads begun vying for the cult kicks.
Dubbed ‘Stadium Goods: The Ultimate Sneaker Collection’, the online auction was nabbed before it had even begun with Canadian investor Miles Nadal, snapping up 99 out of the 100 rare sneakers. Arranging the deal in a pre-empt offer, the entrepreneur dropped a cool $850,000 USD on the kicks and now holds one of the greatest collections in the sneaker community.
But according to Nadal, he isn’t the obsessed sneaker head you might assume, rather he calls himself a “SHIT – sneaker head in training.”
“I’ve always been an admirer of sneakers but I didn’t know much about it,” he told The Guardian. “I thought this was, in one fell swoop, the opportunity to have a world-class collection that I could build upon over the next 25 years.”
While he passed on nabbing the “crown jewel” of the entire auction – the oldest and rarest Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ Waffle Racing Flat, of which is still available for bidding – he is now the proud owner of the Nike Mag 2016 “Back to the Future”, Jordan Travis Scott Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack” Friends & Family Collection and Adidas PW X CC X HU X NMD “Karl Lagerfeld”.
Miles Nadal is not the only avid collector to drop six figures on popular culture items. 17-year-old Carson Guo made headlines in late February, when he paid $800,000 on a 20-year-old collection of Supreme skateboard decks.
Whatever these guys are doing, we’re keen to join.