Former U.S. President, Barack Obama’s affinity for basketball was well-known and thoroughly documented, with the 44th POTUS famously erecting a hoop at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and taking part in numerous b-ball-related initiatives. In 2009, Nike honored Obama with a bespoke pair of Hyperdunk sneakers, complete with the Presidential Seal, custom insoles decorated with bald eagles and “1776” script, and embroidered ‘44’s.
Loosely modeled after the “United We Rise” Hyperdunk model that was created for and worn by Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Obama Hyperdunks were limited to two pairs in total, the pair given to the then-President of the United States, and an identical prototype (or “confirmation”) pair that has just spring up for private sale (with a fixed price) through elite auction house, Sotheby’s. The shoes sport leather uppers paired with a visible Flywire structure and dark blue Swooshes outlined in silver, and though never actually worn by Obama, this one-of-two pair of shoes remain in absolutely immaculate, museum-grade condition. This confirmation pair of custom Nike Hyperdunk sneakers is slated to go on sale through Sotheby’s website on Friday, February 12, with an asking price of $25,000.
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