Back at the 2008 Grammys, Kanye West made waves in the sneaker world when he donned an unidentified Nike shoe during his performance of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.” As we’d later find out, it was the debut of the Air Yeezy 1, a top-secret project West had been working on with the Big Swoosh and one that would see the brand’s first silhouette intended for an artist instead of an athlete.
The shoes shown before you are the same exact pair of prototype Air Yeezy 1s West wore at the time, and the thing is: they’re for sale. Designed in collaboration with Creative Director Mark Smith and constructed in the ‘Innovation Kitchen’ at Nike’s Beaverton headquarters, they feature a supple black leather construction that’s highlighted by some subtle perforated details, a swoosh on the heel, as well as a Yeezy forefoot strap and a pair of bright pink ‘Y’ medallion lace locks. What’s more, they come in a custom laser-engraved wooden box, with unique etching by Smith on the lid’s interior and exterior surfaces. Listed as a private sale through Sotheby’s, they’re valued at over $1 million, making them the most expensive sneakers the auction house has ever listed. You can learn more below.
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