Former President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is the only other person to own the sneakers shown above – a pair of Nike Hyperdunks that are believed to be one of two pairs in existence. Although these exact kicks were not worn by Obama himself, Nike kept them as samples and are in mint condition. Does this justify the $ 25,000 price tag that Sotheby’s has put on them, which will be available for purchase on February 12th? Well, you have to decide. After all, these basketball shoes have an incredible history. Not only do they symbolize Obama’s love for the game, but they were also worn by players on Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as part of the United We Rise collection.
You’ll likely immediately notice the distinctive embroidery – the official seal of the President and the red bordered “44” – that make the exterior details special. But there are more graphics to be excited about on the insoles, including bald eagles and “1776,” the year America was founded. The Swooshes, of course, represent the legendary Nike brand, to which Obama has been dedicated since his time on the JV and Varsity basketball teams at the Punahou School in Hawaii. (Fun fact: he and his teammates won the 1979 state championship in his Nike Blazers.) Obama has continued to show support for the company throughout his political tenure, and Nike donated $ 5 million to the Obama Foundation in 2020 in particular, to support Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
Check out every nook and cranny of the shoes ahead of time and watch this area as we finally determine their happy buyer.