Friday, January 17, 2014

Prototype waffle soled shoe sold to collector

Jeff Wasson from Oregon has sold what is believed to be one of the first prototypes of a Nike shoe to one of the world's biggest shoe collectors. Wasson, was given the shoe in 2010 by Tom Bowerman (son of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman) and sold it to Jordan Geller, who owns hundreds of original Nike shoes housed in his ShoeZeum in California. According to Geller the shoe is a prototype of the Moon Shoe, the first Nike shoe made under the company's previous name, Blue Ribbon Sports. Nike handed out pairs of the shoes, named for their waffle-patterned soles that looked like the marks made by the boots of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they roamed the surface of the moon three years before, at the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. The shoe features a "fat belly" swoosh, which is the original look of the logo designed by Portland State graphics design student Carolyn Davidson in 1971 for a fee of $35. After Wasson was asked to fell some trees for Tom Bowerman. Tom discovered one of the original waffle irons his father used to devise Nike's first soles as well a batch off old shoes buried by his father. In gratitude Wasson was given the prototype shoe as a keepsake.

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