When Apple launched its first color desktop computer, in 1990, the tech giant also created a prototype pair of sneakers with its signature rainbow logo.
They were first sold to a lucky Apple employee some time in the mid-’90s, according to BitRebels. They later sold for only $79 on eBay back in 2007.
In the years that followed, the whereabouts of the shoes were unknown — until a friend of Leon Benrimon, director of modern and contemporary art at Heritage Auctions, found them at a garage sale in San Francisco.
Now, Heritage Auctions is auctioning off the pair at its Beverly Hills location. Bidding will begin at 11 am on June 11, and the sneakers are expected to go for at least $30,000. The starting bid will be $15,000. The Adidas sneakers, size 9 and a half, are made from the typical white leather material of the times. They feature Apple’s logo on the tongue and on the side. The soles are made from rubber that supposedly doesn’t leave skid marks.
The 3D Runner, features a similar design as the one Adidas gifted its medal-winning athletes during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It has a black Primeknit upper, like what what you see on Yeezys or Ultra Boosts, and a midsole made from 3D-printed materials — that’s the main highlight here. Unfortunately, you’ll only have the chance to buy a pair if you live in New York City, London or Tokyo, with pricing set at $333 this Thursday. It has been said it’ll end up on the resell market for hundreds of dollars above its original MSRP.
With the Lechal Smart Shoe, you won’t even have to look down. The shoes sync with an app on your smartphone that uses Google Maps to send a vibration to one of the shoes telling the user when and where to turn.
Converse gave the media, and Sole Collector, a private tour of the Bata Shoe Museum’s “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” exhibit, in Toronto.
The Bata Museum houses over 1,000 shoes (from a collection of over 13,000), and not only celebrates style, but also helps to tell human history through footwear. In April of 2013, the museum opened this sneaker exhibit, which showcases shoes as far back as the 19th century, all the way through to today’s culture.
The sneaker collection features brands like Converse, Nike and adidas, as well as the higher end of things, like Christian Louboutin and Lanvin. There are even sketches on display by Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar.
The Exhibit closed June 1, 2014
New Balance’s SLS uses biomechanical data, motion capture, high-speed video, advanced algorithms, specially-created software, and in-shoe sensors along with help from olympic athletes like U.S. Olympian and current 1500m World Champion Jenny Barringer Simpson, 2012 U.S. Olympian Kim Conley, 2012 Great Britain Olympian Barbara Parker and four-time All-American runner Jack Bolas to create the most precise spike plates on the market