On the long list of performance sneakers, none may be as important as the Nike Zoom VaporFly Elite. The unorthodox runner was thrust into the national spotlight when distance runners Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa, and Zersenay Tadese each attempted to record the first ever sub-2-hour marathon while wearing the shoes back in May. Kipchoge led the way, and didn't finish with a Sub2, but set an unofficial world record with a time of 2:00:25.
Though the VaporFly Elite attracted a lot of eyes, Nike only produced about 100 pairs outside of those given to the runners. Not prepped for retail, the shoes were distributed to VIPs like Kevin Hart and winners of a Nike+Run Club giveaway. Now, pairs of these extremely limited Nike are making their way to the auction block.
This pair, produced in Kipchoge's size 8, just hit eBay with a starting price of $10,000. They're packaged in a special wooden box, with a carbon fiber cover and collectible card. According to the sellers, the shoes were won after running a 5K in May.
The market for the Nike Zoom VaporFly Elite hasn't been set, so this auction is worth keeping an eye on. Due to the limited production and the task required to win the shoes, it's hard to argue against this ambitious asking price.