Saturday 31 January 2015

Kanye West Nike trainers fetch €12 million on ebay

Published 11/02/2014 | 12:13

Kanye West will headline Wireless this summer
The rapper infamously severed ties with the sportswear giant Nike last year
The design in question, called Air Yeezy II 'Red October
West has had a turbulent relationship with Nike in the past and criticised the brand for not pushing to manufacture more of his popular sportswear. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

A pair of Nike 'Red October' trainers designed by Kanye West have reached an astonishing £10 million on ebay - and the seller says he'll donate the money to charity.

Who would pay £10 million for a pair of shoes that retail at £220? That is undoubtedly the question you'll ask yourself when you see a current ebay listing in which a pair of Kanye West-designed Nike trainers are selling for just that.


The design in question, called Air Yeezy II 'Red October', is the final, limited-edition creation from a fruitful collaboration the brand undertook with West.

The rapper infamously severed ties with the sportswear giant last year, citing its inability to grant him royalties as his reason, but this design was already in the bag waiting to be released. Just like his previous two designs, this one reportedly sold out within 11 minutes of being released on at 6pm  February 9.


Predictably, pairs soon began to appear on eBay with prices starting at a reasonable £150, but one particular listing has garnered more interest than others and currently stands at £10 million following 84 bids by 30 different bidders over a 10-hour period. The listing, by user b_toogood started at £200. With six days still to go on the listing, it's possible the price will climb even more.


The seller, Brett Toogood, has stated via his Twitter page that if the record sale comes to fruition - enormous ebay bids often turn out to be fake - he will donate the amount to charity.

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