Sacramento, California - What do you do with a pair of smelly old sneakers taking up space in your closet? Apparently, says the Association of Mature American Citizens, you should put them up for sale. That’s what Dave Russell of Sacramento, did and he managed to make a $50,000 profit.
It turns out these were not any old kicks; they were designed by Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, and only 12 pairs of what were called “Moon Shoes” were made in 1972. Eugene, OR was hosting the Olympic trials that year and Bowerman gave ten pairs to athletes trying out for the Olympic team and Russell was one of them. The Graduate Eugene Hotel, which is building a Nike Museum in Eugene, purchased the shoes. "They wanted something that would say, 'this is Nike town’," according to Russell.