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Barack Obama is many things: former President of the United States of America, father, husband, avid reader, and Spotify playlist maker. But 44 is also a huge basketball fan, in a watch-from-home sense, as well as in a pick-up-game-in-between-foreign-policy-meetings sense.
When Obama was serving his first term as POTUS in 2009, Nike made him a pair of player exclusive Hyperdunk basketball shoes. Only two pairs of the kicks are believed to exist. One pair is still in Obama’s possession, while the other pair — a confirmation sample — has now been listed on Sotheby’s for auction.
This particular Hyperdunk, which was originally released in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics and worn by the US men’s basketball team, features a white leather upper with deep blue Swooshes and visible Flywire technology along both the lateral and the medial sides. The official presidential seal is embroidered on the tongue, as is “44” on the medial toe box.
Sotheby’s has this pair listed for $25,000 and will launch the sneaker on February 12. This pair, while one of two in existence, was never owned or worn by Obama. Head to Sotheby’s below for more information.
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