The first pair of sneakers that Kanye West used to introduce his Yeezy brand is going on sale for $1 million.
The kicks were developed by the rapper and Mark Smith for Nike, and are now the most valuable sneakers to ever appear at the storied auction house, Sotheby’s.
These were the pair of sneakers that the rapper wore during his 2008 performance at the 50th Grammy Awards.
The kicks are a size 12. They were designed in Nike’s “Innovation Kitchen” in Oregon, and feature a soft black leather upper with perforated detailing. They sport a tonal Swoosh on the overlay, along with a Yeezy forefoot strap and the label’s signature “Y” medallion lace locks in pink. The sneakers will also come housed in a custom wooden box emblazoned with a design by Smith.
“This pair is critical to the development of the Yeezy franchise, which has become one of the most important sneaker and lifestyle brands in history,” Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s, said in a statement.
“Debuted on-stage at the Grammys in 2008, the sneakers set off waves in the sneaker community as people tried to identify the mysterious pair. Afterward, we saw a series of collaborations between Kanye and Nike, and then later the birth of his line with Adidas.”