A friends-and-family only special from 2012.
In 2012, Cole Haan released the Lunargrand wingtip, which became an instant hit amongst business casual offices and weekend warriors. A gray suede wingtip atop a yellow Nike Lunar sole, the shoes were the perfect mix of sporty and sophisticated. However, later that year, Nike sold Cole Haan to Apax Group, and though Cole Haan still makes a similar shoe/sneaker hybrid today, an official collaboration between the two footwear brands no longer exists. What many don’t know is that in 2012, Nike commissioned artist Tom Sachs to make a Cole Haan wingtip of his own, which was then given only to people who worked at Sachs’ “Mission Control” exhibit in New York City. (The super-limited first version of Sachs’ Nike Mars Yard Shoe was sold on the artist’s website around the same time.) But now, a pair of these ultra-rare black leather Swoosh-adorned wingtips are for sale on Grailed.
In addition to the leather tonal Swoosh, the shoes also have red lace aglets and Nike tags on the tongues. As you might expect, these shoes are going for as much as some fine art, with the seller asking $2,250 for the pair. (A typical pair of Cole Haan shoes are about $200.) Now, that’s a lot to pay for shoes that we don’t imagine you’d wear very much. But in terms of a flex-worthy dress shoe you can wear to the office (assuming your boss isn’t too attentive when it comes to your footwear choices), as well as pure conversation starters, these are about as good as it gets other than shelling out for some made-in-England beauties. But handcrafted shoes from John Lobb, Church’s, and even Thom Browne’s signature wingtips, all will set you back almost $1,000, and they don’t even come with the added bonuses of being super rare and made by a world famous artist. Oh, and they also don’t have Nike Swooshes.
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