Man sells 104-year-old Converse for RM40k

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 01 Jul 2021 17:33
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01 Jul 2021 17:33

Many people have resorted to alternate methods of earning money due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A man from Kota Bahru, Kelantan, recently made headlines for parting with his most prized possession: an antique pair of Converse Non Skid sneakers to help tide him through the pandemic.

"For the sake of surviving, I am forced with a heavy heart to let go my collection of the first Converse sneakers in the world that was made in 1917, which is called the Converse Non Skid," wrote the 31-year-old Wan Irfayuim Azim in a Facebook post.

"Everything is still complete except for a shoelace that has already rotted and the sole of one shoe that is slightly broken. This item is a collector's item, not an item to wear (unless you are the owner of these shoes, you can do as you please)."

"These shoes came with a pair of basketball shorts and basketball knee protectors that were common at some point in the past, and the pants are dated 1916," said Wan Irfayuim.

Posted on July 26, the vintage sneakers collection with the opening price of RM40,800 on Facebook has attracted seven potential buyers in less than 24 hours.

When speaking to Bernama, Wan Irfayuim said that he ended up selling the vintage sneaker collections to a man from Pahang who wanted to purchase the sneakers at the set price.

Back in 2018, he bought the vintage sneakers collection from a couple living in the U.S. and his purchase came with a pair of 1916 shorts and knee protectors worn by basketball players.

And because the couple was in desperate need of money to treat their ill child, they had approached Wan Irfayuim via Facebook after coming across his posts on the history of vintage sneakers.

Initially designed for basketball players, ‘Non Skid’ came from the rubber soles of the sneakers believed to provide an extra boost for the players on a court.

Since then, Converse sneakers became the iconic fashion shoes that can be seen on almost everyone until today.


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