An avid car collector, entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. Nadal plans to display the sneaker collection at his Dare to Dream Automobile Museum in Toronto, Canada–a private museum featuring an extensive collection of classic cars. Mr. Nadal plans to share the collection with friends, family and charitable organizations, upon request.
Noah Wunsch, Sotheby’s Global Head of eCommerce, commented: “We are excited the iconic Nike Moon Shoe achieved more than double the previous world auction record for a sneaker today. The success of Sotheby’s & Stadium Goods Ultimate Sneaker Collection sale is a testament to the strength of this burgeoning collecting category. We’re thrilled that all 100 pairs of this exceptional selection of rare sneakers will remain together with Miles in his private museum. To partner with Stadium Goods, the world’s premier sneaker marketplace at the forefront of the culture, on Sotheby’s very first sneaker sale—which was 100% sold! – is an amazing thrill. We are eager to see where this sale takes us, not only in future sneaker offerings, but also in other new luxury lifestyle areas.”
John McPheters, Stadium Goods co-founder and co-CEO, said: “We’re extremely pleased that the Moon Shoe ended up in the hands of a collector who has the intention of preserving and displaying this incredible piece of sneaker history, and sharing it with the world.”
Miles Spencer Nadal, Collector, expressed: “I am thrilled to acquire the iconic Nike ‘Moon Shoes,’ one of the rarest pairs of sneakers ever produced, and a true historical artifact in sports history and pop culture. When I initially acquired the 99 other pairs in this auction last week, I just knew the Nike’s had to remain part of this remarkable collection, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I think sneaker culture and collecting is on the verge of a breakout moment, and I hope Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods will continue to lead the way in this exciting new future.”
A passionate car collector and enthusiast, Mr. Nadal has acquired over 142 cars and 40 motorcycles which comprise the Dare to Dream Classic Car collection. The collection ranges from the first motorized car in 1886 – The Karl Benz Motorwagen – to the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, to most of the modern-day Super Cars. Housed in a private, 94,000 square foot facility at the Dare to Dream Automobile Museum in Toronto, the museum also features a substantial collection of automobile and racing artifacts, collectibles, and antiques.
Mr. Nadal is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Peerage Capital, a leading North American business services and private investment firm with over $8 billion of assets under management and 1,500 employees. The firm’s business encompasses real estate, real estate services, asset management, and financial services. Throughout his 39-year business career, Mr. Nadal has created $6 billion of enterprise value across a variety of industries and organizations.
He is also the founder of Dare to Dream, a multi-faceted philanthropic initiative whose mission is focused on supporting community-based organizations, healthcare research and fundraising, child welfare facilities, and higher education development, from executive management leadership to biomolecular research. Through this array of charitable outreach, Mr. Nadal has spearheaded numerous projects, including providing the keystone gift to the Jewish Community Centre in Toronto to re-vitalize the facility as an inclusive community hub for all residents, now named the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre; providing three decades of involvement as a director, fundraiser and donor for Mount Sinai Hospital, culminating in a major donation to create the Miles Nadal Family Heart Centre in 2015, as well as being a substantial contributor to Harlem RBI and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation; aiding the Global Medical Relief Fund in building a facility in Staten Island, New York, to care for childhood victims of war and disasters; and providing generous support in establishing world-class education facilities, such as the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre for York University’s Schulich School of Business and a molecular genetics research laboratory at The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
HANDMADE NIKE ‘MOON SHOE’ CIRCA 1972
The Nike “Moon Shoe” is one of the most significant artifacts in the history of the multi-billion dollar athletic brand. One of only a handful of pairs known to exist, the present pair is a handmade running shoe designed by Nike co-founder and legendary Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman. As the famous story goes, Bowerman was first inspired to create the innovative waffle sole traction pattern found on the brand’s early running shoes by tinkering with his wife’s waffle iron and pouring rubber into the mold to create the first prototype of the sole. Made for runners at the 1972 Olympic Trials, only about 12 pairs of the Moon Shoes were created, with even fewer still remaining today. The sneaker is the only pair known to exist in unworn condition.
ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE SNEAKER COLLECTION