Have you ever dreamed of putting yourself in the shoes of Steve Jobs? Years after his passing, some of the late American entrepreneur and Apple co-founder’s belongings were unearthed and sold at an auction in New York on November 13. One of the items included a pair of heavily worn brown “Arizona” Birkenstock sandals that were snatched up by an undisclosed buyer for a whopping $218,750 – the highest price ever paid for a pair of casual sandals.
According to Julien’s Auctions, these timeless and beloved shoes were said to have been worn by Jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, considered one of the “most pivotal moments in Apple history.” The shoes, and many other similar items, were kept in a collection by Job’s former property manager in Albany, California, Mark Sheff. Jobs was clearly a big fan of the shoe’s practicality and durability.
The Arizona sandal has been defining style since 1973. The recognizable silhouette features a Birkibuc synthetic leather upper, silver buckle, and contoured cork and latex footbed that creates custom support with wear for a endless comfort. A brand new pair of these suede sandals costs around $110.00.
Jobs has always been known for his distinctive, clean look that included a crisp black turtleneck, jeans, and some sort of chunky sneakers. Beyond Birkenstocks, the industrial designer was also apparently a big fan of the New Balance 992 and was said to have been part of the design process for the now-discontinued sneakers. The retro style certainly lines up with the popular “dad sneaker” trend that has quickly become a sensation. Seen on the likes of Bella Hadid to Steph Curry, the iteration typically features oversized silhouettes, lace-up closures, and plush raised soles.
Six weeks before his death, Jobs left Apple to his successor Tim Cook. The tech giant died in 2011 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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