When you think about Michael Jordan’s sneakers, you immediately think Nike, or depending on when you were born, his eponymous Jordan brand under the Nike umbrella. But even though MJ is so connected to the Air Jordan, the 29th edition of which just launched, there was a time when he wasn’t associated with the Swoosh.
While Jordan was at the University of North Carolina, he wore Converse sneakers and continued to do so at the 1984 Olympics before entering the NBA. Now a pair of Converse kicks that Jordan wore during the gold medal-game at the ‘84 Olympics will be auctioned off by Grey Flannel Auctions in October.
According to Grey Flannel’s Michael Russek, the consigner of the shoes was a ball boy for Team USA at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and was given the sneakers by Jordan himself, who also autographed them.
Bidding for the shoes will start at $5,000. But don’t expect it to stay there for long. Grey Flannel previously handled the auction for the Air Jordan XII’s that MJ wore in his famous “Flu Game” in 1997, and those were sold for $104,765.
Converse is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nike. In 2012, Jordan collaborated with his old sneaker brand of choice to release limited-edition commemorative pack that included the Converse Pro Leather, the sneaker he wore when he sank the game-winning shot in the 1982 national championship game.