EMINEM AIR MAX FOR CHARITY
August 31, 2006
Eminem and Nike come together to help raise funds for disadvantaged youths around the world. – Unique product collaboration is born to help raise funds for the Marshall Mathers Foundation and ninemillion.org –
Multi-platinum rapper Eminem and Nike, the world’s leading sports and fitness company, have joined forces to create a limited edition run of the iconic Air Max series to benefit charity. An ardent fan of the Air Max and avid collector of sneakers, Slim Shady jumped at the chance to imprint his own personal touch on the world of sneaker collectors and raise funds for disadvantaged youths, both in his home state of Mitchigan, USA, and around the world in refugee camps.
Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) has turned his talents to designing limited-edition uppers of eight different shoes in the Air Max series; from the Air Max ’87 (originally designed by Tinker Hatfield, one of the world’s foremost footwear designers), all the way up to the most recent Air Max 360, the new full-length Air technology from Nike. His reinterpretation of the upper has been laid onto the original blueprints for each of the Air Max shoes to create a unique set of shoe designs. “If you told me ten years ago that I’d be designing this whole series of Air Max’s, I never would have believed it,” commented Eminem. “It’s one of the hottest lines that Nike ever produced, so I’m honored to make my own contribution. My only problem was figuring out how to make the shoes different from stuff they’ve already done: Nike always has the dopest color combos.”
Only 8 full sets of the footwear (64 pairs of shoes in total), will be produced before they are auctioned off over a period of 4 weeks, starting August 31st, to help raise money for the Marshall Mathers Foundation and ninemillion.org. All 64 pairs will be numbered and autographed by Eminem making them true collectors items in every sense.
Eminem remarks: “We’re always looking for new ways to try raise money and awareness for the foundation, so when Nike approached us we jumped at the chance. When we got the info on ninemillion.org, it made even more sense. Who wouldn’t want to design their own line of Nikes? And to do it for charity makes it that much better.”
DETAILS OF AUCTIONS:
All 8 styles will still be auctioned off at Nike stores and on eBay, with the proceeds going directly to ninemillion.org and the Marshall Mathers Foundation. All proceeds will be shared on an equal basis between the two charities.
31st Aug – NikeTown London – Air Max ’87 – 1 pair
Air Max ‘90 – 1 pair
12th Sep eBay – Air Max ’87 – 7 pairs
– Air Max ’90 – 7 pairs
16th Sep – NikeTown – Berlin Air Max 180 – 1 pair
Air Max 93 1 pair
19th Sep – eBay – Air Max 180 – 7 pairs
Air Max ’93 – 7 pairs
22nd Sep – Nike Store, Paris – Air Max ’95 – 1 pair
– Air Max ’97 – 1 pair
26th Sep – eBay – Air Max ’95 – 7 pairs
– Air Max ’97 – 7 pairs
28th Sep – NikeTown London – Air Max ’03 – 1 pair
Air Max ’06 – 1 pair
3rd Oct – eBay – Air Max ’03 – 7 pairs
Air Max ’06 – 7 pairs
The first auction will take place on August 31st , in conjunction with a event at NikeTown London. During this session one pair of both the Max 1 and the Max 90 will be put up for offer, with both styles then being posted for auction on Ebay.
All eBay auctions will begin on each of the allocated Tuesdays at 00:00 hours, running for 7 days and finishing at 23:59 hours the following Monday.