The adidas Blackburn SPZL Auctions for $65,000 on eBay Release: 11 October 2019
The adidas Blackburn SPZL released last week and was limited to 200 pairs. Pairs sold for $125, with proceeds going to charity Nightsafe in Blackburn, England.
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adidas Blackburn SPZL from adidas Spezial AW19. Image by @gary_watsongraphicdesign and @nathandamour. In keeping with the aesthetic of the adidas ‘city series’ featuring a colourway inspired by the red rose of Lancashire. These are built on the Athens tooling with a completely new upper pattern (the toe box is my favourite of any Spezial release to date) and Mod Trefoil branded tongue (as was used on the GT Manchester SPZL). 200 pairs of a ‘Nightsafe’ edition of these shoes will be available exclusively from the adidas Spezial exhibition in Blackburn. These 200 pairs will have a Nightsafe branded footbed and the brown leather Spezial swing tag will be in red leather. Priced at £100 - all proceeds from these shoes will go to @nightsafebwd to support the incredible work they are doing for youth homelessness in Blackburn. Release details will be announced ahead of the Spezial exhibition opening. Thanks to @bwdcouncil and @rovers. #adidasspezial #blackburn #britishtextilebiennal #nightsafe
It was expected that pairs would hit eBay, but it wasn’t expected that bids would reach this high. One auction cleared all others, with a bidding war creeping up to $65,000. It’s not clear if money passed hands, but we do know that a wider release of the Blackburns — virtually the same, save for the insole — are dropping on October 11.