Help Haiti; take part in NikeTalk's first ever custom sneaker charity auction! BIDDING CLOSED!

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Have you forgotten already?  On January 12th, Haiti endured a massive earthquake, which reportedly claimed over 100,000 lives, left approximately one million people homeless, and caused incalculable damage to the nation's inhabitants and its infrastructure.  While the press coverage may have subsided, Haitians still need our support. 

To help, we at NikeTalk have teamed up with six immensely talented artists, the sneaker customization gurus behind Evolved Footwear, http://www.facebook.com/pages/JBF-Customs/67358172488%20JGoods Custom Sneakers, 1of Customs, JBF Custom Shoes, and Revive Customs, to present NikeTalk's first ever custom sneaker charity auction. 

Each artist has generously donated a pair of amazing custom sneakers, designed specifically for this event.  You'll be bidding on the only pairs in existence. 

Normally, you'd hear something like "proceeds will benefit..." or "a portion of the proceeds will benefit" charity in events like this.  However, due to the generosity of these artists, the FULL 100% of your bids will go to Doctors Without Borders, in support of their ongoing efforts to rebuild Haiti's medical infrastructure, provide on the ground care and support, and further their courageous efforts around the world.

In addition, [color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]NikeTalk will go one step further by MATCHING your bids up to [/color][color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]$1,000[/color][color= rgb(255, 0, 0)] per pair[/color] to help maximize our overall community contribution to this important cause.  

Below, you'll see all five items along with a brief description composed by the artist.  The last day to submit bids will be THIS Sunday, May 23rd.  After 12:00 AM EST on May 24th, we'll no longer accept bids and auction winners will be contacted. 


[color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]How do I bid? [/color]

We'll follow a silent auction format.  Just post here or send us an email with your bid:
  Please be sure 1) your bid is greater than the current leader's and 2) you specify the item(s) you're bidding on. 

Please keep in mind that these shoes are one of a kind and are ONLY available in the size listed.


Do I need to be a NikeTalk member?

No!  You can bid by email.  We'll update this page periodically to reflect the current high bids, which will include those submitted via email.  If you win, we'll contact you by email to finalize your purchase and arrange for the shipping of your new, one of a kind custom sneakers.



[color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]Item #1[/color]

JGoods Custom Sneakers www.jgoodsonline.com
Shoe: Nike Air Force 1 Mid Supreme Air Max CB
Size: 12





Description from JGoods:

A country long tormented by poverty, environmental degradation, violence, instability and dictatorship was devastated in January when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at its heart. Haiti will need to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.

Through all their trial and turmoil, Haiti has maintained a rich culture and fervor for the arts. Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art, bold designs and brilliant colors. Taxi cabs, also known as tap taps, are elaborately decorated by their owners with bright colors and other artistic elements, which stands in contrast with some of the desolate city blocks.

These particular shoes were inspired by the superbly painted tap taps; A more colorful way to travel. The shoes feature a balanced mosaic of geometric shapes and line using the colors of the Haitian flag. The base shoe is a classic in its own right: The Nike Air Force 1 Mid Supreme Max Air CB.

The rear quarter shares the French phrase "L'Union Fait La Force", the same phrase on the country’s flag, which loosely translates to: strength through unity. It will take the efforts of many, united by cause, to begin to restore all that has been lost. JGoods one.

Current High Bid: $350[hr][/hr]



Item #2

1of Customs www.1ofcustoms.com
Shoe: Nike Air Force 1 low
size: 10





Description from 1ofCustoms:

These shoes are a tribute to the most important people on NikeTalk. People that give information months before a shoe comes out? Nope. People that help others get shoes for little to no profit? Uh-uh. The OG members? HELL NO. I'm talking about the prepubescent kids that blow their load over a little side boob. This one's for the beasts.

And just like any self-respecting beast, this Nike Air Force 1 low comes with blue fur and the 2 most important questions on NikeTalk: "Pics?" and "Info?" written all over them. A yellow swoosh and toe bring the whole thing together.

Current High Bid: $200[hr][/hr]



Item #3

JBF Custom Shoes www.facebook.com/pages/JBF-Customs/67358172488
Shoe: Nike Blazer
size: 10.5





Description from JBF Customs:
Nike Blazer SBs, re-constructed of black oil shale leather with carbon fiber swoosh cutouts. The shoes also include red cross detailing on the heel tab as well as JBF branding on the tongue.

Current High Bid: $160[hr][/hr]

Item #4

Evolved Footwear www.evolved-footwear.com
Shoe: Nike Dunk high
Size: 9.5





Description from Evolved Footwear:

Iconic Nike: orange and elephant print with a side of NikeTalk on one of the most discussed shoes in NT's 10 years: the Dunk. They feature a black on orange engraved elephant print with two NikeTalk logos on the back heels from the 10th anniversary t-shirt line.

Current High Bid: $185
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Item #5

Revive Customs www.revivecustoms.com
Shoe: Nike Air Trainer I
size: 9





Description from Revive Customs:
This is the second installment of the "What the One" series from Revive Customs. This time, the Nike Air Trainer I was chosen as a base to honor Nike's involvement in the development of Cross Training. Each panel represents a certain Nike Training shoe design from the past.

Current High Bid: $180

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I hope you'll all join me in thanking the five artists responsible for this event.  Through their exceptional creativity, generosity, and compassion they've demonstrated the very best in our community.  We're thrilled and honored to be a part of this and it is my sincere hope that, together, we can raise a great deal of money to help Doctors Without Borders continue their work in Haiti and elsewhere.

I'd like to extend a special thanks to jayhawk17 of Evolved Footwear for bringing such exceptional talent together and organizing this fantastic fund-raiser. 

Best of luck, everyone!


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Update 5/24


Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  Although bidding has now ended, we'll need to verify all of the leading bids before we can announce a final total and begin sending these amazing works of art to their new owners. 

If you bid, please stay tuned to your inboxes today as we attempt to finalize each of our auction items.  To consider your bid valid, we'll need a timely response.  Otherwise, we may need to move down the list to ensure that we're able to offer a timely donation to our chosen charity, Doctors Without Borders. 
 

Methodical Management

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Co-Founder
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Joined Dec 8, 1999


Have you forgotten already?  On January 12th, Haiti endured a massive earthquake, which reportedly claimed over 100,000 lives, left approximately one million people homeless, and caused incalculable damage to the nation's inhabitants and its infrastructure.  While the press coverage may have subsided, Haitians still need our support. 

To help, we at NikeTalk have teamed up with six immensely talented artists, the sneaker customization gurus behind Evolved Footwear, http://www.facebook.com/pages/JBF-Customs/67358172488%20JGoods Custom Sneakers, 1of Customs, JBF Custom Shoes, and Revive Customs, to present NikeTalk's first ever custom sneaker charity auction. 

Each artist has generously donated a pair of amazing custom sneakers, designed specifically for this event.  You'll be bidding on the only pairs in existence. 

Normally, you'd hear something like "proceeds will benefit..." or "a portion of the proceeds will benefit" charity in events like this.  However, due to the generosity of these artists, the FULL 100% of your bids will go to Doctors Without Borders, in support of their ongoing efforts to rebuild Haiti's medical infrastructure, provide on the ground care and support, and further their courageous efforts around the world.

In addition, [color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]NikeTalk will go one step further by MATCHING your bids up to [/color][color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]$1,000[/color][color= rgb(255, 0, 0)] per pair[/color] to help maximize our overall community contribution to this important cause.  

Below, you'll see all five items along with a brief description composed by the artist.  The last day to submit bids will be THIS Sunday, May 23rd.  After 12:00 AM EST on May 24th, we'll no longer accept bids and auction winners will be contacted. 


[color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]How do I bid? [/color]

We'll follow a silent auction format.  Just post here or send us an email with your bid:
  Please be sure 1) your bid is greater than the current leader's and 2) you specify the item(s) you're bidding on. 

Please keep in mind that these shoes are one of a kind and are ONLY available in the size listed.


Do I need to be a NikeTalk member?

No!  You can bid by email.  We'll update this page periodically to reflect the current high bids, which will include those submitted via email.  If you win, we'll contact you by email to finalize your purchase and arrange for the shipping of your new, one of a kind custom sneakers.



[color= rgb(255, 0, 0)]Item #1[/color]

JGoods Custom Sneakers www.jgoodsonline.com
Shoe: Nike Air Force 1 Mid Supreme Air Max CB
Size: 12





Description from JGoods:

A country long tormented by poverty, environmental degradation, violence, instability and dictatorship was devastated in January when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at its heart. Haiti will need to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.

Through all their trial and turmoil, Haiti has maintained a rich culture and fervor for the arts. Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art, bold designs and brilliant colors. Taxi cabs, also known as tap taps, are elaborately decorated by their owners with bright colors and other artistic elements, which stands in contrast with some of the desolate city blocks.

These particular shoes were inspired by the superbly painted tap taps; A more colorful way to travel. The shoes feature a balanced mosaic of geometric shapes and line using the colors of the Haitian flag. The base shoe is a classic in its own right: The Nike Air Force 1 Mid Supreme Max Air CB.

The rear quarter shares the French phrase "L'Union Fait La Force", the same phrase on the country’s flag, which loosely translates to: strength through unity. It will take the efforts of many, united by cause, to begin to restore all that has been lost. JGoods one.

Current High Bid: $350[hr][/hr]



Item #2

1of Customs www.1ofcustoms.com
Shoe: Nike Air Force 1 low
size: 10





Description from 1ofCustoms:

These shoes are a tribute to the most important people on NikeTalk. People that give information months before a shoe comes out? Nope. People that help others get shoes for little to no profit? Uh-uh. The OG members? HELL NO. I'm talking about the prepubescent kids that blow their load over a little side boob. This one's for the beasts.

And just like any self-respecting beast, this Nike Air Force 1 low comes with blue fur and the 2 most important questions on NikeTalk: "Pics?" and "Info?" written all over them. A yellow swoosh and toe bring the whole thing together.

Current High Bid: $200[hr][/hr]



Item #3

JBF Custom Shoes www.facebook.com/pages/JBF-Customs/67358172488
Shoe: Nike Blazer
size: 10.5





Description from JBF Customs:
Nike Blazer SBs, re-constructed of black oil shale leather with carbon fiber swoosh cutouts. The shoes also include red cross detailing on the heel tab as well as JBF branding on the tongue.

Current High Bid: $160[hr][/hr]

Item #4

Evolved Footwear www.evolved-footwear.com
Shoe: Nike Dunk high
Size: 9.5





Description from Evolved Footwear:

Iconic Nike: orange and elephant print with a side of NikeTalk on one of the most discussed shoes in NT's 10 years: the Dunk. They feature a black on orange engraved elephant print with two NikeTalk logos on the back heels from the 10th anniversary t-shirt line.

Current High Bid: $185
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Item #5

Revive Customs www.revivecustoms.com
Shoe: Nike Air Trainer I
size: 9





Description from Revive Customs:
This is the second installment of the "What the One" series from Revive Customs. This time, the Nike Air Trainer I was chosen as a base to honor Nike's involvement in the development of Cross Training. Each panel represents a certain Nike Training shoe design from the past.

Current High Bid: $180

[hr][/hr]
I hope you'll all join me in thanking the five artists responsible for this event.  Through their exceptional creativity, generosity, and compassion they've demonstrated the very best in our community.  We're thrilled and honored to be a part of this and it is my sincere hope that, together, we can raise a great deal of money to help Doctors Without Borders continue their work in Haiti and elsewhere.

I'd like to extend a special thanks to jayhawk17 of Evolved Footwear for bringing such exceptional talent together and organizing this fantastic fund-raiser. 

Best of luck, everyone!


[hr][/hr]
Update 5/24


Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  Although bidding has now ended, we'll need to verify all of the leading bids before we can announce a final total and begin sending these amazing works of art to their new owners. 

If you bid, please stay tuned to your inboxes today as we attempt to finalize each of our auction items.  To consider your bid valid, we'll need a timely response.  Otherwise, we may need to move down the list to ensure that we're able to offer a timely donation to our chosen charity, Doctors Without Borders. 
 
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I'm all for helping people. However, there are over 600,000 homeless people in America. We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
 
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I'm all for helping people. However, there are over 600,000 homeless people in America. We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
 

Methodical Management

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Originally Posted by GottaBdaShoes

I'm all for helping people. However, there are over 600,000 homeless people in America. We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
Thankfully, a great many of us do believe in the kinship of all people.  For instance: even though the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, international aid poured in following Hurricane Katrina. 

Tragedy knows no bounds - neither should kindness.
 

Methodical Management

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Originally Posted by GottaBdaShoes

I'm all for helping people. However, there are over 600,000 homeless people in America. We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
Thankfully, a great many of us do believe in the kinship of all people.  For instance: even though the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, international aid poured in following Hurricane Katrina. 

Tragedy knows no bounds - neither should kindness.
 
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Originally Posted by GottaBdaShoes

We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
That sounds like a personal priority, but your making it into a national priority.

After the quake we sprung into action, right? And we're still contributing to Haitian relief efforts right?

What are you talking about?
 
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Originally Posted by GottaBdaShoes

We need to worry about ourselves and take care of our own first.
That sounds like a personal priority, but your making it into a national priority.

After the quake we sprung into action, right? And we're still contributing to Haitian relief efforts right?

What are you talking about?
 
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^Method man, I concur. The powers that be across the globe don't follow that excellent philosophy though. I just did a documentary on a local food pantry and am looking forward to expanding towards other similar food depositories in the Chicago area. I just believe that we need to police our own problems before looking ahead. There are kids, as in children in our streets living off of scraps. I witnessed this for the first time. I donated to the red cross for the Haitian relief a few weeks ago but I also know that the same money rarely gets to the people that need it. The United States has to hold it for a specified amount of time before it sees the light of day. A lot of people die between this time. Stupid politics and rules, smh. I'm not sure if the same policy applies to all relief efforts though. I just know that we need to step out efforts up to help our fellow man at home before we help others.

Anyway, I don't want to negate what you guys are trying to do in this thread, I just wanted to insert my two cents. So please, I mean no negativity. I wish this full hearted endeavor nothing but success.
 
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^Method man, I concur. The powers that be across the globe don't follow that excellent philosophy though. I just did a documentary on a local food pantry and am looking forward to expanding towards other similar food depositories in the Chicago area. I just believe that we need to police our own problems before looking ahead. There are kids, as in children in our streets living off of scraps. I witnessed this for the first time. I donated to the red cross for the Haitian relief a few weeks ago but I also know that the same money rarely gets to the people that need it. The United States has to hold it for a specified amount of time before it sees the light of day. A lot of people die between this time. Stupid politics and rules, smh. I'm not sure if the same policy applies to all relief efforts though. I just know that we need to step out efforts up to help our fellow man at home before we help others.

Anyway, I don't want to negate what you guys are trying to do in this thread, I just wanted to insert my two cents. So please, I mean no negativity. I wish this full hearted endeavor nothing but success.
 

Methodical Management

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I just know that we need to step out efforts up to help our fellow man at home before we help others.
Remember, it doesn't have to be a matter of either/or.  It can be both/and.  We can, we must, help those in need regardless of nationality. 

Please don't interpret this as an attempt to help Haitians, and others served by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières International, to the exclusion of those in the US.  It's important to remember, too, that NikeTalk is, itself, an international community.  So, aiding an internationally focused organization isn't attempting to tend to matters outside our own home so much as it is an acknowledgment of the fact that the world, as a whole, is our home and all its denizens represent our extended family.

It should interest you to know, too, that we have in the past supported organizations that work to address homelessness in the United States.  We've given to both Habitat for Humanity as well as Ettie Lee Homes, which among other services, offers housing and support for homeless and at-risk youths.

I think it's wonderful that you're using your talents to help raise awareness of and assistance for a cause you care about through the documentary on your local food pantry.  The artists who've donated their amazing work here are doing something similar: using their talents to help do something positive for those in dire need.  If this auction is a success, and we all can help even if just be spreading the word, then I'm hoping we can convince these and perhaps other artists to come together again at some point to hold another charity auction to benefit another timely cause. 

You're certainly entitled to your opinion and, as a discussion forum, this is a place where our members are welcome to express themselves, but I hope you can understand where we're coming from and appreciate what we're attempting to accomplish together.
 

Methodical Management

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I just know that we need to step out efforts up to help our fellow man at home before we help others.
Remember, it doesn't have to be a matter of either/or.  It can be both/and.  We can, we must, help those in need regardless of nationality. 

Please don't interpret this as an attempt to help Haitians, and others served by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières International, to the exclusion of those in the US.  It's important to remember, too, that NikeTalk is, itself, an international community.  So, aiding an internationally focused organization isn't attempting to tend to matters outside our own home so much as it is an acknowledgment of the fact that the world, as a whole, is our home and all its denizens represent our extended family.

It should interest you to know, too, that we have in the past supported organizations that work to address homelessness in the United States.  We've given to both Habitat for Humanity as well as Ettie Lee Homes, which among other services, offers housing and support for homeless and at-risk youths.

I think it's wonderful that you're using your talents to help raise awareness of and assistance for a cause you care about through the documentary on your local food pantry.  The artists who've donated their amazing work here are doing something similar: using their talents to help do something positive for those in dire need.  If this auction is a success, and we all can help even if just be spreading the word, then I'm hoping we can convince these and perhaps other artists to come together again at some point to hold another charity auction to benefit another timely cause. 

You're certainly entitled to your opinion and, as a discussion forum, this is a place where our members are welcome to express themselves, but I hope you can understand where we're coming from and appreciate what we're attempting to accomplish together.
 

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I love the "beast" ones. That's a great idea. My size too. Hmm....
 

kdawg

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I love the "beast" ones. That's a great idea. My size too. Hmm....
 
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