Nike and the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG Foundation have released a countless number of shoes together in an effort to help raise proceeds for the battle against cancer. Last month the duo released two LIVESTRONG versions of the Nike Sweet Classic, a first for the shoe. One was a Sweet Classic Low for the men and the other was a Sweet Classic High for the women. Along with the shoes being welcomed into the collection for the very first time, they also introduced some new design elements that we hadn’t seen before – a repeating bicycle pattern and a new tongue tag spelling out the word HOPE.
Before either of those two released and before the new graphics were originated, Nike was playing around with a few other variations of the Sweet Classic before setting their minds of those which hit the shelves. As it turns out, like it usually does, one of the samples surfaced on eBay, giving us a look at what could of been. Using the high-top version of the Sweet Classic, Nike constructed the upper of the shoe in white canvas, adding in grey canvas on the heel panel and what appears to be patent leather on the Nike Swoosh. A second hit of grey comes in, but this time it’s on the small pinstripe rounding the top of the white sole. It wouldn’t be a LIVESTRONG edition without a little bit of yellow and some LIVESTRONG branding, so the mid-sole was accented with a yellow stripe, the lining was covered in solid yellow and the LIVESTRONG name was included on the right sneaker in the form of a cut & sew tag along the top of the midfoot.
According to the eBay seller, who has a history of selling authentic products, this Nike Sweet Classic High “LIVESTRONG” isn’t planned to ever release, so if you’re a collector and you’ve been stocking up on LIVESTRONG sneakers, this may be a nice addition to the collection. They’re available in a sz 9.5 with a starting bid set at $60. If you’re interested swing over to eBay, otherwise continue reading for plenty of detailed photos.