Vintage 1994 Heaven's Gate Nike Decades

Regular price $2,000

Nike

1994 Decades as worn by the Heaven's Gate cult in the white colorway

Tagged size 9.5, can easily fit a 10 as well.

HISTORY:

"Over twenty years ago, on March 24 and 25, 1997, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult went to a rented house in an upscale San Diego suburb and took their own lives in an attempt to board a UFO they believed to be trailing the passing Hale-Bopp comet. One of the strangest aspects of the already bizarre cultural event was that the cultists' bodies were found decked out in matching black shirts and sweatpants, as well as fresh-from-the-box pairs of black-and-white sneakers.

In the weeks following the suicides, news programs broadcast video from inside the house around the world. The footage showed dozens of Heaven's Gate member corpses, each covered by a purple sheet, with only the shoes peeking out from the bottom.

The shoes worn by the cultists were part of a bland budget line produced by Nike called Decades.

After the tragic events unfolded, Nike did what you'd imagine any large corporation to do when confronted with such a brand-tarnishing PR event and discontinued the Decades line."