A 'degenerate collector' paid $9,000 for Trump sneakers -- and says they're worth more

Aliya Schneider, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Lifestyles

While he’s not currently planning on selling his Trump sneakers, thinking about the resale value helps justify purchases of this sort to his wife, he joked.

“Going into buying those sneakers, in the back of my head I’m saying okay, this thing is gonna be money in the bank, these sneakers are going to be worth a fortune,” he said. “Now whether I’m going to sell them or not is irrelevant, because nine out of ten times collectors don’t end up selling stuff. We tend to hoard things.”

He said that if he were to sell his Trump sneakers, he would donate the money to a charitable cause, such as his own organization called Watches for Good — which he said has raised money for Ukraine and other initiatives through — or the American Cancer Society.

“But the collector in me is like, ‘I can’t sell them,’” he said. “I can’t. I mean, like, look at this. This is like, the most famous pair of shoes. Well, at the moment anyway. Right? And I have a hat to match.”

“It’s a tough call,” he added.

A political statement


On the day of the convention, Sharf posted a photo on Instagram of his new sneakers and tagged Trump.

In a video he posted two days later, he said he wasn’t trying to make a political statement by purchasing the shoes. But when his wining bid entered the public eye, people started messaging him saying they would no longer do business with him because he’s a Trump supporter, he said.

In the media frenzy over the shoes, some outlets called him a “Russian oligarch.” But Sharf said he was actually born in Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union when he immigrated to the United States at age 13.

“I thought that people had done business with Luxury Bazaar because we’ve been in business for 21 years, because of trust, because of personalized customer service that we provide, and great pricing, but I guess I was wrong,” he said in the video.


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