He Gave Up His Antique Converse Shoe Collection After Job Loss

By June 30, 2021Current

TL;DR – The look on his face says it all.  

“For the sake of surviving, I am forced with a heavy heart to let go my collection of the first Converse sneakers in the world that was made in 1917, which is called the Converse Non Skid,” wrote Wan Irfayuim Azim. His heartbreaking post has since garnered more than 10,000 likes and 7,300 shares on Facebook.

The 31-year-old lost his job in the tourism industry in Japan since Malaysia implemented the Movement Control Order (MCO). He has been struggling since his job loss. Malaysia has since extended a national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Man carrying a box

I feel his pain. Via


The opening price is RM40,800 and Wan Irfayuim also wrote that there is another pair of shoes like his that are on display at the Converse Museum in Boston. It may be hard for us mere mortals to appreciate the shoes’ high price tag, but the look on his face says it all. 🙁 In less than a day, 7 potential buyers contacted him to express their interest. On 27 June, the deal was done. He has since completed the sale and sold his precious collection to another collector. Wan Irfayuim sold the 104-year-old antique Converse to a collector from Pahang at his opening price of RM40,800.

The buyer has also announced the purchase and showed off photos of the antique Converse shoes. The post has since garnered 2,100 shares. 


Image from Dynamo Rasqputin (Facebook)

Lucky buyer of the 104-year-old sneakers. Via



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Gabrielle Teo

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