Bo Xilai is sentenced to life wearing his limited edition black Nike shoes on Sept. 22, 2013. (Photo/Xinhua)
The Nike Sportswear Air Footscape Woven Chukka Freemotion 3HC. (Internet photo)
Sales of a 2011 Nike shoe have spiked after Chinese internet users spotted disgraced politician Bo Xilai sporting a pair of the limited edition kicks at his corruption trial, reports Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese.
The 64-year-old Bo, a former Communist Party chief of Chongqing once seen as destined for the top, was handed a life sentence on Sept. 22 after being found guilty of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power. Bo had denied all charges during a five-day trial last month.
The shoes Bo wore when receiving the verdict have become a hot item on the internet. Netizens have identified Bo's black footwear as the limited edition Nike Sportswear Air Footscape Woven Chukka Freemotion 3HC, released in 2011. The casual sports shoe, combining neoprene and woven materials with Nike's signature Footscape off-center lacing and Freemotion sole, retails for around 1,199 yuan (US$195).
The shoe was popular among Hong Kong celebrities when it was first released back in 2011 and sales have again taken off thanks to Bo's recent "endorsement."
Bo Xilai 薄熙來