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Steve Jobs loved Birkenstocks. His old pair just sold for $218,000.

By María Luisa Paúl

15 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Second hand clothes are having their moment, but that doesn't explain the $218,000 that someone has splashed out on Jobs' old shoes. The Post discusses Jobs' surprising influence in the fashion world.

When it comes to fashion, Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, is best known for his laid-back uniform of a black turtleneck, jeans and dad sneakers. But the tech giant also had something in common with today's supermodels and TikTok influencers: a love of Birkenstocks.

On Sunday, an undisclosed buyer purchased the well-worn pair of brown suede, two-strap sandals that Jobs wore in the '70s and '80s for over $218,000 - the highest price ever paid for a pair of sandals at auction, according to the auction house Julien's.

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