Yes, I would have loved to have had the opportunity to buy myself a pair of Adidas Terry Fox 40th Anniversary Orion running shoes. I would have had to take a wild guess as to size but I just might have been willing to take that chance. These limited edition shoes are replicas of the ones that Terry Fox wore in his Marathon of Hope.
They’re designed to commemorate his 1980 run for cancer research that covered 5,373 kilometres or 3,339 miles in Canada starting in St. John's, Newfoundland and ending 143 days later outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, when Terry could no longer run. Cancer had spread to his lungs. The distance he covered is like running a marathon every day and he did it with one leg. My generation, teens at the time, watched his progress daily and I and so many others will never forget his journey.
Adidas was initially connected to the story in 1980 when it is said that Fox wrote them a letter asking for shoes and they sent him 24 pairs of the now classic Orion running shoe.
WHAT ARE THE SHOES LIKE?
The 2020 commemorative release sneaker features Terry Fox written on the side, a liner marked 40th Anniversary and shoelaces printed with one of Fox's favorite quotes. (I am not sure what that quote was. If you know, do tell.) The color combination is collegiate navy, cloud white and blue bird. Definitely a denim lover’s dream. The shoes arrive wrapped in tissue paper printed with Fox’s original letter to Adidas. Adidas said that the unisex sizing was for men that women need to size down one size. They limited sales online to two pairs of shoes per buyer and rumor has it that they sold out in minutes.
HOW MANY SHOES WERE PRODUCED?
The net proceeds from the sale of these shoes went to The Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research. I am unsure why Adidas produced 6,500 pairs of these shoes when many more of us would have liked to buy a pair. Why stop at 6,500 pairs? Why not 10,000? Why not even more? Proceeds from more sales would have meant more money for the charity.
WHERE TO BUY TERRY FOX SHOES?
Anyway, if you are seeking a pair and you have deep pockets, you can buy them on eBay right now by clicking right here. Be forewarned that because they were a highly sought after, limited edition release, the price has been driven up on the secondary market.
The Terry Fox Foundation would like us to be heartened. They reached out on Twitter and said that “these shoes sold out quickly but that more will come.” I am not sure that they meant more shoes or rather that they were referring to the fact that the shoes were the initial piece in a nine-piece collection. Fingers crossed that the pieces yet to be released are not limited edition.
This retro blue suede shoe appealed to me, a 50-something woman. I would have worn them. How about you? Did you manage to buy a pair? Do you want a pair? If you purchased a pair, will you wear them yourself, gift them or maybe even sell them?
You never know
What I might have in store for you!
Buy Terry Fox’s Orion running shoe on eBay. Yes, you will find the 40th Anniversary t-shirt and eventually the whole collection at this link.