Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’

Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’


RTFKT made these A16Z sneakers to celebrate a round of venture capital funding
RTFKT made these A16Z sneakers to celebrate a round of venture capital funding | Image: RTFKT

One comparison I’ve heard repeatedly over the last year is that buying NFTs to “flex” on people in the metaverse is just like collecting sneakers, and now Nike is apparently trying to make sure it’s ready for the literal version of that possibility. The apparel giant just announced the acquisition of RTFKT Studios, which it calls “a leading brand that leverages cutting edge innovation to deliver next generation collectibles that merge culture and gaming.”

RTFKT claims that in February, a collaboration with teenage artist FEWOCiOUS to sell real sneakers paired with virtual ones managed to sell some 600 pairs/NFTs in just six minutes, netting over $3.1 million at the time. This was around the same early spring period when most of us were…

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