Naturally, no one outside of maybe Andre the Giant could actually wear this shoe. As Mike Wolfe explains in the episode, this was a display shoe that would go in shops to let customers know they carry the specific footwear brand. It’s not unlike when the “American Pickers” team spent thousands of dollars on a cutaway Indian motorcycle motor, which was also used for display purposes.
Apparently, there are markets out there of people who want to get their hands on these unique items. Wolfe asks if the seller would take $1,000 for the shoe. Typically, a bit of back and forth with negotiations would occur, but the seller doesn’t mind unloading the shoe right away. He settles for $1,000, which is excellent news for Wolfe. He mentions how he should be able to sell it at his shop for about $1,300, so hopefully, he’ll turn a nice, little profit off of it.
It’s definitely one of the most unusual purchases the pickers have made on the show, but it just goes to prove you never know what might hold value in someone’s warehouse.