Enrique Gil has let go of two prized possessions from his collection. On February 3, 2024, shoe collector-content creator Dane Grospe uploaded a video on his Facebook account, detailing his shoe-related transaction with Enrique.
A renowned sneakerhead, Enrique boasts a range of kicks—from brand favorites to rare finds and collectibles.
In the video, he explains the back story behind two of his limited edition sneakers.
How Enrique Gil Got Nike Air Mag Iron Man Custom
Talking about his Iron Man-inspired Nike Air Mag shoes, he recalls, "Actually nung nakita ko ito sa isang store, medyo naka-ipon ako ng marami sa trabaho. I got into shoes kasi naging dancer ako, performer, so concert na ako sa Araneta, so, sabi ko, 'I need to have these crazy shoes na nagla-light up pag nasa stage ako.'"
He later admits, "Pero actually, I never got to use it onstage, isang beses lang for a photo shoot, but that's it. Nakita ko siya naka display siya centerpiece sa isang store na super-super fan siya ng basketball, so he had crazy, crazy shoes, and he didn't really wanna sell it talaga. Pero I begged him na i-sell ito so, binenta niya sa akin."
As to why they did not get to acquire the coveted pair, Enrique relates: "Una si Apl.de.ap, di niya size. Si Nate Robinson, hindi ko alam kung size 11 ba siya, but gusto niya talagang kunin to. Problema, hindi siya pumayag na lumipad dito sa Pilipinas."
He then highlights the rarity of the shoes, mentioning how only three of its kind existed globally.
Why Enrique Got Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October
When it comes to the second pair he's selling, a Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October, Enrique shares that it is more of an addition to his shoe collection than something he actually uses, since it doesn't even come in his size.
He emphasizes: "I just wanted to have kasi nag-i-start yung Yeezy, marami na akong Adidas Yeezys noon, so sabi ko, 'I just need one Nike na Yeezy.'
"So, si Paul is my shoe guy din, sabi niya, 'Bro, meron ako dito kaso super hard to find so 11.5.' Hindi ko talaga size, but kumagat pa rin ako kasi bihira ka lang makakita ng ganyan."
Enrique's initial asking price for the first pair is PHP1.2 million, while the second pair is accounted for the price of PHP800,000, for a total of PHP2 million.
As a curator of shoes, Dane tries to renegotiate the asking price, causing Enrique to playfully remark while approving the request: "Wag mo ko baratin, ah!"
After negotiating, Dane decides to toss a coin to decide whether he’ll buy the actor’s two pairs of shoes for a total of PHP1.5 million or PHP1.45 million.
Winning the coin flip, Enrique eventually settled with a total of PHP1.5 million in cash.
According to him, he feels relieved to have sold his prized possessions to a friend instead of selling both pairs to a stranger.
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*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors.