Beyond the shoes – Jordan Geller’s Doernbecher Freestyle quest

No one knows sneakers quite like Jordan Geller does. He holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of sneakers owned and is passionate about sharing his collection with others in the sneaker community by way of his “Shoezeum” and by sharing photos and videos on his social channels. Below, Jordan shares his quest to collect 13 highly sought-after Doernbecher Freestyle shoes and makes an exciting announcement about his next project, an auction that will help us help kids!

As soon as Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital announced the release of the “What the Doernbecher” Dunk Highs, I knew I needed to have a pair. These shoes are made up of 13 previous Doernbecher Freestyle models, and all proceeds from the auction went directly to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. The challenge with obtaining a pair was that only 11 pairs were going to be released – and only one pair in each size.

After a series of fortunate events, I ended up with the size 11 pair, which cost $11,100.00. I felt like the whole thing was meant to be and that I needed to do something with this opportunity.

When the shoes arrived a few weeks later, I was elated. I could hardly contain myself as I filmed the unboxing video. I even knocked the camera during filming because I was so excited (watch the video, below)!


As I was unboxing the shoes, an idea started to form. That was when my quest began. I decided to find and purchase each of the 13 models whose design elements were used in the What the Doernbechers, filming and sharing a YouTube video review on each pair and their patient-designer’s story along the way.

You can view all 12 videos I’ve made on my YouTube channel. These are links to the twelve videos that I have done. The thirteenth pair (designed by patient-designer Alice Heinz in 2007) is on its way!

In addition to collecting all of these shoes and making videos to raise awareness for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, I decided to go through my closet and storage unit and pull out a bunch of my shoes to auction off on eBay and donate the money to Doernbecher.

On September 1, I will be listing 53 pairs of my shoes and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. All of my shoes will include a Doernbecher wristband and pamphlet (pictured here). The next day, I’ll be listing 70 pairs of Nick Hogan’s shoes. Nick is donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. (Please note: his shoes will not include wristbands or pamphlets.) You can check out some of the shoes that I pulled out of my storage unit for the auctions here, and you can view some of Nick’s kicks that will be auctioned off here.

Here’s a link to my eBay store: Happy bidding!

The auctions will go live on September 1 and 2 and will run for 10 days each. Thank you, Doernbecher, for the opportunity. This is so much fun!

Love, Jordan


Save the date for the Doernbecher Freestyle 2015 collection reveal and auction on October 23 at the Portland Art Museum!

2 responses to “Beyond the shoes – Jordan Geller’s Doernbecher Freestyle quest

  1. This is superb! I wish I would have seen his post sooner we should have given it more coverage. This is important exciting news. Thanks for sharing! I hope the auctions went well!.

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