He has a streak of mysticism, wondering if some larger force in the universe has played a role in his life’s endeavor. He notes this: The oldest shoes ever excavated were a pair of 9,000-year-old sandals — salvaged in his home state of Oregon, and in 1938, the year he was born. On his first trip around the world, he was transfixed by the River Jordan (as in Michael) and the Japanese city of Kobe (as in Bryant).”I don’t have the answer,” he says. “It’s just an odd sequence of circumstances that I think about a lot.”Not mentioned in his memoir are Knight’s record-setting contributions for cancer research, leadership training and student athletes. He has given more than a half-billion dollars to Oregon Health Sciences University; $400 million to Stanford for a new scholars program in leadership, and more than $100 million to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He says he eventually plans to give to charity most of his fortune, now estimated by Forbes at $26.4 billion.
If he was hit by a bus tomorrow, what would he want his tombstone to read?He thinks for a moment. “I guess ‘Phil Knight,'” he says. “Spell my name right.”Actually, he clarifies, he has decided to be cremated when he dies and have his ashes “thrown into the forests of Oregon.”Later this year, he plans to step down as chairman of the company he founded more than a half-century ago, though he’ll keep an office and stay involved. “When that day comes, I might get a little emotional — maybe like Kobe going out. There’s a few tears that day,” he predicts. “I’m comfortable with that, and I’m comfortable in my own shoes.”He had to stop running when he turned 70 and now walks for exercise, listening to audio books. At the moment, he’s been listening to The Association of Small Bombs, a novel by Karan Mahajan, who was in his writing class at Stanford.Wearing Pegasus shoes, of course. And his Nike brand.
The Nike SB Dunk High gets an update to better target the fall/winter weather in this latest rendition that is covered in the triple black color scheme. The shoe features ballistic nylon and leather for the upper that has more durability and also include boot-inspired upper eyelets with a wool-like inner liner for comfort and warmth. A rubber sole completes the tonal design altogether.The Nike SB Dunk High is back this summer with iridescent detailing. Sporting a full black hue, the sneaker features iridescent details on the patent leather panels that is also detailed with suede overlays. The shiny panels also reveal fireworks-like motif to add another element to its blacked-out style. A white midsole and translucent outsole finally completes the two-tone theme altogether.