Sneakerheads really go the extra mile to buy the shoes they love. Whether it’s lining up at the store hours before go time or trying to outbid each other on the Internet, it seems that people’s love for shoes allow them to conquer just about any obstacle. That is, except when it comes to paying too much money.
Shoe brands have a penchant for releasing limited-edition pairs of sneakers every so often. Because of their rarity, they create a high demand among people across all generations. This results in auctions and resales that put sneaker prices at a much higher price point.
Think you’ve seen it all? If you are an avid collector, you might just want to keep your eye peeled for this wonderful selection. Below are ten of the most expensive sneakers sold on the market.
10. Air Jordan 2 OG
Dubbed one of the most valuable sneakers in the resale world, the Air Jordan 2 OG in red, white, and black is undoubtedly one of the most iconic creations in the world. Designed by the director of research and development Bruce Kilgore, this pair made waves because of its lack of the classic‘swoosh’ on the sides.
Made of faux lizard skin, this design originally debuted in 1986 to 1987. It features a pop of bright red against a white upper body. In 2014, this vintage sneaker sold on eBay for $31,000.
9. Air Jordan 11 Retro Jeter
Derek Jeter is considered as one of the most popular and beloved players for the New York Yankees. So, it’s a no-brainer that Nike teamed up with Jeter to commemorate his retirement from the game in 2017.
The Nike and Jeter collaboration gave birth to the Air Jordan 11 Retro Jeter which reportedly sold on goat.com for $40,000. A luxe, cool navy suede covers the entire design, with Jeter’s number 2 embroidered on each heel. Only five pairs exist in the world, making the price quite high.
8. Nike Mag Sneaker
Back to the Future IIplayed a pivotal role for most people growing up. It featured advanced technology and innovative creations. One of these is the Nike Mag sneaker, commonly known as the self-lacing shoe of the future.
Made particularly for the film, the OG shoe has finally been sold on the market after nearly 30 years for $92,100. Though the pair is not exactly in its best condition, the owner would certainly make Marty McFly proud.
7. Nike Air Yeezy II
Before Kanye West made the switch to Adidas, the rapper first partnered with Nike. He even named his collections with the brand Yeezy. This includes his sought-after Nike Air Yeezy II.
The fantasy sneakers that sold for $93,000 was made of a jet black body, a neon green sole, and a neon orange upper lip. If you know Ye and his fascinations, you know that this is out of this world. This pair is made from hand skivnd anaconda textured leatherwith its rear made from reptilian spikes.
6. Air Jordan 12 OVO
During a Toronto Raptors game in 2014, Drake was the star of the show. From introducing the players and performing during the halftime, his influence knows no bounds. Even fans were treated as he gave away some of his OVO Air Jordan X sneakers.
One lucky lady fan managed to snag a pair, which were apparently too small for the fan to wear. However, the lucky receiver definitely made up for it by selling the shoes on eBay. From a starting price of $300, the seller closed it at $100,000.
5. Michael Jordan “Flu Game” 12s
As a collaboration with one of the greatest basketball players of all time, it comes as no surprise that this Flu Game creation went up to more than $100,000. The red and black shoe was also signed by Jordan himself.
Sold at the auction held by Preston Truman, the bidding started with a ‘low’ price of $5,000. After 15 bids and the final price seems more than fair – especially for such prized shoes.
4. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond
They say Buscemi is to shoes and sneakers what Hermes is to bags: a godsend. And rightly so because Buscemi elevated shoe-wearing to a whole new level.
Using well-made products and materials, the fashion house boasts of a one-of-a-kind creation that mirrors the luxury that comes in the much-coveted Hermes bags. Think 18-carat gold-plated hardware, a decorative lock a la Birkin, and diamonds sitting atop a pristine white 100mm sneaker. The pair supposedly went to a private client.
3. Michael Jordan Fastbreak Converse
Converse, or Chucks as many people fondly call them, are known for their relaxed vibe. Despite their popularity on the market, it seems that Michael Jordan’s very own pair was even more popular – even though it’s not technically from his own line or collection.
The great MJ wore these Fastbreak Converse in the 1984 Olympics. A then ball boy snagged this pair. Rumor has it that these were the last pair of sneakers Jordan wore as a newbie. The rich history and the game-worn soles may just be the reason for its hefty price tag.
2. Nike Waffle Shoe
According to the Guinness World Records, the 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flats, also known as the Nike Moon Shoe, are the most expensive pair of sneakers to be auctioned in history. Canadian collector and businessman Miles Nadal bought the shoes, together with other impressive pairs.
With only limited quantities produced in 1972, the trainers are certainly a collector’s delight. The design was made by Bill Bowerman, then Oregon University track coach and co-founder of Nike. When used on the ground, the soles left marks that were akin to the footprints left by an astronaut on the moon.
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordan
Price: $2 million
Taking the top place are the solid gold OVO x Air Jordan sneakers, specifically commissioned by Drake himself. Made from 24-carat solid gold, these babies definitely warrant a huge price.
Though the pair is more of an art piece than for everyday use, it doesn’t take away the fact that the singer-rapper spent some dough on this. The artist responsible for bringing these to life is Matthew Senna.
Sneakerheads would surely want any of these pairs in their already impressive collection. If you are one of these, remember to scout the web for good deals. Just remember that these rare pieces don’t come cheap.
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