Sneakers. If you grew up between the ’90s and ’00s, you’d know they were an indispensable part of the wardrobe. But while they were indicative of your style quotient, they somehow remained affordable. You could own a sharp white pair of Adidas Superstars if you saved up on your allowance for a few months.
With the explosion of streetwear though, sneakers have been elevated to luxury footwear that command premium prices. Here are some of the most expensive sneakers on the resale market today, according to the folks at StockX.
1. The Trophy Room x Nike Air Jordan 5 (F&F) ($5,213)
It’s interesting how the most pricey pair of kicks around right now was never actually sold. The Trophy Room x Nike Air Jordan 5 Friends & Family edition was part of a two-piece collection, limited to 223 pieces and distributed to friends and family members of Nike employees. The retail version (Ice Blue) saw a restricted global release of 7,000 pairs, so it’s not surprising how this super-rare iteration (University Red) is going for at least $2,000 more than the next pair of sneakers on this list.
2. Nike Air Jordan 1 “Charlotte Hornets Foundation” ($3,300 “black”, $2,036 “white”)
This special quilted leather version of the venerable Air Jordan 1 was designed by his Royal Airness himself, Michael Jordan. Of the 300 pairs that were made, only 65 were auctioned off as part of a fundraising initiative for the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. An additional 10 were made available to the public via an online raffle. The Black colourway has arguably been better received, commanding a $1,300 premium over its White counterpart.
3. Pharrell Williams x Chanel Sneakers ($1,987 “W”, $1,984 “M”)
Pharrell Williams is as much a style icon as he is a musician. So when he announced a collaboration with French fashion house Chanel, fans were excited. Using a clean white surface as the base, the tennis shoe features doodle-like, all-over graphic, and Pharrell and Chanel branding on the lace stays. It was released in men’s and women’s versions, with the latter pulling ahead slightly in the price race.
4. Louis Vuitton LV Trainer low Virgil Abloh white ($1,499)
When it comes down to names like “Louis Vuitton” and “Virgil Abloh”, you just know that whatever is coming is going to cost a pretty penny. This may not be the Off-White mastermind’s first LV footwear collaboration, but it’s probably his most popular. Released as part of the Jamiroquai-inspired pre-autumn 2019 collection, these trainers share a similar silhouette as the low-cut LV 408 for an aesthetic that’s unabashedly minimalist.
5. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Synth Reflective” ($1,386)
If you ever see a long line in front of an Adidas boutique, it’s safe to assume that it’s all in anticipation of an upcoming Yeezy drop. The Yeezy Boost 350 is one of the most popular Yeezy sneakers ever introduced to the market. In this particular case, a neutral nude colour scheme sits atop the signature ribbed midsole for a clean look that also serves to intensify the visual of the fabric upper’s texture. This pair was only sold in select cities in Africa, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and India, which explains the uptick in its resale value.