Sneaker collectors are willing to go further than you might think to acquire a legendary pair of sneakers and induct them into their Hall of Fame. Here are the most expensive sneakers ever sold.
These expensive sneakers are mostly associated with the sports world, inspired or the result of a collaboration with famous sports icons. On the other hand, some of these sneakers came about through influential partnerships with celebrities and designers. While all are held in high esteem in the sneaker collecting community, Air Jordans definitely lead the way. Here’s a closer look.
The most expensive sneakers of all time
Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition)
Nike’s collaboration with the famous rapper Drake turned out to be very lucrative. The Air Jordan 12 OVO Drake Edition was released in 2016 and features clean white leather throughout. Although some of the Air Jordan 12 OVO (which stands for Drake’s own record and fashion label, October’s Very Own) have achieved tremendous sales numbers, this Drake edition is one of the most expensive of its kind.
Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game)
This rare Air Jordan 12 Flu Game has a unique and unforgettable value of its own. The sneakers were actually worn by Michael Jordan during his infamous 1997 NBA Finals, when the sports superstar had to play while suffering from the flu. Michael Jordan added over $104,000 to the original price.
Buscemi 100MM Diamond
At least one of the most expensive sneakers on this list had to be a luxe creation from Buscemi, the high-end footwear and accessories brand. This 100MM diamond pair stands out with its lavish embellishment of 11.5 carats of diamonds set in 18k gold amidst the all white canvas. It was released in 2016 and will definitely add an extra elegance to your street lux look.
Jordan 1 Retro High Charlotte Hornets Foundation Black/White
Designed by the legend himself, the Jordan 1 Retro High Charlotte Foundation Black/White was released on Michael Jordan’s 56th birthday in 2019. With just 300 pairs available, the limited-edition shoes adorn a quilted leather upper in either a sleek black or white finish. They debuted when worn by Jordan at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.
Price: Originally started at $88,071 and rose to $250,000 at auction
Air Jordan 3/8 Retro “Kobe Pack”
These special sneakers were only given out to Kobe Bryant’s friends and family in 2016, so the market value has skyrocketed. The Air Jordan Kobe Pack is a reminder of Bryant’s 20 extraordinary years in the NBA as one of the greatest players of all time. Decorated in Los Angeles Lakers colors, the pair is a recreation of the Air Jordan 3 and Air Jordan 8 gifted to the superstar a decade earlier.
Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Nike Air Ship
Here are the most expensive worn sneakers, among so many others: Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Nike Airship. Sold at Sotheby’s in 2021 for a record-breaking price to collector Nick Fiorella, the autographed Air Ship sneakers were worn by MJ at the 5th NBA game in 1984.
Price: $1.47 million
Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Prototype”
The fantastic success of the collaboration between Nike and Kanye West, Yeezy is now known all over the world. In fact, it unofficially began when West performed at the 2008 Grammys, wearing his self-designed Air Yeezy 1 prototype on stage. The sneakers went on private sale at Sotheby’s in 2021 and were sold to RARES, a sneaker investment platform.
Price: $1.8 million
Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans
It may not make you fly, but this pair of sneakers will surely get you a lot of attention. Born in a collaboration between Drake and Nike, the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans are plated in 24k gold. Designed by American artist Matthew Senna, the sneakers were launched in 2016 and are by far the most expensive sneakers of all time. Weighing in at over 50 pounds per shoe and uncomfortable inners that aren’t really practical to wear, these bad boys are more of a prized possession to admire than wear.
Price: 2 million dollars
Hero and featured image credit: OVO/Matt Senna]
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