If you love sneakers, you’ll appreciate this list. Sneakers have evolved beyond sports to become luxury products on major fashion catwalks as well as searched items in the art world. Collectors from all around the world are flocking to the rare sports shoe market, and record prices have been paid for sneakers.
For all your sneaker-heads out there, here’s a list of the 10 most expensive sneakers in the world.
10. Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) – $100,000
The Nike and Jordan brands are well-known for forming alliances with some very big names. The firm collaborated with one of the music industry’s greatest stars, Drake, to develop a limited-edition pair of sneakers called the Air Jordan 10 Retro OVO.
Drake’s apparel brand, October’s Very Own, is imprinted on the soles of these sneakers. The Air Jordan 12 OVO has always been a popular sneaker, but the Drake model blasted it out of the water, selling for $100,000 on eBay!
9. Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – $104,000
Michael Jordan’s twelfth trademark sneaker, the Air Jordan XII (12) “Flu Game,” is available in black and red. While suffering from flu-like symptoms, MJ wore them during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Despite his health, he led the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Utah Jazz. These sneakers are still remembered as one of the most unforgettable Air Jordan 12s of all time. These are also among of the most expensive sneakers on the market, selling for $104,000!
8. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000
The latest 100mm diamond sneaker from BUSCEMI costs a whopping $132,000. This edition, which has the renowned 100mm silhouette, features roughly 11.50 carats of diamonds (from jeweler Shayan) as well as the signature 18-karat gold hardware. This extraordinarily pricey variant, which sells for $132,000, can only be purchased at the midtown Manhattan shop.
7. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373
According to Lelands, the lot’s host, Jordan wore these Fastbreak Highs throughout North Carolina’s championship season in 1982—but not in the actual National Championship game. A pair of Jordan’s Converse from the 1984 Olympics sold for more than $190,000 last year. The auction considerably exceeded every sneakerhead’s expectations, having begun with a target of $100,000.
6. 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoe” – $437,500
According to Guinness World Records, these are the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction. On July 23, 2019, the 12 original Nike Waffle Racing Flats, dubbed the “Moon Shoes,” were auctioned off at Sotheby’s New York for $437,500.
5. Nike Air Jordan 1 – $560,000
These Nike Air Jordan 1s were auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York for more than half a million dollars in 2020, showing the design’s historical importance once again.
Jordan autographed the 1985 game-worn sneakers in the Chicago Bulls’ colors of red, white, and black, and they sold for more than three times their initial estimate.
4. Nike Air Jordan 1 High Sneakers – $615,000
No. 4 is another pair of Michael Jordan’s old sneakers. The sneakers, which were worn by the Chicago Bulls player in an exhibition game in 1985, were dubbed the “rarest of the rare” after they sold for $615,000 at an online Christie’s auction in August 2020.
3. Michael Jordan’s Nike Air Ships – $1.47 Million
The Nike Airship game-worn by Michael Jordan in 1984 is the most expensive pair of used shoes ever sold at auction. On October 24, 2021, collector Nick Fiorella paid $1,472,000 for them at Sotheby’s Las Vegas.
Sotheby’s Streetwear and Modern Collectibles director Brahm Wachter stated in a statement that the transaction “confirms Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan franchise’s place at the top of the sneaker market.”
2. Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy – $ 1.8 Million
On April 26, 2021, Sotheby’s sold the Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy Grammy Prototype from 2008 for $1.8 million in a private transaction. Kanye West rocked the all-black Nike Air Yeezy 1s when performing at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Nike never sold the shoes, but they quickly became one of the most demanded sample sneakers among collectors and the general public. According to Guinness World Records, they are the most expensive sneakers ever sold in a private sale.
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2.1 Million
In these pure gold shoes, you probably wouldn’t be able to do much walking. So, who owns the world’s most expensive sneakers? Drake’s 24k gold OVO x Air Jordan 10s are valued at $2.1 million. Matthew Senna, an American artist, made these, and each shoe weighs 50 pounds!
All things considered, $2.1 million appears to be a fantastic value.