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Top 20 Expensive Sneakers Released In The Market

Sneaker-heads all over the world are passionate about their kicks.

These people are willing to break the bank to get their hands on the trendiest and hippest pairs they can ever find.

If you are on the lookout for the most expensive ones, check out the items on this list.

20 Fanciest Sneakers Released All Over The World

The pairs of sneakers and prices mentioned on this list are gathered from different sources online, including Sneaker Freaker, List25, and Fashion Beans.

Here are the 20 trendiest and most upscale kicks that money can buy:

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#20. Air Jordan III OG – worth $4,500

Starting the list of the world’s fanciest sneakers is the OG version of the Air Jordan III.

Records included this pair in the list since Michael Jordan wore them when he did his iconic slam dunk from the free-throw line during the 1988 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest against Dominique Wilkins. Since then, the sneakers became one of the most valuable basketball shoes in history.

Nike had introduced multiple versions and colorways over the years, but its original edition remains one of the market’s costliest. So if you still had the ones released in 1988, you need to properly take care of it.

#19: Foamposite One’ Sole Collector’ from Nike – worth $6,000

Nike released the Foamposite One “Sole Collector” in 1997, and it amazed the public for its unique look during that time.

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Because of its one-of-a-kind colorway and its high-demand among NBA stars like Penny Hardaway, it became one of the best-selling shoes upon release.

The Foamposite continues to be one of the most famous lines from Nike, but the original model remains one of the most sought-after sneakers by the sneaker heads.

#18: Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon by Nike – worth $6,250

While it looks like a regular pair of sneakers from Nike, it made quite a stir when it was debuted in the market in 2005 because it came in highly limited numbers.

Designed by popular designer Jeff Staples, this version of Nike SB quickly became one of the most in-demand because only 150 pairs came out. It catapulted the Nike Skateboarding line back in the limelight.

#17: Yeezy 2 Red October by Nike – worth $7,500

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The final collaboration between Kanye West and Nike is one of the most upscale sneakers in the world.

West made sure that the bright red sneakers had the biggest publicity upon its release. It may not be the most versatile pair to match with your wardrobe, but it could make heads turn if you have it on your feet.

#16: The VLONE x Nike Air Force 1 High – worth $8,000

High-end streetwear brand VLONE collaborated with Nike to release the exclusive VLOME Nike Air Force 1 during the 2017 Paris Fashion Week.

Each pair features a signature black leather upper and a glaring ankle strap embroidered with the words “Every Living Creature Dies Alone.” Nike’s signature Swoosh logo stands out due to its red hue. It also has bright yellow stitching all over the midsole and upper to provide an interesting contrast.

If you happen to be one of the very few who got a pair of these limited-edition kicks, better hold on to it because its value is expected to increase in the future.

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#15: Adidad NMR_R1 Friends and Family – worth $10,000

There is only one pair of Adidas in this list of the most opulent sneakers in the world. But for its price tag, no one can deny its value.

Sneaker enthusiasts always point out that they have at least one pair of this exclusive shoe line from Adidas. While the brand constantly updates the line with new colorways, it always sells out the moment it reaches the shelves worldwide.

#14: Nike Air Mag Back to the Future – worth $14,500

Fans of the hit “Back to the Future” movie franchise could have to break the bank to get their hands on this fashion-forward pair from Nike.

Nike’s Tinker Hatfield created these limited-edition shoes from the sneakers worn by Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly in the second installment of the movie trilogy. He collaborated with footwear designed Tiffany Beers to create a replica of the shoes from the movie.

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eBay auctioned 1,500 pairs of the shoes in September 2011, and all the sales proceeds went to the Parkinson’s disease study under The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

#13: Air Jordan 4 Undefeated – worth $15,000

Nike released the first pairs of Air Jordan 4 to the market in 1989, but the Tinker Hatfield-designed sneakers remain one of the best-selling versions from the Air Jordan line.

This particular version called Undefeated sold thousands of dollars on eBay after the original owner revealed that it was made using ballistic materials.

#12: Air Jordan 10 OVO – worth $20,000

Air Jordan 10 came out in 1994. It was the first version from the line that comes with a Pylon midsole and images of Jordan’s career accomplishments on the outsole. While it has massive success during its debut, its later versions also turned out to be best-sellers.

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In 2015 and 2016, Nike collaborated with rapper Drake’s OVO fashion line to release the limited-edition Air Jordan 10. Because of its exclusivity and connection to a well-known fashion brand, it became one of the fanciest kicks ever sold!

#11: Macklemore x Air Jordan 6 Retro – worth $25,000

Nike loves to work with some of the best-selling rappers in the music industry. For this entry, the sports brand tied up with Macklemore to create a highly-exclusive Air Jordan 6 Retro line for the award-winning rapper.

Macklemore is known as one of the most popular sneaker heads globally, which is why Nike decided to make one for his honor. It is close to impossible to find one in stores. But if you can stumble upon a pair, you must prepare to spend $25,000 to own these elusive sneakers.

#10: Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful’ x DJ Khaled – worth $25,000

The popular Air Jordan III line had another super-expensive version with its “Grateful” edition. It is made to commemorate the release of the DJ and record producer’s 10th studio album.

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Sneaker fans loved its red upper leather with black and white accents that matched the signature elephant print details that the Air Jordan line is known for. This type of Air Jordan 3 Retro is hard to acquire because of its limited release.

#9: Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4 – worth $30,000

Best-selling rapper Eminem had several collaborations with Nike in the past, but one of his most popular works is the ultra-limited edition Air Jordan 4 pairs with American clothing brand Carhartt.

The shoe brand only made this Air Jordan 4 edition for the rapper’s small group of family and friends in 2015 and created an additional ten pairs auctioned off on eBay.

Each pair comes with luxurious black leather from Carhartt. It also features the rapper’s signature backward “E” sign and the infamous Jason Voorhees mask at the heels.

#8: Air Jordan II OG – worth $31,000

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Because of the massive success of the first Air Jordan, Nike decided to make another design under the line in 1986. The new design, made by Bruce Kilgore and Peter Moore, comes with a polyurethane midsole to provide the best comfort.

While it may not be the most stylish model under the Air Jordan line, owners of this pair will match it with any outfit to enhance the wardrobe.

#7: Air Jordan 11 Retro’ Jeter’ – worth $40,000

New York Yankee fans would love this highly elusive-pair of navy-colored velvet sneakers released to mark the retirement of shortstop Derek Jeter.

Nike only produced five copies of these ultra-exclusive sneakers. Out of these five pairs, the brand stored three in the consignment stores. So you must have more than enough money in your bank to buy one of the remaining two pairs.

#6: Air Force 1 With Diamonds – worth $50,000

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American rapper Big Boi from the popular hip hop group Outkast customized a Nike Air Force 1 sneakers pair to make it more valuable. For $50,000, Big Boi adorned his pair with approximately 13k champagne diamonds.

While it may not be ideal for wearing these “iced” kicks on the streets, Big Boi decided to put this in an auction to raise funds for his Big Kidz Foundation.

#5: Drake’s Air Jordan 12 OVO – worth $100,000

The collaboration of Air Jordan and OVO has always been popular in the market. But the super exclusive Drake edition could definitely top the charts.

Released during the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, basketball stars, rappers, and celebrities would love to have their hands on this specific colorway. But with only two pairs produced, it would be close to impossible to buy one even if you have a bottomless bank account.

#4: Legendary Air Jordan 12 Flu Game – worth $104,000

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Perhaps the most iconic shoes ever worn by Michael Jordan was the Air Jordan 12 in black and red colorway during what basketball fans called the “Flu Game” in June 1997.

Jordan was not feeling well but led Chicago Bulls in an unexpected win against the Utah Jazz during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Due to the story behind the shoes and its rarity, it is not surprising that you must pay $104,000 to get this pair.

#3: 100 MM Diamond Sneakers from Buscemi – worth $132,000

Italian-American designer Jon Buscemi created the third most opulent sneakers in the world under his brand Buscemi.

This pair, which comes with a total of 11.5 carats genuine diamond, also has impressive details made using 18-karat solid gold.

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If you love wearing white sneak but want to make it more unique, get this ultra-expensive one for $132,000.

#2: Michael Jordan’s Converse Fastbreak – worth $190,373

Who would have thought that worn sneakers could sell for over $190,000? But if Michael Jordan wore it, this price is more than reasonable.

Jordan wore the pair of Converse Fastbreak as part of the team uniform at the 1984 Summer Olympics. After a few decades, he put it up for auction. Since it was owned by one of the greatest players of all time, the honor of owning this pair is definitely worth it.

#1: Solid Gold Air Jordans x OVO – worth $2 million

If you have all the money in the world, spending a couple of million dollars on a pair of sneakers could be a piece of cake.

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Drake once again collaborated with Nike under his OVO brand to make the 24k solid gold Air Jordan. He commissioned US-based artist Matthew Senna to make these special Solid Gold Air Jordans.

Summary

If you are one of the biggest sneaker heads in the world, you would definitely save up to get one of the most extravagant pairs on this list. But if you are one of the lucky few who had the original editions of these shoes, you must guard it well to make sure that it will not lose its value.

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Written By Riley Brown

Riley is a finance, lifestyle, and entertainment writer living in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Multimedia from the University of Oregon. His work has been featured in many finance and lifestyle publications throughout the US. When he is not writing, Riley enjoys reading and hanging out at the beach with his dog.

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