If you love sneakers, you’ll definitely love to see some of the luxury footwear that exists in the world. Whether your big bag of money is here or not, you should definitely read this.
Sneakers are one of the most comfortable, adorable, stylish, and functional footwear in the world. They are not just “street style”, they have been worn in various ways you probably wouldn’t have imagined many years ago.
This article highlights the top 10 most expensive sneakers in the world. Let’s delve straight into it.
10. Michael Jordan (Flu Game) Air Jordan 12 – $104,765
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The Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12 is so called as a result of the story behind it. Renowned former basketball player, Michael Jordan wore the shoes in in the 1997 Game 5 finals when he was believed to have caught the flu. He helped the Bulls win the game, scoring 38 points, even though he was sick at the time.
When the black and red Air Jordan XIIs was up for auction in 2013, it sold for a huge sum of $104,765. This pair was once considered to be the most expensive Jordans in the world. It is also one of the rarest.
9. Nike SB Dunk Low Paris – $130,000
Perhaps the Nike SB Dunk Low Paris pair is one of the most expensive sneakers in the world because of its rarity. The sneakers are rumoured to have only 150-200 pairs available in the world. The most interesting fact about these shoes, however, is that no two pairs are the same.
The late French painter Bernard Buffet, designed the unique artworks. The shoes were released in 2002 but this pair sold for $130,000 in 2021. The Nike SB Dunk Low Paris would always be one of the most desired sneakers in the world. Who wouldn’t want a limited edition pair of shoes.
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8. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000
The Buscemi 100 MM Diamond is for those who love to have jewelry on their shoes and can stay away from jewel snatchers for as long as possible. This pair of sneakers is loaded with 11.5-carat diamonds set in 18k gold. Its plush white leather silhouette is also something to love about the kicks.
If the Buscemi 100 MM Diamond catches your fancy (and your budget), it’s a win-win for you. The pair of shoes were sold in the pristine collection.
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7. Michael Jordan Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373
We have yet another expensive pair of game-worn sneakers by Michael Jordan on this list (and more to come). The Converse Fastbreak may not look attractive to a sneaker-freak in 2023, however, it still remains one of the most expensive sneakers in the world. It’s desirability also stems from the one who first wore it- Michael Jordan!
Reports have it that the shoes were worn by the former basketball player during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, when Team USA took the gold home. The Converse Fastbreaks autographed by Michael Jordan came up for auction in 2017 and was sold for $190,373 far surpassing the expected price of $100,000,
6. Jordan 1 Retro High Charlotte Hornets Foundation Black/White – $250,000
These pair of Air Jordans are very rare and are equally one of the most desirable sneakers in the world. They were designed by Michael Jordan himself in honor of his 56th birthday. Featuring a white quilted leather silhouette and black accents, the pair has only 300 of its kind produced.
The rarity of the sneakers is part of what makes it very special and sought-after. Jordan wore the shoes in Charlotte in 2019. It is valued at $250,000.
5. Air Jordan 1s Game Worn – $560,000
Before we begin with the million-dollar sneakers list, here’s another mind-blowing pair of steep sneakers. The Air Jordan 1s game-worn sneakers is also one of the priciest shoes in the world. It was sold by Sotheby’s in 2020, becoming the most expensive shoes sold at the time.
Among the many interesting features are its mid-height, the super sleek Swoosh, its colorway and most of all, the fact that it was signed by Michael Jordan with a permanent marker, as opposed to the usual ballpoint pen-signed sneakers. It was sold for $560,000.
4. Air Jordan Retro “Kobe Pack” – $800,000
You shouldn’t get tired of seeing the Air Jordan on this list because the brand is known to have one of the priciest shoes in the world. The Air Jordan Retro “Kobe Pack” was designed in honor of late basketball player, Kobe Bryant, who was considered one of the best in the game. They were made in honor of Bryant’s 20th anniversary in the NBA in 2016.
Dressed in the LA Lakers colors (white, purple, and gold), these limited edition pairs were not made available to the public, instead, they were distributed to friends and family. They are however replicas of the Air Jordan 3 and Air Jordan 8. Its current market value is $800,000
3. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Nike Airship – $1.47 million
The Nike Air Ship is one of the most expensive sneakers ever made and this is a result of its origin. The red and white kicks were worn by Jordan in his rookie era (1984 precisely). It was autographed by the former basketball player and and sold for $1.47 million in 2021 at Sotheby’s.
The Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Nike Airship is the most expensive sneakers ever sold at an auction. It was sold to collector, Nick Fiorella, who paid $1,472,000 for the Air Ships on 24 October 2021. Head of Sotheby’s Streetwear and Modern Collectables, Brahm Wachter, stated that this record-breaking sale ‘solidifies the strength and broad reach of the sneaker collecting community.’
2. Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 1 ‘Prototype’ – $1.8 million
Closing up the list of the most expensive sneakers in the world, the Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 1 ‘Prototype’ comes in second place with an interesting price tag of $1.8 million. The pair of shoes was worn by American singer and rapper, Kanye West at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008 when he performed his hit song “Stronger”. At the event, he won four awards including the ‘Best Rap Album’.
Perhaps, the wins attached to the sneakers is what made it sell for a whopping sum of $1.8 million when it was placed for auction at Sotheby’s. It is the only pair that exists.
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 million
The Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans is the most expensive sneakers in the world. Coated in 24k gold, the pair of shoes were sold to Canadian Rap Artiste, Drake in 2016. Ordinarily, the pair would cost between $500- $4,600 but they were crafted specially for Drake by popular artist, Matthew Senna.
Weighing 50lbs, these Nike shoes are not the type to wear if you intend to jump around. Notable for being the most expensive Nike shoes ever, they cost $2 million
Top 10 Most Expensive Sneakers in the World
Sneakers were probably one of the things unexpected to reach millions, however, it is now obvious that the least sneakers can sell for millions, especially when it has been worn by a renowned personality.
Here are the top 10 most expensive sneakers in the world, as highlighted in this article.
- Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 Million
- Kayne West Nike Air Yeezy 1 ‘Prototype’ – $1.8M
- Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Nike Airship – $1.47 million
- Air Jordan Retro “Kobe Pack” – $800,000
- Air Jordan 1s Game Worn – $560,000
- Jordan 1 Retro High Charlotte Hornets Foundation Black/White – $250,000
- Michael Jordan Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373
- Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000
- Nike SB Dunk Low Paris – $130,000
- Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12 – $104,765
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SOURCES: WEALTHYGORILLA.COM, LUXE.DIGITAL, THETRENDSPOTTER.NET