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Top 10 most expensive sneakers ever made

Top 10 most expensive sneakers ever made

The line between practical footwear and luxury assets blurs as limited-edition releases like the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” fetch six figures at auction, fueled by stories of MJ’s legendary slam dunks and a sprinkle of sneakerhead hype.

Like any investment, the world of luxury sneakers demands caution. Trends shift, hype fades, and even the most legendary kicks can experience market dips. Remember, it’s not just about the price tag; it’s about the story you choose to invest in.

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Here is a list of 10 of the most expensive sneakers ever made.

Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 Million

The epitome of extravagance, the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans top the list with a whopping $2 million price tag, shattering all previous records as the most expensive Air Jordans ever made. Weighing in at a hefty 50 lbs each, these sneakers are a true collaboration between American artist Matthew Senna and Drake for Nike.

Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373

Steeped in basketball history and still bearing the scuff marks from his legendary 1984 Olympic dominance, Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Converse Fastbreak soared to a record-breaking $190,373 at a recent auction. These iconic sneakers, signed by the GOAT himself, offer a tangible glimpse into a golden era of basketball, forever capturing the magic of Jordan’s Olympic triumph.

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Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000

Dripping with 11.5 carats of diamonds set in 18-karat gold, the Buscemi 100 MM Diamond sneakers aren’t just footwear, they’re wearable art. Each meticulously crafted pair reflects a level of luxury reserved for the world’s most discerning collectors, who wouldn’t dream of adding anything less than breathtaking brilliance to their wardrobe. At a cool $132,000, these shoes may indeed be out of most sneakerheads’ reach, but they undeniably redefine the boundaries of footwear luxury.

Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – $104,000

Commemorating a legend’s grit and defying a common illness, the Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) sneakers, priced at $104,000, pay homage to Michael Jordan’s iconic performance in 1997. With sweat dripping from his brow and battling a debilitating flu, Jordan willed his team to victory in a game forever etched in NBA lore.

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Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) – $100,000

Nodding to a power union of music and sport, the Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) blends hip-hop swagger with athletic strength, commanding a cool $100,000 on eBay. Dripping in Drake’s signature ‘OVO’ owl logo. Spotted on the feet of basketball superstars and rap icons alike, the OVO Drakes transcend mere footwear, they’re a cultural currency, a statement piece for those who own the court both on and off the stage.

Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1 – $50,000

Breaking into the mid-range of the list at $50,000, the Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1 redefines luxury streetwear. While not the rarest in the world, they boast a bespoke design and hand-set champagne diamonds that shimmer with every step, exuding an aura of confidence and audacious style. Owning a pair isn’t just about flaunting wealth; it’s a statement piece, a declaration of one’s fearless individuality. Even for those at the top of their game, like Big Boi who auctioned his pair for his Foundation.

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Air Jordan 11 ‘Jeter’ – $40,000

Celebrating the smooth swing and legendary grace of Derek Jeter, the Air Jordan 11 ‘Jeter’ sneakers reign supreme at $40,000, a coveted collector’s holy grail etched with memories of Yankee Stadium magic. Only five pairs materialized from a ghost-like pop-up auction near the very field where Jeter built his dynasty. Three pairs are believed to be locked in US consignment stores.

Air Jordan 2 OG – $31,000

The Air Jordan 2 OG commands a cool $31,000, its rarity and classic design capturing the essence of basketball history. More than just a collector’s item, the 2 OG is a tangible piece of sneaker lore, each weathered panel whispering tales of MJ’s gravity-defying dunks and sky-high hook shots. For true believers, owning these isn’t just about displaying wealth, it’s about owning a piece of the legend himself, a chance to walk in his footsteps and relive the golden age of hoops, one iconic step at a time.

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Eminem x Carhartt Air Jordan 4 – $30,000

The Eminem x Carhartt Air Jordan 4, priced at $30,000, emerged from a legendary collaboration between the rapper and workwear giant Carhartt. Only ten pairs ever graced the sneaker world, making them a phantom whisper among collectors, and when these phantom kicks materialized on eBay, sneakerheads responded like a symphony of bids, collectively dropping over $227,000 on the ten elusive pairs, the proceeds went to Michigan State University’s music school.

DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful’ – $25,000

Rounding off the top 10 is the DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful,’ valued at $25,000. With its unique design and limited availability, these sneakers epitomize the intersection of music and sneaker culture. We don’t need to tell you that you’re going to need some incredibly deep pockets if you want to bag yourself a pair of these. Only a few months after release, the striking red sneakers were retailing for $16,000 and $25,000!