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Life - Style Updated: February 20, 2023

Ten Most Expensive Sneakers Ever Sold

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
February 20, 2023
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Footwear is as essential as the clothes we put on, hence, most times, people go all the way out to afford the best footwear to look outstanding among their peers. 

Sneakers are among the world's most comfortable, charming, trendy, and functional footwear.

They have been worn in ways that you would not have imagined many years ago.

However, Sneakers as footwear varies in price, shape, colour and even in those that wear them. For example, some very expensive sneakers are only worn by celebrities. 

It might even surprise you that some sneakers are specially made for a particular set of people, some of these sneakers even take on the names of some sports celebrities, for example, the Michael Jordan sneakers and Kanye West sneakers. 

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Let's take a look at the top ten most expensive sneakers ever sold. 


1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 million

The Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans are the world's most expensive sneakers.

The pair of sneakers, which were coated in 24k gold, was sold to Canadian rapper Drake in 2016.

The pair would normally cost between $500 and $4,600, but they were custom-made for Drake by popular artist Matthew Senna.

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These Nike shoes, weighing 50 pounds, are not the type to wear if you expect to jump around.

They are notable for being the most expensive Nike sneaker ever, costing $2 million.

 

2. Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 1 ‘Prototype’ – $1.8 million

The Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 1 'Prototype' is the second most expensive sneaker on this list, costing $1.8 million.

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Kanye West, an American singer and rapper, wore the sneakers during his performance of his popular song "Stronger" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008.

He received four awards at the event, including the 'Best Rap Album'.

Perhaps it was the wins associated with the sneakers that caused them to sell for a stunning $1.8 million at Sotheby's auction. It is the only pair ever sold. 

 

3. Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Nike Airship – $1.47 million

The Nike Air Ship is one of the most costly sneakers ever created, and this is due to its origin.

Jordan wore the red and white sneakers during his rookie season (1984 precisely).

It was autographed by the former basketball player and sold for $1.47 million at Sotheby's in 2021.

Michael Jordan's Game Used Nike Airship is the most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold at auction.

On October 24, 2021, it was sold to collector Nick Fiorella for $1,472,000.

Brahm Wachter colours Sotheby's Streetwear and Contemporary Collectables noted that this record-breaking transaction "solidifies the strength and broad reach of the sneaker collecting community."

 

4. Air Jordan Retro “Kobe Pack” – $800,000

You should not grow weary of seeing Air Jordan on our list because the brand is known for having some of the most expensive shoes in the world.

The Air Jordan Retro "Kobe Pack" was created in memory of the late basketball player Kobe Bryant, who was widely regarded as one of the best in the game.

They were created to commemorate Bryant's 20th season in the NBA in 2016.

These limited edition pairs, dressed in the LA Lakers colours (white, purple, and gold), were distributed to friends and family rather than the general public.

They are, nonetheless, copies of the Air Jordan 3 and Air Jordan 8. Its current market value is $800,000

 

5. Air Jordan 1s Game Worn – $560,000

Before we get started on the list of million-dollar sneakers, here's another mind-blowing pair of expensive sneakers.

The game-worn Air Jordan 1s are also among the most expensive shoes in the world.

Sotheby's sold it in 2020, making it the most expensive shoe ever sold in 2020. 

The mid-height, the incredibly sleek Swoosh, the colourway, and, most importantly, the fact that it was signed by Michael Jordan using a permanent marker, as opposed to the customary ballpoint pen-signed sneakers, are among the many noteworthy aspects. It sold for $560,000.

 

6. Jordan 1 Retro High Charlotte Hornets Foundation Black/White – $250,000

These Air Jordans are extremely rare and are among the most sought-after footwear in the world.

Michael Jordan created them to commemorate his 56th birthday.

The pair, which features a white quilted leather silhouette with black accents, is limited to 300 pieces.

The sneakers' scarcity is part of what makes them so unique and desirable.

Jordan wore the shoes in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2019. It is worth $250,000.

 

7. Michael Jordan Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373

In this list, we have yet another costly pair of Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers (and more to come).

The Converse Fastbreak may not be appealing to a sneakerhead in 2023, but it is still one of the most expensive sneakers in the world.

Its popularity originates from the fact that it was initially worn by Michael Jordan!

According to reports, the former basketball star wore the sneakers during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, when Team USA won gold.

The Converse Fastbreaks autographed by Michael Jordan were auctioned off in 2017 for $190,373, greatly exceeding the projected price of $100,000.


8. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000

The Buscemi 100 MM Diamond is for individuals who enjoy wearing jewellery and can avoid jewel snatchers for as long as possible.

This pair of sneakers is set in 18k gold with 11.5-carat diamonds.

The sneakers' silky white leather design is particularly appealing.

If the Buscemi 100 MM Diamond appeals to you (and your budget), it is a win-win situation.

The shoes were sold as part of the immaculate collection.

 

9. Nike SB Dunk Low Paris – $130,000

Because of its scarcity, the Nike SB Dunk Low Paris pair may be one of the most expensive sneakers in the world.

The sneakers are said to be limited to only 150-200 pairs worldwide.

The most intriguing aspect of these shoes, though, is that no two pairs are the same.

The one-of-a-kind artworks were created by the late French painter Bernard Buffet.

Although the sneakers were first produced in 2002, this pair sold for $130,000 in 2021.

The Nike SB Dunk Low Paris will always be one of the world's most-wanted sneakers.

Who would not want a pair of limited-edition footwear?

 

10. Michael Jordan (Flu Game) Air Jordan 12 – $104,765

The Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12 got its name from the story surrounding it.

Michael Jordan, a well-known former basketball star, donned the sneakers in the 1997 Game 5 finals while suffering from the flu.

Although unwell at the time, he helped the Bulls win the game by scoring 38 points.

When the black and red Air Jordan XIIs were auctioned off in 2013, they fetched a whopping $104,765.

This was originally thought to be the most expensive pair of Jordans in the world. It is also rare to see or get. 

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Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi

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