The majority of us enjoy purchasing shoes. However, once you’ve purchased one pair, you can’t help but begin searching for the next pair to complete your shoe collection. The only disadvantage of purchasing sneakers is the cost, which forces us to take drastic steps in order to save money. There is one kind of sneaker that is extremely rare: the inhumanly expensive sneaker. When you come across this type of sneaker, you quickly return it to the store shelf and act as if you’ve never seen one before. I’ve assembled a list of the world’s 8 most costly sneakers below.
Before you start reading, keep in mind how we put this list together – it isn’t perfect, and to make it more interesting, we sometimes choose the sneaker with a more compelling narrative or a more visually appealing look. The following sneakers’ prices were obtained from an auction house or calculated based on secondary market prices.
8. Nike Air Mag Back to the Future 2016 – est. $35,000
One of the most well-known sneakers in recent years, as owned by, for example, the Slovakian rapper Rytmus. This homage to the classic film Back to the Future was released in a limited edition of 1,500 pairs in 2011. Fans requested a re-release several years later, and it was granted–but only 89 more pairs were made, propelling the Nike Air Mag Back to the Future 2016s into the top ten most expensive sneakers.
7. Nike So Cal Air Force 1 Supreme Max – est. $50,000
OutKast is a legendary rap duo with millions of dollars in the bank, numerous hits, and six Grammy Awards under their belts. Is it really surprising that, with a resume like this, they started spending a lot of money on seemingly pointless items? One of the participants, Big Boi, did just that when he got a pair of Nike Air Force 1s customized with 13 carat diamonds and priced them at $50,000.
6. Air Jordan Silver Shoes – est. $60,000
These shoes aren’t actually made of silver. So, why did they sell for $60,000 at an auction, you may wonder? Aside from the fact that only 10 pairs were made, Michael Jordan received one as a 32nd birthday gift from his wife, giving this sneaker a sweet backstory.
5. Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) – est. $100,000
The shoe you’re looking at is the product of a partnership between Jordan and rapper Drake’s OVO (October’s Very Own) brand. They don’t seem to be anything unusual at first glance. Drake, however, gave a pair of these sneakers (with a retail price of slightly over $200) to one lucky fan at a Toronto Raptors game, and the shoe was sold for an astounding $100,000 on eBay, making it the second most expensive Jordan sneaker at the time. Going to a Toronto Raptors game could be worthwhile, not just for the entertainment value.
4. Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – est. $104,000
Michael Jordan didn’t seem to be fit to play in the final NBA game between Chicago and Utah in 1997, and all signs pointed to him having a bad case of the flu. This did not, however, imply that he would not compete in the final match. Jordan finished the game through discomfort, nausea, and fatigue, scoring an incredible 37 points. He had a pair of Air Jordan 12s at the time of his win, which were dubbed “Flu Game” and later sold for $104,000 at auction. This made them the most costly sneaker ever sold at an auction for a while.
3. Converse Fastbreak, worn by Michael Jordan – est. $190,373
This is where we start to see rates that are out of this world. The high price wasn’t due to the sneaker’s rarity or the use of high-end products. The third pair on our list belonged to Michael Jordan, who wore them to win the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
2. Nike Moon Shoe –est. $437,500
Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, designed this shoe for the 1972 Olympic qualifiers. It’s the only pair of this shoe that has survived, and it’s also interesting in that the sole was actually made in a waffle maker. In July 2019, collector Miles Nadal auctioned off the sneakers at Sotheby’s, making them the world’s most costly shoes for many.
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordan – est. $2,000,000
This is more of a bonus – you actually wouldn’t be able to do much walking in these Jordan and OVO 24 carat solid gold shoes. So, who’s the proud owner of these one-of-a-kind kicks? Drake himself, to be precise. While no official price has been announced, the shoes are estimated to be worth $2,000,000 based on a report that took into account the price of gold in 2016 and the sum required to make them.