Top 10 World's Most Expensive Sneakers of All Time
|Top 10 most expensive sneakers in the world|
The rarest of the rare are sneakers associated with specific sporting events, such as game-worn basketball shoes, but limited edition models or unique collaborations can make sneakers especially valuable. The requirements for a collectible sneaker, however, go further.
KnowInsider.com has compiled a thorough list of the top 10 most expensive pairs of shoes ever sold, which features models worn by some of our most talented athletes as well as historic inventions and shoes from popular culture.
What are the priciest sneakers available anywhere?
The top 10 priciest sneakers in the world are listed below:
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 Million
|Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans|
It’s a bit of a steep jump from second to the first position, but if you’re thinking of spending $100,000 on a pair of sneakers anyway, then you may as well go one better.
When Drake teamed up with Nike to create the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordan, the day that a pair of sneakers were covered in 24 karat gold had to come. Each shoe weighs 50lbs and was made by American artist Matthew Senna. Given everything, $2 Million seems like a good deal.
2. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373
|Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Converse Fastbreak|
Michael Jordan's Converse Fastbreaks, arguably the most expensive pair of game-used shoes ever, sold for $190,000.
Team USA won gold in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Years later, a Michael Jordan-signed pair of Converse Fastbreaks went up for auction. The auction far exceeded everyone's expectations, having been initially only projected to reach $100,000! Who would have guessed that a pair of Converse could be worth $190,000!
3. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000
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Coming in at number three on our list of the most expensive sneakers ever made are the Buscemi 100 MM Diamonds. Loaded with 11.5 carats of diamonds and set in 18-karat gold, these shoes aren’t for the faint-hearted.
If you’re looking for a fresh pair of white kicks, and fancy something totally unique, then cough up $132,000 and they’re yours!
4. Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – $104,000
Not quite in the top three, but pretty close, are the Air Jordan 12 Flu Games.
Once mentioned as the most expensive Jordans in the world; the price really derives from the fact that Michael Jordan wore the sneakers in the infamous “Flu Game,” – a game which he played while having the flu. Selling for $104,000, these are also one of the rarest shoes on the planet!
5. Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) – $100,000
The Air Jordan 12 OVO has always been a popular shoe, however, the Drake edition blew the doors off its hinges, selling for $100,000 on eBay!
Popular with a lot of sports stars, rappers and major celebrities, the Drake edition OVO’s are only really attainable to the rich and famous. $100,000 makes this one of the most expensive sneakers ever made!
6. Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1 – $50,000
You'll adore Big Boi's diamond-encrusted Air Force 1s if you have high standards and enjoy diamonds. These shoes cost $50,000 because they are covered in champagne diamonds rather than being the most rare or being worn by any major ballers.
Big Boi auctioned off his kicks to raise money for his Foundation because wearing a pair of shoes like this might draw the wrong kind of attention.
7. Air Jordan 11 ‘Jeter’ – $40,000
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In a pop-up shop auction near Yankee Stadium, the Jordan Brand released five pairs of navy velvet Air Jordan 11s to honor Derek Jetter's retirement in 2017. The white famed number "2" on the sneakers' heel complements the navy suede surrounding it.
The remaining two pairs would cost a small fortune, even if the owner were to sell, so it would probably be best to forget about ever owning a pair of these. Three of the five pairs are currently locked up in US consignment stores.
8. Air Jordan 2 OG – $31,000
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Yet another Air Jordon on the list, the 2 OG is a coveted part of sneaker history, which is why it can command such a high price. Not the most good-looking of shoes it has to be said, but you nonetheless, you can rock this shoe with a ton of different outfits and look fresh all day long. $31,000 and they’re yours!
9. Eminem x Carhartt Air Jordan 4 – $30,000
Eminem enjoys wearing sneakers, like most musicians. Things were about to get serious when he was asked to collaborate with Carhartt because he had previously produced some lovely limited-edition collaborations. They were one of the first pairs of shoes to be sold directly on eBay and were only produced in a total of 10 pairs.
All the proceeds went to Michigan State University’s music school. Altogether, sneaker-heads spent over $227,000 on the 10 pairs!
10. DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful’ – $25,000
Whether you love him or hate him, DJ Khaled’s Air Jordan 3 Grateful’s are just dope!
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!
Interesting Facts about Sneakers
1. Men were the first people to wear heels.
2. Platform shoes used to be worn by Greek actors to signify status.
3. Sneakers got their name because their rubber soles do not make noise.
4. The red sole on Louboutins are inspired by an Andy Warhol drawing.
5. Your salary might determine the type of shoes you wear to work.
6. There's more to your shoe addiction than just trying to keep up with trends.
7. Audrey Hepburn could be credited with bringing loafers into style.
8. Dr. Martens were originally considered practical working men's boots for their air-cushioned soles.
9. Salvatore Ferragamo invented the wedge shoe when Italy was suffering from closed trade with other countries.
10. Havaianas are inspired by Japanese sandals.
11. Even though hardly any photos of him exist on the Internet, Jeffrey Campbell is a real person.
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