If a sneaker doesn’t resell for a ton of money, was it ever released in the first place? With the secondary sneaker market being a billion dollar industry, it’s put more focus on what a shoe’s worth is after it releases than what it costs in stores. Good luck getting a pair at retail, bud. You’ll have to fork your dollars over on eBay or Flight Club. And that’s what you’ll need to do for the latest Air Jordan collaboration, Pharrell x Adidas sneaker, or shoe that drops only at an obscure pop-up shop half-way across the world. We’re not talking chump change either, people are shelling out major coin to cop some of these exclusive kicks. Here are some of the Most Expensive Sneakers of 2017.
To gather the info, we used StockX to find out the average resale values of all the sneakers.
Off-White x Air Jordan 1
Resale value: $1,100
The “best” sneaker of the year is also one of the most sought-after, which is the case for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1. The release for the shoe was so mad that Nike had to postpone it, with the SNKRS app shutting down due to the high demand. If you wanted this year’s top shoe, you needed to pay top dollar.
Air Jordan 1 Royal Satin
Resale value: $1,590
I’ve been very critical of Jordan’s deceptive release practices in 2017, but the Satin version of the Air Jordan 1 “Black/Royal” showed a dedication to storytelling. The shoes only dropped at Walters in Atlanta and Active Athlete in Houston, two mom and pop shops that carried the shoes when they first releases. That rarity and regional exclusiveness drove up the resale market for these satin joints. And, oh yeah, people love “Black/Royal” Air Jordan 1s.
A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1
Resale value: $1,631
Unless you have a pile of money or a plug in London, you probably didn’t get your hands on the A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1. Only released at a pop-up in in the Big Smoke, the sneakers were a throwback to classic Air Force 1 styling and were even given The Harlem Lace Job in the press photos. Talk about authenticity.
Just Don x Air Jordan II “Arctic Orange”
Resale value: $1,646
Just Don and Jordan Brand dropped the third installment of their Air Jordan II trilogy this year, this time releasing them in sizes for the whole family. The men’s pairs are going for bread, too. It all makes sense that the sneakers, being inspired by luxury handbags, actually go for the price of a luxury handbag.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “Cotton Candy”
Resale value: $1,751
Pharrell had a really hot year with Adidas, and one of his Hu Race NMD Trail sneakers were only sold at BBC in New York City. Guess what? They resell for way more than the pairs that were sold everywhere. Surprised? Not in the least.
Air Jordan 1 “Spike Lee”
Resale value: $2,397
Besides Michael Jordan, Spike Lee is the face of the Air Jordan, coming in with the Air Jordan III to sell it as his Mars Blackmon character. In the film She’s Gotta Have It, Mars wore a pair of Black/Royal Air Jordan 1s while having sex, and now Spike has his own Air Jordan 1s. Done up in a similar colorway, the sneakers featured Mars’ face on the heel, were only sold in Brooklyn, and retailers for $300. Now they’re re-selling for over $2,000. Call that a cultural cash-et.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D
Resale value: $2,892
Adidas was supposed to release this sneaker to the public by the end of the year, but it hasn’t hit retail yet. But the brand did give away 300 pairs to friends and family… .and most of them ended up on eBay. They feature cutting-edge technology in the midsole, but they look badass, too, even if the majority of people who get them saw them as a way to cash in.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “N*E*R*D”
Resale value: $5,185
Pharrell and Adidas figured out the hype train this year, and it came to a culmination at ComplexCon with a special pair of Pharrell’s Hu Race NMD Trail that was made for the release of N*E*R*D’s new album. Kids literally fought over the shoes, which drove the resale price up even higher.
Chanel x Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail
Resale value: $11,135
Pharrell got Adidas to collaborate with Chanel on his signature sneakers and released them at Colette for the retailer’s send off after 20 years of business. The demand was so great for them that they had to get a court bailiff to read off the auction winners. Coupled with the fact that there were only 500 pairs made, and that put this shoe as one the most in-demand releases in ages.
Air Jordan III “Grateful”
Resale value: $13,250
DJ Khaled is one of the most divisive people in the sneaker game. For some, he possesses the enthusiasm they’ve been looking for. For others, anything he touches instantly makes the product uncool. But Jordan Brand rewarded his faithfulness to the company this year with this own Air Jordan III. The shoes were given away to select folks who bought his new album, which means very few pairs are circulating. Sneakers are good investment, indeed.
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Although Nike went on to release multiple colorways of the SF Air Force 1, the model made its debut at last year's ComplexCon. Nike made the sneaker available at their installation in a few colorways. They also dropped an all-white version that was exclusive to ComplexCon. According to sneaker stock market StockX, pairs have sold for as much as $573, but now you should be able to find a pair for around $300.
Bape x Travis Scott/Big Sean/Kid Cudi/Complex T-Shirt Collection
Bape also brought some exclusives to ComplexCon. The brand dropped three Baby Milo graphic T-shirts featuring Big Sean, Kid Cudi, or Travis Scott, as well as a graphic tee that combined the ComplexCon logo with Bape's iconic ape head logo. The tees were a hot commodity at the convention. In fact, Bape had one of the longest lines at the convention center because of these shirts. If you weren’t able to make it out to Long Beach last year you'll have to pay anywhere from $114 to $500 to cop now.
Anti Social Social Club x Undefeated ‘Paranoid’ Hoodie
One of the most hyped drops at ComplexCon 2016 was Anti Social Social Club's collaboration with Undefeated. The two brands released limited edition T-shirts and hoodies in two different colorways—one for each day of that weekend. Right now, the hoodies are on Grailed for roughly double the retail price, with resale value ranging from $140 to $225.
Anti Social Social Club also raffled off 24 pairs of their “Get Weird” Air Force 1 Low collaboration. Unfortunately, those will cost you a little more. There is currently a pair listed on Grailed for $4,000.
Takashi Murakami x ComplexCon Merch
Retail Price: $40-$120 Resale Price: $58-$400
Takashi Murakami was responsible for the overall design aesthetic of the first annual ComplexCon, and he also released some exclusive merch for the event. Pillows, tote bags, and clothing were all up for grabs. The Murakami merch booth had one of the longest lines at ComplexCon, and select items were on eBay and Grailed for up to a few thousand dollars immediately after ComplexCon 2016. Now, this stuff can be a little harder to come by, but there are a few select items like hats and flower pillows on Grailed for anywhere from $58 to $400.
Murakami and Complex have continued their partnership leading up to ComplexCon 2017. Select merch is available here.
The SF Air Force 1 was not the only shoe that Nike debuted at last year's ComplexCon. The sportswear giant also debuted a highly-anticipated collaboration with ASAP Bari'sVLONE. Only five pairs were raffled off to those who copped a VLONE T-shirt. One of the original pairs was even resold on eBay days later for $91,600. Although the sneaker is still being resold for $1,800 on the resale market, according to StockX, Nike has since cut ties with Bari following sexual harassment allegations stemming from the release of graphic video footage.
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ASAP Ferg has gone from a kid growing up in Harlem to becoming one of the most original voices in hip-hop and style since he came on the scene. The 28-year-old rapper has started his own clothing line, designed his own Adidas sneakers, and continually made great music. Ferg recently met up with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in New York City to talk about his humble beginnings as a sneakerhead and his current love for shoes.
Growing up in Harlem, Ferg has been wearing Nike Air Force 1s since he was young, and in this episode reminisced on spending money on super limited colorways and being one of the first to bring them back to the neighborhood. Besides talking about Air Force 1s, Ferg reflects on buying and wearing Jordan IIIs that were too small for him, and then goes on to confirm that he has another round of Adidas sneakers and clothes dropping soon. In the end, Ferg drops almost $2,400 on five pairs of sneakers.
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