Sneaker collecting is a hobby that exploded over the last few years, and the prices keep increasing. Sneakers are now being sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars! No matter your level of interest or involvement in this hobby—whether you’re a sneakerhead or someone who couldn’t care less about footwear—you have to admit that it’s fascinating to see how much some people are willing to spend on shoes, no matter how rare or desirable they may be. It’s a different world from the one we live in, where some people cry after paying eight bucks for a meal. So let’s explore this other reality: here are the 15 most expensive sneakers in the world as of 2022.
1. Nike Air Jordan 12 OVO
Release date: May 22, 2019
Description: Nike Air Jordan 12 OVO. This sneaker is the first pair to feature the Jumpman logo on the heel and lace locks. They’re also made from premium materials like fine leather and suede on a classic silhouette released in 1996. The sneakers come in men’s and women’s sizes for $2,500 each; if you want to buy them online now, you’ll have to wait until May 22nd (but don’t worry – we’ll let you know when they go live).
2. Adidas Yeezy Powerphase
The Adidas Yeezy Powerphase is the most expensive sneaker on this list and one of the most expensive shoes ever. It retails for $2,500, about $500 more than the average pair of sneakers that Adidas sells.
The shoe was released on August 17th, 2019, as part of Kanye West’s first collaboration with Adidas. The design features a white leather upper with mesh panels up top to allow breathability and visibility through a translucent window in the midsole. It also has neoprene around its heel that helps to keep you comfortable while running around town in your new kicks (or sitting at your desk).
This pair comes in three colorways: black/white/silver; red/black/white; blue/red/grey; green/black/silver; grey
It also features reflective accents on its branding—both on the tongue label and heel tab—and an S-logo print on its side paneling for some added flair!
3. Nike Air Mag
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future movie franchise, or if you’re simply a sneakerhead with an eye for history, then one shoe may have caught your attention. The Air Mag was released in 1989 as part of Nike’s “Future” line—the brand’s attempt at creating footwear inspired by sci-fi movies like Blade Runner (1982) and Alien (1979). Although Michael J. Fox didn’t technically wear it in his role as Marty McFly—that honor goes to another pair of Nikes called the Air Raid IIs—it did appear onscreen in Back to the Future Part II and became an instant icon.
Nike has never made these shoes available for general sale, but they’ve re-released them several times over the years as limited edition products to celebrate their cultural heritage. This means that they’re costly; even if you were lucky enough to get one off eBay, it would probably still cost thousands of dollars due to supply and demand considerations (and let’s face it: most people aren’t willing to shell out that much cash so that they can say they own something unique).
4. Nike Air Foamposite One Northern Lights
The Nike Air Foamposite One “Northern Lights” is one of the most expensive sneakers in the world. It was designed by Tinker Hatfield and released in 1997.
The shoe features a translucent sole inspired by the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The shoe was made in various colors, but it was most popularly released in an original black/volt colorway.
5. Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October
You might be surprised to see the Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October on this list. The sneaker was released in February 2014 and is the second collaboration between Kanye West and Nike. It’s named after an album from his friend Jay-Z. These sneakers are known for their bright red color, making them stand out even more than the famous “Solar Red” version of the original Yeezy model.
The Nike Air Yeezy 2 is made with materials such as leather, suede, mesh fabric, and some patent leather on parts of the shoe like its laces or swoosh logo. The bottom sole has been designed using a unique pattern that adds a finishing touch and provides excellent traction when you wear them while playing basketball or running around town in general!
This model isn’t cheap either – at least not yet – so it may take some time before they become affordable enough for someone who wants something unique but doesn’t want to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars just yet!
6. Air Jordan Silver Shoe
The AJ Silver Shoe, a collaboration between Nike and Supreme, is the most expensive sneaker on this list. The Air Jordan Silver Shoe was released in 2016 and retailed for $1,500. The shoe features a leather upper with perforated detailing and a glow-in-the-dark sole. You can buy it at Nike’s website or in select stores worldwide.
7. Dior X Air Jordan 1 High OG Dio (Red)
March 28, 2019
Red leather upper, gold foil branding, and black tongue with a white midsole. Red outsole. This is the second collaboration between Dior and Jordan Brand to release in 2019, following the $1 million Air Jordan 1 High OG DIO released earlier this year. The shoe features an all-red leather upper with gold foil branding on it. There’s also a black tongue with a white midsole on the bottom part of the sneaker, which makes it pop even more than some of their other styles in this collection already do when celebrities are not wearing them like Luka Sabbat or Travis Scott, who can afford to drop thousands of dollars on shoes just because they want too!
8. Tom Sachs X Nike Mars Yard Overshoes
The Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoes are limited-edition shoes with only 30 pairs. The shoes were inspired by NASA’s Mars Yard, a spacecraft-like structure used for training astronauts on how to walk on the red planet. Made from a material called Vectran and coated in gold leaf, these shoes cost $17,500 and were released back in 2018.
9. Nike Lebron 9 Low Leopard
The Nike LeBron 9 Low Leopard is a $15,000 sneaker released on July 21, 2018. It’s made up of nubuck and leather and comes in Black/Varsity Red-White. The style code is AO4444-001, and it retails at Nike.
10. MCM X Adidas Originals NMD CS1 Customized Sneakers
As you may have guessed, these sneakers come with a hefty price tag. The shoe is made of suede, leather, and rubber and contains no glue to keep the sole in place. It also features a customized sole, heel, and tongue that shows off the swoosh from Adidas’s logo on the side of your foot, giving it an extra cool factor.
The MCM x Adidas originals NMD cs1 customized sneakers are available for $14999 at luxury retailer Mytheresa’s website!
11. Nike Lebron 9 Low Floridians
The NIKE LEBRON 9 LOW FLORIDIANS are a sneaker released in May 2012. They have a price tag of $5,800 and were given an overall rating of 5 out of 10 on Sneakerhead. These sneakers can be purchased for anywhere between $4,500 and $7,500, depending on their condition and whether or not the seller has authenticated them.
Since this pair ranks as one of Nike’s most expensive, you may wonder what makes them unique? Well, if you’re anything like us, we’ve got some great news: they’re making us jealous just thinking about it!
12. Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Proto in Del Sol/Varsity Purple-metallic Gold-deep Orange-Varsity Crimson-black
The Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Pro “Del Sol” is inspired by the legendary Kobe 1, released in 1998. These sneakers were designed by Bruce Kilgore, who also designed the original Kobe 1 and 2. These sneakers have a mesh upper with a Varsity purple and metallic gold colorway that resembles solar rays. The soles have an orange, black and white checkerboard pattern to match the upper part of these shoes.
If you want to get your hands on these rare shoes, you’ll have to pay big bucks for them, as they are estimated at $4k+. As you can see from our list above, this isn’t even close to being one of the most expensive kicks out today, but it still costs more than most people would like to pay for sneakers!
13. Tom Sachs X Nike Mars Yard 2.0 Sneakers in White and Brown Canvas and Nylon
In 2017, Nike released a pair of footwear inspired by the Mars Rover. The sneakers are white canvas, with brown nylons and mesh panels on the side and back. The name of this pair is “Mars Yard 2.0 Sneakers in White And Brown Canvas And Nylon,” but you can just call them Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0 Sneakers in White And Brown Canvas Nylon—it’s shorter, anyway!
Tom Sachs is an artist who has worked with Nike on other designs before, such as this line of sneakers that look like they’re made out of paper airplanes (they’re not). For these shoes, he decided to capture his inspiration behind their creation: “This shoe is an interpretation: it takes cues from current space exploration efforts while being influenced by previous sneaker designs.”
14. Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon
The Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon is the most expensive sneaker in the world. The Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon is also the most expensive Nike sneaker in the world.
The shoe was created as to tribute to New York City’s pigeons and their role in spreading disease that led to an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in 1348, which killed 25 million people across Europe and Asia.
15. DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful.’
- DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful’ Price: $25,000
The DJ and brand have collaborated on several high-fashion sneakers. The DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful,’ however, features an all-white colorway inspired by the Grateful album cover. They also come with a Jumpman logo on the heel and tongue.
That’s our list of the 15 most expensive sneakers in the world. We hope you enjoyed reading through them and learning a little bit more about what makes each shoe so unique. Some of these shoes are limited releases; others are collaborations between sneaker brands and celebrities or designers. Whatever the case, many people find themselves willing to pay top dollar for a pair of these rare and valuable sneakers.