In 1985, Nike forever changed the sneaker game when it introduced its first Air Jordan shoes. Designed for the famous basketball player Michael Jordan, who was considered too much of a risk to sign at the time because of his now-famous “Airness,” these shoes were revolutionary. They revolutionized athletic footwear and made a cultural impact, becoming one of the most popular pieces of memorabilia. These days, Nike is still cranking out designs that follow in Michael’s footsteps (pun intended), with models like Lebron James’ signature LeBron 3 PE NJR’s going for a cool $30,000 per pair. But which Nike sneakers are worth the most money? Let’s take a look at some Air Jordans that have become more than just shoes—they’re an investment:
1. Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game)
The Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) is the most expensive Air Jordan. The sneaker was limited to a small number of pairs, 23 to be exact, and each sold for $30,000. They were worn by Michael Jordan during the 1997 NBA playoffs when he scored 63 points in Game 5 against the Utah Jazz. It was also the first time that Jordan wore a non-Jordan 11 sneaker in playoff games; he had previously played all his games with an 11 model on his feet.
The Flu Game shoe replaced “Black Toe” as its name because of controversy associated with Black Toe shoes being banned from specific high schools in America due to their similarities to gang colors.
2. Air Jordan 9 (Oregon Ducks)
The Air Jordan 9 (Oregon Ducks) is a limited-edition sneaker released in 2004. Only five pairs were made and sold for $10,000 each. That’s expensive even for an older pair of Jordans! Michael Jordan wore the sneakers during the NCAA Championship game between his Tar Heels team and the Oregon Ducks on March 26, 1987. As you can imagine, this specific style of shoes has become highly sought after among collectors worldwide.
3. Jay-Z Sells 4 Pairs of His Sneakers for Over $100,000
Jay-Z has done it again. The rapper, a successful artist, and a music producer were able to sell four pairs of sneakers for over $100,000 each at an auction. The shoes were made by the luxury sneaker brand Louis Vuitton and were sold at an auction for $100,000 each.
The high price tag is not unusual for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton or Gucci (both owned by the same company). If you want something that’s top quality and will last longer than your average pair of shoes (or even more expensive cars), it will cost you. And if someone else has already spent money on what you’re buying so, they can resell them later on? Well, then they’re going to charge even more!
4. Air Jordan 2 OG
The Air Jordan 2 OG was first released in 1991 and retroed twice in 2002. It was then retroed again in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. It was most recently re-released for the 2016 holiday season.
Black leather upper with red accents on the tongue and heel makes this one of the most popular Air Jordans.
5. Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4 Retro “Friends & Family.”
Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4 Retro “Friends & Family.”
The rapper recently collaborated with Jordan Brand for a particular release sold exclusively at Kith and NikeLab locations. Eminem’s version of the Air Jordan 4 Retro features a black upper with hints of blue on the heel branding and tongue, with gold accents throughout. The shoe also features pop culture references such as Slim Shady’s face on one side and an image from his music video for “Stan” on the other.
The only pairs of Eminem’s exclusive “Friends & Family” Jordans were available through raffle tickets purchased at select locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago during February 2018—but they didn’t come cheap. The price tag? A whopping $1 million per pair—only one person purchased two pairs!
6. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans
These sneakers were released in 2017 and are made of solid gold. Only 20 pairs were produced, each worth $1 million. They can be bought only by going through the OVO store online or by calling a designer who works there.
The shoes feature a gold-plated upper with an embroidered black and white pattern inspired by Drake’s iconic OVO owl logo. The patent leather tongue is adorned with a diamond-like design, while the insoles have “OVO” written on them in diamonds. A black Swoosh adorns each side of the shoe, which also has its own set of diamond insoles.
7. Don C x Air Jordan 2 Retro Beach
The Don C x Air Jordan 2 Retro Beach is one of the most expensive Jordans in the world, with a price tag of $27,500. The sneaker was designed by Toronto-based designer Don C and was limited to only 25 pairs — making it highly collectible.
In addition to its rarity, this pair has a unique look that makes it stand out from other sneakers on the market today. It features an upper made entirely of white leather accented by gold hardware and lace tips along with an orange “Beach” sole.
8. Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Beach
The Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Beach is one of the rarest Air Jordans worldwide. It was released in 2012 to commemorate the Just Don x Air Jordan 2 “Beach” sneaker and cost $15,000. Only 23 pairs were produced; each pair includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Don C, who designed both sneakers.
The inspiration behind this exclusive sneaker came from the Just Don x Air Jordan 2 “Beach,” released in December 2011 as part of Nike’s Art Series collection. This limited-edition pair was made of premium suede with leather trimming on its upper and a classic white/black/red colorway inspired by Miami Beach’s Art Deco style architecture.
9. Air Jordan Silver Shoe Autographed
If you are a Jordan fan, this shoe is for you. This Air Jordan Silver Shoe Autographed was signed by Michael Jordan and is a must-have for any sneakerhead or collector.
The autograph was signed with a silver paint pen on the tongue and ankle in black marker. PSA/DNA has authenticated the signature.
10. Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Encore’
The Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Encore’ sneaker is the most expensive Air Jordan in existence. That’s because it’s the first-ever collaboration between a rapper and sneaker brand, and it also comes with a lot of extras:
- A pair of custom-made Air Jordans that are embroidered with “Eminem.”
- A leather pouch emblazoned with his name.
- An exclusive handwritten letter from Mr. Mathers himself detailing his love for sneakers, his appreciation for Carhartt (the clothing company), and how he came up with this fantastic idea.
11. Drake OVO Air Jordans – 2014 and 2015
The OVO Air Jordan 12 is a pair of sneakers many sneakerheads would love to get their hands on. The OVO Air Jordan 12 (OVO stands for October’s Very Own) was released in 2014 and 2015. These sneakers are some of the most expensive shoes, with only 749 pairs.
The 2014 release features a white upper with gold accents and a black sole, while the 2015 version has an all-over black colorway with yellow accents and a white sole. Both versions sell for $14,000-$24,000 depending on condition, but there are other ways to get your hands on one if you’re willing to pay up:
- The Black Friday “Blue Suede” colorway sold out completely in just three minutes when it was released in November 2018; those who missed out can still find them online at prices ranging from $7000-$9000.
- A limited edition of 100 pairs was made available by Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh exclusively through eBay during New York Fashion Week 2019; these sold out within minutes too.
12. Nike 2010 World Cup Pack – Total cost $100,000 each!
The Nike 2010 World Cup Pack is the most expensive Air Jordan in the world. Each shoe contains a Swarovski-studded Swoosh made from 24-karat gold and platinum. The 2010 World Cup Pack was released in February 2012, and only ten pairs of each style were created.
The shoes are now selling for $100,000 on eBay and other online auction sites.
13. Nike MAG Shoes (2011/2016) – $37,500 and $50,000 per pair!
#1. Nike MAG Shoes (2011/2016) – $37,500 and $50,000 per pair!
Nike MAG Shoes (2011/2016) – $37,500 and $50,000 per pair!
Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker created the first-ever Nike MAG shoe to celebrate Michael Jordan’s 25th anniversary with the company. The shoes were inspired by a scene from Back To The Future II where Marty McFly wears an auto-lacing high-top shoe. The limited-edition sneakers were made available to the public in 2011 for about $3,000. In 2016 an updated sneaker version was released at the Coachella music festival and then limited to just 89 pairs sold through eBay on this very day in 2016 for just under $50K each!
14. Air Jordan ‘Titanium’ Trophy Room Exclusive in Black and Red ($30,000 – $35.000)
- Air Jordan ‘Titanium’ Trophy Room Exclusive in Black and Red ($30,000 – $35.000)
- Nike Mag by The Shoe Surgeon (2017) – costs from $50000 to $50000!
15. Nike Mag by The Shoe Surgeon (2017) – costs from $50000 up!
The Nike Mag by The Shoe Surgeon (2017) is a pair of shoes that costs from $50000 to $50000!
The Nike Mag was created using 3D printing technology, which means that each pair is customized and unique. It also features Swarovski crystals, making it one of the most expensive Air Jordans ever made.
This shoe was made in 2017, so there are only 20 pairs available in the world right now!
16. Lebron 3 PE NJRs ($25,000 to $30.000)
Regarding celebrity-based sneakers, the name LeBron James is among the top. Like Michael Jordan, the King has had his fair share of Air Jordans released in his honor. The most expensive sneakers he has ever worn on the court are the Nike LeBron 3 PE NJRs ($25,000 to $30k).
The shoes were created by Nike for LeBron and designed by a group of self-proclaimed sneaker artists who call themselves DQM (Dennis Fimple/Jeff Staple). They’re black and red—the colors of King James’ High School team; they feature a silver crown jewel on either side, and there’s an image of King James himself printed on them as well. There are only 50 pairs in existence; 45 went straight into collectors’ hands, while five were given away via raffle at various charity events held by Nike during All-Star Weekend 2010.
If you have a sneaker collection of your own, you’re probably wondering if any of your shoes are worth anything. Here are some tips for finding out if your sneakers are worth any money. Check the brand and model number: Most brands have signature looks that make their sneakers easy to identify at first glance. Some brands even go as far as putting logos on every shoe they sell. If you can’t tell what kind of sneaker it is just by looking at it, look up its model number online and see what other people think about the brand’s quality. One more thing: If you want to learn more about how much certain models or styles cost, check out our guide to buying vintage sneakers!