Sneakers have always been something of a luxury item, but ever since Nike introduced the Air Jordan in 1984, they have been elevated to highly-collectible products with some costing more than most people would normally spend on shoes during their entire lifetime! Brand-new, these shoes tend to cost a lot, but some are far more expensive than others.
The more collectible versions of shoes that can be purchased online or at auction can reach upwards of $100,000, but for this list, we are looking at the shoes on the market you can buy today... if you are so inclined. While most can't afford them, these shoes are ready to find a new home.
10 ADIDAS FUTURECRAFT 4D
The Adidas Futurecraft 4D line of shoes was released back in January 2018 with features including sock-like construction, Primeknit, and a specially-engineered sole made via light and oxygen. The shoes were immediately popular with their introductory price of $300 at retail.
When these unique shoes hit the market, they were already selling well above the retail price of $300 bucks, but since that time, they have become highly collectible. If you want a pair to add to your collection, you can expect to shell out anywhere from $760 to as much as $1,580, but some pairs have sold for as much as $5,000.
9 AIR JORDAN V RETRO "PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN"
When the Jordan brand teamed up with French professional soccer club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the shoes the company released made a splash on the market. The sneakers sold for around $200 - $300 a pair, but the ones that really caught the attention of collectors were the special edition white shoes made especially for friends and family members of PSG.
These feature a white-based color scheme with branding for both Air Jordan and the soccer club. You can find them on StockX for as much as $3,500, but the average sale price for them is a bit more affordable as it comes to around $2,200.
8 AIR JORDAN III RETRO QUAI54 2018
Any Air Jordan model is going to sell for tons of cash when it hits the market, but some come out with a bit more flair than others. Nike's Air Jordan III Retro Quai54 version released in 2018 are must-haves for serious collectors. They were first seen on the feet of Justin Timberlake, which may have helped to elevate them on the market.
Finding a pair can be tough, but if you happen to find some, expect to pay some serious cash to add them to your collection. They regularly sell for around $2,100 but have been traded online for as much as $3,000 and as "little" as $1,591.
7 AIR MAX 1 PARRA 2018
In his second collaboration with Nike, Dutch artist Piet Parra kicked out a Swoosh-less version of his unique print on the Air Max I, which was an immediate success with collectors. The shoes' flashy pattern and unique coloring make them an easy target for the serious collector who must have these in their collection.
On average, you can expect to pay as much as $2,750 or so, but that's only if you're lucky. Some pairs have sold for around $1,300, but others have reached heights of more than $5,250, which makes these impressive shoes some of the most expensive low-tops on the market.
6 AIR JORDAN V RETRO "FRESH PRINCE"
Will Smith received a rather special gift for his 50th birthday when Nike's Jordan brand created a special "Fresh Prince" pair of Air Jordans for the singer/actor. The shoes were made in honor of his character on the hit television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and feature a gold and purple color scheme.
These shoes were limited to 23 lucky raffle winners who got a pair as well as a chance to hand out with Smith for a day. Expect to shell out some Bel Air money to get them as they regularly sell for around $2,500 at the low end or as much as $4,500 in some online sales.
5 AIR JORDAN III RETRO UNC PE
Michael Jordan's alma mater scored pairs of Air Jordans as a tribute to one of the greatest players in the game. Back in 2017, the football team was also given the same honor, which came in the form of the Air Jordan III Retro UNC PE, pictured here. These shoes featured a white base with the UNC logo right on the tongue, and they are highly collectible.
Adding a pair of these special UNC shoes to your collection is going to set you back about a semester's worth of education expenses. At the low end of the scale, these shoes regularly sell for around $3,000, but due to their scarcity, they have sold for as much as $6,500.
4 UNDEFEATED X NUKE KOBE 1 PROTRO "FLIGHT JACKET"
There are shoes on the market, and then there are shoes released in such a limited quantity, they're instant collectibles. These are the latter due to the company having only released 10 pairs, which could only be picked up by lucky winners of a raffle... but that's not all; the winners had to compete in a basketball challenge in order to receive the shoes.
Because of their scarcity and their importance as being related to Undefeated's new location opening in Tokyo, Japan, they are incredibly valuable to collectors. Getting one will cost you as little as $1,111, but more likely, you will have to spend as much as $8,000 to make a pair your own.
3 COLETTE X AIR JORDAN I RETRO HIGH
When Colette was shuttering its doors after more than two decades of business, Nike decided to honor the French footwear powerhouse with a special release of Air Jordans. The Collete X Air Jordan I Retro High sneakers were released in March 2018 in honor of the store and feature a beautiful purple and white pattern.
Because these are so rare and difficult to locate on the market, they aren't cheap. You can possibly find a pair for around $2,100, but due to their scarcity and high conductibility, you are more likely to have to shell out around $6,700 to add them to your collection.
2 ADIDAS PHARRELL NMD HU CHINA PACK "HAPPY"
Pharrell's NMD model sneakers are some of the most collectible sneakers on the market, but finding them is no easy task. This model was released only in China with a batch of only 300 pairs. They feature the word "Happy" written in English on the top of one sneaker with the same word written in Chinese on the other.
These shoes are incredibly rare, which not only makes them hard to find but also increases their value significantly. If you are lucky enough to find a pair, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,800 and $9,000, but finding them is the real trick.
1 UNDEFEATED X NIKE KOBE 1 PROTRO "PURPLE"
Speaking of shoes only released in China, the Undefeated X Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Purple" sneakers pictured here were only released in one location in Hong Kong. Because of their limited release to just one spot in China, it's incredibly difficult to find these amazing shoes to add to your collection... but it isn't impossible.
If you have the cash, you can probably find a pair on StockX, but be prepared to shell out enough to buy a used car. They sell for as little as $2,550, but on most sales you can expect to shell out as much as $10,000 to make these purple kicks your own.