10 Most Expensive Sneakers Ever Sold

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Over the past decade, sneaker collecting has exploded in popularity. This has driven up the price of sneakers on the resale market and spawned a scalper problem. Often, shoes on the secondary market sell for double, triple, and even quadruple their original price. This has turned collecting sneakers into a status symbol and something that is unattainable for the average person.

The following list features some of the most expensive sneakers ever sold. All of these sneakers were either sold at auction or in private sales handled by some of the major auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Interestingly, a majority of the most expensive sneakers were shoes worn by Michael Jordan during pivotal moments of his career. The other sneakers on this list were limited edition or one-of-a-kind pieces.

As of November 2021, the information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

  1. Game-Worn Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”
  2. Current Value: $112,500
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Air Jordan 7
    Year Sold: 2020
    Game-Worn Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”
    photo source: Christie’s


    The 1992 Olympics was a banner year of basketball and the team was dubbed the “Olympic Dream Team.” Of course, the legendary Michael Jordan was part of the team. Jordan wore a custom pair of Nike Air Jordan 7s, which were auctioned off by Christie’s in 2020 for $112,500. This was more than double what the auction house had estimated.

    This colorway of the Jordan 7 was specifically designed for Jordan to wear in the Olympics, with his Team USA number “9” on the back of each shoe, differing from the “23” on other colorways of the Jordan 7.

    Did you know?

    According to Christie’s Michael Jordan wore these shoes during the August 8, 1992 gold medal game against Croatia, in which Jordan scored 22 points and Team USA won by a score of 117-85.  


  3. Michael Jordan’s Space Jam Sample
  4. Current Value: $176,400
    Type of Sneaker: Air Jordan 11
    Year Sold: 2021
    Michael Jordan's Space Jam Sample
    photo source: Sotheby’s

    Although there’s a new Space Jam move starring current basketball superstar LeBron James, the original Space Jam movie from 1996 is an enduring favorite among millennials. The movie’s popularity  along with Michael Jordan’s status as a sports legend were cemented by the sale of Air Jordan 11s that were specially made for Michael Jordan for the movie. The Space Jam Sample shoes were sold by Sotheby’s in partnership with Project Blitz for an “MJ’s Secret Stuff” auction.

    These shoes were never worn by Jordan, but they were kept in pristine condition, stored in a velvet-lined custom wooden box showcasing a laser-etched graphic of the ‘Tune Squad’ logo on the inside of the lid and Space Jam on the outside. The shoes also feature Jordan’s signature.

    Did you know?

    According to Sotheby’s the Space Jam Air Jordans are some of the rarest Air Jordans ever as only a handful of pairs of the shoes exist in private collections.


  5. BUSCEMI 100mm Diamond
  6. Current Value: $132,000
    Type of Sneaker: BUSCEMI 100mm
    Year Sold: N/A – a few pairs still for sale
    BUSCEMI 100mm Diamond
    photo source: Hypebeast

    The BUSCEMI 100mm Diamond shoes are currently the most expensive sneakers on the market, with a price tag of $132,000. The shoes are a limited edition of BUSCEMI’s popular 100mm sneakers. This model features 11.50 carats worth of diamonds (from jeweler Shayan), as well as the signature 18-karat gold hardware. Adding to the shoes’ exclusivity is the fact that you can only get them at BUSCEMI’s flagship store in Manhattan.

    Did you know?

    It takes more than 20 hours of hand work to produce one pair of BUSCEMI 100mm Diamond sneakers.


  7. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Converse
  8. Current Value: $190,373
    Type of Sneaker: Converse Fastbreak Mids
    Year Sold: 2017
    Michael Jordan's Game Worn Converse
    photo source: Money Inc.

    While these might not be the most expensive sneakers ever, the Michael Jordan Game Worn Converse are the most expensive pair of Converse shoes ever sold at $190,373. These shoes were worn by Jordan during the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal game. Although they’re an important part of sports history, these Converse shoes are quite worn out and not in good condition. Jordan wore them during his college career.

    Did you know?

    Michael Jordan gave these iconic Converse shoes to the son of Los Angeles Lakers legend Gil Goodrich, who was 11 at the time. He treasured the sneakers until he decided to sell them.


  9. 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoe”
  10. Current Value: $437,500
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Waffle Racing Flat
    Year Sold: 2019
    1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoe”
    photo source: Sotheby’s

    Before several pairs of sneakers were sold more recently for millions of dollars, this rare pair of Nike Waffle Racing Flats was sold for $437,500, a record high for a pair of sneakers at the time. The waffle-soled running shoes were designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman for the 1972 Olympic Trials. They’re one of 12 pairs ever made and the only known unworn set. The shoes were purchased by collector Miles Nadal, who plans to display the “Moon Shoes” at his private museum in Toronto. The starting price for the Waffle Racing Flats was only $80,000.

    Did you know?

    Bill Bowerman was inspired to create the waffle sole traction pattern for Nike’s early running shoes by experimenting with his wife’s waffle iron. The rubber on the soles of the Waffle Racing Flats were literally poured into a modified waffle iron.


  11. Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan in 1985 (sold by Sotheby’s)
  12. Current Value: $560,000
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Air Jordan 1
    Year Sold: 2020
    Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan in 1985
    photo source: Sotheby’s

    In 2020, Sotheby’s sold an autographed pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan in 1985 for $560,000. The auction was held online in May 2020 and ten bidders from around the globe tried to outbid each other to land Jordan’s sneakers. According to Sotheby’s description of the sneakers, the shoes were made exclusively for Jordan and featured red laces instead of black and white. Jordan signed the right sneaker.

    Unlike the sneakers that Jordan wore later in his career – he wore a new pair for every game – these Nike Air Jordan 1s are worn in. Additionally, the shoes are different sizes because Jordan wore a size 13 on his left foot and a 13.5 on his right.

    Did you know?

    These Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan were a little different than the first line of Nike Air Jordan released to the public. They are mid-tops, which Nike did not produce for the public at the time and the swooshes are longer, leaner, and more aggressive.


  13. Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard” Origin Story Shoes
  14. Current Value: $615,000
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Air Jordan 1 High
    Year Sold: 2020
    Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard” Origin Story Shoes
    photo source: CNN

     

    The next pair of shoes on this list are part of sports history as they were the shoes Michael Jordan wore in 1985 during the Nike exhibition game where he dunked so hard the glass backboard shattered. The Nike Air Jordan 1 High shoes worn by Jordan were sold by Christie’s in 2020 for $615,000, which at the time was the most ever paid for a pair of sneakers. The shoes were signed by Jordan, adding to their value.

    To honor Jordan’s iconic backboard shattering moment, in 2015, Nike released a limited edition “Shattered Backboard” colorway that was black and orange.

    Did you know?

    The sole of the left shoe of the Nike Air Jordan 1 High shoes worn by Michael Jordan contains a shard of glass from the backboard that Jordan shattered.


  15. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn and Autographed Nikes from 1984
  16. Current Value: $1.47 Million
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Air Ships
    Year Sold: 2021
    Michael Jordan's Game Worn and Autographed Nikes from 1984
    photo source: Sotheby’s Instagram

    As one of the most legendary athletes across any sport, Michael Jordan memorabilia often fetches top dollar, particularly any sneakers that he personally wore. While several pairs of Jordan’s sneakers have been sold for tens of thousands of dollars, a pair of Nikes that he wore during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls shattered all of his previous sneaker records. In October 2021, Sotheby’s auctioned off a pair of Nike Air Ships that Jordan wore during his 5th NBA game on November 1, 1984, for nearly $1.5 million.

    Jordan’s Nike Air Ships were sold in Las Vegas during Sotheby’s “Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury” auction.

    Did you know?

    Michael Jordan’s Game Worn and Autographed Nikes from 1984 were given to the Denver Nuggets ball boy, Tommie Tim III Lewis, after the game. Lewis kept the shoes in excellent condition, which probably helped increase the price paid for them.


  17. Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy’s Prototype
  18. Current Value: $1.8 Million
    Type of Sneaker: Nike Air Yeezy 1
    Year Sold: 2021
    Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy's Prototype
    photo source: Robb Report

    In April 2021, the very first pair of Yeezy sneaker prototypes worn by Kanye West at the 2008 Grammy’s broke a world record when they were sold for $1.8 million in a private sale. The sale was hosted by Sotheby’s and the Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes were purchased by sneaker investing platform, RARES. According to sneakerheads, the shoes are so iconic because they paved the way for Kanye West to launch his Yeezy shoe and clothing line.

    RARES allows users to purchase and trade shares in individual pairs of sneakers and shares for the Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes were opened to the public in June.

    Did you know?

    Following the release of the Nike Air Yeezy 1 in 2009, Kanye West collaborated a few more times with Nike before parting ways with the brand in 2013. West switched his Yeezy partnership over to Adidas.


  19. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans
  20. Current Value: $2 Million
    Type of Sneaker: Air Jordan 10
    Year Sold: 2016
    Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans
    photo source: sneakernews.com

     

    In 2016, rapper Drake revealed that he scored a custom pair of Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans, valued at $2 million, making them the most expensive sneakers ever in the world. The one-of-a-kind shoes were created by mixed media and conceptual artist Matt Senna. While the shoes are not technically wearable because they’re made from solid 24 karat gold, they are an exact replica of the OVO x Air Jordan 10s (which go for over $600 on the resale market).

    Based on the price of gold, the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans are valued at about $2 million, but Drake did not disclose how much he actually paid for the custom shoes. Drake’s Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans were part of a larger collection of Air Jordans replicas, made from various materials like bronze, produced by Matt Senna.

    Did you know?

    According to Drake, the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans weigh over 100 pounds.

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