The Most Expensive Sneakers of 2019
In 2019, cash was splashed, expensive kicks were the norm, and it seemed like every single week a joint dropped with a resale value that would make a non-sneakerhead’s jaw drop. A couple of hundred above retail is the premium that us shoe enthusiasts expect to pay when dealing with the infamous aftermarket, but what about upwards of a rack? Those rare once-in-a-lifetime goodies, F&F exclusives, and obscure drops that fetch big bucks. Some cost almost as much as a small car.
Sussing the Internet, using StockX and other resale platforms, we found nine Grail-worthy, absolutely insanely expensive sneakers from the past year.
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 ‘MCA’
Average Resale Value: $1924
There was no way that Virgil wasn’t making it onto this list, especially after the amount of heat that he’s been pushing. The blue take on his Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 – dubbed the ‘MCA’ – that released exclusively at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago comfortably tipped over into a four-figure sum!
Air Jordan 1 ‘Charlotte Hornets Foundation’ White
Average Resale Value: $1935
With only 300 pairs made, and designed by Jordan himself, it would have been very surprising if these didn’t make the list. Sold via a mix of raffles and auctions, all proceeds went straight to the Charlotte Hornets Foundation.
Air Jordan 1 ‘Charlotte Hornets Foundation’ Black
Average Resale Value: $2635
They also came in a slick black make-up that, based on resale price, was even better than the clean white colourway.
Parra x Nike SB Dunk Low F&F
Average Resale Value: $2886
We get why Friends and Family pairs are so expensive, and the ‘Midnight Turquoise’ alternate version to Piet Parra’s white drop was no exception.
Girls Don’t Cry x Nike SB Dunk Low F&F
Average Resale Value: $3420
It's rumoured that there are only 100 pairs of these guys in existence, so they're as rare as they come which only means one thing: $$$
G-Dragon x Nike Air Force 1 (Korean Exclusive)
Average Resale Value: $3293
The Korean-exclusive version of the G-Dragon x Nike Air Force 1 sure was a hit, featuring a striking red Swoosh, and specialised hang-tags.
MSCHF x INRI x Nike Air Max 97
Average Resale Value: $1749
MSCHF and INRI (Iesus Nazaraeus Rex Iudaeorum) linked up, giving the Nike Air Max 97 a religious awakening. Literally blessing the AM97 with holy water in the Air unit, these would be priceless to some but, in the sneakersphere, there's always a price. In this case, it's $1749.
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Average Resale Value: $1826
Here’s one for the runners with fat wallets: the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite. Debuting Nike’s latest innovation – Flyprint – they retailed for a whopping $700 at the Chicago Marathon.
Trophy Room x Air Jordan 5 F&F
Average Resale Value: $5204
With only 223 pairs ever made, drawing inspiration from the trophy room inside the Jordan family home, and not actually dropping at retail, we can fully understand why these have been selling for over $5000.