Air Jordans are some of the most expensive sneakers in the entire world. As an occasional sneakerhead myself, I enjoy purchasing and selling these unique shoes. The truth is, people die over Jordans, which is the sad part of this article. As millions of people wait in line for hours upon hours, the conditions can be rough.
Most of my favorite Js aren't necessarily the most expensive. Certainly very nice and cool ones are pricey, but likeness doesn't define expensive. The sneaker scene became prominent in the 1990s. Before Air Jordans were "the thing", there were Adidas, Converse, Reebok and other brands of sneakers. Of course these brands were still around, but after Jordans came out, they were not as cool. Jordans aren't just sneakers anymore, but more of a fashion symbol, sometimes put on the same level as jewlery; see the lyrics here by rapper Nas:
"I drop jewels, wear jewels, hope to never run it/with more kicks than a baby in her mother's stomach."
Jordans are expensive too, it's undeniable. With prices up to $160 for retail, many are priced out of the market, but many sneakerheads find ways to buy these shoes. They try to not spend as much, and get money back by selling older sneakers and continuing this process until they have a steady flow.
This list is compiled of the priciest Jordans in resale value. Usually all Js retail at the same amount, so that wouldn't make sense for a list. These shoes are rare, expensive, and also stunning. The sneakers aren't good looking in all cases though. The materials in the sneakers may make it more pricey, or the rapper who wore them first.
Here is our list of the top 15 most expensive Jordan sneakers. This includes Limited, and Player editions. As always let us know which pair of Jordans were your favorite in the comments below.
15 Doernbecher V (2013) - $975
14 I Bred Banned - $1,000
Released in 2011, many sneakerheads swear by this pair. Hovering at an estimated $1,000 resale value, few were lucky enough to snag a retail pair. Although they came out with a $110 retail value, they skyrocketed up, mostly because of sentimental value of this re-release, and the nice appearance of the shoes.
13 VI Doernbecher (2009) - $1,050
12 VI/XI Defining Moments Pack - $1,050
11 V Premio "BIN 23" - $1,050
10 XX3 Titanium - $1,100
9 XIII Premio "BIN 23" - $1,200
8 The "Quentin Richardson" 8 - $1,600
7 Premio "BIN 23" IX - $1,600
6 V "Tokyo23 " - $1,750
5 II Eminems - $2,400
Eminem designed these bad boys with Nike, and they are worth around $2,400. In 2008, Slim Shady and Nike collaborated for these eccentric sneakers. I don't like the IIs a whole lot, but obviously these are cool for sentimental value.
4 I High Strap "Just Don BHM" - $2,500
3 IV "UNDFTD" - $4,000
2 VIII Sugar Ray - $4,850
1 XI Silver Anniversary Jumpman - $8,000
These All- White holy grails are a sneakerhead's dream shoe. Clocking in at a resale value of nearly $8,000, be prepared to not pay your life insurance. These were released separately from the original shoe, because they included the "jumpman". Only 25 lucky people got their hands on these, and haven't looked back since.
One recently sold for $7,500 on ebay! Nearly 20 of the pairs have not been sold on the internet, as noted by google. But a couple have been auctioned for crazy prices.
Either way, these are the most expensive Jordans ever.
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