Shoes maketh the man. Wouldn't you agree? No matter how fashionable and modish your outfit, how deep your wallet, if you don't get your footwear right, you haven't got anything right. Whether you are a style icon or only take up a fashion trend years past its expiry date, you can't not know that today it's sneakers all the way.
Gone are the days when sneakers were the go-to style of only sportspersons or a street-style flex. You can't have missed that the biggest and the best designer brands now have sneakers in their collections. This has given a boost to the ever-growing seconds market in South Africa. According to Business Insider, “The resale market is also growing - it’s estimated to be worth at least one trillion rands (approximately Rs 48,000 crore). This revenue is driven largely by big brands like Adidas and Nike and their six-figure celebrity endorsements.” To belabour a point, this is the approximate value of merely the second-hand market in this space. From dad sneakers and high-tops to slip-ons and bright retro throwbacks, the range of sneakers out there is overwhelming, and sneaker-collecting has become a common pastime.
Love sneakers? You're going to love this list of the 5 most expensive sneakers ever made. This list has been compiled from sources around the web, such as List25, wealthy gorilla and Fashion Beans.
1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 Million (approximately Rs 13.92 crore)
24-carat gold sneakers! Ever heard of that? Created by American artist Matthew Senna, these are the most expensive pair of kicks ever designed. Singer Drake collaborated with Nike to make Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordan. Each shoe weighs 50lbs!
2. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000 (approximately Rs 92 lakh)
The Buscemi 100 MM Diamond as the name suggests are loaded with 11.3 carats of diamonds and set in 18-carat gold. If you are looking for a pair of white sneakers and have money to spare, these can be yours!
3. Air Jordan III OG –$4,500 (approximately Rs 3.13 lakh)
Air Jordan III OG have made it to our list because Michael Jordan wore them when slam dunking Dominique Wilkins. AND because they are among the most expensive pair of kicks.
4. Nike Foamposite One Sole Collector – $6,000 (approximately Rs 4.18 lakh)
Developed in 1997, the unique Nike Foamposite One Sole Collectors are unique and striking in design and colour making them hugely popular and fueling sales.
5. Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon – $6,250 (approximately Rs 4.35 lakh)
The Nike Dunk created a riot due to limited supply when they hit the market back in 2005.