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The Most Expensive Sneakers in the World [$8 MILLION]

By February 24, 2024Food for thought, Sneaker News

AIO Bot - Most Expensive Sneakers in the WorldWhat’s the most you’d pay for a pair of sneakers? Put differently, how expensive do you think sneakers can get? Maybe several grands TOPS? Well, you’re in for a surprise when you know that the most expensive sneakers in the world are worth way more than that! And when we say ‘more,’ we mean that their resale reaches all the way to over a MILLION… or even a couple million dollars! So, read through for a list of the 10 most expensive kicks sold at auctions.

The Most Expensive Sneakers in the WORLD!

So, we’re not here to talk about the most expensive sneakers this year. Not even from the past 5 years, 10 years, or even 20 years! We’re here to talk about the most expensive sneakers in the entire sneaker industry to date!

These are the kicks that really tipped the scales for the resale market as a whole. Feeding the giant beast’s insatiable appetite for hyped sneakers! Are you burning with curiosity yet? We know we are!

#1 The Dynasty Collection 

8 MILLION Dollars

Most Expensive Sneakers - AIO BotEach and every Michael Jordan sneaker worn on court is an iconic piece of sneaker history. But, MJ’s championship sneakers are a world on their own. And these game-worn sneakers are actually a collection called the ‘Dynasty Collection.’ Which consists of 6 sneakers: Air Jordan 6, Air Jordan 7, Air Jordan 8, Air Jordan 11, Air Jordan 12 and Air Jordan 14. 

A couple of days into February 2024, auction house, Sotheby’s, auctioned off the Dynasty collection, which reached a final bid of 8 MILLION dollars! This collection currently holds the title of the most expensive sneaker collection in the world!  

#2 Air Jordan 13 

2.2 MILLION Dollars

Most Expensive Shoes AJ13 - AIO BotIf the Dynasty Collection is the most expensive sneaker collection out there, then what is the most expensive individual sneaker at the moment? Well, that would be the game-worn Air Jordan 13 Bred. It was auctioned off by Sotheby’s for a mind-blowing 2.2 MILLION U.S. Dollars in 2023. 

These 13s are the kicks Michael Jordan laced up during Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals. They’re also the kicks MJ gifted to former Utah Jazz ball boy, who years after selling them for an auction house for $215,000, sued them.

#3 Nike Air Yeezy I Prototype

1.8 MILLION Dollars

Nike Air Yeezy 1 - AIO BotBefore Kanye joined the Three Stripes, he worked alongside the Swoosh! Together they created one of the most expensive sneakers in the world! The Nike Air Yeezy I “Prototype”! At some point, this Nike Air Yeezy was THE most expensive sneaker in the world as it was auctioned off for 1.8 MILLION U.S. dollars!

In April 2021, auction house Sotheby’s sold Kanye West’s sneakers for 1.8 MILLION U.S. dollars. It’s one of the rarest sneakers ever released and was first spotted during Ye’s Grammy performance in 2008.

#4 Game-Worn Nike Air Ships

1.47 MILLION Dollars 

Nike Air Ships - AIO BotSo, Nike doesn’t seem to wanna give up the title of having the most expensive sneakers in the world! Fourth up on this list is none other than a Swoosh too: the Game-Worn Nike Air Ships of 1984! 

Back in 2021, Sotheby’s auctioned off these musty kicks for 1.47 MILLION U.S. dollars to a sports trading card collector, Nick Fiorella. These kicks were first worn by Michael Jordan during his fifth NBA game with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. 

#5 Game-Worn Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

1.38 MILLION Dollars

Game-Worn Air Jordan 12 - AIO BotNext up! We’re looking at the sneakers that MJ wore during one of the most monumental moments in basketball history. The AJ12s Flu Game is one of the most expensive sneakers with a resale of 1.38 MILLION U.S. dollars!

MJ wore it to Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against Utah Jazz in a complete flu-frenzy! He had bad pizza the night before and probably had food poisoning. But, even on his bad days, Jordan still managed to win the game with 38 points! Former ball boy, Preston Truman, sold these kicks via an online auction in 2013!

#6 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1 With Dunk Sole

675,000 THOUSAND Dollars

Most Expensive Sneakers - AIO Bot At this point, we can’t even feign the surprise that this is another Nike. they’ve got the list of the most expensive sneakers in the bag! This Game-Worn Air Jordan 1 With Dunk Sole auctioned off for a whopping 675,000 THOUSAND dollars.

Still recovering from a broken foot, MJ wore the Air Jordan 1 during the 1985-1986 season. So, to avoid damaging his healing bones, the outsole of this Jordan was swapped for a Dunk sole, which is softer and wider. What’s also interesting about this pair is that has an uneven number of eyelets. 

#7 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard

615 THOUSAND Dollars

Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard - AIO BotNext! Another one of the most expensive sneakers in the world is the game-worn 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1 Chicago. This is the Jordan that MJ wore during the pre-season game in Italy where he famously shattered a backboard! The backboard was obviously not ready to take one of his signature high-flying DUNKS! 

The pair auctioned off with a piece of glass stuck in the soles of the left shoe! It sold for 615 THOUSAND U.S. dollars!

#8 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1

615 THOUSAND Dollars

Game-Worn Air Jordan 1Ranking 8th on the most expensive sneakers list, is another game-worn Air Jordan 1. Surprisingly enough, this Jordan auctioned for the same price as the previous Chicago Jordan 1 mentioned above. However, these kicks were first seen during the Chicago Bulls’ first NBA Championship in 1991. 

A fun fact about this pair, Michael Jordan signed it with a blue Sharpie, while on camera, mere hours before winning the championship. And so, in 2020, this pair sold for 615,000 THOUSAND U.S. dollars at an online auction, setting a new auction record back then. 

#9 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1

560 THOUSAND Dollars

Most Expensive Sneakers - AIO BotMoving on! In ninth place for the most expensive sneakers in the world is the Air Jordan 1 Chicago – game-worn and signed! It is a 1985 autographed Jordan that Sotheby auctioned for 560 THOUSAND U.S. dollars in May of 2020!

The Jordan was a Player Sample and custom-made for MJ’s Jordan size in 13 and 13.5. These are some of the most valuable kicks in Jordan history.

#10 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1 From Rookie Season

486 THOUSAND Dollars

Game-worn Air Jordan 1 - AIO BotFinally, the last but definitely not the least of the most expensive sneakers – the Air Jordan 1 From Rookie Season. Now, those are a lot of Jordan 1s making it to the list of the most expensive SNEAKERS sold at an auction. But what can we say, Air Jordan 1s do have one of the richest histories among all sneakers, after all. 

They were sold at Goldin Auctions for 486 THOUSAND U.S. dollars – autographed, of course!

In conclusion, the odds are we won’t ever get our hands on these most expensive sneakers anytime soon. But, we’ll still settle for sneakers reselling for like $20 bucks over retail! We can live with that! Granted, we might not make 10 GRANDS per release. BUT, copping in bulk might help get closer! So, click on the button below to find out how!