Sure, some people are perfectly content with buying a regular $100 pair of sneakers and wearing it for a year or more, but true sneakerheads are always ready to dish out incredible sums of money of their favorite pairs, especially if they were created in limited numbers. Whether we’re talking about brands such as Nike, adidas or Jimmy Choo, they each boast at least one pair of ridiculously expensive kicks, and you’re about to find out exactly how expensive they are. We put together a top 10 regarding the priciest and most exclusive sneakers ever made, starting off with a moderately expensive pair of Air Jordans and ending with a surprisingly colorful model.
Air Jordan 2 Eminem 313
At number 10 we have the Air Jordan 2, the Eminem Way I am 313 Limited Edition sneakers, which also happen to be some of the most exclusive kicks on our list. That’s because this particular model sold out completely in just 5 minutes after it was launched officially, and it’s definitely not hard to understand why once you have a look at its eye-catching retro-design based on shades of gray, black and red. These very special Air Jordan 2 shoes cost $1,000, which is relatively affordable considering their rarity. A bigger problem would be finding a pair that actually fits.
Balmain High Top & Double Strap
Silver shoes are definitely trendy right now, and while there are plenty of shiny kicks out there to choose from, nothing even comes close to these high-tongued Balmain sneakers. Featuring rubber soles and a leather upper, this model goes high on the ankles and is strapped down tightly by Velcro-ed silver straps. Curious about the price? “Just” $1,475.
Nike Air Foamposite
What kind of list would this be without a pair of Nike Air Foamposites? Priced at $1,500 per pair, these are some of the most comfortable and uniquely designed Nike shoes in existence. The comfort comes from Nike’s outstanding Foamposite tech, which consists of a synthetically molded upper. Practicality aside, if you want to stand out in a crowd, then you can never go wrong with the Nike Air Foamposite.
Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Flat
Christian Louboutin doesn’t just design elegant high-heeled shoes, you know! These incredibly chic and eye-catching Rantus Orlato Flats are proof of this, but just in case you’re thinking about buying a pair, you should know that that bright red upper is actually real python skin. As long as you don’t have a problem with wearing real snakeskin and you have $1,695 lying around, you should probably go for it.
Jimmy Choo Belgravia High Tops & Star Studded
We’re getting close to the really expensive sneakers on our list, and the first one to break the $2,000 barrier is this superb model by Jimmy Choo. Priced at $2,350, this shoe features a suede, leather and canvas upper body that was adorned with gorgeous metallic stars. Created by experts in Italy, these Jimmy Choo Belgravia High Tops are very comfortable to wear and just as amazing to look at.
Nike ParaNorman Foamposite
Nike’s making a comeback in our top 10 with the ParaNorman Foamposite – a $3,000 shoe that might seem a bit odd at a glance. Once you get used to it, though, you realize that it features unique details such as a glow in the dark sole, smoke graphics and themed pull tabs. Since it was limited to just 800 pairs, this sneaker is as exclusive as it is pricey.
Nike Dunk Low Pro SB “Paris”
Just 202 pairs of the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB ‘Paris’ sneakers were ever made, which means that you’ll have a very hard time finding a pair. Then there’s the $3,500 price tag that is somewhat scary to think about, but if you’re still determined to get your hands on these beauties, you’ll definitely enjoy their original artwork, which was created by a French painter named Bernard Buffet.
Rick Owens “GeoBasket”
What kind of name is GeoBasket anyway? Apparently, it’s a fitting name for the third most expensive sneakers in the world, and it kind of makes sense as they were created by Rick Owens, after all. Rick Owens products are quite popular among the likes of Rihanna and Madonna, but while they might not even flinch at the thought of spending $5,152 on a pair of shoes, most ordinary people wouldn’t even consider it. The Rick Owens GeoBasket flaunts a brown iguana skin upper and is a part of a limited edition, which definitely has something to do with its overall price tag.
Nike Air Mag
By far the most futuristic sneaker on our list is the Nike Air Mag, which was initially released in 2011 as the “sneaker of the future.” Priced at $6,000, the shoe boasts a very tall top and supports incredible features such as self-tightening laces and lights in the heels. If a pair of shoes that tighten their own laces isn’t worth $6,000, then we don’t know what is.
Nike SB Flom Dunk High
Finally, we arrive at the absolute most expensive sneakers on our list, and surely it comes as no surprise that they flaunt the Nike Swoosh. This model is only available at select retailers, and it impresses with a relatively simple black and white upper complemented by red and gold touches. The side panel, toe area and collar features an interesting pattern that looks quite similar to Gucci’s pattern, but it is actually the SB branding that warrants the overwhelming $7,500 asking price.