Cop or drop?

Words Yvonne Jacob


The love for sneakers is widespread around the globe, with an increasing number of passionate sneakerheads and a booming billion-dollar resale industry.

With the year coming to an end, we look back at some of the most expensive sneakers that made collectors shell out big bucks

The love for sneakers is widespread around the globe, with an increasing number of passionate sneakerheads and a booming billion-dollar resale industry. For Gen Z, a good pair of sneakers is a statement in itself. And over the year, we saw big brands release their line of kicks, resulting in an instant hype of owning these products. To end the curiosity, we list out the top 10 most expensive sneakers to find out which pair takes the cake this year.

10. Adidas Futurecraft 4D

Adidas teamed up with Carbon for the Futurecraft 4D that features a sole made of light and oxygen using a process called digital light synthesis. The Black Futurecraft 4D model gained instant hype on its release which was dwarfed by the release of its white counterpart. These shoes were first given to friends and family in 2017 and then hit the retails stores later this year.

Retail price: $300 (₹21,704)

Resale price: $1,226 (₹88,695)





9. Air Jordan III “Seoul”

The Air Jordan III Seoul honours the 30-year anniversary of the summer games hosted by the city and also the moment Michael Jordan won the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. This shoe was released only in Korea. It features colour blocking and embroidery referencing the South Korean flag, as well as the Korean text under the tongue. The shoes came in a very small quantity and the bigger sizes were impossible to find.

Retail price: $200 (₹14,469)

Resale price: $1,309 (₹94700)



8. Balenciaga Triple S “White”

Designed with a worn, distressed look, Balenciaga’s Triple S is crafted of leather, mesh, nubuck, and 3M reflective fabric. Embroidered at the vamp with the pair’s size, these shoes are styled with a durable stacked midsole sporting the iconic Triple S. This oversized multi-material sneaker comes across as bulky but nonetheless, it created a rage everywhere.

Retail price: $795 (₹57,514)

Resale price: $1,358 (₹98,245)



7. Versace Chain Reaction “Red”

Former Yeezy designer Salehe Bembury designed the ‘Chain Reaction’ sneaker that changed the high-fashion sneaker game for Versace. This shoe imitates the strongest elements from the Versace identity. The details on this shoe are characterized by a lightweight rubber sole that is inspired by iconic Versace chain jewellery. Other signature elements include the iconic Greek Key pattern, the ‘Chain Reaction’ logo patch and the lettering ‘love’ in Braille to express the concept that love is blind.

Retail price: $995 (₹71,983)

Resale price: $1,375 (₹99,474)



6. Mr Porter X Balenciaga Triple S

This collaboration with high-end retailer Mr. Porter turned out to be a runaway success for the brands. Available in a variety of sporty colours and sporting the now iconic Triple S sole, this shoe quickly became the most coveted of all Triple S colourways. 

Retail price: $895 (₹64,749)

Resale price: $1,405 (₹1,01,645)



5. Nike Kyrie 3 “Ray Gun”

Originally worn by Kyrie Irving as a player exclusive, this limited edition of “Ray Gun” Kyrie 3 pulls its colour blocking inspiration from a Nike SB release in 2005 that is, to this day, one of the most collectible pairs from that era. Released in January, it is still the most sought-after sneaker of 2018.

Retail price: $120 (₹8,681)

Resale price: $1,469 (₹1,06,274)



4. Versace Chain Reaction “Spotted”

This shoe has similar features to Versace Chain Reaction “Red” when it comes to the rubber sole, Greek Key pattern and the word ‘love’ in Braille. What makes this one different from “Red” is its animal print and contrasting colours.

Retail price: $1,350 (₹97,666)

Resale price: $1,517 (₹1,09,747)



3. Off White X Air Jordan 1

This shoe has become a favourite among rappers and athletes. Following the Chicago Jordan 1 X Off White, the all-white colourway sent sneaker lovers into a frenzy trying to get their hands on this European-exclusive release. It was unveiled during Paris Fashion Week in January and released across selected Nike retailers in March.

Retail price: $190 (₹13,746)

Resale price: $1,752 (₹1,26,748)



2. Y-3 Runner 4D

The ongoing collaborative brand of Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto is called Y-3. Adidas’s Y-3 version of the 4D Runner applied their popular 4D ash green sole to grey Primeknit with an intricate lacing system. Only 200 pairs of this type were made available in February.

Retail price: $535 (₹38,705)

Resale price: $1,870 (₹1,35,285)



1. N*E*R*D x Adidas Pharrell Hu NMD Trail “Homecoming”

Pharrell William and Adidas came together for the second time for this collab,  turning up the hype quotient to 11. Resellers copped the kicks instantly, making it even harder for the crowd to get their hands on them. Pharrell’s popular Hu NMD Trail shoe released only at an event in Pharrell’s hometown, Virginia Beach. The shoes were released at Pusha T’s sneaker store, Creme.

Retail price: $240 (₹17,362)

Resale price: $2,100 (₹1,51,924)




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