It’s official: the world is mad for trainers. With Forbes recently announcing the resale market to be worth over $1 billion, it is now common to hear of sneakerheads waiting outside footwear shops in their hundreds to cop the latest popular releases. From Kanye’s Yeezy boost and the array of adidas NMD’s to our continued obsession with Nike’s Michael Jordans, footwear fans are now more willing than ever to exchange large sums of cash to get their hands on the most sought-after sneakers. StockX has consolidated data from the last quarter (1st April-30th June) to provide an intriguing insight into the resale industry and reveal the most expensive trainers for Q2 of 2016.
Note: The list is provided in ascending order from lowest to highest average resale price.
Nike Air Jordan XII “Wings”
Released on 2nd April, the “Wings” edition of the Nike Air Jordan 12 silhouette features a black/white/gold colourway and a treatment that reveals black/gold winged detailing as the material of the upper naturally wears away. On the resale market, buyers can expect to pay an average of $890 for a pair today—quite a hike on the trainers’ $225 original release price.
Reebok Alien Stomper High
Originally worn by Sigourney Weaver (Allen Ripley) in James Cameron’s 1986 blockbuster Aliens, Reebok re-released the iconic high-top trainers to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. Initially released at an RRP of $175, the limited release trainers will now set you back on average $900 per pair.
Asics Gel-Lyte III Ronnie Fieg Green
10 years ago this year, Ronnie Fieg collaborated with Asics to produce a sneaker that would leave a lasting legacy for both its collaborators. The Asics Gel-Lyte III has gone on to become one of Asics’ most popular silhouettes, and this year Ronnie Fieg once again joined forces with the brand to release a new edition of the trainer for limited release. Available in two colourways, the green version of the trainers will now cost you on average $1,067.
Nike Air Jordan XX3 Trophy Room White
When Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus, opened up a boutique at Orlando’s Disney Springs, he marked the occasion by collaborating with Nike to design a new, limited edition of the iconic Air Jordan XX3. With a white and gold colourway, the trainers include exclusive “MJ” patterning to the upper plus the numbers of both Marcus’s and his father’s famous jerseys marked on the inner tongues. Originally sold at an RRP of $275, the Nike Air Jordan XX3 Trophy Room white trainers are now worth over quadruple their original price at $1,236.
adidas Yeezy 750 boost ‘Glow’
Released just over a month ago (11 June), Kanye West’s latest addition to his Yeezy adidas line has rapidly joined the ranks of its predecessors to become the most sought-after, and most expensive, trainer on today’s market. 2016’s most expensive trainers feature glow-in-the-dark soles, but we’re guessing it isn’t this added extra that is influencing buyers to pay on average $1,471 for a pair of the Yeezy 750 boosts.
Be sure to check out the data from Q1.
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Price data courtesy of StockX.