The List of The Hardest to Find Rare Sneakers
There is a saying that luxury is not expensive, it’s the time put in that makes it expensive. The time it requires to transcend from a common item to a luxurious item. Sneakers have quickly become a luxury item and with layers of expensive, to very expensive, to mindbogglingly high prices, rarity is a big ticket issue. Here are the top 5 hardest to find rare sneakers.
Nike Air Yeezy ‘Tan’
Back in 2009, buying apparel with Kanye West’s name on it wasn’t the no brainer it is today. If you weren’t one of the earlier disciples of Yeezus then it’s unlikely you even thought about copping. Even if you did, there was some serious competition amongst sneakerheads and Yeezy fans to cop a pair. Out of three colorways, the Tan was by far the favorite.
Nike Air Max LeBron 7 DunkMan
In all honesty the black and lime green of the DunkMan hasn’t aged well. For most other sneakers that would make it immediately undesirable. Given that it’s one of the most limited edition Lebron releases, it stands up with some very rare sneakers. Even if it was only sought after for the rarity, the DunkMan would still make the list.
Air Jordan Retro III ‘True Blue’
The True Blue went pretty quickly when they first dropped and, unlike a lot of other kicks, they didn’t make it back into the resale market. This was in large part due to the popularity the kicks saw with Kanye and many others rocking them.
Undefeated x Nike Dunk HI
The Undefeated Dunks are one of very few survivors from the hyper colorful sneaker era. There’s a million pairs that we’ve turned our backs on and would like to forget but the UNDFTD has managed to remain one of the most sought after pairs of kicks around.
Nike Dunk Hi Supreme Spark Le East
The Gucci inspired colorway made the Spark le East a sought after pair of kicks when it first released in 2009. It was ahead of its time in a lot of ways, being one of the few sneaker designs that seemed to predict the meshing of high fashion and streetwear that would become the standard now. They aren’t the most expensive on the list, you can cop them for around $200 online but they’ve held their value for about eight years now which puts them ahead of more recent, less classic rare sneakers.
Air Jordan V Retro Quai 54
The Quai 54 never saw a US release. The release it did see in Europe was heavily limited. If you do manage to track them down they aren’t the most expensive shoes on the market. Running up to $700, they aren’t the cheapest resale kicks you’ll find either.
Balmain High Top & Double Strap
Can you even call it a sneaker when it’s this much of a high top and looks like a Will.I.Am fever dream?
Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Carhartt X Eminem’
Eminem’s few moves in the sneaker market have turned out some of the most highly sought after kicks around. His Air Jordan 2 release would have been an easy addition to the list with only 313 pairs available. This release, however, beats it by a large margin. With only ten pairs of kicks released, they are some of the rarest sneakers in the game. Running up price tags online up to $30,000, they’re some of the most expensive too.
Air Jordan XI ‘Blackout’
The Blackout didn’t see a wide scale release and whatever the reason for this behind the scenes, it’s made them almost mythical. A few years back, a pair of Blackouts sold on ebay for almost $12,000. What they would go for now, it’s hard to say because you can’t exactly find them for sale online. That’s how rare they are, they don’t often show up for resale. When they do they get picked up by sneakerheads who have an in with resellers before the public even hears about it.
Air Jordan 7 ‘Miro’
Only seeing release in Spain to celebrate the Olympics, the Miro never officially made it to the bigger sneaker havens. With a Fresh Prince level of color design, it’s one of the flashiest rare sneakers around. Colors based on Olympic competing country flags means its not a colorway that’s likely to be repeated, even if you don’t fuck with the design, respect the exclusivity.