The sneaker resell market is nowhere near what it was, say, 3 or 4 years ago, when crowds were clamouring to pay over-the-odds for the latest limited New Balance drop.
But while the market for hyped sneakers isn’t quite as diluted as it once was, a select few ultra-limited drops have attained the levels of exclusivity and desirability to attain some serious value since being launched this year. These are the most valued kicks of 2018 so far, according to sneaker resale website StockX (Prices in AUD).
Adidas Originals x Pharrell Gold “China Edition” NMD Hu
Average resell price: $10,800
A China-only release, these ultra-limited versions of the already much-hyped Pharrell collaboration were reportedly limited to just 300 pairs, reserved for friends and family of Williams and Adidas.
UNDEFEATED x Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Purple”
Average resell price: $8,673
Proving that Kobe still has significant cultural clout in the far east, Undefeated’s redux of Kobe’s original signature sneaker drew immense acclaim, however it was the friends and family “Purple” colourway that was most coveted, having received just one release worldwide — via a raffle at Undefeated’s Hong Kong location.
UNDEFEATED x Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Flight Jacket”
Average resell price: $6,204
Another ultra-exclusive drop, Nike followed up the Purple protro with a slightly wider launch of the military-inspired “Flight Jacket” colourway. As is the way with many Kobe drops, however, it still commands more than a hefty fee at resell.
Parra x Nike Air Max 1 Special Edition
Average resell price: $5,000
Piet Parra’s multi-coloured Air Max 1 drop was one of the most well-received releases of the year, with resell prices of the QS model still cracking four figures depending on where you look. However, it was the special edition, swooshless release, confined to Berlin’s Solebox, that has become one of 2018’s true grails.
Nike Air Jordan 3 “Quai 54” White
Average resell price: $3,800
Slap “Quai 54” on the end of just about any Jordan release and its resell value will go way up, but the white friends & family only edition of this year’s Air Jordan 3 ‘Quai 54’ has become especially highly-regarded. Most recently, it’s been seen on the feet of noted friend of the brand, Justin Timberlake. Prices are only going up, too.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D “Onyx”
Average resell price: $3,584
Adidas’s ultra-futuristic 4D range has become the most clamoured-over performance range of the year, but it’s the Friends and Family “Onyx” colourway of the collection’s defining silhouette, the Futurecraft, that’s become the most exclusive. Resell prices of these things topped out at over $5,000 USD upon release, but they’ve since cooled a little.
PSG x Nike Air Jordan 5 “Friends & Family”
Average resell price: $2,974
By far the most limited item to drop in Jordan Brand’s well-received collab with Paris Saint Germain, this whited-out edition of the Air Jordan 5 was limited to friends and family of the Jordan Brand and PSG’s playing staff.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D “Invincible Prism”
Average resell price: $2,775
The second entry for Adidas’ Futurecraft 4D, the slightly lighter “Invincible Prism” colourway saw a wider release, but has been easily the most venerated 4D model that Adidas have put out publically so far.