The hype surrounding the sneaker market is largely based on the restriction of supply, which inadvertently is the reason for the huge secondary market in the industry.
As it gets increasingly more difficult to cop a pair at retail due to the increasing demand, resellers thrive by being able to charge a premium for sneakers that are rare and hard to obtain.
With that, we explored two of the sneaker industry’s top reselling sites, StockX and GOAT, to find out what were the most expensive – and inadvertently, the most valuable – sneakers that were released in 2017 based on resale prices.
On StockX, we sourced the top 10 based on average resale value (at the time of writing), not including PEs and signed editions. GOAT, on the other hand, released its top 10 list of most valuable sneakers for the year during its interview on WWD. Let’s see how the two platforms compare.
1) Jordan 3 Retro DJ Khaled “Grateful’
Average resale price: US$13,250
2) Pharrell x Chanel x adidas NMD Hu Trail
Average resale price: US$10,792
3) adidas NMD HU Pharrell Y.O.U. N.E.R.D.
Average resale price: US$5,188
4) Spike Lee x Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Average resale price: US$2,397
5) Vlone x NikeLab Air Force 1
Average resale price: US$1,789
6) Pharrell x BBC x adidas Human Race NMD
Average resale price: US$1,744
7) Just Don x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange”
Average resale price: US$1,659
8) Air Jordan 1 Retro Satin “Royal”
Average resale price: US$1,585
9) A-COLD-WALL* x NikeLab Air Force 1 High
Average resale price: US$1,561
10) KAWS x Jordan 4 Retro “Cool Grey”
Average resale price: US$1,417
(Unfortunately, GOAT did not disclose the average resale value of the shoes)