The numbers are in, and we can finally take a look at the most expensive and most valuable sneakers of 2016.
The American market for deadstock sneakers has now eclipsed a colossal $1 billion, with the thriving resell community netting millions of dollars a year by flipping rare kicks for profit.
With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the sneakerhead data wizards over at StockX (formerly known as Campless) with illustrations by Dan Freebairn to bring you a detailed breakdown of the most valuable shoes to hit the resell market, as well as those that grossed the most dollars overall.
Here’s the rundown for 2016 with StockX’s data based on the sale of deadstock sneakers on eBay.
YEEZYs and Jordans Dominate
Looking at the total amount of pairs sold, the YEEZY Boost 350 “Beluga” takes that rare number one spot for 2016. Over the course of the year, the very first V2 to officially release from adidas Originals and Kanye West grossed a total of $2,444,153 in sales, as indicated by StockX’s collective data. Including the “Beluga” colorway, we also see the “Grey/Gum” 750 and “Pirate Black” 350 coming in at fourth and ninth respectively.
The rest of the list is Jordan city, with “The Master” and “Wings” versions of the Jordan XII taking bronze and silver, followed by Highsnobiety staff favorites like the “Space Jam” XIs and the “Bred” 1s. Despite how insanely popular the adidas NMD was in 2016, not a single NMD style cracked the top 10.
E.A.R.L. a Winner
As far as individual resale price, Nike’s revolutionary HyperAdapt 1.0 featuring “Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing” took first and second place, being sold between $2,745 and $2,234. Other rarities in the top 10 include a satin version of the Air Jordan 1 “Bred” and a highly limited “Red Apple” version of the adidas NMD_R1, which was released to commemorate the opening of New York City’s new adidas flagship last August.
Obviously the Nike MAG wasn’t available at retail, but its $30,568 resale price tag warranted it an honorable mention. Interestingly, the Jordan XII “Wings” and the adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 750 “Grey/Gum” were the only two sneakers to be included in both lists.
For more data-driven sneaker insights, check out this complete guide to YEEZY resell prices in 2016.
- Illustrations: Dan Freebairn