One of the many perks that comes with being a celebrity is being able to afford pretty much anything you want. Over the last few years, with sneakers hitting the mainstream, it’s become somewhat of a “thing” for the rich and famous to be seen wearing the latest hyped collaboration or flexing their jaw-dropping collections on Instagram.
Still, there is an art to discerning what to cop and what to drop. The ability to buy expensive sneakers does not equate to having good taste. Nevertheless, there are some celebrity sneakerheads that stand out from the rest. Some, like DJ Khaled or Mark Wahlberg, have official ties to brands, while others (Lil Yachty and John Mayer come to mind), just love sneakers.
Below we’ve rounded up ten of the biggest sneakerheads. Note that we’re not dubbing these the most dedicated nor the best of all time, but each of these celebrities has an impressive arsenal we’d happily trade with any day of the week.
DJ Khaled is rumored to have approximately 10,000 pairs of sneakers, however, he’s currently not expanding his own collection, instead focusing on building the biggest sneaker collection in the world for his son, Asahd. In addition to his impressive collection, Khaled has officially collaborated with Jordan Brand — a sneakerhead’s dream — putting his own spin on the Air Jordan 3.
John Mayer's style has evolved considerably over the years, but one thing remains the same: his affinity for quality footwear. Whether he's rocking a fresh pair of visvim boots, or the latest from his pal Jerry Lorenzo, the singer-songwriter always keeps his feet laced with some heat.
Kylie Jenner's assortment of rare sneakers has been well documented by Highsnobiety. Previously signed to adidas, Jenner swapped the Three Stripes for a grail-worthy collection of Nike SB Dunks after her deal expired. Sneakers such as the Nike SB “What The” Dunks, MF DOOM x Nike SB Dunk High, and Colette x Air Jordan 1s, are just a few of the sneakers she’s been rocking recently. We already know she has a reliable Nike SB plug, but it doesn't hurt when your baby daddy (Travis Scott, for those of you living under a rock) has a deal with Nike, too.
Lil Yachty is another celebrity known for his rare and expensive sneakers. His collection includes everything from never-before-seen promo kicks from Seinfeld and Scrubs, to Kanye's “College Dropout” Bapestas and 1980s bootleg Air Force 1s that he paid $1,000 to secure. Yachty recently showed off his sneaker closet to Complex, underlining his status as one of the biggest celebrity sneakerheads.
Not many celebrities, let alone people, can claim that their sneaker collection is valued at over $100,000 — Mark Wahlberg can, though. The movie star has also collaborated with Jordan Brand on a pair of Air Jordan 4s for his burger chain, Wahlburgers (see the photo above).
Teyana Taylor tends to keep it comfy with her 'fits, more times than not opting for a pair of fire sneakers as a complementary piece. She has also worked with adidas and Reebok on the launch of their sneakers, all while staying laced with the latest must-cops, no matter the brand.
Flea sometimes flies under the radar when it comes to famous sneakerheads, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist stays on point. His style is over-the-top, with shoes to match. Flea can often be seen wearing colorful and outlandish designs, such as Jeremy Scott’s adidas Wings and his wife Melody Ehsani’s Air Jordan 1s.
When you're a superstar entertainer like Justin Timberlake, you sometimes find yourself blessed with sneakers the rest of the world is unable to get ahold of — like a pair of unreleased Jordans worth $15,000. JT has a strong relationship with Jordan Brand and recently revealed he was in talks to create his own sneaker, after previously collaborating on the Air Jordan 3. While that has yet to come to fruition, Timberlake virtually always takes the stage with something noteworthy on his feet.
You may not be aware of Jason Sudeikis' love for sneakers unless you regularly scour paparazzi photos or have seen the actor sitting courtside at an NBA game. Sudeikis also occasionally pairs sneakers with a suit on the red carpet, which garners a fair amount of attention from fashion purists. He has long been a fan of Jordans in particular, stating that Air Jordan 1s and 3s are his two favorite sneakers ever.
Missy Elliott is an OG in the sneaker game. An admitted collector of retros, her lineup is so expansive that she doesn't just have a room dedicated to kicks, but instead an entire warehouse. Recently, she's fallen in love with the Versace Chain Reaction, which she says she has every color.
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