Sneaker fever hasn’t just gripped the world, it’s gripping the economy, too. 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, 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 2017 Q2 (that’s April 1 to June 30) – with data based on sale activity on StockX.
Jumpman Takes the Podium
As much buzz as there is around adidas sneakers like the NMD, and of course YEEZYs, for Q2 we see Nike silhouettes securing the top five spots, with Jordans in the top three. While adidas seems to be creating the most noise, people have clearly been paying more for Nike shoes on the resell market in Q2 of this year.
Key Jordan collaborators like Spike Lee and "Just" Don Crawley are ensuring eyeballs stay on the brand, while ultra-limited satin executions of the Jordan 1 remain highly coveted also. Rounding out the list, we also see the NikeCraft x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe 2.0, in addition to adidas collaborations alongside retailers like Kith and Sneakersnstuff.
The "Cream White" YEEZY 350 V2 accounted for a whopping 53% of dollars spent among the ten most-sold sneakers on StockX in Q2, and 35% of total transactions on StockX in Q2. The numbers here would indicate first that YEEZYs are simply not as limited as many sneakerheads would like to think, and that many people are acquiring YEEZYs with the intention of selling them, not wearing them.
Further down the list we see the in-line "Royal" and "Wings" Air Jordan 1s, as well as another YEEZY shoe, the "Calabasas" Powerphase. While the red and gold Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo landed in fifth and sixth spot, the black version actually ended up much further down the list at 15.
More Boost options finish off the list, including more retailer collaborations with Haven and Overkill, in addition to the eco-friendly Parley for the Oceans drop, and finally the "Metallic Gold" Air Max 97s.
For even more data-driven insights, check out the 10 most expensive sneakers of 2017 Q1.