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 Q3 (that’s July 1 to September 30) – with data based on sale activity on StockX.
The most valuable sneaker of Q3 was Virgil Abloh's Nike Air Jordan 1, which was in high demand due to limited availability before the actual retail release. Coming in at second is the ultra-luxe, made-in-Japan NMD from Hender Scheme and adidas. Third, another design from Virgil Abloh and Nike, the collaborative Presto, which like the Jordan 1, was highly sought after after early pairs made the rounds on Instagram. In fact, sneakers from Virgil Abloh & Nike's "The Ten" collection also snagged fourth, seventh and ninth spots on the list, testifying to the notion that this partnership was one of the biggest headline grabbers of the year, not just Q3.
Elsewhere on the list, we find two colorways of the auto-lacing Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which actually should be seeing a follow-up sooner rather than later, in the form of a HyperAdapt 2.0.
Dressed in All Black...
As far as market share, the Japanese-themed NMD R1 from adidas accounted for 29% of the top 10 sneakers sold in Q3. Given that previous triple-black NMDs have caused pandemonium among sneakerheads and resellers, it's not so surprising to see that the sneaker represents a quarter of StockX sales during this period. In second we see the definition of a modern classic, the white-and-black Flyknit Trainer re-issue. While third place is occupied by the Undefeated-edition Air Max 97, a hyped collaborative version of the 97, which is a silhouette that has generally been very popular in 2017. Rounding out the monochromatic theme of the top four kicks, we see an all-white NMD just missing the podium.