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Sneakerheads: Warm up your wallets for the most expensive Air Jordans

We all love the classic basketball staple item that comes in an array of colors, styles, and shapes, but which Air Jordans are the most expensive?

Expensive Air Jordans

Air Jordans are the most beloved sneakers in the world that go by many names, but we all know why the value of the shoes can reach up to a couple of thousands of dollars, if not millions. The iconic shoe created by Nike in collaboration with basketball’s historically best athlete of all time, Michael Jordan himself is definitely a collector’s item if you buy a rare pair. It takes a small fortune to be able to own one of the rarest pieces on this list. Here we have gathered the most expensive Jordans ever created or sold.

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12. Dior X Air Jordan 1 High OG: $3000

One of the most highly anticipated launches, The Dior x Air Jordan 1 High sneakers is the first collaboration between the luxury powerhouse and sneaker giant. The retail price when the shoe initially dropped varied from around 2200 dollars to 3000 dollars. The expensive pair might be more affordable than any of the other items we listed, but the reselling value of this pair can reach a whopping 27000 dollars.  Crafted from wolf grey and sail white leather, these Air Jordan 1 High sneakers take on the iconic high-top silhouette with a grey Dior monogram swoosh logo. The perfect balance between classic and high style. 

11. Air Jordan 1s: $6.500

From just a quick glance I’m sure you can figure that what you are looking at, is a pair of expensive shoes. That is correct, these Jordans are covered with over 15 000 gold crystals. The shoes are created by Daniel Jacobs who redesigned a pair of Jordans in 1985, by adding some extra luxury metal.

10. Air Jordan V Original: $6.500

Not quite as expensive as you would think, considering there is not a gram of expensive metal on this shoe, well that would be a very incorrect thought, as this pair of Jordans are actually almost twice as expensive as the 15 000 Gold Crystal One. These pair of shoes ought to be respected by ANY Jordan fans, as what you are currently looking at, is the father, the original, the big papa,- of the Jordan V-line, which holds over 100 different variations. Michael Jordan, the fighter he is, designed these shoes, from what he recalls, by the thoughts of WWII.

9. Air Jordan 10 OVO: $20.000

Black, mean, and a dangerous pair of shoes, whoever wears these are said to be given the strength of a Panther. These Jordans are an extremely rare edition that was created for the purpose of a gift to rapper Drake himself. It was carefully designed to better bond and strengthen Jordan’s business with that of Drake’s – no wonder why these shoes are of such good quality and composition. Somehow, a fan ended up with these Jordans himself and decided to immediately put them up for sale on eBay. They quickly sold for $20.000, making them one of the most expensive Jordans in the world.

8. Air Jordan 11:  $21,800

Coming up next is the Air Jordan 11, one of the most popular pairs of sneakers amongst basketball fans. The reasons are that the shoes are carefully designed both to be steady and light and at the same time give support for speed and high jumps when playing basketball. Michael Jordan has himself stated that this pair is one of his favorites and wore them during an NBA championship. That probably explains the expensive price tag…

7. Jordan Edition One Autographed: $25.000

There are not many Jordans of the original first edition and the price for a regular pair of these shoes will cost you around 1000 dollars, but a signatured one will cost you FAR MORE. If you are willing to get your hands on a pair of Jordans autographed by Michael Jordan himself, in a combination with a limited edition, you have two options: 1. Save this collector’s piece in your treasure trove, or 2. Pay a whopping $25.000!

6. Air Jordan 2 OG ‘Chicago’:  $31.000

These pair of Jordans probably have the most mysterious history of them all and many conspiracy theories have been created as a result. Let me explain. The Air Jordan 2 was released by Nike in the 80s and was not particularly popular at the time. It wasn’t until the designer Bruce Kilgore created his own design in relation to this pair of shoes, without being officially backed up by Nike, so that nobody could confirm the originality or even quality of these Jordans. Despite this, the pair went for an extreme price on eBay at $31.000. It is said that the reason for this high price is the incredible difficulty of recreating this brand and would be too expensive for Nike to reproduce. If you’re able to get your hands on this pair of Jordans, you will not find many people wearing similar shoes to yours.

Enough with the ‘cheap’ stuff, time to look into some really expensive Air Jordans…

5. Air Jordan ‘Solid Silver’ (Autographed): $60,000

Want to stand out with your shoes? Here’s how you stand out, you wear these extremely rare Air Jordan Silver edition and throw on a cool Michael Jordan signature while you’re at it. This pair of shoes were given to Michael Jordan by his wife for his 32nd birthday, where she held a small ceremony in order to present these high-quality silver platted shoes. They are of fine carbonated silver material and only 10 of these shoes exist today, which probably explains the extreme price tag for these signed shoes.

4. Air Jordan 12 OVO: $100.000

Remember the Air Jordan 10 OVO from earlier? The gift to Drake? The Air Jordan 12 OVO are neither signed, nor stamped, but feature a bar of gold plated metal on the sides, as well as on the top eyelets. They are said to be the only of their kind in the whole world.

3. Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard Factory Flaw”: $146,000

Imagine ordering something for it to turn up flawed – you wouldn’t be happy, right? Well, when it comes to sneakers, factory flaws can be a very different game. As long as there’s nothing structurally wrong with the sneaker, a flaw can add a super-rare element to the design, which is exactly what happened when it came to this pair of “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1s. Here, the black, white, and orange sneaker arrived with an upside-down Swoosh, which just so happened to increase the shoe’s value dramatically. So, next time you order something that doesn’t look quite right, maybe check that you’re not sitting on a goldmine before you return it.

2. Air Jordan 12 ‘Flu Game’: $300.000

This pair of Air Jordans got dubbed the nickname of ‘the flu game sneakers’, as Michael Jordan played for the Chicago bulls in the 1997 NBA finals, despite the fact that he had the flu, he managed to score 15 points, leading his team to victory against the Utah Jazz. The Air Jordan 12 are the shoes he wore. Retros of his shoes have been sold for a whopping $104.000, but it is said that people have offered him $300.000 for his originals, which he will probably not sell any time soon considering the incredible history behind them.

1. Air Jordan 10 x OVO “Solid Gold”: $2,100,000

Commissioned by the 6 God himself, Drake teamed up with Nike to produce these one-of-a-kind, solid gold Jordans. Weighing a hefty 50 pounds and crafted from solid 24-carat gold, even Jordan himself would have a hard time trying to dunk in these (not that you can actually wear them). The shoes set the rapper back $2.1 million, making them technically the most expensive Air Jordans ever.

So, there you have it – the most expensive Jordans of all time – for now, at least! With the sneaker market growing faster than ever, and shoes becoming more and more desirable.

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