The sneaker game is a strange one. For the most part, sneakers only hold value during the first few months of their release, with market prices slowly falling afterwards as the hype surrounding the shoe dies down. However, there are a few silhouettes that don't follow this rule, in fact, they only get more valuable as time goes on! With that said, we've compiled a list of ten sneakers that have become more valuable over time. If you have any of these, you've pretty much hit the jackpot!
In February 2015, the Three Stripes introduced the adidas Ultra Boost 1.0 'OG'. Regarded by many sneakerheads as one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, and by many athletes as the best running shoe ever made, this sneaker took the industry by storm. Now, four generations later, people are going back to the good ol' days and spending around £350 for a pair of OGs, and we can't saw we blame 'em!
The Air Jordan 1 Retro 'Top 3' was met with plenty of smirks when it first dropped back in November 2016. Boasting a crazy mismatched design, that's frankly all the rage these days, the 'Top 3' wasn't everyone's cup of tea. However, overtime, sneakerheads began loving the unique design, and now you should expect to pay around £350 for a pair - over £225 the original retail price!
The Air Jordan 1 Retro 'Reverse Shattered Backboard' was a reworked iteration of the original 'Shattered Backboard'. This pair dropped in October 2016, and back then, it simply wasn't as attractive as the 'Shattered Backboard'. Come to the present day, these sneakers have now gone into the history books as one of the greatest AJ1s in existence, sitting at a very healthy £400 in market value - an amazing price for a pair of Air Jordan 1s that aren't based on an OG pair.
The Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1 'White' was only meant to drop as part of ComplexCon's AF-100 celebrations, however, Nike saw the potential in La Flame's AF1 and offered sneakerheads around the world a limited release. When they first dropped, you could get your hands on a pair for around £250, however, these clean kicks have turned into grails for a lot of people, so now you'd have to shell out around £550 if you want these in your collection. A price worth paying? Probably.
Back in September 2016, we saw the release of the first ever Yeezy 350 V2 colourway with the now-iconic adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Beluga'. At first, people weren't fans of the new shape and the signature orange stripe, stating that the V2 took away from the simple yet striking aesthetic of the V1, however, the 'Beluga' sold out instantly. With a market price of £350, the OG V2 has now climbed to the £600 mark, and we're not at all surprised. To this day, it's still one of the rarest Yeezys out there.
While we're on the topic of rare Yeezys, Black Friday 2016 saw the release of the legendary adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Red'. Releasing as part of the aptly dubbed 'Black Friday' collection, the 'Red' is by far the best looking out of the bunch. Once again, these sneaks sold out like hotcakes, and two years later, they're selling for a pretty impressive £700 a pop!
The adidas Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit 'Black/White' was one of the first Y-3 sneakers that came into the mainstream. Part of legendary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto's 2016 lineup, the shoe arrived at a time when there was literally no hype around Boost, that being said, once Boost became a thing, people started throwing money at the 'Black/White', shelling out around a whopping £850 for this once-unassuming shoe.
Part of the originals "THE TEN"; collection which changed the sneaker industry forever, the Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 'White' released in November 2017, and was overshadowed by some of the biggest silhouettes of the collection, including the Air Jordan 1, the Air Presto, and of course, the Air VaporMax. That said, ten months later, this the AF1 is by far, one of the most valuable pairs in the OG "THE TEN";, and is now selling for around £850 - more than double its market value back then.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the two years, you've probably seen the Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Hu 'Yellow' being flexed on your Instagram feed. When these bold kicks first dropped back in July 2016, there were only a handful of NMD Hu colourways to choose from. With an initial market value of £400, which is a lot compared to its original £170 retail price, that was nothing compared to the cool £1,250 you'd have to spend for a DS pair nowadays.
These days, a sneaker convention without the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 'Brown' is pretty much unthinkable. The brainchild of one of the biggest personalities in the music industry, when it was first revealed back in February 2015, the 'Brown' wasn't entirely received with open arms, however, it later transformed the entire sneaker industry, and lead the way icons such as the 350, 350 V2, and the 700, with the latter creating a new genre of sneaker altogether. With a market value of around £2,000, if you have a pair of these, you've pretty much won the jackpot.
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