Expensive Nike Shoes: Nike Dunk, Nike Zoom, Nike Air Jordan

Written By bryanboy

Expensive Nike Shoes

If you think paying three figures for a pair of sneakers is ridiculous, wait till you finish reading this entry.

Believe it or not, I only have one, just one, pair of Nike trainers in my possession. I blogged about it back in March. I bought those Nike+ ipod whataever shoes hoping it would motivate me to jog (I love my good ol’ ipod video and I’m too cheap to buy an ipod nano) but alas, I ended up using the trainers to walk around the house instead. Anyway, I was browsing eBay for Rick Owens boots and as always, one click led to another page and to another page. Lo and behold I saw the most expensive pair of Nikes I have EVER, EVER seen in my entire life. Say hello to the $10,000 Nike Zoom Kobe MVP sneakers. It comes in a Lucite box and signed by Kobe Bryant himself.

Nike Zoom Kobe Bryant MVP sneakers

No, I didn’t make a typo. Yes, TEN THOUSAND DONALD DUCK DOLLARS. Click click click!

The question is why. Why are these trainers so pricey?

Nike Zoom MVP Kobe Bryant

OK fine. I understand those Nike Zoom trainers are limited editions and they were signed by a prominent sports figure which boosted the asking price.

So how do you explain these $10,000 Nike Dunk Undefeated Splatter trainers? They’re not signed by any personality…

Nike Dunk Undefeated Splatter sneakers

According to the eBay seller who is selling that pair, those dunks are the “grails of all holy grails”. Only 24 pairs were released in 2002 about the time when Undefeated (what’s that btw?) first opened and all of which were given to Undefeated employees and associates.

Nike Dunks Undefeated Splatter Paris sneakers


What you are looking at now is a $6,999 pair of Nike Dunk High Wu-Tang sneakers that were released back in 1999. The seller stated that the shoe was originally designed for all the members of Wu-Tang and their associates. Only 36 pairs were ever created.

Nike Dunk High Wu-Tang sneakers

This pair was owned by a certain Alyasha Owerka-Moore. Aly apparently kept the pair in a cryo chamber (again, wtf is that) to maintain the shoes’ luster.

Nike Dunk High Wu-Tang Limited Edition Sneakers

Moving along…

Here’s a pair of 1995 Original Nike Air Jordan X Player Sample sneakers. These were worn and signed by a Harold Minor aka Baby Jordan.

1995 Original Nike Air Jordan X Player Sample for Harold 'Baby Jordan' Minor.

I have no idea who Harold Minor is but he better be super mega ultra major because these shoes have a $9,000 asking price.

It doesn’t end there. Go through eBay and you’ll find hundreds, if not thousands, of sneakers ranging $1,000 – $2,000 upwards! It’s mind-blowing.

Call me ignorant if you must but my god!

I know “limited editions” often raise the price point of anything regardless of what they are but I am truly shocked with the prices of these sneakers made out of… rubber!

They’re not even made out of gold or what have you.

Interesting. Definitely interesting.

What do you think?


  1. Anonymous H

    I have to agree with jinx, those shoes aren’t that great looking.

  2. I think it’s stupid to spend $10,000 on shoes… rubber shoes that is. ;)

  3. well, the feeling you have towards a $10,000 pair of shoes is the same feeling other people have when you buy ridiculously expensive shoes, clothes and bags you prolly would wear only once. but then again, it is your money that you are spending and you can do whatever you wanna do with it :p

  4. I have never seen such a hideous display of trainers in my entire life. The prices are ridiculous. If I were ever to spend so much money on footwear it better be made of some really luxurious beasts (like croco or the leftovers of the designer lifting). Anyway, great blog BB, you deserve every single treat you have gotten out of it.

  5. mysticonnie

    Actually, Undefeated is a small chain of sneaker stores that sells a lot of exclusive and limited edition kicks. The West L.A. store is frequented by many celebrities and was featured on an episode of Entourage.

  6. paying thousands of dollars for a pair of sneakers is absolutely ridiculous..but i must admit, the wu-tangs are pretty damn tight!

  7. chaka naman! mostly “itimize” buy those expensive chaka shoes for some ego boosting, talking about being “racist” here, sorry!

  8. well really, think about it. Those people spending that much on shoes, would think we are ridiculous for spending upwards of 5000 for a bag, a coat, a suit, or even a pair of boots.
    What we crave clothing wise, they crave shoe wise. They are just like the Baseball card collector who spends thousands on a set of cards. Cards made of paper nonetheless. They, like us, the baseball card collector, the toy collector, and anyone else who collects, are willing to spend money on an item that is limited edition, extremely high quality, or vintage.
    I mean, i would never spend that much on a pair of trainers, but i would splurge on a bespoke suit, or some amazing clothes.

  9. There are quite a lot of serious collectors of trainers (there was an article about male sportswear collectors in last Saturday’s Times [of London] Magazine) who will buy these things to keep (and not wear!) in the same way wine collectors buy really expensive bottles never to be drunk

  10. Holy shit. Someone bought the brown and pink monstrosity. I mean, yes, I am a woman, but I’d much rather spend a few thousand on a pair of Louboutins than buy shoes, no, sneakers! that need to be cryogenically preserved to maintain their lustre.

  11. Just have bespoke riding boots made from John Lobb and call it a day. Cheaper too.

  12. mr. tmac himself

    10k aint nothing compared to the black/gold AJ 1 that got sold for 35k on ebay a few years back.
    only thing that made those kobe 3 expensive is kobe’s signature. they only cost around 500 to 600 at most w/o the signature.
    IT’s harold MINER by the way. he was once dubbed as baby jordan because of his high flying dunks.
    BUT YEAH, not everyone is an expert.

  13. mark010

    yeah. kobe’s signature made the price skyrocket like that cz you know that negro, he so cool he rarely signs anything. and i beg to differ about that undftd dunk being “the grail of all grails” i mean, they’re not even SBs. considering that sbtg makes like what, 6-12 pairs of each design that sells out and aprreciates 300% the retail price in less than what, 10 minutes? lol. those undftds are definitely overpriced.

  14. ok 10000 shoes r not ridculous if your a sneaker head believe it or not if you meet a true sneaker head that person will pay any amount for a shoe like that and its not about material its about the collaboration they wanna rock shit other people dont have and btw croc skin sneakers r way more hideous than those designs up there i mean cmon thats like for fckin 4 seniors be

  15. the undefeated dunks are way to over priced i agree but its the fact they only have 24 pairs

  16. tonioramos55@yahoo.com

    hell if i buy one of those shoes better make me faster than ussain bolt and give me super strength

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