10 of the Most Expensive Trainers in the World.


If you think a pair of sneakers in the price range of £100 to £145 is excessive, you may be surprised to find this price to be inexpensive when compared to some of the most extravagant sneakers on the market.

From sneakers dipped in gold to those that are autographed or adorned with diamonds, a £150 price tag for a pair of everyday trainers is nominal compared to the eye watering price tag on the most expensive sneakers ever made. Most of them were only made in very limited quantities. Here are a few designs that make the top ten list.

Balmain High Top Double Strap trainer/sneaker1. Balmain High Top Double Strap – £1063

The high top double strap sneaker by Balmain will set you back about £1063 for a flashy silver design crafted from leather and durable rubber soles. The metallic silver finish sports a futuristic tone with a quilted tongue construction that sits higher on your ankle than the typical high top trainer.

The Balmain high top double strap sneaker is easy to wear with fashionable silver straps that are easily fastened thanks to the Velcro design along with a pull tab on the heel.  The matching top stitching takes this creation to a new level with quality Italian construction. Although you would be hard pressed to find any imperfections, you may find the price tag to be out of your ballpark.

Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Flat trainer or sneaker2. Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Flat – £1220

If you like high fashion that gets you noticed, the bright red Rantus Orlato Flat sneaker by Christian Louboutin will fit the bill.  The question is whether or not these stylish sneakers will fit your wallet as well.

The Rantus Orlato Flat is constructed with authentic snake skin complete with a rubberized red sole. This Christian Louboutin design allows you to effortlessly go from casual to athletic without sacrificing style. As long as you are a fan of bright red, these fantasy high fashion creations should suit your taste perfectly

Nike ParaNorman Foamposite trainers / sneakers3. Nike ParaNorman Foamposite – £2162

For those that would spend a few thousand for sneakers at the blink of an eye, you may find the ParaNorman Foamposite by Nike to be your perfect attention grabber.

Styled in glow in the dark green with aggressive gray colored streaks, you are sure to get a reaction when you wear this masterpiece.

The combination of black and smoke color accented by bright green and glow in the dark soles with matching pull tabs simply screams an exclusive design.  With only eight hundred of these sneakers available from Nike, these creations are sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Nike Air Mag trainers or sneakers4. Nike Air Mag – £4325

Some of you may remember the movie from the 1980s titled “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly driving a futuristic car and wearing next generation sneakers.  In the sequel, the Air Mag sneaker by Nike made its debut as the very first sneaker with power lacing.

The newest version of the Nike Air Mag will be introduced during the upcoming spring season.  Aside from the staggering price tag, the Nike Air Mag is complete with features that light up, in addition to the signature power lacing.  If you do not mind selling your car to buy a new pair of sneakers, the Nike Air Mag is probably right up your alley. Nike is also supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation by donating all of the proceeds for Parkinson’s research.

Gold-Dipped Nike Dunks trainers or sneakers5. Gold-Dipped Nike Dunks – £4685

If you are into the “bling,” you will definitely go for a pair of Nike Dunks dipped in 24 karat gold.  Only five pairs of these limited edition beauties were designed by Kenneth Courtney under the name of “Indulgences No. 5.”

How practical they are for daily athletic activity leaves one to wonder as you would probably only want to wear this design on very special occasions.

Additionally, since these sneakers are dipped in 24 karat gold and they are named fifth in the Nike Dunk series, what about the first four in the list? The words lavish and extravagant definitely come to mind.

Nike SB Flom Dunk High trainers or sneakers6. Nike SB Flom Dunk High – £5405

The Flom Dunk High by Nike is literally a work of art with a master price tag to match.  Only 202 of these creations exist, each designed with a work of art by French painter Bernard Buffet.  For anyone looking for the ultimate in designer athletic shoes, the Flom Dunk is the Gucci of training gear.

Each pair is exquisitely designed with the main colors of black and white and finished in red and gold trim on the toes, heel collar, and side panels. At the top of the tongue is a gold crown insignia which places each unique design in a class all by itself. The outlandish price tag is mainly due to each uniquely commissioned design in addition to the SB label.

Autographed Kobe Air Zoom trainers or sneakers7. Autographed Kobe Air Zoom – £21,620

If you have your sights set on a pair of Kobe Air Zooms autographed by Kobe Bryant with Certificate of Authenticity, you can invest your savings in one of the 25 pairs of Air Zooms, if or when they come up for auction again. These low cut sneakers are constructed of the highest quality leather and materials without sacrificing the critical support needed to be at the top of your game.

The autographed Kobe Air Zooms were made in a limited edition series and were auctioned off at a cost of only £21,620! They were specifically designed by Kobe Bryant complete with special support features and shank in the midfoot made of carbon fiber to facilitate more spring in every step. If you are lucky enough to land a pair of these sneakers, your investment may pay off in the long run when Kobe Bryant retires from the Lakers.

Nike Air force One trainers or sneakers8. Nike Air Force One – £36,035

For the fashion conscious people that seek exclusivity and extravagance, the Nike Air Force One by Prryya and Chinatan’s Couture and Jewelry is the ultimate masterpiece in a sneaker.  Another Nike creation inspired by French painter Bernard Buffet, the staggering price is due to the authentic gold trim and diamonds equal to eleven carats.

First introduced by renowned rapper Big Boi, the Air Force One sneaker was presented as a gift from an exclusive boutique known as Laced Up in Atlanta, Georgia.  Nike released just over 200 pairs of Air Force One sneakers influenced by the French impressionist paintings of Buffet. They are designed with the impressionist colors of Buffet before being finished with gold and diamonds. And, with a £36035 price tag, one might be required to be on the lookout to avoid being mugged.

Autographed Nike Air Jordan 1 trainers or sneakers9. Autographed Nike Air Jordan 1 – £72,068

The Nike Air Jordan 1 is a rare sneaker that was auctioned off on eBay for an eye watering closing bid of £72,068.  This pair of sneakers was autographed by Michael Jordan and offered with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Although you may find Air Jordans for a modest price tag when compared to the autographed Air Jordan 1, most of these sneakers are autographed by an athlete other than Michael Jordan. And, although the autographs are from well-known athletes, nothing commands a price tag like authentically signed Air Jordans by the man himself.  The price is mainly attributed to sentimental value more than the condition of the sneaker which is red, black, and white or whether it is finished in gold or diamonds.

Autographed "Flu Game" Air Jordans trainers or sneakers

10. Autographed “Flu Game” Air Jordans – £74,951

Back in the late 1990s, you may remember when Michael Jordan encountered an illness during the NBA Finals.  What people thought was the flu turned out to be a bout with food poisoning. Nevertheless, fans associated Jordan’s illness with his signature red and black Air Jordan 12s which he wore during the 1997 NBA Finals.  This event was commonly known as the “Flu Game” and made that particular pair of Air Jordan 12s valuable.

The sneakers were autographed by Michael Jordan himself and are size 13.  So, if you have some extra cash readily available, they are valued at a mere £74,951!

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