Dominating the game for more than four decades, Jordan sneakers remain as popular as ever, kept in the spotlight by high-profile collabs and long-awaited retroes. With new colorways being dropped on the regular and Netflix’s The Last Dance making Michael Jordan even more of a household name, the shopping and trading of his signature footwear line show no sign of slowing. Last year, auction house Sotheby’s sold a pair of Air Jordan 1s, worn in-game by MJ, for a record-breaking $560,000.
While we certainly won’t be copping Jordan sneakers with that kind of price tag anytime soon, we took to eBay to check out some of the resale options out there that make for a far smarter way to spend your hard-earned dollar.
Whether it’s AJ3 sneakers that went criminally under-the-radar or a safe-bet Air Jordan 1, these are the items that are worth parting with your cash for. Better yet, eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee now covers new condition Jordans and YEEZYs over $200. The marketplace plans to expand the guarantee to all collectible sneakers, both new and used, priced over $100 this year.
What is arguably Jordan Brand’s most iconic colorway teams up with what is certainly its most iconic silhouette here on the Air Jordan 1 “Bred Toe”. Need we explain it’s value any more? Ok well, prior to its release, someone was re-selling a pair for a whopping $10,000.
One of the best-selling sneakers of all time, the Air Jordan 1 is a silhouette that simply won’t go away — in a good way. Color-blocked with the brand’s iconic university blue tone, this shoe sticks with a timeless aesthetic that is sure to make it a future classic.
When we’re looking back on this period of sneaker history, particularly that involving Nike, in years to come, Travis Scott will undoubtedly be a name that pops up in most retrospective convos. The Houston artist’s reverse-Swoosh AJ1 proved so popular, and thus expensive at resale, that Nike honored his favorite mocha shade with this similar release late last year.
Virgil’s Nike co-signs don’t come cheap, but with these sneakers only set to build value over the years, the Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 5 “Sail” makes our list of investment-worthy Jordans. Released in October last year, the “Sail” stays true to Virgil’s love of all things deconstructed, with lightly-covered holes in the upper designed to be cut out by the user.
As with the Off-White™ collab above, this is another pair-up that made serious waves when it released. The suede, mesh, and translucent detail-featuring sneaker by Nike and LA’s Union skate store can trade for thousands on some resale sites.
This “White Mocha” edition of the AJ3 family brought back a colorway that hadn’t been seen since the early 2000s, with a mostly crisp white aesthetic offset by those nice brown outsole details. If the next one takes as long to drop, we’d bet on this being a smart investment.
The Bred colorway remains a signature piece of Jordan Brand and so does the Air Jordan 11, a silhouette which marked MJ coming out of retirement earn a fourth title with the Chicago Bulls. This release happens to be the fourth time the colorway was retroed, too.
Like the “Bred” AJ11 above, this sneaker also dropped in 2019 and arrived with the OG “Nike Air” branding at its heel, for the first time since 2000.
Before the Toronto Raptors took the NBA title in 2019, this AJ4 colorway made its way to stores in 2018. A mix of black suede, court purple outsole details, and red details, this release will have a special place in the heart of any Raptors fan.
The AJ3 was first seen on the feet of Michael Jordan way back in 1988, having been treated to a multitude of reworkings since then. This one is special, though, as it was released to mark the 30th anniversary of the silhouette in 2018.
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