The Top 20 Most Valuable Sneakers on eBay in 2015

Illustration by Dan Freebairn 

Illustration by Dan Freebairn 

Sneaker hype is at an all-time high, with many sneakerheads considering a release to be a complete "fail" if sizes don't move within minutes of dropping. Some people only buy sneakers, regardless if they like the shoe or not, just to sell for 2-3x the retail price. You can't knock the hustle or be mad, especially if you're one of those people who have purchased a sneaker in the resale market. Personally, I've never been the type to pay resale on a sneaker, if I don't grab it at retail, I'm waiting for the next sneaker release on my radar. There's too many brands and options to be spending a crazy amount of money on a pair of sneakers. I'm also not the type of person to purchase a pair of sneakers just to resell it. I understand it though. I get the margins and profits, but for me the amount of work and hassle with reselling a pair of sneakers isn't worth it for me. I like to be a consumer and consume the sneaker. Wear it. Enjoy it. 

Using data based on the sale of deadstock sneakers on eBay, sneaker data website Campless put together a list of the 20 most expensive sneakers in the resale market that released in 2015. Check out the list below. 

The all-black Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost was the most expensive sneaker on eBay in 2015 with an average deadstock price of $1876. In fact 6 out of 10 of the top most expensive sneakers were captured by Adidas and Yeezy's brand new footwear partnership. The only Jumpman sneaker to crack the top were the luxury collaboration between Just Don and Jumpman on the Air Jordan 2. 

The amount of pairs available often determine the resale price, hype and demand of a product. Above you can see the total amount of dollars spent on a particular colorway by consumers on eBay. Essentially, the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost "Triple Black" was the lowest grossing Yeezy out of them all but it came out on top as the most expensive sneaker in 2015. This data supports the claim that the "Triple Black" Yeezy 750 Boost was the most limited pair in the Adidas x Yeezy collection in 2015. However, you can also see the opposite occur with more sneakers that are more available in the marketplace. Some of the top 20 most grossing sneakers on eBay didn't even make it onto the top 20 most valuable list due to their resale mark up being relatively low due to high availability in the market. 

The sneaker industry has turned more into a numbers game than passion. Owning sneakers have become more about economics than purchasing and wearing what you like. It's more logical to stash away your sneakers, opposed to wearing them, because it increases their value. than Actually consuming a sneaker will cost you. This ideology has led to many brands putting out more "limited" sneakers and has even gone as far as some brands pulling down inventory to make a sneaker appear more in demand, resulting in a better performance in the secondary market.