Collectible sneakers are as stylish as they are historical; tied intrinsically to famous athletes who’ve changed the face of their respective sport, many of the sneakers you’d want in a sneaker collection are more than just pretty shoes. They have meaning and significance far beyond how they look.
Below are five fashion footwear suggestions that you should consider adding to your collection if you don’t already have them. These brands are well-known and have made a huge impact on the world of sneakers.
1. Nike Lebron 17
The Nike series on Lebron hits its peak with the Nike Lebron 17. Critics and fans alike rave about the comfortable cushioning, and most agree the traction the shoe offers is top-quality. You can get the Nike Lebron 17 in a stunning range of at least 18 colorways, including:
Nike Lebron 17 ‘Future Air’
Nike Lebron 17 ‘Lakers’
Nike Lebron 17 ‘Red Carpet’
Nike Lebron 17 ‘Black White’
Nike Lebron 17 ‘Bron 2K’
Retail Price: $200.00
2. Nike Air Foamposite
Originally released in 1997, the Nike Air Foamposite was the first to use the new Foamposite technology. There are two popular models of these fashion sneakers: the Nike Air Foamposite One and Air Foamposite Pro. The Foamposite Pro was the first to be released as a retro style--years after it initially debuted--and was so popular, it took a bit for the Foamposite One to make an appearance again.
You can get either shoe in a series of colorways. Some of the most popular include:
Nike Air Foamposite ‘Dr. Doom’
Nike Air Foamposite ‘Pro Gym Green’
Nike Air Foamposite ‘Pro Voltage’
Nike Air Foamposite ‘Pro Electric Green’
Nike Air Foamposite ‘Gym Red’
Retail Price: $170-$275
3. Air Jordans
Perhaps one of the most iconic collectible sneakers, the Air Jordans debuted in 1985, right around the time Michael Jordan was starting to get attention in the world of basketball. There are currently 23 different styles of Air Jordan, with six models designed after but not given numbers as identifiers.
The shoes come in a variety of colorways.
Retail Price: $70-$200
A couple of the most popular Air Jordans are worth noting here, including:
4. Air Jordan I
Originally priced at $65, the Air Jordan I was released in 1985 and is the first of the Air Jordan series. Michael Jordan was just debuting his basketball career and no one really knew who he was--at least, not yet. These sleek shoes launched at the end of Michael Jordan’s first year in the professional world of basketball. It’s the very first shoe with multiple colors to ever be worn in the history of the NBA.
5. Air Jordan IV ‘Purple’
This distinctive shoe is a purple suede Air Jordan retro that--unfortunately--is not available to anyone except friends and family. It’s considered one of Travis Scott’s best Nike collaborations.
6. Jordan Retro 1
The retro version of the famous Air Jordan’s was launched in 1994 after its initial run occured in the 80s. These shoes have been updated to fit into more current trends while still retaining some of their retro feel.
They come in many different color combinations including:
Jordan Retro 1 Black/Varsity Red--White
Jordan Retro 1 Black/Varsity Blue--White
Jordan Retro 1 Black/Black--Sport Blue
Jordan Retro 1 Midnight Navy/Metallic Gold--Sail
Jordan Retro 1 Black/Sport Blue--White
Retail Price: $120-$170
7. Jordan Retro 11s
The original Air Jordan 11s were released from 1995 to 1996. Michael Jordan was by this time back in the NBA, and these were his shoes for the season. They include materials never before used on basketball shoes, such as patented leather.
The retro versions of the shoe were released in the early 2000s. Initially, there were five colorways released with the retro versions of the shoe. More came with time, including:
Jordan Retro 11 White/Black-Dark Concord
Jordan Retro 11 Black/Varsity Royal-White
Jordan Retro 11 White/Columbia Blue-Black
Jordan Retro 11 Medium Grey/White-Cool Grey
Jordan Retro 11 White/Varsity Red
Retail Price: $220
8. Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Sail’
Another of Travis Scott’s collaborations, the Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Sail’ is now a street icon. It was the first of its kind to house Nike Air, and it redefined basketball shoes from hardwood to blacktop. It only comes in an all off-white colorway.
Retail Price: $150
9. Nike Air Max 97
The Nike Air Max 97 had a love/hate relationship with the public. Widely recognizable but not necessarily liked, this shoe was initially fused with the Nike Air Force 1, but quickly transformed into its own style in subsequent models. The colorways on this model were inspired by things like mountain bikes and raindrops:
Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Black/Volt’
Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Atlantic Blue’
Nike Air Max 97 OG QS ‘Gold’
Undefeated x Air Max 97
OFF-WHITE x Air Max 97
Retail Price: Approximately $170
10. Yeezy Boost 350
The sneaker child of Adidas and Kanye’s brand, Yeezy, the Yeezy Boost 350 was first released in 2015. It changed the world of sneakers. Touted as perfect for the gym and for date night, these sneakers have evolved in style and colorways over time, but remain as iconic as ever.
You can get them in 29 different colorways so far, with more coming our way in the future. Some of the most popular ones include:
Pirate Black Yeezy Boost 350
Moonrock Yeezy Boost 350
Oxford Tan Yeezy Boost 350
Bred Yeezy Boost 350 V2
Triple White Yeezy Boost 350 V2
Retail Price: $200-$220
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