These grails have given people (including ourselves, let's admit it) a good run. Sneakerheads are ready to pay a fortune just to get their hands on limited-edition shoes, especially when they're designed by big names in the industry including Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Virgil Abloh, among many others.
Suddenly, hefty prices do not matter when it's been blessed by the greats, much like how prices for Air Jordan 1 Mids shot up when Michael Jordan was spotted wearing them.
However, in this list, we will not be including sneakers with high resale bids. Instead, we’ll be honouring sneakers sold at higher retail prices when compared to conventional shoes. You’d be surprised to know that these sneakers are still gaining traction as their prices soar continuously.
1. Nike HyperAdapt 1.0
Nike first introduced the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in 2016. “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” said designer Tinker Hatfield. And their vision of the future was to have sneakers with self-lacing technology built for athletes who “undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he explained.
Before Nike released a more “affordable” version of the HyperAdapt, the first model with adaptive lacing was priced at US$720 (PHP36,000) per pair.