The 10 Sneakers Going Up in Resale Value

From Nike React Elements 87 to Off-White Air Jordan 1s, these are the sneakers with the best resale potential with insights from StockX's Josh Luber.

Best Sneakers Going Up In Reselling Value
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Best Sneakers Going Up In Reselling Value

The sneaker resale market just won't stop. Just when it seems like things are headed for a downturn, another boom hits, keeping the cycle moving and furthering the near-unattainable status of certain hard-to-find shoes.

While some so-called resellers nickle and dime with as many shoes as they can get their hands on each week, it takes a discerning eye to truly make your money work for you in the aftermarket. Whether it's a sneaker that's been slept on with the potential to really blow up, or an already pricey pair that just won't stop, certain styles can be far more lucrative than others to stash. Don't get us wrong, we're advocates for wearing your sneakers, but this is for that set of people who inevitably pop up on social media asking which pairs are and aren't worth reselling. 

To get to the bottom of things, we sought out insight from StockX CEO Josh Luber, a man who knows a thing or two about treating footwear as arbitrage. The first thing Luber stressed was that restocks—especially to the magnitude of what's been seen with the Adidas Yeezy line—are highly detrimental to long-term value. It may seem like this goes without saying, but the repeated re-releases affect more than just Kanye's sneakers. Luber says this is also a big part of why comparably sought-after shoes which rarely (if ever) restock—like Virgil Abloh's Off-White Nikes—continue to be some of the most valuable.

"Restocks totally kill the value, totally kill the long-term hope," Luber explains. "Who knows what Kanye’s going to decide. I wouldn’t bet on any Yeezys for long term value until we see a change in that strategy...At the other end, Nike has done a good job. They haven’t re-released any of the Off-White [collaborations], the original 'The Ten' is going to be worth a lot."

For a deeper look into which sneakers could be worth keeping around, scroll down. However, keep in mind that while this list is based on real-time data and trends, the sneaker market is just as volatile as the actual stock market, so play with caution. 

Nike React Element 87

Nike React Element 87 'Sail/Light Bone/White/Rush Orange/Black' AQ1090 100 (Pair)

Air Jordan 1 'Pine Green'

Air Jordan 1 High OG 'Pine Green' 555088 032 (Pair)

Air Jordan 1 'Court Purple'

Air Jordan 1 High OG 'Court Purple' 555088 501 (Pair)

Air Jordan 4 'Travis Scott'

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 IV Oilers Release Date 308497 406 Main

Pharrell Williams x Adidas NMD Hu 'Yellow'

Adidas HU NMD X Pharrell Williams

Off-White x Air Jordan 1 'Chicago'

Air Jordan 1 Off White Chicago

Off-White x Air Jordan 1 'White'

Air Jordan 1 x Off White AQ0818 100 (Pair)

Off-White x Nike Air Presto (OG)

nike off white presto1

MoMA x Off-White x Nike Air Force 1

Off White x Nike Air Force 1 MoMa

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 'Turtle Dove'

Turtle Dove Yeezy 350 Boost AQ4832

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