The 10 Most Valuable Sneakers on the Resale Market

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The global sneaker resale market is projected to be worth over $6 billion by 2025, so if you're looking to invest, it's important to know which pairs are at the top of the heap. Luxury fashion retail company Farfetch has compiled a ranking of the most expensive sneakers on the resale market, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, anything from Kanye West and Nike dominates the list.

According to the company, when deciding the value of a sneaker, they're factoring in “its rarity, its condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it.”

Below is the complete list of the 10 most valuable sneakers.

1. Louis Vuitton Kanye West x Louis Vuitton

LOUIS VUITTON KANYE WEST X LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton/Farfetch

Current Value: $29,235

This high-top, created as part of a collaboration between Kanye West and Louis Vuitton, has increased in value by 2532 percent since it debuted in 2009.

2. Nike Air Mag

The Nike Air Mags.

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $14,617

Inspired by the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, Nike’s iconic self-lacing shoe was created back in 2011 and limited to only 1500 pairs. Other models have come out in subsequent years, but the original is still on top.

3. Chanel x Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu

Chanel/Pharrell Williams sneakers.

Chanel/Farfetch

Current Value: $13,638

Only 500 pairs of this collaboration between Adidas, Chanel, and Pharrell Williams were ever made, and that scarcity helped increase its value by 1106 percent. The sneakers are now valued at over $13,500 a pair.

4. Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October

Nike's Air Yeezy 2 Red October sneakers.

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $8186

This bright red addition to Kanye West's Yeezy collection is hard to miss, but its value certainly wasn't hurt by the bold color choice: The shoes have increased in price by 3633 percent since their February 2014 release.

5. Nike Air Yeezy 2 Solar Red

Nike Air Yeezy 2.

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $7796

These Yeezys were created as part of Kanye West's collaboration with Nike. After being released in 2012 for $250, they're still in high demand, with pairs going for well over $7000, depending on their size.

6. (Tied) Nike Air Yeezy Blink

Black sneakers with hints of red

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $5847

These shoes were part of the first collaboration with Kanye West and sportswear giant Nike back in 2009, with an original price of $250. The "Blink" name comes from the color combo of black and pink.

6. (Tied) Nike Air Yeezy 2 Platinum

Nike Air Yeezy sneakers.

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $5847

Along with the Solar Reds, these were also a part of the collaboration between Nike and Kanye West. Starting off at about $250, these rare sneakers are now worth close to $6000.

6. (Tied) Off-White x Air Jordan 1 Chicago

Red and white Nike Air Jordan sneakers.

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $5847

The Nike x Off-White collection of revamped classics continues to be in high demand, and the Jordan 1 shoe has continued to climb in price since its 2017 release.

9. Nike Lunar Flyknit HTM Milano

Colorful sneakers with white nike logo

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $5701

These Nikes were exclusively released in Milan and London in 2012, and they were highlighted by their construction from Flyknit and Lunarlon technology, which help reduce their weight and work to better absorb impacts. These rare shoes have since gone up in value by 3800 percent.

10. Air Jordan 5 Retro T23 Tokyo

Yellow sneakers

Nike/Farfetch

Current Value: $5116

Inspired by the original Air Jordan V model from 1990, these sneakers were exclusively released in Japan back in 2011 and have climbed to a value of over $5000.

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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9 Outdoor Accessories for the Perfect Backyard Party

Amazon/OtterBox
Amazon/OtterBox

Hosting the perfect party in the great outdoors doesn't have to involve you moving any further than your own backyard. Whether you’re looking for games to play with friends, chairs to keep you comfortable, or tents to turn your yard into your own personal campsite, check out some of these essential products that will transform your own patch of nature into a true outdoor oasis.

1. Wine Tumbler; $20

Tumblers from Otterbox
OtterBox

These wine tumblers from Otterbox will make your backyard the toast of the summer. Made from 100 percent stainless steel and lined with copper, these 10-ounce cups will keep your wine at the perfect temperature until the last s’more is eaten and the fire is put out. Each tumbler holds two standard wine pours and has a sweat-resistant design so you can leave your coasters inside. And each tumbler is fitted with a press-in lid, keeping your drink secure whether you’re taking a walk or playing a game with friends.

Buy it: Otterbox

2. Wood-Burning Fire Pit; $300

Wood-burning fire pit from Wayfair.
Martha Stewart/Wayfair

This steel wood-burning fire pit is exactly what you need to create a little ambiance once the moon is out and friends and family are ready to unwind with some roasted marshmallows. The pit itself is only a few feet across, so you'll be able to build a cozy fire for a handful of people, and the mesh screen that secures over it will keep the sparks away from you and your party. 

Buy it: Wayfair

3. Kabob Grilling Baskets; $17

Kebob grilling baskets on UncommonGoods.
UncommonGoods

No backyard adventure is complete without a tasty meal, and these kabob grilling baskets will help you spend less time on the grill and more time enjoying the beauty of nature. These baskets can be packed with all the ingredients you could ever want for kabobs, and without wooden skewers involved, you’ll avoid any unwanted splinters in your meal. With the ability to customize each basket, you’ll have the flexibility to create the perfect portable dinner for guests (or just for yourself).

Buy it: UncommonGoods

4. Beer Caddy; $25

A beer caddy on Amazon.
LEGACY/Amazon

Beer lovers won’t have to worry about foregoing a cold one while spending some time outside. This soft cotton canvas caddy can hold up to six bottles or cans, and it comes with a removable inner divider, so you have the flexibility of mixing and matching different-sized beverages. Its attached bottle opener—which is hooked to the caddy via a retractable cord— can be stowed in a side pocket for quick access, allowing you to open your drinks with ease.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Outdoor Jenga; $119

A large outdoor Jenga game
Jenga/Amazon

Mix up the usual ghost stories and campfire singalongs with this giant game of outdoor Jenga. Fifteen times larger than the size of a standard Jenga game, these extra-large Jenga blocks can stack up to over 5 feet high and are the perfect size for a deck or beach towel. This set comes with a portable bag for all the blocks so you can easily transport the game from one spot in the backyard to another.

Buy it: Amazon

6. and 7. Camping Chair; $30 and Loveseat Camping Chair; $73

A Colman outdoor chair on Amazon.
Coleman/Amazon

If you’re not a fan of sitting on wet grass or getting bugs on your clothes, this camping chair from Coleman will help you kick back in style. The chair has a cushioned seat and back for maximum outdoor comfort, and it also has a built-in four-can cooler pouch to keep cold beverages handy. It even comes with a nifty side pocket for books, magazines, and newspapers.

An outdoor loveseat that's available on Amazon.
Goplus/Amazon

For anyone who hates toting multiple chairs outside, check out this loveseat-style camping chair! Its ergonomic design seats two people with ease, and it’s supported by a rust-resistant steel frame and weather-resistant fabric for withstanding the elements (or just a shower from a nearby sprinkler). Even though it can hold up to 400 pounds of weight, the chair itself weighs only 11 pounds, making it an ideal choice for anyone who wants to avoid making extra trips to the garage for gear.

Buy itAmazon (camping chair); Amazon (loveseat)

8. Camping Hammock; $29-$40

A hammock that's available on Amazon.
Wise Owl Outfitters/Amazon

If you're one to go a bit horizontal toward the end of a party, take a look at this hammock from Wise Owl Outfitters. Made from heavy-duty parachute nylon, this hammock is incredibly durable and can be secured to trees with a simple set of straps. The hammock comes in two different sizes, a twin and a full, so you can choose the size that's right for you. And best of all? The largest one weighs only 26 ounces, making it easy to take comfort on the go.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Magnetic Door House Tent; $172

A magnetic door house tent on Wayfair.
Wayfair

Mosquitos, flies, and other outdoor pests don’t stand a chance against this portable screened-in porch from Wayfair. This outdoor sanctuary is big enough to fit a picnic table (and all of your friends) inside, and it features two magnetic-close front and back doors. This tent even comes with a 10-year warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that it will provide you with backyard adventures—and zero bug bites—for years to come.

Buy it: Wayfair

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