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.

It’s National Cookie Day! Here’s Where to Score Some Free Treats

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If you plan on eating as many baked goods as possible this December, now's your chance to get a head start. Today—December 4—is National Cookie Day, and chains across the country are celebrating by handing out free cookies. Here are the best places to snag a treat before the day is over.

    • Great American Cookies, a chain that's concentrated in the southeastern U.S., is marking the day by rewarding members of its loyalty program. If you already have the loyalty app, you can swing by a participating location any time today and pick up your free original chocolate chip cookie without making any additional purchases. The promotion only applies to customers who signed up for the program before midnight on December 3, so you aren't eligible for the free snack if you download the app on your way to the store.
    • The cookie giant Mrs. Fields is also participating in the holiday. Buy anything from one of the chain's stores on December 4 and you'll get a free cookie with your purchase. If you spring for the Nutcracker Sweet Tower, which is made from five festive containers of baked goods, you can send a Mrs. Fields Peace, Love & Cookies 30 Nibbler Tin to a friend for free.
    • But what if you're looking for a free cookie with no strings attached? Surprisingly, a hotel chain may be offering the best deal for National Cookie Day. Throughout December 4, you can stop by a DoubleTree by Hilton and ask for a free cookie at the front desk. DoubleTree provides complimentary cookies to guests at check-in all year round, and every year on National Cookie Day, the hotel chain extends that offer to everyone.

There's no shortage of great cookies across the U.S. If you're willing to travel to satisfy your sweet tooth, here are the best chocolate chip cookies in all 50 states.

License to Bird: Meet the Real James Bond

American ornithologist James Bond, circa 1974.
American ornithologist James Bond, circa 1974.

On January 4, 1900, a child was born in Philadelphia. His name was Bond. James Bond. He would not grow up to be a globe-trotting, license-to-kill-carrying playboy spy like the other James Bond. Instead, he became an ornithologist, and lived a fairly quiet, normal life—until someone borrowed his name.  

Bond lived in New Hampshire and England while growing up, and developed an accent that a colleague described [PDF] as an “amalgam of New England, British, and upper-class Philadelphian.” After graduating from Cambridge, Bond returned to the U.S. to work as a banker, but his childhood interests in science and natural history spurred him to quit soon after and join an expedition to the Amazon to collect biological specimens for Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

After that, and with no formal training in the field, he started working as an ornithologist at the Academy, and was “among the last of a traditional museum breed, the independently wealthy, nonsalaried curator, who lacked advanced university degrees.” Working at the museum, Bond became an authority on the bird species of the Caribbean, and his 1936 book, Birds of the West Indies, was considered the definitive guide to the region’s birds at the time. 

Despite his many scientific accomplishments—which included dozens of papers about Caribbean and New England birds, more books and field guides, numerous medals and awards and other researchers using the term “Bond’s Line” to refer to the boundary that separates Caribbean fauna by their origin—that book would be what catapulted Bond, or at least his name, to international fame.

In 1961, Bond was reading a London newspaper’s review of the latest edition of his book and found eyebrow-raising references to handguns, kinky sex, and other elements of a life that sounded very unlike his. He and his wife Mary quickly learned that another James Bond was the hero of a series of novels by Ian Fleming, which were popular in the UK but just gaining notice in the U.S. Mary wrote to Fleming to jokingly chastise him for stealing her husband’s name for his “rascal” character. 

Fleming replied to explain himself: He was a birdwatcher and when he was living in Jamaica beginning work on his first spy novel, Birds of the West Indies was one of his bird “bibles.” He wanted his main character to have an ordinary, unassuming name, and when he was trying to drum one up, he remembered the author of the book he turned to so often. “It struck me that this name, brief, unromantic and yet very masculine, was just what I needed and so James Bond II was born,” Fleming wrote to Mary. (Fleming later called “James Bond” the “dullest name I’ve ever heard.”)

Fleming told Mary that he understood if they were angry at the theft of Bond’s name, and suggested a trade. “In return I can only offer your James Bond unlimited use of the name Ian Fleming for any purpose he may think fit,” he wrote. “Perhaps one day he will discover some particularly horrible species of bird which he would like to christen in an insulting fashion.” 

He also invited the Bonds to his home in Jamaica, which they took him up on a few years later. During the Bonds’ visit, Fleming gave James a copy of his latest novel, You Only Live Twice, inscribed with the message “To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity.”

For the next few decades, until his death at the age of 89, Bond’s famous namesake caused the ornithologist a few minor annoyances. Once, he was supposedly stopped at the airport because officials thought his passport was a fake, and the occasional bank teller would likewise think the same of his checks and refuse to cash them.

Young women would often prank call the Bond house late at night asking to speak to 007, to which Mary would reply: “Yes, James is here. But this is Pussy Galore and he's busy now."

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