The sneakerhead culture, which was more of a subculture as late as the early 2000s has become a huge part of mainstream fashion culture. While it is hard to determine when exactly the shift began (many people point to the release of the 'Galaxy' Foamposites in 2012 as the moment when sneakerhead culture became mainstream), the fact of the matter is that the Internet is a large reason why the sneaker game is the way it is today. eBay and other resale sites have made sneakers that were once inaccessible for many people as a result of geography, accessible. With that, comes insane resale prices. And one sneaker released this weekend is currently going for an insane price on the secondary market.
ASAP Mob member ASAP Bari debuted his first sneaker collaboration with VLONE and Nike this past weekend; the VLONE x Nike Air Force 1. The sneaker debuted at ComplexCon in Long Beach, CA, a festival that described itself as "celebrating style, music, sneakers, and art." Only 20 pairs of ASAP Bari's VLONE x Nike Air Force 1 are in existence, and five pairs of the sneakers were auctioned off at ComplexCon. The sneakers, unsurprisingly, have ended up on eBay, and are currently on auction with a price north of $94,000!
Now, to be fair, eBay is known to have its fair share of fake bidders who just jack the price up on items for fun, only to not pay at the conclusion of the auction. We highly doubt that someone will actually pay that price for those sneakers, especially when you can get so many other "grail" status sneakers for much less.
Take for example, the 'Red October' colorway of the Nike Air Yeezy 2, which according to StockX, has an average dead-stock price of $5,145. What about the aforementioned 'Galaxy' Foams, which have an average dead-stock price of $1,552? And as for the self lacing Nike Air Mags that were released via raffle last month? While no pairs have sold, someone is selling their pair of size 7 for just $58,000.
I don't know about you, but if I had that kind of expendable income, I definitely would rather spend less money to get my Marty McFly on as opposed to dropping nearly $100K on a pair of Air Force 1. That's just me though.