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Some Of The Most Expensive Nike Air Max Trainers

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We take a look at some of the most expensive Nike Air Max trainers in the ever evolving world of Air Max & the sneaker resale market.

With more sneaker heads now flocking to sneaker resale platforms than ever before, we wanted to take a look at some of the most sought after trainers out there and the most expensive Nike Air Max trainers currently on the resale market. The sneaker resale market has grown to gigantic proportions over the last 5 years, with sneaker collecting & the many Air Max silhouettes in particular now at an all time high.

The average sneaker head would probably cite Virgil Abloh and his ‘The Ten’ collection for blowing up the sneaker resale market, however the passion for collecting OG Air Max models goes beyond OFF-WHITE. It’s not just about Air Max collaborations either. Certain colourways will always hold their own when it comes to re-sale Air Max trainers.

Sneaker resale platforms have now become just as popular (if not more popular!) than traditional sneaker retailers. From OG Parra collabs from the early noughties to the more recent stuff from OFF-WHITE we take a look at some of the most expensive Air Max currently out there.

Parra x Nike Air Max 1 2018

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Parra trainer (2018) – Resale value around £500

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Legendary Dutch artist Parra and Nike team up for 2018 for their first collab in over a decade. Parra previously worked on legendary pairs of Air Max 1s, including the “Cherrywood” and “Amsterdam” colourways, which have become staples amongst collectors. This Nike Air Max 1 Parra 2018 trainer takes abstract interpretations of cityscape and landscape imagery, applying it to the Air Max’s iconic silhouette. Using his traditional colour palette of white, light blue, red, grey, and pink, this pair is sure to turn heads with its unique and vibrant style. 

Dizzee Rascal x Nike Air Max 90

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM90 Dizzee Rascal ‘Tongue N Cheek’ trainer (2009) – Resale value around £2200

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Nike team up with London born Grime legend & pioneer, Dizzee Rascal, as well as designer Ben Drury for a very special ‘Tongue N Cheek’ release. A celebratory drop for Dizzee’s 4th studio album which included a collaboration with Calvin Harris and hit tracks such as Bonkers, Dance Wiv Me & Holiday. The album was certified platinum and marked Dizzee’s best selling album of all time. Dizzee was well known for pioneering the Air Max 90 trainer as an OG grime style during the early 90s and was famously photographed outside the E3 tower blocks wearing the iconic infrared colourway. 

Nike Air Max 1 Patta Purple Denim

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with AM1 Patta ‘Purple Denim’ (2009) – Resale value around £4000

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Patta teams up with Nike to celebrate the Amsterdam sneaker stores’ fifth year anniversary with a collaborative rendition of the Air Max 1. Featuring classic colour-blocking style, the classic AM silhouette is given the ‘purple denim’ treatment courtesy of the Patta crew. The Nike Air Max 1 Patta ‘Purple Denim’ 5th anniversary trainer has become a must have and holy-grail trainer for serious Air Max collectors over the last 10 years. 

Nike Air Max Kid Robot 2005

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Kid Robot (2005) – Resale value around £4000

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Nike & Barneys New York teamed up with Kid Robot for 2005 for a very special, limited edition Air Max 1 trainer. The Nike Air Max 1 Kid Robot has become one of the most collectible Air Max on the sneaker resale market. Designs from Paul Budnitz & Chad Phillips of Kidrobot drawing inspiration Kidrobot’s 1986 Maserati Quattroporte III Royale. Each limited edition shoe also came with a mini roboto keychain. The sockliners were created by artists Gary Baseman, Dalek, David Horvath, Huck Gee and Frank Kozik.

NIKE AIR MAX 1 PATTA X PARRA ‘CHERRYWOOD’

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Patta x Parra (2010) – Resale value around £4000

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Patta teams up with Nike to celebrate the Amsterdam sneaker stores’ fifth year anniversary with a collaborative rendition of the Air Max 1. Also joining forces with fellow Dutch artist & streetwear brand, Parra, for one of the most sought after Air Max 1 releases to date. The Nike Air Max 1 Patta x Parra ‘Cherrywood’ trainer has become a must have and holy-grail trainer for serious Air Max collectors over the last 10 years. Originally released in very limited numbers, only 258 pairs, the ‘Cherrywood’ version marked the 5th & final collaboration of Patta & Nike’s 5 year anniversary releases.

OFF-WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax 'The Ten'

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the OFF-WHITE X Nike Air VaporMax ‘The Ten’ (2017) – Resale value around £1000

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Dropping as part of ‘The Ten’ from Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE collaboration with Nike in 2017 which took the sneaker world by storm. The OFF-WHITE x Air VaporMax ‘The Ten’ trainer from 2017 has become one of the hottest sneaker styles on the resale market. Brining together the innovative VaporMax silhouette from 2017 which featured more visible air than ever before, the sought after style sees Abloh’s signature stitching, quotation marks & zip ties.

Nike Air Max 1 AMS Parra Amsterdam

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Parra ‘Amsterdam (2005) – Resale value around £5000

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This OG Air Max drop goes back to the mid noughties with the highly sought after Nike Air Max 1 Parra ‘Amsterdam’ trainer from 2005. Merging the classic Tinker Hatfield silhouette with the Dutch artist’s creativity & a unique Brownstone/Blue Reef-Dark Oak colourway, the release has become one of the most collectible Air Max drops ever.

Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS "Animal Pack" 2007

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Parra ‘Amsterdam (2005) – Resale value around £2500

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This OG Air Max drop goes back to the late noughties with the highly sought after Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS Animal Pack from 2007. Merging the classic Tinker Hatfield silhouette with some Serengeti inspired vibes, the exclusive ATMOS release has become one of the most collectible Air Max drops ever.

Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1/97 Sean Wotherspoon (2018) – Resale value around £1000

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The very first hybrid trainer of its kind sees vintage sportswear enthusiast, Sean Wotherspoon, teaming up with Nike for 2018. After sending his unique design to Nike, the partnership came into fruition for a combination of corduroy & vintage Nike sportswear inspiration. Originally dropping on Air Max Day 2018, the Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon trainer was arguably the hottest sneaker drop of the year. Merging the streamlined, bullet train inspired uppers with the sole unit of original Tinker Hatfield silhouette from 1987.

OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 90 'The Ten' 2017

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 90 ‘The Ten’ 2017 – Resale value around £1500

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Dropping as part of ‘The Ten’ from Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE collaboration with Nike in 2017 which took the sneaker world by storm. The OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 ‘The Ten’ trainer from 2017 has become one of the hottest sneaker styles on the resale market. Utilising the classic early 90s Air Max silhouette, the sought after sneaker style sees Abloh’s signature stitching, quotation marks & zip ties.

OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 Menta

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 Menta 2018 – Resale value around £600

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Virgil Abloh & Nike continue their super hyped collaboration with the introduction of the OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 Menta trainer release. Featuring an almost translucent upper in off white & wolf grey with multi-coloured swooshes to the sidewalls. The bullet train inspired silhouette is also given Abloh’s signature stitching & quotation marks with “AIR” branding to the lateral sides.

Nike Air Max 1 Patta 5th Anniversary Chlorophyll Green 2009

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Patta Chlorophyll 2009 – Resale value around £1700

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Patta teams up with Nike to celebrate the Amsterdam sneaker stores’ fifth year anniversary with a collaborative rendition of the Air Max 1. The QS edition of the heritage runner features a nubuck, denim, and mesh construction in grey and white tones with Chlorophyll accents throughout. The Nike Air Max 1 Patta 5th Anniversary Chlorophyll trainer has become a must have and holy-grail trainer for serious Air Max collectors over the last 10 years.

Nike Air Max 1 Patta Lucky Green 5th year anniversary

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 Patta Lucky Green 2009 – Resale value around £5000

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Patta teams up with Nike to celebrate the Amsterdam sneaker stores’ fifth year anniversary with another collaborative rendition of the Air Max 1. Featuring heavy duty plain canvas & ballistic nylon uppers with ‘lucky green’ detailing to the eye-stays & the Patta script logo to the heel. The Nike Air Max 1 Patta ‘Lucky Green’ 5th anniversary trainer has become a must have and holy-grail trainer for serious Air Max collectors over the last 10 years.

Nike Air Max 90 KAWS Black Volt

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM90 KAWS Black Volt 2008 – Resale value around £2000

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Nike teams up with the Brooklyn based artist, Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, for a very special Air Max 90 trainer release. Dropping as part of the limited edition ‘OrginalFake’ pack, the Nike Air Max 90 KAWS Black Volt trainer features the East Coast artists’ signature XX logo to the lateral sides in volt with tonal black/volt laces & all black uppers with a 4-way stretch fabric.

OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Ma 97 The Ten 2017

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 ‘The Ten’  2017 – Resale value around £1000

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Dropping as part of ‘The Ten’ from Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE collaboration with Nike in 2017 which took the sneaker world by storm. The OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Max 97 ‘The Ten’ trainer from 2017 has become one of the hottest sneaker AM97’s on the sneaker resale market. Utilising the classic late 90s, bullet train inspired Air Max silhouette, the sought after sneaker style sees Abloh’s signature stitching, quotation marks & zip ties.

Nike Air Max 95 MITA Prototype

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM95 MITA Prototype 2013 – Resale value around £2000

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Nike teams up with the Japanese sneaker store, MITA, for a very special Air Max 95 trainer release utilising the mid 90s silhouette from Sergio Lozano. Giving a nod to the OG ‘Neon’ silhouette from the mid 90s which is still considered one of the greatest, the Nike Air Max 95 MITA Prototype switches it up with an all black tongue and lining. Other highlights include classic ‘airmax’ branding to the insole in neon & white alongside ‘UENO’ embroidery to the inner lining.

Nike Air Max 97 UNDEFEATED Olive Green

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM97 UNDEFEATED Olive Green 2017 – Resale value around £1000

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UNDEFEATED team up with Nike again in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Nike Air Max 97 trainer. Originally dropping as a ComplexCon exclusive for 2017, the Nike Air Max 97 Undefeated Olive Green trainer features military uniform inspirations across the bullet trainer inspired design. Highlights include militia green uppers with black overlays which feature a continuation of the UNDEFEATED branding. The Olive Green colourway marked the 3rd collaboration between UNDEFEATED & Nike on the streamlined Air Max silhouette.

Nike Air Max 90 Clot Kiss of Death 2006

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM90 Clot ‘Kiss of Death’ 2006 – Resale value around £1500

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The Nike Air Max 1 Clot ‘Kiss of Death’ originally dropped back in 2006 and marked one of the very first collaborations between the Hong Kong sneaker store and the Oregon based sportswear giant. The design was truly unique as far as AM90’s go. The sockliner was completely removed & the uppers featured a combination of snakeskin, Ostrich skin & suede for a completely unique Air Max aesthetic. The uppers also featured a transparent plastic toe box with an overall ‘East meets West’ kind of vibe. The super rare Nike Air Max x Clot collaboration has become one of the most sought after Air Max styles on the sneaker resale market.

Nike Air Max 90 DQM Bacon

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM90 DQM ‘Bacon’ 2004- Resale value around £1000

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The Nike Air Max 90 DQM ‘Bacon’ trainer has become something of a legend for Air Max collectors since it’s original release back in the early noughties. Nike teamed up with DQM (Dave’s Quality Meats), a New York sneaker & streetwear store which was started by Dave Oritz and Chris Keeffe. The store featured a butchers theme throughout which is where the inspiration for the Bacon Air Max trainer originated. The uppers of the Air Max 90 were transformed into a tasty breakfast treat with bacon inspired colourways.

Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS Elephant

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 ATMOS ‘Elephant’ 2007 – Resale value around £650

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The Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS ‘Elephant’ trainer was re-introduced for Nike Air Max Day 2017 after Air Max fans voted for its return. Originally released back in 2007, the Safari style collaboration between Nike & the Japanese sneaker store has become one of the most sought after styles among Air Max aficionados. Featuring an elephant print to the collar & the mudguard with contrasting swooshes to the sidewalls in jade for a truly unique aesthetic.

Nike Air Max 90 ATMOS Duck Hunter Camo 333888-025

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM90 ATMOS ‘Duck Hunter Camo’ 2013 – Resale value around £700

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The Nike Air Max 90 ATMOS ‘Duck Hunter Camo’ trainer was first introduced in 2013 as a very special collaboration with the Japanese sneaker store. Continuing the partnership’s ongoing theme of animal style prints, the Air Max 90 was re-worked with Duck Camo uppers in the famous hunting camo. The iconic infrared colourway also features to the midsole, eyelets, heel & Air Max branding to the sides. The popular camo style has become one of the most collectible Air Max trainers of all time.

Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS PRM Tiger Camo Snakeskin

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 ATMOS PRM ‘Tiger Camo Snakeskin’ 2013 – Resale value around £450

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The Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS PRM ‘Tiger Camo Snakeskin’ trainer was first introduced in February 2013 as a very special collaboration with the Japanese sneaker store. Continuing the partnership’s ongoing theme of animal style prints, the Air Max 1 is re-worked with Tiger Camo & Snakeskin uppers for some ultimate jungle vibes. Highlights include snakeskin embossed leather to the toe box, sides, swooshes & heel alongside contrasting Air Max branding to the tongue in ‘orange blaze’. The popular ‘tiger camo & snakeskin’ style has become one of the most collectible Air Max trainers of all time.

Nike Air Max 1 Master 2017 2

Above: Expensive Nike Air Max with the AM1 ‘Master’ 30th Anniversary 2017 – Resale value around £450

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The Nike Air Max 1 ‘Master’ 30th anniversary trainer was first introduced in March 2017 for Nike Air Max Day. Celebrating 30 years of the original Tinker Hatfield silhouette from 1987, the ‘What The’ name of the colourway sums up the style perfectly. Mixing together previous prints & hues from the likes of the ‘Beast Pack’ from ATMOS, Kid Robot, Parra & the 5th Anniversary ‘Chlorophyll’ from Patta, the AM1 Master is like a ‘greatest hits’ best of rendition of the late 80s classic.

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