Since the inception of sneaker culture, what's on your feet has been considered a symbol of status. From unreleased samples to footwear created exclusively for exhibits to collaborations with music superstars, it's best to operate under the mantra that, with some digging, any sneaker you see online can be found in real life.
However, you have to pay to play, and the rarest kicks that earn its wearers the longest stares from envious onlookers often come at a steep price. The same goes for accessories, some of which aren't even wearable.
With that said, Stadium Goods provides this list of rare grabs, some of which are more recognizable than others.
20. Nike Air Yeezy "Zen Grey"
Style: 366164 002
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Here's where the Yeezy crazy started. The Nike Air Yeezy in "Zen Grey" is Kanye West's inaugural shoe with Nike (when his relationship with the brand was still solid). It features a high-top design with perforations on the upper in zen grey and light charcoal, elephant print along the toe, orange trimming, a strap featuring engraved Ys, and a glow in the dark outsole.
19. Nike Air Yeezy "Blink"
Style: 366164 003
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18. Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG "Pure Platinum"
Style: 508214 010
Stadium Goods Link: Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum”
Released alongside the "Solar Red" colorway, the "Pure Platinum" version of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 is definitely the more pristine looking shoe of the duo. Its upper features various textures, with mesh appearing on the front, suede on the mudguard, and scales on the back panel that are accentuated by ridges on the heel. Solar red lining and a glow in the dark outsole complete the shoe.
17. adidas Yeezy Boost 350 "Turtle Dove"
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The first-ever adidas Yeezy Boost 350 was the "Turtle Dove" colorway. Now extremely coveted, the low-top sneaker features an one-piece woven printed Primeknit upper with a Boost sole.
16. adidas NMD R1 Primeknit "Pitch Black"
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The adidas NMD Primeknit R1 “Pitch Black” were produced in a limited run of 500 pairs, of which 400 pairs were reserved for friend's and family. adidas held a snapchat competition to raffle off the remaining 100 sneakers.
15. Nike Kobe 9 Premium "HTM"
Style: 698595 109
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A product of Fragment Design Founder Hiroshi Fujiwara and Nike Innovation Leader Tinker Hatfield, perhaps the best application of Flyknit technology ever appears on the Nike Kobe 9 Premium "HTM". The woven material appears on the model along with Nike Lunarlon and Flywire to create the ultimate hybrid. Created in four colorways, the upper on this white version features a multi-color look with black accents and a gum sole.
14. adidas Yeezy Boost 750
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The genesis. Kanye West started his collaborative relationship with adidas on a high note with the release of the first-ever adidas Yeezy Boost 750. The sneaker features a high-top suede upper and an outsole created with adidas’ then new Boost technology. Zipper access on the lateral side allows for easy accessibility, while a strap and perforated toe box enhance the look.
13. Supreme x Everlast Leather Heavy Bag
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It's best to expect the unexpected from renowned streetwear brand Supreme, especially in the accessories department. For its more conventional offerings – ashtrays and bottle openers included – there are left field options like their 2016 collaboration with Everlast.
Along with boxing gloves, the fitness junkie sect of Supreme's cult followers had the opportunity to cop an actual heavy bag featuring aptly placed co-branding.
12. Public School x Air Jordan 10 Retro "Family & Friends"
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It's safe to assume that any Public School and Jordan Brand collab will be scorching hot. This includes the Air Jordan 10 release from 2015. Given to a short list of privileged family and friends, the sneaker features a Chicago Bulls-centric look with its black leather upper, red accents on the lace-up and inner lining, and a cement grey speckled outsole. The victory lap appears on the insole, where Public School lists its biggest accomplishments to date.
11. Air Jordan 5 Retro T23 "Tokyo"
Style: 454783 701
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Created to commemorate the Jordan Tokyo 23 grand opening, the Air Jordan 5 Retro T23 "Tokyo" features a suede yellow upper, the shoe's signature 3M metallic tongue, and clear accents on the outsole and netting. A combination of white and yellow appears on the midsole. The traditional "23" towards the heel of the shoe is substituted for an embroidered Tokyo23 crest fashioned in Japanese Mon style.
10. Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Red October"
Style: 508214 660
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The end of an era. The Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Red October" was Kanye West's final collaborative effort with Nike. It's known for it's eye-catching design and all-red monochromatic colorway.
9. Air Jordan 5 Retro "Pantone"
Style: 136027 205334
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The Air Jordan 5 "Pantone" is a rarity, as it was created to be a part of a themed set meant for display only. As is the case with most rare sneakers, a few pairs managed to find their way in the market place. And voila, here we have the AJ 5 with a monochrome University Blue upper and a white midsole with an icy outsole to top things off.
8. Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0
Style: 843871 001
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Nike brought the sneaker game back to the future (pun intended) by introducing self-lacing technology. Of course, the 2016 Nike Air MAG (more on that later) with this feature had much acclaim due to nostalgia, but the true technically marvel is the newly released Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0.
For starters, the shoe activates automatically the moment your heel touches the footbed of the insole, adjusting to the wearer's foot. There's also buttons on the lateral side of your foot to adjust the tightness to your liking. Two charging pucks that magnetically attach to the outsole are included to maintain optimum battery life.
7. Air Jordan 12 Retro "28 Days of Flight"
Style: 375261 956
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 12 Retro "28 Days of Flight"
Jordan Brand rolled out the Air Jordan XX8 with the dynamic "28 Days of Flight" campaign back in February 2013.
Each day, a vibrant black and neon green version of every Air Jordan shoe was unveiled until the time came to reveal the AJ XX8. Per usual these colorways were never created in mass quantities. Instead, fans were asked to share a photo of themselves on Instagram using #XX8DaysofFlight hashtag, wearing the Air Jordan model corresponding to that day. Winners selected were given the sneaker they sought.
Here, we highlight the rare Air Jordan 12 Retro "28 Days of Flight", featuring premium leather with a shiny coating, as well as a neon green outsole and inner lining.
6. Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Human Race "Friends & Family"
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As if the original Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Human Race didn't cause enough of a stir, a special "friends and family" version released. Exclusivity aside, the sneaker is a marvel to look at. It features an one-piece upper with a unique cage overlay. Chinese script on the toes reads as follows: the right pair dons the word “family,” the left pair features the word “friends”.
5. Air Jordan 6 "Macklemore"
Style: 522208 520
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In 2014, rapper Macklemore, a proven Air Jordan stan, had the opportunity to collaborate with Jordan Brand on a sneaker. The result were a pair of unreleased, extremely rare "Clay" and "Cactus"colorways of the Air Jordan 6 model.
The former features a buttery smooth suede in a red hue with the perforations on the side panel and Macklemore's Shark Face Gang logo on the heel. The laces are waxed and feature the famed lace lock. Hits of white and black on the midsole are complimented by the icy blue sole.
4. Nike Air MAG (2011)
Style: 417744 001
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Prior to a much grander 2016 release, the world first saw the Nike Air MAG – famously worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II – come to true-life-fruition back in 2011.
The high-top silhouette became available via eBay auctions that supported the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Fifteen-hundred pairs were made and auctioned off throughout a 10 week process (150 sneakers per week). Design wise, the Air MAG was made to scale to mirror the version from the classic film, with accent on the sole, heel, and ankle that light up.
3. SoleFly x Air Jordan 3 Retro "Lotto"
Style: 470085 AJ3
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Miami-based boutique SoleFly's hot streak with Jordan Brand collaborations dates back to 2012, but the retailer truly struck gold with the 2014 release of the Air Jordan 3 Retro "Lotto".
Designed with the Florida lottery in mind, the sneaker features a regionally-appropriate mix of tropical tones that accentuate the upper, which dons white leather and reflective 3M panels on the mudguard. Taking a peek under the heel tab reveals a homage to Miami, as the zip code ("305") and an image of the state of Florida appear on this friends and family release. Only 25 pairs are in existence.
2. Undefeated x Air Jordan 4 Retro
Style: JBM351 M1 C1
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As far as coveted Air Jordan releases go, few compare to 2005's extremely rare UNDEFEATED x Air Jordan 4 Retro, a collaboration with the California-based streetwear brand. Limited to a mere 72 pairs, given exclusively to family and friends, the MA-1 Flight Jacket-inspired sneaker sports an olive green upper in premium suede with black overlays and orange accents. The velcro patch on the tongue is removable, revealing the words "Jordan Rare Air".
1. Supreme x Rolex Submariner
Rolex doesn't make watches, it manufactures timepieces. In the same vein, Supreme doesn't make clothes, it moves culture forward with a myriad of culturally informed products. It was only natural that the two brands eventually connect in some way.
For its spring/summer 2013 collection, the folks at Supreme gifted friends and family with a collaborative Rolex Submariner. Rumored to be just 20 in existence, the watch features a silver make up, with the iconic Supreme box logo engraved on the back and the phrase "Fuck Em" appearing on the front bezel.