2017 has been a pretty eventful year for sneakers, for both sneaker fans and resellers alike.
Some truly unique shoes have made their way on to the scene, drawing a new round of rabid sneakerheads as well as a fresh group of people coming on to the scene trying to learn how to partake in the exciting game of buying and selling shoes.
From Kaws x Jordan 4’s to multiple colorways in PSNY 12’s, to brand new colorways of V2 Yeezy’s, and most recently Tom Sachs Nike Mars Yards, there was a lot of money to be made in the world of sneaker reselling.
Although the year is more than halfway over, there are still some hot releases to look forward to. It’s not too late to get in to the game, whether you’re a fan of the brands and would like to own the hottest kicks, or if you’d like to get a feel of what it’s like to be a certified sneaker flipper.
At the time of this writing in mid august of 2017, here are some of the most notable upcoming kicks:
Off White x Nike
(A preorder pair of an upcoming Nike x Off-white model on eBay.)
Virgil Abloh’s Off White brand is fresh to the fashion scene, as it debuted in 2014, but already it has reached massive cult status in the streetwear world. This come up is amazing and I give a lot of credit to Mr. Abloh and his visionary ability to create art that stands out in the super competitive and judgemental world of streetwear. His clothing commands high price tags and is worn by celebrities. He is also the mastermind behind the PYREX brand, another celebrity favorite.
The streetwear world is tied hand in hand with the sneaker culture, so whenever a collaboration happens between the two, a buying frenzy and hype are set to ensue. Historically, Nike collaborations are a safe bet of at least double the retail value, and the hotter the streetwear brand, the more valuable the collaboration will be. Needless to say, this Off White x Nike drop will be one to watch.
With the hype in the sneaker community and preorders flooding eBay in the $1000+ range (some people are even buying and selling fakes at the $500 level right now too), it’s safe to say that these are definitely kicks that you want to go after for a nice flip.
This is a huge event that you should start to prep for now, as 6 different models will be releasing.
Out of all the models releasing, the ones to pay attention to with the highest likely resale value are definitely the Air Jordan 1 x Off White, the Air Max 90 x Off White, and the Nike Air Vapormax x Off White. The other 3 models, the Off White x Nike Air Force 1, Blazer Mid, and Air Presto will surely also have resale value, but your best bet for profitable flips are the first 3 mentioned.
You’ll want to be equipped with a tool like a sneaker bot. To learn how to properly operate them and more about different valuable shoe models and sales strategies, I recommend that you check out the insider’s field guide on how to become a master at profitably selling shoes. Working with a sneaker bot to buy limited shoes can be dangerous, so the guide also includes completely manual, free methods that you can use to successfully secure yourself a pair of shoes.
The Yeezy Zebras were the most valuable Yeezys of the year at the time of their release in February, commanding prices of $2000 and even more during the frenzy of their limited release. Since then, the Yeezy resale price has dropped with models that released in larger quantities like the Cream Yeezy’s showing resale value of around $500-600, which is characteristically low for Yeezys (but still worth a decent profit at a $220 retail).
There was a recent restock of the Yeezy Zebras, and since tons of pairs were out, the resale price plummeted to below $1000.
It is still worth going for Yeezys as they will always sell for double, at least for the rest of the year. Mark your calendars for this October 2017 when the next Yeezys are due to release, the Beluga 2.0s. These should be more rare than the Creams so will likely see initial resale value of triple their retail.
As always, another round of Yeezys will also be releasing around the Holiday season. The semi frozen yellow and blue tint colorways are scheduled to drop in December.
Air Jordan 14 x Doernbecher
These kicks are the result of a collaboration between Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon and Nike. Although the official design has not made its debut yet, expect to see a confirmation of the designs in October. Each year, kids who are patients of the hospital, often with diseases that are deemed nearly uncurable, are given the opportunity to make a mark with their life by designing a pair of Nike sneakers.
Multiple pairs are set to release, but the one to look out for is the Air Jordan 14 which will likely be the shoe that will get a Doernbecher flavor for a high resale value. Make sure you’re prepped for November to take part of this hot release you don’t want to miss. The best reason to take part in this release is because purchasing a pair of these shoes will contribute a 100% donation to children in need who have cancer.
Pharrell Williams Human Race NMD
(source: Yeezy Mafia )
Ever since Kanye came on in 2015, Adidas has been experiencing a major come up in the last few years. The amount of shoes that resell with the three stripes logo is frequent enough that nowadays more and more people are putting in the research to learn how to resell shoes like Yeezys to make money.
Last year, Pharrell debuted an Adidas shoe that had Yeezy level resale values of around $2,000 for a single pair of shoes, and these were the Human Race adidas NMDs. Let me tell you, if you were around to partake in buying and reselling of those shoes, you would have had a really fun and profitable time!
Even if you’re reading this and you missed out on the last release, which would have made you $1,000 per pair that you secured, fret not because this collaboration is happening again, this November.
The resale values may or may not crack the $1,000 level, but it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ll be able to at the least double your money on the $240 investment.
Keep your eye out for these kicks and you can make thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars before this year ends! Good luck, and I wish you all the best.