The exclusivity of cyber sneakers, as well as their enhanced digital designs, makes them all that more appealing to collectors. Some virtual shoes even come with real-life matching pairs so owners can flaunt their kicks outside of the metaverse. Whether or not that’s worth millions of dollars is up to you — but you can browse the top-selling pairs to decide for yourself.
RTFKT’s collaboration with NFT studio CryptoPunks, appropriately called Punks Project, created one-of-one sneakers exclusively for people who owned a digital Punks avatar. While pair #5192 originally sold in September 2021 for 4.4 ETH, the collectible has since sold for 22 ETH, or about $36,733.
Just after its April release, a reptilian iteration of Nike’s Dunk Genesis sold on OpenSea for over $33,000. One of 250, the pair features an animated scaly toe box and hits of holographic green. Its current asking price has lowered, just slightly, to $28,000.
Other iterations of the Dunk Genesis sneakers are up for grabs, but they’ll cost you: At the time of writing, an “ANGL” version of the low-top kicks is selling on OpenSea for 22 ETH, or approximately $35,178.
An Atari Asteroids sneaker, designed by RTFKT creator NB04D, last sold in January for 30 ETH — equivalent to about $49,000. The shoe, one of 50 made, is now up for sale again for a cool 60 ETH, or about $100,000. If you’ve got the will (and more importantly, the cash), the digital sneaker is up for grabs until September 8.
Dunks are already a commodity in real life, but online, their value has only increased. A pair of holographic Nike Dunk Genesis sneakers, part of the brand’s RTFKT Cryptokicks collection, sold for just over $91,000 after its April release. Its value has since decreased to $35,000, however, and bids for the sneaker on OpenSea haven’t surpassed $1,000.
The most expensive digital pair sold yet is a set of Nike Dunk Genesis sneakers sold in April for 45 ETH — worth $130,000 at the time but now roughly $75,000. Designed by Takashi Murakami, only 98 iterations of the particular NFT were offered, making it a scarce collectors item.