A prototype of Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 shoe sold for $1.8 million, making them the most expensive sneakers ever sold. The Air Yeezy 1 prototype is also the first recorded sneaker sale for over $1 million. The previous record was held by a pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s, designed and worn by Michael Jordan, which sold in 2020 for $560,000.
The Yeezy prototype, which was worn by Kanye at the 2008 Grammys, were bought by sneaker investing platform RARES. The sneaker marked the beginning of Kanye's foray into the sneaker world, which saw him eventually leave Nike for adidas, where his Yeezy brand was recently valued between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion, according to Bloomberg.