Sneakers, Sports Memorabilia & Modern Collectibles

5 Nike Sneakers Every Collector Needs

By Oliver Vonderahe
Discover rare and exclusive Nike shoes, from LVs and Dunks to Jordan 4s, at our Online Sneaker Shop and Instagram handle @sothebyssneakers .

Whether you are looking for your first pair of premium Nike sneakers or you’re a seasoned sneakerhead, building a collection is a labor of love. Each pair carries a unique story, design and significance. Our Streetwear & Modern Collectables team specializes in selecting the best of the best: exciting collabs, rare sample editions and other Nike sneakers that stand out from the crowd. From LV Nike Air Force 1s to Air Jordan 1 Chicagos, read on to discover 5 of our team’s favorite Nike shoes to add to your collection now.

Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low

1. Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low


In the summer of 2021, Virgil Abloh sent 47 bespoke pairs of LV Nike Air Force 1s down Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2022 runway. Fusing the AF1s classic codes with the insignia and materials of the French maison, Abloh’s Nike LV sneakers seamlessly connect the rich histories of both iconic brands. Every pair of LV Nike Air Force 1s was made by Louis Vuitton in Fiesso d’Artico, marking the first time in the AF1’s 40-year history that the model was crafted outside of a Nike factory. All 47 of Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force One shoes feature materials employed in his Louis Vuitton men’s collections, and are styled with his signature quotation marks. Released posthumously, the Nike Louis Vuitton Air Force Ones represent the last sneaker designs of Abloh’s storied career. For the groundbreaking first release of the LV Nike Air Force 1, an edition of 200 Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force Ones in an exclusive colorway were brought to global online auction at Sotheby’s in January 2022. Dressed in Louis Vuitton’s emblematic Monogram and Damier patterns with natural cowhide piping, each pair of exquisitely handcrafted Nike LVs came with its own orange pilot case in Monogram Taurillon leather.

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Tokyo

2. Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Tokyo


The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Tokyo,” released in 2004, hails from Nike SB’s iconic White Dunk City Series. In 2003, Nike launched the White Dunk: Evolution of an Icon event, a traveling exhibition in which 25 Japanese artists were tasked with reimagining the white Nike Dunk in abstract works of art. In conjunction with the show, Nike planned a series of four Nike SB Dunks, each themed around a major city at which the exhibition would take place. Among them, the Tokyo SB Dunk Low stands out: ultra-minimalist, it is considered the most “philosophical” Dunk ever designed. No tongue or heel branding adorn these Nike SB Dunks, and the tonal canvas uppers include no logo other than Nike’s signature Swoosh. The Tokyo SB Dunk Lows are also incredibly rare, with only 202 pairs offered via lottery.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Eminem x Carhartt

3. Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Eminem x Carhartt


In 2015, rapper Eminem and iconic workwear brand Carhartt teamed up with the Jordan brand to create this ultra-exclusive Air Jordan 4 Retro Carhartt x Eminem collab. Originally gifted to the rapper’s friends and family, an additional 10 pairs of the Air Jordan 4 Retro shoes were created to sell at an eBay auction to benefit the Marshall Mathers Foundation. The highly coveted Air Jordan 4 Retro Carhartt x Eminem sneakers feature uppers in black Carhartt canvas, with chrome eyelets. Eminem’s trademark hockey mask and backwards “E” logo adorn the heels of the Nike Air Jordan 4 retros.

Nike Air Jordan 1 High Travis Scott x Fragment

4. Nike Air Jordan 1 High Travis Scott x Fragment


This unique Travis Scott Nike shoe brought together three of the most relevant entities to design perhaps the most hyped shoe of 2021. The Jordan brand collaborated with Houston musician Travis Scott and Japanese designer Hiroshi Fujiwara of Fragment to add unique branding and signature touches to an otherwise familiar color scheme.

Released in a white and blue upper, similar to the famous sample Nike Air Jordan 1 Highs from 1985, this pair of Nike Fragment sneakers boast unique color blocking and a standout reverse Swoosh, making these some of the most identifiable pairs of the modern era. Fragment Design and Scott’s Cactus Jack branding are found on the heels and medial midsole. The Travis Scott Nikes are finished with a Sail midsole and blue outsole.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Chicago 1985

5. Air Jordan 1 Retro High Chicago 1985


The Nike Air Jordan 1, designed by Peter Moore, is one of the most iconic designs in the history of both streetwear and basketball, and is a key part of the origin of the Air Jordan brand. In 1984, Nike gave Michael Jordan his own signature line of shoes and clothes. It was a first for the brand, and paved the way for many of the player collaborations we now see.

Air Jordan 1s were so popular and successful that Nike continued to make new signature Jordans each season. These Air Jordan 1 Retros are in the iconic retail “Chicago” colorway— perhaps the most recognizable for Michael, as well as the Nike brand. The Air Jordan 1 Chicagos are unmatched when it comes to quality, craftsmanship, materials, innovation, performance and, of course, style. Cop these Jordan 1 Retro High Chicagos as well as the other Nike shoes mentioned above at our online sneaker shop.

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