Today we go through our picks for the top 12 most hyped and potentially profitable sneakers to resell The sneaker resale market is growing and will continue to expand in 2021. 2020 proved that even a pandemic can’t stop the upcoming boom of this reselling market and 2021 is all set to build off last year’s momentum with a plethora of highly-anticipated releases.

Today, we go through our updated list of the Top 12 Sneakers to Resell in 2021! Stay tuned to know all about it! If you’re reading this in 2022 check out the top shoes to resell this year here. Get into the sneaker reselling game and earn thousands of dollars in profits every month! All you need is the right knowledge and guidance that our Hypemaster Playbook can provide. This Highly Reviewed Guidebook will build the foundation for your entire reselling journey.

We always update our blog with the latest release articles every month– Read about March 2022 here! Since most of the sneakers on this list have very distant release dates, take the information regarding expected resale value with a grain of salt and wait for the full guides for more accurate estimates.

With that out of the way, let’s get right into it!

#12 Nike SB Dunk High “Hawaii”

  • Retail Price: $120
  • Estimated Resell: $350+
  • Release Date: Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Nike SB Dunk High Hawaii

This Nike SB Dunk High pays tribute to the islands of Hawaii in celebration of the 4/20 holiday. These sneakers fittingly feature an upper embellished with floral patterns and soft hues. Blue and green aqua shades cover most of this sneaker with contrasting Sail flowers in variating shapes and sizes.

To match the flower aesthetics, soft Sail covers the throats leading up to matching tongues. Tongues that are a shade of yellow with Sail “Nike” branding. The wear-away upper features suede materials and an extra secret pocket. Inside, however, is where things take a turn. Blazing red/orange footbeds with flaming skulls, palm trees, and volcano graphics cover the interiors.

Crisp white midsoles and sail rubber outsoles complete the look. Resale for these sneakers will likely be very lucrative. They’ve already been sold for over $700 so expect gross profits close to $300 or more when they release.

Check out the full article here.

#11 Air Jordan 4 “University Blue”

  • Retail Price: $225
  • Estimated Resell: $450
  • Release Date: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Air Jordan 4 University Blue

Another hyped sneaker that’s set for the month of April, this Air Jordan 4 comes dressed in premium suede leather materials in an OG colorway.

Uppers consist of University Blue suede with mesh netting on the side panels and throats. OG tongues provide a retro feel while the classic grey cement design covers the midsoles.

Resale prices are currently around $620 but I expect a decline to $450 on the release date. A more detailed look at this sneaker is coming soon!

Full article here.

#10 Sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle “Dark Iris”

  • Retail Price: $180
  • Estimated Resell: $500
  • Release Date: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Sacai X Nike Vaporwaffle Dark Iris

This release has all Nike and Sacai fans hyped and the best part is, you don’t have to wait much longer. Nylon construction is used this time around that’s covered in an overall purple hue. Blue/white laces and dual tongues blend right in while the only contrast is provided by the crimson tongues on the lateral sides.

Suede and leather cover the forefoot and rears while white midsoles and black outsoles complete the design. Currently, they’re selling for whopping price tags of over $1,000. Although that will more than likely fall when closer to the release date, you can still expect some very decent profits. Stay tuned for a more detailed look very soon!

Read full article here.

#9 Air Jordan 1 Low “Chinese New Year” (2021)

  • Retail Price: $130
  • Average Resell: $540
  • Release Date: Sunday, January 31st, 2021
Air Jordan 1 Low Chinese New Year 2021

Chinese New year sneakers are always some of the best and it should come as no surprise that another one occupies a place on this list. This Jordan 1 Low released for the Year of the Ox and is only limited to 8,500 pairs. Dressed in black and red canvas materials, these sneakers are embellished with various Chinese graphics including depictions of an Ox.

Red lacing is strapped around the ankles with a hanging golden tassel for an added luxurious touch. Clean white midsoles and traditional red outsoles complete the look. The average resale price is as high as expected at $540. Yielding decent profits for resellers of over $300 per pair.

Full guide can be found here.

#8 Air Jordan 4 “lightning” (2021)

  • Retail Price: $220
  • Estimated Resell: $500+
  • Release Date: Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Air Jordan 4 Lightning 2021 1

Originally released in 2006, the Air Jordan 4 Lightning makes a return this August so keep your wallets ready as it’ll likely be a very lucrative drop! Uppers consist of vibrant yellow leather with yellow laces and what appears to be mesh netting along the throats and side panels.

Black/white midsoles and black outsoles complete the design. Although no data is available as of yet, I expect a resale value of around $500. The 2006 versions are currently selling for north of $1,800 so there’s no telling just how profitable these might be.

Guide to this shoe can be found here.

#7 Nike SB Dunk Low Street Hawker

  • Retail Price: $110
  • Average Resale: $644
  • Release Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2021
Nike SB Dunk Low Street Hawker

These sneakers already released back in January, however, you’re sure to find them on anyone’s top sneakers of 2021 list. Although they were originally released for the Chinese New Year that initiated the Year of the Ox, these sneakers also tell a story of Chinese cuisine.

Uppers feature watercolors that are mismatched in a “What-The” like fashion. “Nike” on the heel tabs are replaced with Chinese characters while white midsoles and mismatched outsoles complete the design. Resale prices on StockX are at an average of $640 per pair for the shoes alone. The Special-Box edition, however, will cost you north of $1,300!

Full guide can be found here.

 #6 Bad Bunny x Adidas Forum Buckle Low

  • Retail Price: $160
  • Average Resale: $690
  • Release Date: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Bad Bunny X Adidas Forum Buckle Low

Puerto Rican/American rapper “Bad Bunny” recently dropped two collaborations with Adidas on the forum low, both of which have been insanely hyped and profitable.

Brown uppers on this sneaker with darker brown straps, side stripes, and laces provide contrast. Bad Bunny’s logos on the tongues, signature lyrics and other details make these kicks even more appealing. Rubber midsoles and dark brown outsoles complete the design. Resale prices are currently hovering at around $690 on StockX, a gross profit of over $500.

Guides –
Bad Bunny x Adidas Forum Buckle Low Black.
Bad Bunny x Adidas Forum Buckle Low Easter Egg.

#5 Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 British Khaki

  • Retail Price: $250
  • Estimated Resell: $650
  • Release Date: Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Travis Scott X Air Jordan 6 British Khaki

Initially revealed on Travis Scott himself, recent images reveal that the construction of these sneakers features a light brown suede which is usually leather on most models. While “British Khaki” suede covers most of the uppers, a darker brown hue covers the throats and subtly distinguishes itself with bright crimson Jump-Man logos.

Translucent grey overlays cover the tongues, lace toggles, and also heel hoops that include a Bright Crimson strip. Dark brown midsoles and outsoles complete the design. Expect to sell these sneakers at around $650 per pair. That’s a decent gross profit of around $400! For a more detailed look including how to buy, see our article below.

Full guide here.

#4 Fragment x Sacai x Nike LD Waffle

  • Retail Price: N/A
  • Estimated Resell: $700
  • Release Date: Spring 2021
Fragment X Sacai X Nike LD Waffle

Although not much is known about these sneakers, you can definitely expect some very high returns. Uppers consist of a mesh base with dual paneling. Suede, leather, and nylon overlays cover the dark navy upper while white/grey swooshes provide contrast. Sail midsoles and black outsoles complete the design.

This three-way collaboration will likely be the most hyped Sacai x Nike sneaker yet. Thus I’m expecting resale to be over $700.

Full guide here.

#3 Supreme x Nike Dunk Low “Stars”

  • Retail Price: $110
  • Average Resale: $1,200
  • Release Date: Thursday, March 4th, 2021
Supreme X Nike Dunk Low Stars

Released just last month after months of leaks and rumors, the Supreme x Nike SB Dunk has been for sure one of the most profitable sneakers of this year.

The “Mean Green” colorway features green leather and faux reptile leather on the toes with special hangtags, green Swooshes, and golden stars that embellish the white side panels.

White midsoles and matching green outsoles complete the design. The most profitable out of the pack is The “Mean Green”, selling for an average price of almost $1,300 per pair!

Full guide for these can be found here.

#2 Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 High “Freeze-Out”

  • Retail Price: $190
  • Average Resale: $2,800
  • Release Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
Trophy Room X Air Jordan 1 High Freeze Out

Inspired by a conspiracy of NBA stars plotting to Freeze Michael Jordan out of the All-Star games by limiting his possessions, these AJ1s are likely one of the most anticipated of 2021.

Uppers consist of a traditional AJ1 Chicago colorway that’s adjusted to the liking of his own son, the owner of Trophy Room. White and red leathers are embellished by a sparkly finish while black laces and Swooshes provide a traditional look.

Sail midsoles and white outsoles with faded blue and red stars complete the design. Its average selling price is a whopping $2,800 while it has also been sold for over $5,700! Comfortably earning our number 2 spot.

Full guide here.

#1 Dior x Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago”

  • Retail Price: $2,000
  • Estimated Resell: $9,000
  • Release Date: 2021 (Rumored)
Dior X Air Jordan 1 High Chicago 1

2020’s Dior x Air Jordan 1 High and Low shook the world with their limited release and sky-high retail price tag. Even more shocking being the resale value of those sneakers. The rumored Dior x Air Jordan 1 High Chicago will likely emulate those legendary sneakers.

Mock-ups show classic Chicago color blocking with Dior’s signature pattern on the Swooshes. The rumored release date is 2021 and if it’s true, you best be prepared to cop as these kicks can be well worth a small fortune. Thus earning the number 1 spot on our list of Top 20 Sneakers to Resell in 2021!

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Mohammad Yousaf

Mohammad Yousaf

As a business student, Mohammad was thoroughly impressed with where the secondary market was heading for sneakers. He quickly realized that what used to be considered as a side hustle, was now the main income stream for many. He has studied the game ever since.


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