Kanye West's Grammy-Worn Nike Air Yeezy 1s Sell for Record-Breaking $1.8M

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2021

Kanye West arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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It's one thing to buy game-worn shoes, but Grammy-worn sneakers are on another level. 

According to TMZ, rapper Kanye West sold a pair of prototype Nike Air Yeezy 1s he wore at the 2008 Grammy Awards when he performed "Stronger" and "Hey Mama."


Kanye West 'Grammy Worn' Nike Air Yeezy 1s Sell for Record $1.8 Million https://t.co/kpBATHLvuN

The shoes sold for $1.8 million, which shattered the record for the most ever spent on a pair of sneakers. The previous high came last year when a pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan himself sold for $615,000.

Sneaker investment marketplace RARES purchased Kanye's shoes, which means they might be flipped in a future sale.

Considering the unique look featuring a pink medallion lace lock in the shape of a "Y", there could be further interest in the noteworthy footwear.