Top 5 Sneaker Releases In Malaysia This Year With Resale Prices Of Over RM2,000
Sneaker culture in Malaysia is definitely thriving
Evidence can be seen from how sneakerheads would camp overnight at malls to queue for a raffle ticket just to get a chance to buy the coveted sneakers. The limited stock local stores have get sold out instantly with no chance for the average sneaker lover to even lay their eyes on those gems, unless you’re willing to pay a reseller that is...
5. Pharrell William’s limited edition Human Race (HU) NMD collaboration with adidas
Pharrell’s signature HU released on Nov 11 with 4 different colourways to much fanfare for local sneakerheads who were delighted that we were getting in with the release with the retail price set at RM1,150.
Out of the four, the Oreo version is undoubtedly one of the favourites to resell for around RM2,000-RM2,500 while the others were looking at RM1,900-RM2,300 depending on the size.
4. Yeezy Boost 350 'Zebra' V2 by Kanye West
The shoe caught much attention when it was first announced that it would be the most limited Yeezy to date when it released on 25 February 2017.
The news was true as many were disappointed with how scarce the supply was. As with every Yeezy release, retail was set at RM990, while the resell for this pair skyrocketed to RM5,000-RM7,000 during the first week after release.
Fans of the pair were, however, extremely delighted when adidas announced a restock on 24 June, plunging resale prices down a few grand to around RM2,000-RM2,300 today.
3. The Bred V2 (Black/Red) colourway of the adidas Yeezy line
The third spot on the list is another colourway by adidas’s Yeezy line, the Bred V2 (Black/Red) colourway which was released two weeks prior to the Zebras on 11 February. Hundreds thronged adidas Pavilion to queue for a raffle ticket, many stayed up throughout the night before just to secure their spot in the line.
It was certainly one of the hottest colourways for fans of the Yeezy Boost, sporting a price tag of around RM2,800-RM3,200 on the secondary market.
2. The Yebra colourway of the adidas limited Yeezy V2
Dubbed as the most limited Yeezy V2 of 2017, adidas's 'Yebra' colourway was certainly a head turner, and in the most controversial way. Though quantities were extremely limited, the mixture of semi-frozen yellow along with a contrasting gum sole created mix reactions from sneakerheads alike, dubbing it the 'McChicken'.
Despite dividing opinions on the design, queues were still formed at the adidas Originals store at KLCC on 17 November, with limited raffle tickets capped at 500 only.
Sneaker lovers piled up at various places at the mall from the night before, waiting for the doors to open at 6am, determined to secure their spot in the line. Resell prices after the release topped out around RM4,500 and has been on the decline since, hovering around RM3,300-RM4,000.
The design was certainly a factor in estimating a resell price as demand wasn't as strong as expected. That being said, it still remains as one of the priciest Yeezy this year.
1. The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Beluga 2.0'
Topping the list is another Yeezy V2, the one dubbed 'Beluga 2.0'. The Beluga 2.0 was a modified version of the still popular Beluga colourway which released last year.
Bolstered with the familiar grey upper with orange lettering, this pair was hyped up on news that stock would be much more readily available compared to previous releases.
As usual, the pairs were sold out through a live raffle on 25 November, though it was evident that resell wouldn't reach the highs of other sneakers in this list as resell hit around RM1,700-RM2,100. Though it wasn’t the most expensive sneaker release in Malaysia, the more or less higher stock count paired with a 'reasonable' resell value meant that demand was strong for the pair, striking a somewhat decent deal for resellers and sneakerheads ahead.
These were the few limited-edition sneakers that were released in Malaysia and fans were certainly lit up by the hype and resell opportunities
That being said, much to the dismay of Malaysian sneakerheads, 2017 was definitely filled with the other US and Europe only exclusive releases, such as the Chanel x Pharrell HU which retailed for a mind-blowing USD1,180, the KAWS x Jordan 4 retro and black colourway, Nike x Off White's 'The Ten' collection, the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 self-lacing sneakers and many, many, many more!
Do you think the Malaysian sneaker game is filled with detestable resellers? Or growing at a phenomenal rate with people finding ways to get exclusive sneakers to those who desire only the best?