Many of this week’s listings show how much we, as collectors and fans of sneakers, value variety in our rotation. Some of the sneaker world’s most well-known silhouettes–Air Force 1s, Air Max 90s, SB Dunk Lows–are featured this week, with well-known older releases listed alongside bold new versions. When it comes to our favorite kicks, we as a community value the past and continue to seek out the classics, but we definitely embrace the exciting new directions we’re heading towards.

It’s an interesting case study, seeing which sneakers from the past and present warrant our attention and hard-earned dollars. Materials become more exotic and technologically advanced, trendy styles vary year to year, and the tastemakers who collaborate on hyped sneakers see their value rise and fall with each passing release. Will sneakerheads still be searching for Travis Scott Jordans and Yeezy Boosts 10 to 15 years from now? Will a pair that flew under the radar a few years ago be the must-have sneaker of 2020? Only time will tell.

Never forget: No online retailer has the same breadth and depth of selection as Grailed. From Tokyo-exclusive Jordan Vs to the brightest Air Force 1s ever created (and everything in between), in no particular order, these are our picks for the Rarest Sneakers on Grailed This Week.

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