Online resale platform StockX has released its roundup of the hottest trends of 2021 in the resale market. The standout developments this year have been unconventional footwear and unexpected collaborations. According to StockX, there has been a significant increase in the demand for unconventional shoes that offer improved comfort, such as clogs and slides. Notable trades include Crocs clogs and Yeezy slides, which have seen impressive growth, with the latter experiencing a 250% trade growth year over year. The Foam RNNR model from Yeezy has also seen remarkable growth, with a staggering 3,400% increase in annual trades compared to 2020.

Birkenstock, a pioneer in unconventional footwear, has also embraced this trend. The German sandal maker’s collaborations with Stüssy and Proenza Schouler have generated renewed interest in its products, leading to a 300% increase in trades for Birkenstock’s collaborative clogs and sandals on StockX.

In addition to the unconventional footwear trend, unexpected collaborations between contrasting brands have captured consumers’ attention. The Gucci x The North Face collaboration, which combines the worlds of couture and camping, has seen an average resale price of $1,400 for the past 12 months. Similarly, the collaboration between Supreme and Tiffany & Co. has resulted in an average price premium of 140% for their co-created items. Yeezy’s collaboration with Gap has also been a hit, generating over 17,000 trades on StockX in 2021.

Another notable collaboration is between Ugg and Telfar, which has produced over 4,000 trades on StockX this year. Telfar’s bags have become the must-have accessory of 2021, attracting A-list fans like Beyoncé. When Beyoncé was spotted with a Telfar bag, searches for the brand on StockX increased by 500% the next day.

StockX also highlighted other significant moments of the year, including Kamala Harris’ nephew-in-law wearing Dior Jordan 1s to the presidential inauguration, resulting in increased traffic and searches for the shoes. The reissuing of the Nike LeBron South Beach 8 sneakers to coincide with the release of the Space Jam movie also boosted their trade volume to the highest in two years.

While StockX now facilitates trades in various categories, its origins are deeply rooted in sneakerhead culture. The platform named the Nike Air Force 1 as the top traded sneaker of the year, with over 100,000 total trades in the past 12 months. The resurgence of Jordan 2s was also highlighted, with an average appreciation in value of 90% over the last two years.

Additionally, StockX emphasized the dominance of Jordan 4s in the golf shoe market. Four different colorways of the Jordan 4 Retro Golf shoe featured in the top five biggest golf releases of 2021, along with the Nike x Drake NOCTA Golf Crewneck Top in green.

In conclusion, 2021 has been a year of unconventional footwear and unexpected collaborations in the resale market. Consumers have shown a growing interest in comfortable and non-traditional shoes, resulting in significant trade growth for brands like Crocs, Yeezy, and Birkenstock. Collaborations between contrasting brands like Gucci x The North Face and Supreme x Tiffany & Co. have also been successful. StockX has been at the forefront of tracking these trends and providing a platform for enthusiasts to trade their favorite items.

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