185,959 Reviews Say Expensive Sneakers Aren’t Worth It [Research]

It’s clear that as the price increases, the user review score (out of 100) significantly decreases.

The 10 most affordable sneakers are: Airwalk Legacee, Keds Chillax, Keds Champion, Keds Kickstart, Native Miles, Skechers Arcade – Chat Memory, Vans Authentic, Vans Slip-On, Vans Era, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top.

The 10 most expensive sneakers are: Balenciaga Track Trainers, Gucci Rhyton Gucci Logo, Gucci Ace Embroidered Sneaker, Balenciaga Triple S Trainers, Balenciaga Speed Lace-Up Knit, Nike Hyperadapt 1.0, Raf Simons Detroit Runner, Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform, Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Bunny, Nike Air Max 97 LX Swarovski.

Brand matrix: Which brand is the best value for money?

By plotting the average score of all of each brands’ sneakers against the average price of a pair of sneakers from that brand, we can get an idea of the real value for money offered by each brand.

We can also look at individual factors:


Airwalk sneakers are the cheapest brand. On average, a pair will set you back $33.33. On the other end of the spectrum, the average pair of Balenciaga sneakers will cost $756.43.

When it comes to user reviews:

DC sneakers have the highest satisfaction with a score of 93. Steve Madden is the worst performing brand with a score of 80.

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