How your sneakers can speak volumes about where you're from

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  • Monday, 12 Oct 2020

Which sneakers are the must-haves in the different countries around the world? It seems that standout footwear styles differ according to where you live. Photo: AFP

Which sneakers are the must-haves in the different countries around the world? Resale platform StockX offers some insight in its latest report on the global sneaker market.

For example, the Air Jordan 1 Mid SE Fearless Maison Chateau Rouge stands out as France's top-seller, bought 21 times more often in that country than the global average.

The French just can't get enough of it general, as the shoe accounts for no less than 19 of the 100 top-selling products (sneakers and streetwear) in France, according to the resale platform's figures.

In fact, the classic Jordan 1 Mid stands out as an emblematic style in the country, bought six times the global average.

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This appetite for the sneaker, which takes its name from the former Chicago Bulls basketball star, is also shared by British.

In the UK, the standout style is none other than the Jordan 1 Mid Pink Quartz (GS), bought nine times more than the global average. In fact, three out of five of the UK's bestsellers are Jordan 1 Mid styles.

It is not so much sneakers causing a sensation in Italy as the streetwear merch from the famous American rapper, Travis Scott.

StockX reports that the top style is none other than the Travis Scott Highest T-shirt in brown (selling at nine times the global average), while the rapper's gear claims 20% of the streetwear market in the country.

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Germany and Japan both stand out as exceptions, with more unexpected styles topping bestseller lists.

In Germany, the Adidas ZX 8000 OG Aqua leads the way (selling 43 times the global average), while in Japan, it's the New Balance 1300 Levi's (bought 51 times more than the global average).

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Interestingly, the New Balance brand is particularly popular in Japan, where it is 700% bigger than in its country of origin, the US.

It's a different picture when looking at imports and exports of resold sneakers, however. The Yeezy 350 Zyon is France's top import of Q3, while French sellers are making the most of the Dior x Air Jordan 1 (high and low) collab to export more models than other countries.

The StockX report predicts a bright future for the sneaker resale market, with estimated growth of 15% to 20% per year. – AFP relaxnews

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