We all know how expensive some sneakers can get on the resale market. We’ve even seen what a lucrative (albeit illegal) business that reselling can turn into. But while the sky is the limit for reseller’s prices, we’ve seen that most standard basketball sneakers have topped out in the $275 range – as of now at least.

While that’s the standard for kicks you’ll find at your local Foot Locker, there are more expensive kicks out there. Much more expensive. Some are from brands you’ll probably recognize, and some you may not. What do you actually get for all that money? Well, it depends on the shoe. In some cases, it’s a brand name. Others, exotic materials. For all of them, you’ll find first world construction.

So read along and find out just how expensive sneakers can get at retail, and what exactly you’re paying for if it isn’t exclusivity.