I recently watched the Entourage movie. (I know, that makes me one of like 12 people to see it, but I was on a plane so I deserve a pass.) Taste in cinema aside, one of the things I noticed is that when Mark Wahlberg is walking away from his cameo, he tells Vince and Ari, “Hey, you know Reggie from Jordan, you guys want some shoes?”
That gives you some idea of the type of sneakerhead that Wahlberg is. There are plenty of celebrities that appreciate good sneakers and have impressive collections, but they don’t all let sneaker executives appear in movies and take Michael Jordan to lunch to repay MJ for all the free sneakers they receive the way that Wahlberg does.
Wahlberg is such a fan of sneakers that he invited sneaker data site Campless to his home to appraise his collection. That’s right, Wahlberg sought out Campless, not the other way around. The results are impressive. Wahlberg presented Campless with 137 sneakers, which were just the ones that he had access to at the time of the visit, and they were valued at $98,000. What sets Wahlberg’s collection apart are the shoes he has that were never officially released, such as the Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan IV, valued at $22,755, and the OVO x Air Jordan XII, valued at $10,000. According to Wahlberg, NBA star Nate Robinson even tried to buy the Oregon Ducks Air Jordan V’s that Wahlberg was wearing while sitting courtside at a basketball game. Even the average price of Wahlberg’s sneakers that were released to the public is $323.
The overhwelming majority of shoes in Wahlberg’s collection are Air Jordans, which make up 89 of the 137 pairs that were appraised. Among those, Wahlberg is partial to AJ III, IV, and V’s, of which he has 41 pairs. So, if this movie thing doesn’t pan out, at least Wahlberg knows he can fall back on a career as a sneaker reseller.
You can see infographics of Wahlberg’s collection below.