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The sample is a sneaker prototype. Even though the brands don't allow them to be resold, some occasionally end up in the resell market and sell for quite a bit over the counter. In the development process of a sneaker, there are often several rounds of samples before the final product is created. These sample sneakers are often not sold at all and are then canceled by the design teams of the respective brands.
Pro tip: Samples are most valuable when they're distinctly different from the mass product. This is often the case with other materials, for example, because you then immediately have a sneaker of which there are only a handful in the world.
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