While many individuals fancy carrying bags and other designer goods as arm candy, there’s no denying that people love shoes even more. Even resident fashion New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t resist buying shoes to fill her closet. The controversial Imelda Marcos was no stranger to this, which is why she has amassed shoe collections that amounted to millions of dollars.
Shoes have a significant presence in just about anyone’s life. Some choose to take that importance to the next level and spend astounding amounts on their shoes. With beautiful pairs left and right, these individuals do not indulge in expensive shoes for no reason. Because of the limited-edition pairs on the market, the prices of these one-of-a-kind creations may be sky-high.
Though you might not purchase them for yourself, it’s definitely worth knowing who created these pairs and how much they’re worth. After all, these are telling not only of their craftsmanship but also of the quality and grandeur they boast of. Behold the top 10 most expensive shoes in the world.
10. Kathryn Wilson’s Pumps
Priced at a cool $418,450, this Kathryn Wilson creation once held the distinction of being the most expensive shoes in the entire world. In fact, E! online said that these heels required around-the-clock security. Encrusted with 21.18 carats of diamond, 50 painstaking hours of labor brought this creation to life.
Despite the gorgeous design, designer Kathryn Wilson said these heels were not made for walking. Wilson managed to snag more than $400,000 for this pair during the Ronald McDonald House charity auction. All proceeds from the sale went to charity.
9. Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilettos
Diamonds are definitely a girl’s best friend. This Stuart Weitzman design is no different, with the creation covered in 1,420 diamonds. Anika Noni Rose slipped onto these lovely heels during the 2007 Academy Awards, making her look like a star. The shoe was created exclusively for the actress by the designer himself, making her look like a dreamgirl.
The two-band stiletto is made for comfortable and hassle-free wear. The diamonds are set in platinum and cover the length and width of the upper band in circles, elevating the overall design into something more luxurious.
8. Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps
Price: $1 million
The controversial Weitzman creation made waves in 2008 when Juno writer Diablo Cody declined to wear the diamond-encrusted retro rose heels created specifically for her. Initially valued at more than $2.5 million, the shoes were rejected as Cody opted for something else.
Nonetheless, the pair of Retro Rose pumps deserved their own spotlight. Costing $1 million and made with a fine metallic beige T-strap, the star of the show was undoubtedly the huge rose made. The flower was made with 1,800 Kwiat diamonds that totaled to approximately 100 carats. Although Cody wore golden flats, we think she missed out big time by foregoing the creation that would have paired well with her dress.
7. Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Slippers
Price: $2 million
This opulent pair of shoes was birthed after the designer created his own interpretation of a glass slipper based on Disney’s Cinderella. Worn by Alison Krauss on the 2004 Academy Awards, the actress sashayed the red carpet looking no less than a princess.
Made from 565 Kwiat diamonds set in silver, the pair puts a dainty yet elegant touch on any outfit. The 4-inch stilettos were finished with a 5-carat amaretto diamond, which reportedly cost over $1 million by itself.
6. Jason Arasheben Custom Shoes
Price: $2 million
In Nick Cannon’s desire to make a statement for the finale of America’s Got Talent, he reportedly reached out to Jason Arasheben, renowned Beverly Hills jeweler. Cannon allegedly asked for the ‘most expensive shoes in the world.’
Safe to say, Cannon definitely made a bang with his $2 million pair of shoes. To make them, Arasheben worked with Tom Ford slip-ons, which in itself already costs a fortune. The loafers are finished and covered with a whopping $14,000 full-cut round white diamonds set with white gold. The total weight amounted to 340 carats.
5. Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels
Price: $3 million
Old Hollywood star Rita Hayworth found herself at the crux of fashion history when Weitzman turned her diamond earrings into shoes. True to the star’s claim to fame, Weitzman designed the shoes to mirror the glamor of old Hollywood.
Made from a deep rust-colored type of satin, the pair stands out because of its refreshingly muted tone. Paired with gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, and diamonds, there’s no surprise that they cost millions. Although the ‘Rita Hayworth heels’ were worn by Kathleen York in the 2006 Oscars, the exquisite pair now rightfully belongs to Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
4. Harry Winston Ruby Slippers From The Wizard Of Oz
Price: $3.01 million
Jeweler to the stars, Harry Winston pushed the boundaries of his craft by making the iconic The Wizard of Ozruby slippers worn by Dorothy herself. Crafted using 4,600 rubies over the span of two months, Winston’s son, Ronald Wilson, managed to pay homage to the classic film.
In total, the ruby slippers were fitted with 1,350 carats of rubies and 50 carats of diamonds, bringing the total price tag to just over $3 million. This recreation certainly made the original design made of red sequins proud.
3. Ramazan Baydan Loafers
Price: $10 million
Although the shoe isn’t exactly created by a known design house or fashion designer, part of its price comes from the rich context in which it became famous. Worn by then-28-year-old Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the journalist threw his shoe at President George W. Bush during a conference in Baghdad.
Following the conference, The Washington Post revealed a Saudi business offered to buy the pair thrown at Bush for a massive $10 million. The shoes thrown against the then-president signified the Iraqi protest of the war in the country.
2. Debbie Wingham Diamond and Gold Heels
Price: $15.1 million
Debbie Wingham is no stranger to the word expensive, especially having created the most expensive dress, abaya, and cake in the world. Fitted with more than 1,000 diamonds and made with 24-carat gold-thread stitching, the commissioned pair of shoes comes out to a little more than $15 million.
The pair boasts of some of the rarest gemstones, including pink diamonds which cost DH16.2 million each (roughly $440,000 each) and blue diamonds worth DH7 million each (roughly $190,000 each). The gems are peppered over bootie-shaped heels – in all gold, of course.
1. The Passion Diamond Shoes
Price: $17 million
The most expensive on this list are the Passion Diamond shoes, beating the previous record set by Debbie Wingham. And rightfully so since this pair features 236 diamonds in Flawless D cuts.
Taking a total of nine months to construct, the Passion Diamond creation mirrors the luxe lifestyle of Dubai. It was made in collaboration with Jada Dubai and currently sits in the seven-star hotel at Burj Al Arab. You can say they are opulence at its finest.
Now that you have seen this list, it’s pretty amazing to see just how much people are willing to spend to cushion their feet. Factoring in labor and expensive materials, these pairs are certainly out of this world. Which of these appeals to you the most?
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