Living on the top of the economic heap offers the rich the freedom and options to choose the best in whatever they want. Footwear is not an exception to this fact. In the quest of creating something stunning and unique, we have really come a long way from roaming barefoot to wearing the most expensive shoes.
Not all creations can be worn, and most of them are so expensive that they can’t even be kept because of security purposes. One can definitely say that Stuart Weitzman is one of the most expensive shoe brands around, since they are popular for designing world-class expensive boots and shoes using precious materials like gems, metals, and leather. Some other noteworthy mentions are Loeffler Randall, Christian Louboutin, A. Testoni, Rapiécés Reprisés BERLUTI collections, etc.
Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers
Well, the Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers are supposedly the most expensive shoes for women ever! Engraved with as many as 4,600 rubies, these slippers were made in the year 1989. they were designed by Richard Winston and crafted by Javier Barrera. It took him two months to come up with this meticulous decoration of women’s shoes. The slippers are crafted with sequins and the total assessment of these rubies is 1,350 carats. The price of Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers is, hold your breath – USD 3,000,000!
Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels
According to the experts, this pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels is the most expensive and apt example of utter decorative intelligence and a delicate look. They are honored as the latest over-the-top creation in the field of designer shoes. These open toed stilettos flaunt various precious gemstones like rubies, sapphires and diamonds. These stones are nothing but the precious pair of earrings of the movie legend – Rita Hayworth. Price of Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels is USD 3,000,000 and now they belong to Yasmin Aga Khan – the daughter of Rita Hayworth!
Stuart Weitzman – Le Vian Evening Shoes
The Stuart Weitzman and Le Vian Evening Shoes are a stunning pair of women’s shoes. They are a sort of symbol of the conjugation that took place between the brand Stuart Weitzman and the 500 year old tradition of Le Vian. These women’s slippers are made of shiny sliver leather which is decorated with over 200 carats of precious stones like tanzanite gemstones (185 carats), diamonds (28 carats). The tanzanite gemstones are crafted along the ankle bracelet while the diamonds along the front strap of the slippers. Apart from that, two large 16 carat tanzanites are hanging from the ankle straps. The Stuart Weitzman and Le Vian Evening Shoes will cost you USD 2,000,000!
Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers
The Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers boast of the contribution of Oscar Heyman & Bros. rubies. They flaunt 642 oval and round rubies that assess 120 carats weight along with platinum, silver, gold, leather, diamonds and other decorative elements. These slippers were designed for the 2003 Oscars but due to some unfortunate circumstances, they had to be launched later with a separate ceremony. Price of these Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers is USD 1,600,000!
Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild Stilettos
The Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild Stilettos flaunt a mighty number of precious 464 round shaped diamonds that are threaded with platinum twines. These are the same stilettos that actor Laura Harring wore at the 2000 Oscars. These are said to be the first ‘million dollar shoes’ ever to be flaunted at any Oscar event. The best feature of these Kwiat designer shoes is that the gems embedded on them are detachable and they can be worn as jewelry. Plus, the shoes can be worn plainly without any gems as well! Price of these Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild Stilettos is USD 109,000!
Stuart Weitzman’s Retro Rose Pumps
As their name suggests, each shoe has one diamond ‘laden’ rose encrusted in the 40s style high heels. These dusty gold heels dazzle with 1,800 Kwiat diamonds of 100 carats. Initially Diablo Cody was nominated to inaugurate these beautiful pumps but due to some unfortunate controversy between the two, she denied it. Thus, the shoes are yet to be inaugurated. Price of these Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps is USD 1,000,000!
Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers
These Ruby Slippers from Wizard of Oz were worn by Judy Garland in the Hollywood movie – The Wizard of Oz and were designed by Gilbert Adrian. These shoes contain bugle heads, red glass jewels and rhinestones that are embedded in silver. One of these pairs of ruby slippers were sold at an auction for a whooping USD 666,000. David Elkouby, a movie memorabilia collector, is the person who is the proud owner of this pair.
Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos
The Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos were flaunted by Anika Noni Rose during the 2007 Oscars. These shoes were specially designed by keeping Rose in mind and they flaunt 1420 Kwiat diamonds assessing 30 carats. These diamonds are set in platinum. Price of the Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos is USD 500,000!
Prince Nizam Sikandar Jah Slippers
The Prince Nizam Sikandar Jah Slippers are a symbol of royalty and sophistication of the 18th century. These slippers belonged to Nizam Sikandar Jah – Prince of Hyderabad (India). These slippers flaunt diamonds and rubies worth USD 160,000. They are stored in the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. These slippers flaunt ethnic design with a gold anklet and strings of rubies, diamonds and emeralds. These are one of the most expensive shoes for men, for sure!
Diamond-Encrusted Custom Nike Sneakers
The Diamond-Encrusted Custom Nike Sneakers is the perfect combination of modern fashion sportiness. Nike is the world famous sportswear brand, and it is finally associated with the gleaming fashion of the glitterati. A man’s feet shouldn’t feel ‘left out’ when he is all dressed up with a stunning diamond encrusted apparel! This was the pure purpose of designing these shoes. These sneakers are embedded with chocolate colored diamonds worth 11 carats, along the edges. Price of the Diamond-Encrusted Custom Nike Sneakers is USD 50,000!
The definition of ‘expensive’ can be a key factor that varies from person to person. But these are some of the ‘most’ expensive shoes ever made. The point of purchasing them is most probably out of the question for most of us, but knowledge about them is always handy.