The Top 10 Most Expensive Shoes in the World
Recent news that the global footwear market will reach a value of USD$320.44 Billion by 2023 will come as no surprise to lovers of shoes. With the average American woman owning 27 pairs, and spending anything from $150 to $400 on shoes annually, these accessories represent something of an obsession for many women.
But what about those designer brand shoes that are so expensive that they blow the average woman’s annual spend out of the water? Check out, for example, Christian Cowan and Giuseppe Zanotti’s recent collaboration on the Roli Watch Shoe. Featuring straps inspired by the famous Rolex watch strap, and actual watch faces on each ankle strap, these ostentatious beauties can be yours for around $2000.
But there’s a breed of shoe that goes even beyond the top designers. One-off shoes, commissioned by the rich and powerful, featuring precious stones, or even the heirloom jewellery of dead stars. These shoes represent the most expensive footwear a woman can own. For those who have enough money to lead a life of luxury, these are the most coveted and expensive shoes of 2018.
1. Jada Dubai and Passion Jewellers Passion Diamond Shoes $17 million
This collaboration between luxury designer Jada Dubai and Passion Jewellers was unveiled in September of this year, at the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai, a temple to luxury in itself. Jada Dubai is a footwear brand aiming to create art through their jewel adorned footwear, which often feature precious or semi-precious stones to achieve elegance and grace. This stiletto shoe, which formed part of a collection dripping in gems, are made from gold, leather, and silk, and feature 236 diamonds encrusting their opening, as well as a 15-carat D-flawless diamond near the toe. There is currently only one pair in the world, the ultimate in exclusivity for the future owner.
2. Debbie Wingham Heels $15.1 million
Another big Dubai debut, this time at Raffles, these shoes by British designer Debbie Wingham were crowned most expensive in 2017. Renowned for her exorbitant creations, having previously held the title for the world’s most expensive dress and world’s most expensive cake, she collaborated with footwear designer Chris Campbell to create these shoes for a private client. As a gift for a family member’s 30th birthday, Wingham was permitted to use precious stones from the client’s family collection and over 100 hours were spent crafting the works of art. For your money, you receive more than 1,000 diamonds set in platinum, and 24K gold-thread stitching. But the stars of the show are the three-carat pink diamonds and one-carat blue diamonds in prime position on the front of each shoe.
3. House of Harry Winston Ruby Slippers $3 million
The House of Harry Winston produce these exact replicas of the Ruby Slippers Dorothy wears in the Wizard of Oz, all you need do is click your heels three times. Six hundred rubies and fifty carats of diamonds are required, as well as a backbreaking sixty days of work. For just $3 million you cake make like Judy Garland and banish that wicked witch forever.
4. Stuart Weitzmann Rita Hayworth Heels $3 million
Centre-stage in these chocolate coloured beauties is a pair of earrings worn by the Hollywood legend herself, Rita Hayworth. The earrings are made from a pricey concoction of sapphires, diamonds, and rubies. Featuring satin flowers which showcase the encrusted accessories, these shoes are the most expensive creation of a designer famed for his chart-topping, budget-busting footwear. As you’ll see from the rest of this list. Kathryn York stepped out in these fabulous shoes at the 2006 Academy Awards, but the pair now resides with Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
5. Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Slippers $2 million
Another fairytale inspiration, this time in the form of Cinderella’s glass slippers, which leads the handsome price to find her so that they could live happily ever after. 565 diamonds adorn the Italian leather on platinum settings, with transparent sections and glitter to evoke that fabled glass slipper. Alison Krauss showed them off at the 2004 Oscars ceremony with a gorgeous nude gown, ever the fairytale princess.
6. Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels $2 million
A luxury collaboration between two titans of the designer world. For this shoe, Weitzman worked with jeweller Eddie Le Vian from France. With 185 carats of blue tanzanite stones offset with 28 carats of diamonds, set on a silver base. This truly is jewellery for the feet.
7. Stuart Weitzman Ruby Slippers $1,090,000
Dorothy’s footwear gets taken for another spin in Weitzman’s sexy take on the famous slipper. With 642 Burmese rubies and a pound of platinum set in gorgeous red satin, these were unveiled to much delight in London in 2003.
8. Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild $1,090,000
Worn by actress Laura Harring, star of Mulholland Drive, for the Oscars, these shoes are so expensive that she was escorted to the ceremony by armed bodyguards. And it’s no wonder. With 464 diamonds, which can be removed and worn as a necklace or bracelet, these shoes really pack a punch.
9. Stuart Weitzman Marilyn Monroe Shoe $1 million
Because we all know that crystals are a girl’s best friend, Weitzman adorned these Marilyn inspired peep toes with hundreds of them, from a pair of earrings worn by the star. Regina King wore the pair to the 2005 Oscars, featuring the original earrings. However, after the ceremony, the jewels were replaced with replicas for the auction at which these shoes sold for $1 million.
10. Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps $1 million
Another Weitzman creation at number ten. Inspired by 1940s Hollywood glamour, but with 100 diamonds creating a rose on the toe. Weitzman has made them with Juno screenplay writer Diablo Cody in mind, hoping she would wear them to the 2008 Oscars. However, Cody broke with tradition, refusing the offer, calling it a “cheesy publicity stunt.” Cheesy or not, these shoes conclude our top ten in classic old-style Hollywood fashion.