Shoes for the Super-Rich: The Most Expensive Shoes

Non expensive shoes for my non super rich self. 

I have something a little different today - if you don't know, I'm studying a degree in fashion history and once upon a time this blog was called Josie Loves Shoes (LOL). So I found this article super interesting as it combines two of my great loves! As a student I'll have to stick to my high street shoes for now but one can dream...although these will always be out of my budget. 

Many ladies are proud of their shoe collection, building up a wardrobe of party-perfect heels, winter-ready boots and everyday flats over the years. Yet some are not content with a budget buy from the high street — they’re prepared to spend literally millions on a single pair of shoes!

Debbie Wingham’s Gold Heels

UK designer, Debbie Wingham, created the world’s most expensive dress, so when we heard she was creating a custom pair of heels commissioned as a birthday gift, we knew they wouldn’t come cheap!
With an eye-watering price tag of £11.4 million ($15.1 million), the shoes were handmade using the finest materials. The heels were made using super-soft leather painted in 24-carat gold paint and sewn together with 18-carat gold thread.
They are embellished with rare pink and blue diamonds — which alone are worth £980,000 — as well as four, three-carat white diamonds and trimmed with 1,000 pointer diamonds. For an extra special touch, each diamond is set in platinum while the zip is made from solid gold.

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

They’re one of the most iconic shoes in the world, yet they started life as part of a movie costume. Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers, as worn in The Wizard of Oz 1939 film, are part of film and fashion history — so it’s not surprising they’re some of the world’s most valued footwear.
Between seven and ten pairs of ruby slippers were created for the movie and nowadays, each is highly sought-after — so much so that one pair was stolen! One pair was due to be sold at auction for a guide price of $2-$3 million but the pair didn’t actually sell at auction.
Before it could go ahead, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and other unknown donors clubbed together to purchase the shoes for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. However, in 2011, a pair was sold for an eye-watering $612,000!
The original shoes were dyed red and featured sequinned netting to give the slippers their sparkle. In 1989, in honour of The Wizard of Oz’s 50th anniversary, designer Ronald Winston created a replicate pair of the iconic shoes, but swapped the sequins for 4,600 rubies totalling 1,350 carats. A further 50 carats of diamonds were included, bringing the total value to $3 million!

Stuart Weitzman’s heeled creations

It seems Stuart Weitzman only likes to work with the finest materials! Over the years, he has created a fabulous selection of dazzling heels — all of which come with a hefty price tag! 
At the 2004 Oscars, singer Alison Krauss wore a pair of Cinderella-inspired heels. Complete with a four-inch clear heel to create the ultimate ‘glass slipper’, the shoes featured an intricate lace design made out of 565 Kwiat diamonds, each set in platinum, no less. Topping off the extravagant design was a five-carat amaretto diamond worth over a million dollars on its own!
This wasn’t Weitzman’s only blinged out creation — in 2006, Kathleen “Bird” York again attended the Oscars in a pair of satin, open-toe stilettos. Gemstone detailing on the toes had been added through a pair of earrings once owned by Rita Hayworth featuring sapphires, diamonds and rubies. They’re worth a total of $3 million!

Bicion and Mache Custom Kicks trainers

Of course, the super-rich don’t spend all of their time in heels — they need premium footwear for their down days, too. Back in 2016, Bicion and Mache Custom Kicks joined forces to create the world’s most blinged out sneaker — worth £2.7 million ($4 million).
‘The Fire Monkey’ sneakers were inspired by Chinese New Year and feature a chrysanthemum pattern made using hundreds of white diamonds and blue sapphires, each set in 18-carat gold. If that wasn’t enough to justify the shoes’ sizable price tag, the shoes have a solid gold tag and are presented in a custom display case which — you guessed it — has an 18-carat gold base.
But the shoes aren’t all about extravagance. They were created to support Soles4Souls, a charity committed to fighting poverty through the distribution of clothing and shoes globally.

Josefinas Blue Persian Salt flats

Taking the title of the world’s most expensive ballet flats is the Josefinas Blue Persian Salt flats. Weighing in at a cool $4,000 dollars in 2015, the shoes are part of the designer’s 1001 Nights collection.
On first glance, you may think that the shoes are relatively ordinary. However, on closer inspection, you’ll see a simple jewelled pendant embellishment, made using gold and blue topazes by expert Portuguese jewellers.
What do you think of our selection of some of the world’s most expensive shoes? Do you think they are worth the money or will you be sticking to the high street?
Research provided by party dresses retailer, QUIZ Clothing.



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