In the past, the mere purpose of buying a pair of shoes was to have something to protect one’s feet. Any durable, long-lasting, affordable, and somewhat attractive pair of shoes used to be enough.
Nowadays, though, there are plenty of shoes that could be considered more artwork than footwear. The cost of buying a pair of these beautiful pieces of art can land you in deep financial trouble; if you aren’t filthy rich to begin with that is. So what are the world’s most expensive shoes, you ask? Check these out:
1. House of Harry Winston’s Ruby Shoes
Almost everyone is familiar with Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s The Wizard of Oz, which is among the most memorable films in history. In it, the character of Dorothy wears the splendid-looking, magical ruby shoes, which she only needed to rub against each other to get to a certain place, as she journeyed to find the wizard of Oz.
Fifty years after the production of that movie, in order to celebrate its golden anniversary, those ruby shoes were recreated by Ronald Winston. Rather than use sequins, however, Winston refashioned the ruby shoes with 1,350 carats of authentic rubies. All in all, there were about 50 carats of diamonds and 4,600 pieces of rubies in the footwear. Valued at $ 3 million, the said ruby shoes truly deserve to be called the most expensive shoes in the world.
2. Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels
Sharing the spot at the top of the list of the most expensive pair of shoes are the Rita Hayworth Heels created by Stuart Weitzman. The actress, whose picture appears in the Shawshank Redemption movie as a prisoner’s source of inspiration, is Weitzman’s muse as well in creating the $3-million shoes. The heels have open toes and were created to perfection with burnt sienna satin.
With an abundance of sapphires, rubies, and diamonds incorporated in the design of this pair of shoes, one can only wonder at its infinite regal beauty. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter, is the proud owner of this particular pair.
3. Stuart Weitzman’s Tanzanite Heels
Stuart Weitzman’s claim to expensive shoe fame doesn’t stop with the Rita Hayworth Heels. He is also the creator of another million-dollar pair, $ 2 million to be exact. The Tanzanite Heels from Stuart Weitzman is made out of silver leather as well as a platinum framing decked in tanzanite gems and diamonds. The heels’ front straps have 28 carats of diamonds, while the ankle bracelets are adorned with just under 200 carats of tanzanite gems as well as 16 carats of various gems. However, the heels of this pair, with 595 diamond carats, are the real show-stoppers.
4. Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Stilettos
The ruby slippers depicted in The Wizard of Oz has inspired the creation of another pair, this time by Stuart Weitzman. The stilettos’ insole is, of course, cherry red, while its upper portion consists of 642 round and oval Burma rubies embedded in red satin. The rubies weigh a total of 123.33 carats and are laid on platinum weighing half a pound.
The gorgeous creation was supposed to be shown off to the public in the 2003 Academy Awards, but the war in Iraq made the creator hesitate and decide against the unveiling. That was really too bad. Where else can the $ 1.6 million ruby shoes be worn and admired?
5. Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild Stilletos
Although these stilletos, which are adorned with an astonishing 464 pear-shaped and round Kwiat diamonds, are the perfect shoes to complete an outfit for a night with the brightest and most glamorous stars, they are also suitable for a not-too-glittery formal party. The diamonds can be removed, bringing the shoes into a more down-to-earth category, and they can also be worn as jewelry instead. With that kind of flexibility in mind, Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild Stilettos are worth every penny of its hefty price of $1.9 million.
6. Stuart Weitzman’s Retro Rose Pumps
Movies and actresses aren’t the only sources of inspiration in creating masterpieces like this world’s most expensive shoes; sometimes, all it takes to be struck with a brilliant design idea is to look back and examine the past. Stuart Weitzman did just that and incorporated the “I” strap from the 1940s into this $1 million-Retro Rose Pumps.
The number of Kwiat diamonds making up the pair of white roses that adorn the toe section of the shoes reaches 1,800, an equivalent of 100 carats. For good measure, plenty of Kwiat diamonds were also used to decorate the rest of the pair.
7. The Wizard of Oz Ruby Shoes
Although not as expensive as the other recreations, at $666,000, the original ruby shoes from the famous movie still remain a part of the running for the most expensive shoes in the world. The pair shows off red sequins set in fine chiffon as well as emerald-shaped crystals, red glass beads, and large bows at the center of the shoes.
8. Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilletos
There are over 1,400 diamonds, weighing 30 carats in total, incorporated in the design of this world’s most expensive shoes. Adorning the feet of Anika Noni and debuting at the 2007 Academy Awards, the Diamond Dream Stilletos created by Stuart Weitzman is definitely the shoes of every girl’s dreams. Well, for those who have $500,000 to spare for shoes, the Diamond Dream Stilletos might just be yours one day.
9. Air Jordan Silver Shoes
Valued at $60,000, the Air Jordan Silver Shoes up for auction on eBay will delight any die-hard fan of the basketball superstar. Although made of silver, this autographed pair of shoes is quite wearable. Who knows? With this pair of athletic footwear on your feet, you’ll be able to play as well as Michael Jordan himself. Of course, you have to own the shoes first.
10. Nike’s So Cal Air Force 1 Supreme Max
Who would have thought that they’d live to see the day when another pair of sneakers, costing $50,000, would make it to this list? This particular pair from Nike boasts 11 carats of chocolate-colored diamonds edging the shoe’s logo. Running with these shoes on will definitely do wonders for your game, not to mention your fame!
Yes, shoes are a necessary expense, given that they protect your feet as you make your way through many paths. However, they can definitely be more than that. They can be the ultimate symbol of athletic superiority, of luxury, of creativity, and of indulgence. The world’s most expensive shoes have proven that. And yes, as you can probably tell, Stuart Weitzman specializes in making unaffordable shoes.