There are those out there that think “clothes make the man” or “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” that should actually make a difference in one’s life, and there are those that believe there really isn’t much of a difference between a T-Shirt that costs $10, and one that costs $500. Either way, it’s pretty amazing the sums of money people will fork up for their favorite things in life that usually serve as nothing more than something that decorates. Speaking of which, the amounts some people have paid just for things that cover your feet is astronomical. Here’s a look at the 20 most expensive shoes in the world as of 2019:
20. Aubercy Diamond Shoes – $4,510
Everyone loves a bit of luxury in their lives. These Aubercy Diamond shoes are certainly luxurious. Aubercy are renowned in the shoe industry for producing top quality luxurious shoes using perfectly simple designs. Aubercy is well known in the shoe business for providing incredibly simple but high end luxury footwear. These diamond edition shoes have been released in strictly limited numbers and the company reports selling a few pairs, adding to their exclusivity. Adding diamonds to products adds dazzling luxury and these certainly are spectacular shoes. Luxurylaunches describe them as shoes that allow every man dazzle and shine, making the point that men deserve diamonds just as much as women.
19. Louis Vuitton Manhattan Richelieu Men’s Shoes – $10,000
Rich and loaded describe Louis Vuitton shoes as one of the most luxurious shoe brands for both men and women. The Louis Vuitton Manhattan Richelieu Alligator Leather Lace-up shoe are fantastic. At ten thousand dollars, there are plenty of people claiming they are excessively priced, but everyone needs a little luxury in their lives, right? These shoes are created from the best waxed alligator leather, which covers the entire shoe, they have detailed design perforations and beautiful Blake stitching. Even the soles of these fine shoes are remarkable, they are leather and hand painted with a Ruthenium-finish LV cube etched in the leather heel.
18. Nike Air Mag Back to the Future 2016 – $26,000
These shoes are amazing and the story behind them, even more so. Whilst they are listed here at $26,000 the actual cost for a pair new was only $10. Kickgame reported that this shoe was designed by Nike as a replica of the shoe worn by Marty McFly in the Back to the Future II movie. There were only ever 89 pairs of these produced and they were raffled by Nike in 2016, for $10 per ticket. The proceeds from the raffle were donated to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research. They are fabulous shoes. They feature glowing LED panels, which can glow for up to 5 hours from the built-in battery, and about 3000 hours until you’ll need to replace the battery. These are the first rechargeable sneakers from Nike. The sneakers come complete with an anti-gravity magnetic case, a battery charger and even a commemorative pin.
17. Testoni Men’s Dress Shoes – $30,000
When Amedeo Testoni opened his first workshop in 1929, his ambition was to improve upon the traditional Bolognese shoe-making techniques to create the most beautiful shoes in the world. The traditional methodologies combined with Testoni’s unique skills formed the basis for this magnificent company, which still takes pride in selecting the very best materials. They still aim to make shoes of the highest quality – without compromise. The company, whilst retaining its traditional skills incorporate the latest innovation and developments in shoe making, to secure the future of this artisan craftsmanship – shoemaking. Testoni shoes are internationally recognized as the epitome of modern Italian style. Testoni describes their shoes as having unbeatable comfort and fit which they attribute to the special soft kidskin lining that fits like a glove. These particular Testoni men’s dress shoes are made of goatskin, with a diamond and a gold buckle. They are renowned for their weightless form and water resistance.
16. Testoni Shoes – $38,000
Next up, are another pair of Testoni shoes from the fine shoemaker emporium. Lyst describes Testoni shoes as “faultlessly crafted.” This particular pair are crafted from the finest exotic alligator leather and finished off with a gold and diamond buckle. These are incredibly lightweight shoes which will beautifully protect your feet from the elements, whether you are dealing with hot, cold or humid weather conditions.
15. Nike So Cal Air Force 1 Supreme Max – $50,000
The Nike Air Force 1 was first introduced in 1982. They are an iconic shoe originally associated with inner-city youth (especially in Harlem, New York). Nike Air Force 1’s have since become the brand’s most popular shoe, both as a collector’s item and also a statement of culture and fashion. Although 1,700 color variations have been introduced to the Air Force 1, little has changed to the design over the years. This particular pair, the So Cal Air Force 1 Supreme Max were a one off pair of sneakers, created by a collaboration of Atlanta sneaker boutique Laced Up and jeweler P&C Diamonds who added 11 carat champagne diamonds and gold accents. They were then presented to Big Boi, an Atlanta rapper and half of American hip-hop duo OutKast. The shoes combine style and functionality in a way that screams fun. They are accented with bright neon and integrate modern reflective material with premium leather and bright green laces to finish off the look.
14. Air Jordan Silver Shoes – $60,000
While Air Jordan are well known sneakers which have been hugely popular since Nike introduced them in 1985 , this pair are unique and incredibly rare. Sole Collector talks about how important the Air Jordan were in the history of Nike. These particular Air Jordans are vintage shoes which have been signed by Michael Jordan himself. The particularly unusual thing about these sneakers is that they are made from sterling silver and weigh ten pounds, so they won’t be too comfortable.
13. Nizam Sikandar Jah’s Shoes – $160,000
These are a historic museum piece, so it’s not likely you would be dancing around wearing them. They are custom-made, historical golden slippers which were created for eighteenth century Indian ruler, Nizam Sikandar Jah. When he died, the slippers came with the throne and were handed down from one royal heir to the next. The shoes, which resemble Aladdin’s slippers somewhat, incorporate intricate gold embroidery and are decorated with rubies, diamonds, emeralds and other gemstones. The shoes have become a symbol of the eighteenth century Indian royal family. In August 2006, the Times of India reported that the shoes which had been stolen from the Bata museum a few months before, turned up in a nearby church.
12. Kathryn Wilson’s Charity Pumps – $400,000
Kathryn Wilson’s flamboyant pumps are covered in diamonds, 21.18 carats to be exact. Wilson custom created the amazing shoes for a Ronald McDonald House charity auction, which raised close to half a million dollars. The shoes are simply called the Diamond Shoe. Vogue reported that Wilson spent fifty hours painstakingly arranging the white diamonds on the shoes which are fit for any princess.
11. Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilettos – $500,000
The Diamond Dream Stilettos were handcrafted by Stuart Weitzman, for Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni To wear to the 2007 Oscars. The Precious Dream Stilettos shoes are worth $500,000, and have now fewer than 1,420 Diamonds set in the platinum shoe. The two-band shoe has diamond encrusted circles at top of foot and a platinum band crossing over the toes. These really are the epitome of striking footwear for ladies. How Stuff Works sums up the shoes perfectly describing them as having walked out of Marilyn Monroe’s dreams if diamonds really are a girls best friend.
10. Stuart Weitzman “Marilyn Monroe” Shoes – $1 Million
The Marilyn Monroe Shoes, are also crafted by Stuart Weitzman, who is known for specializing in the production of ostentatious shoes. These shoes cost a million dollars, are bedecked with glossy silk roses which have glistening Swarovski rhinestones in the center. It is the Swarovski crystals that provide the shoes with a link to Marilyn Monroe, since they were originally from earnings belonging to the film star. Luxatic.com reported that Regina King wore these shoes to the 2005 Oscars.
9. Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild Stilettos – $1.09 Million
Harrod’s describes Stuart Weitzman shoes as perfectly fusing wearability and style, an example of laidback luxury for every occasion. These gorgeous strappy stilettos are certainly covetable and wearable. They were designed using platinum fabric are encrusted with 464 sparkling diamonds sourced by jeweler Kwiat. The combination of round and pear-shaped diamonds are removable so they can also be worn as jewelry. Mulholland Drive actress Laura Harring wore these million dollar shoes to the Oscars.
8. Stuart Weitzman Wizard of Oz Ruby Stilettos – $1.6 Million
Far Fetch claims that Stuart Weitzman shoes are designed to make women feel beautiful. What could possible make a woman feel more beautiful than a pair of ruby slippers? Perhaps, a pair of ruby stilettos! These “Wizard of Oz” inspired heels are valued at $1.6 million. They have a cherry red insole, a red satin upper and are encrusted with 642 Burma rubies. They were displayed in Harrod’s London in 2003.
7. Tom Ford Custom by Jason Arasheben – $2 Million
Nick Cannon from Wild n Out and America’s Got Talent commissioned jewelry designer Jason Arasheben to customize a pair of Tom Ford loafers. Arasheben studded the loafers with 340 carats of round cut diamonds set on white gold and they are now valued at a massive $2 million. Vibe reported that Cannon wore the expensive loafers on America’s Got Talent in 2014.
6. Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels – $2 Million
Stuart Weitzman’s Tanzanite Heels feature 185 carats of luxurious blue-purple tanzanites and 28 carats of diamonds. They were designed in 2006 along with jewelry designer Eddie LeVian. These silver-leather shoes with platinum heels are valued at $2 million. Thejewelerblog compares the shoes to a royal necklace. A 16-carat pear-shaped tanzanite dangles from the diamond-encrusted ankle strap, which also boasts pear- and oval-shape tanzanites. The Tanzanite Heels were available for the public to see for the first time in January 2007 at the New York Public Library.
5. Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Slippers – $2 Million
Country singer Alison Krause wore these slippers to the 2004 Oscars. These sparkly shoes were made from the highest quality Italian leather. The ankle and toe straps are perfectly crafted into an intricate lace-like design which was created from 565 Kwiat diamonds in platinum settings. The right slipper plays host to a magnificent, rare 5 carat amaretto diamond providing the only glint of color in the shoes. MarieClaire describes these slippers as simply the stuff of fairy tales.
4. Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels – $3 Million
Oliverrileys.com claims that Stuart Weitzman created the Rita Hayworth heels because he found her inspirational and that the American actress and dancer was the perfect person to make a pair of shoes about. The chocolate brown colored peep toe shoes which unveil a beautiful Satin flower cost a cool three-million dollars. The shoes are quite different to Stuart Weitzman’s usual creations as they are not bright or bold. They are an excellent expression of his ability to do different things with his talent for the right event or occasion.
3. Harry Winston Ruby Slippers – $3 Million+
In 1989 Ronald Winston, son of the famous jewelry designer Harry Winston, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” by unveiling his own version of the famous ruby slippers from the classic film. The beautiful slippers took two months to create and really are something special. Elegantine reported that Instead of the original sequins Winston used 1,350 carats of rubies and 50 carats of diamonds. These gorgeously over-the-top shoes really are in a category all their own. With a price tag of $3 million, they are far more lavish than the original shoes, adorned only with simple red sequins.
2. Debbie Wingham High Heels – $ 15.1 Million
British designer Debbie Wingham was commissioned by an unnamed family to design these unique Stilletos. The 24 carat gold leather shoes are made from very rare pink, blue and white diamonds and sewn with pure gold thread. Costing of $15 million, they were the world’s most expensive pair of shoes until the creation of the passion diamond shoes. The daily mail reported that Debbie Wingham is well known for her over-the-top commissioned creations that tend to come with price tags of an eye-watering sort.
1. The Passion Diamond Shoes – $17 Million
The world’s “most expensive” pair of shoes are worth USD 17 million were launched in October 2018 in UAE. The luxurious Passion Diamond Shoes which are made from diamonds and gold, took over nine months to design and create. According to Business Today the Passion Diamond Shoes, feature several hundreds of diamonds, with two flawless diamonds of 15 carats each. The stunning stilettos are on display in the Burj Al Arab seven star hotel in Dubai.
So there we have it, 20 of the worlds most expensive shoes. If these boots are made for walking, you better have a big fat credit card at the ready. It certainly seems that, when it comes to shoes, Diamonds are a girl’s (and a man’s) best friend!