Top 20 Most Expensive Shoes In The World
Shoes have one of the widest ranges known from protection against germs, disease, and infection to providing economic opportunities, protecting and comforting human foot to being used as decorative items.
Shoes are also used to make fashion statements. Just as individuals buy shoes just for sheer comfort or beauty, others believe it adds to their private collections.
It involves purchasing the rarest and most expensive shoes ever made for the pleasure of having them in one’s collection.
Do you know that some shoes are costly? Like gold expensive, and are meant just to be admired, not worn?
Here’s a list of the most expensive shoes in the world, in all their glory and sparkling beauty.
- The Hermes Birkenstock Sandals
Brooklyn collective, MSCHF, cut up a Hermès bag, took off the cork soles of German Birkenstocks sandals, and fused the two.
Fashion lovers hailed this piece, and three pairs have sold already.
Unfortunately, the idea was turned down by two workshops, who didn’t like the idea of cutting a Birkin. MSCHF has hinted that they have 4 to 6 pairs left to sell.
- Testoni Shoes
Price: $ 38,000
Made by shoemaker Emporium, this pair is crafted from alligator leather and consists of a gold and diamond buckle.
They are lightweights and water-resistant, which would give you the maximum protection every good shoe has to offer at a high price.
- Nike So Cal Air Force 1 Supreme Max
It is one of the most popular items by Nike. Collaboration made it between “Laced Up,” an Atlanta sneaker boutique, and “P&C Diamonds jeweler,” who added 11 carats gold accents and champagne diamonds.
These Air Forces are made to last, with the bottom part made of reflective material with premium leather.
The neon green laces seem to give it a swaggy look.
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- Air Jordan Silver Shoes
Michael Jordan himself signs this unique pair; this unique pair is made from Sterling silver and weighs about ten pounds.
It is known as the most expensive basketball shoe in history and, despite being made from silver, is quite comfortable to wear.
So if you are an Air Jordan lover, you can get these pairs for yourself; make sure you have your $60,000 ready.
- Nizam Sikandar Jah’s Shoes
This museum piece once belonged to the 18th century Nizam of Hyderabad, Sikandar Jah.
The shoes somehow resembled Aladdin’s slippers and were passed down from one heir to another when Sikandar Jah died.
This piece is embroidered using gold thread and decorated with emeralds, diamonds, and numerous rubies.
The shoes were stolen at Bata Museum, Toronto. It was later recovered in a church nearby, having sustained some damages to it.
Most Expensive Shoes In The World
- Kathryn Wilson’s Charity Pumps
New Zealand-based designer Kathryn Wilson created these fantastic shoes for the Ronald McDonald House Charity auction.
These pumps are covered in 21.18 carats of diamonds, individually pasted by hand.
It took about 50 hours for each piece of this pair to be created. The shoes are called the Diamond Shoe due to their sparkling white diamond radiance.
- Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Shoes
This piece was crafted for Anika Noni, actress of Dreamgirls. Stuart Weitzman handcrafted it for Anika to wear to the Oscars in 2007.
The shoes have 1,420 Diamonds worth 30 carats each, carefully set in platinum. The shoe band has diamond circles and a platinum band over the toes. They are indeed a striking piece.
- Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps
Price: $1 million
The Retro Rose Pumps are studded with 400 Kwiat diamonds, with the toe part comprising 1,800 Kwiat diamonds and having a carat of 100.
It became famous when Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody refused to wear them in 2008.
- Stuart Weitzman Marilyn Monroe Shoes
Price: $1 million
Weitzman created these shoes using Crystals from Marilyn Monroe’s earrings.
This pair is bedecked with silk roses with Swarovski rhinestones at the center. Regina King wore it at the Oscars in 2005.
- Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild Stilettos
Price: $1.09 million
These stilettos come with a removable platinum strap which could be worn as a necklace or bracelet.
It was made using platinum fabric which contains 464 sparkling round and pear-shaped diamonds sourced by Kwiat.
Actress Laura Harring wore them for the Oscars, and they are undoubtedly beautiful shoes, totally worth their price.
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- Stuart Weitzman Wizard of Oz Ruby Stiletto
Price: $1.6 million
Wizard of Oz sure did inspire several shoes. Stuart Weitzman decided to design an updated version of the ruby slippers, but he made heels this time around.
It was made with 652 Burma rubies, which are about 123 carats. The rubies were set in platinum, one of the rarest metals known on earth, and layered atop the red satin straps.
These stilettos were displayed in 2003 at Harrods London.
- Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels
Price: $2 million
This stiletto heel collaborates with Weitzman and jewelry designer Eddie Le Vian. It consists of blue-purple tanzanites with 185 carats and diamonds of 28 carats.
The 4.5″ silver stilettos are made of Italian leather and 16-carat tanzanite and diamond dangling from the ankle strap.
It was first revealed to the public in 2007 at the New York Public Library.
- Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Slippers
Price: $2 million
Stuart Weitzman certainly knows how to create the best luxury pieces.
These shoes were made from Italian leather and were inspired by the fairytale princess Cinderella.
The ankle and toe straps were made using 565 Kwiat diamonds set in platinum and then twisted into an intricate lace-like design. In addition, the suitable shoe hosts a 5-carat amaretto diamond, which is rare and costs over a million dollars.
Country singer Alison Krauss wore these fairytale-inspired slippers to the Oscars in 2004.
- Tom Ford By Jason Arasheben
Price: $2 million
Tom Ford is a name known for its expensive shoe designs. Jewelry designer Jason Arasheben customized this piece.
It has about 340 total carats, with over 14,000 white diamonds set in white gold. It took about 2,000 hours for this piece to be made.
Nick Cannon was made the host of America’s Got Talent in 2014, and he decided to make a statement.
He appeared on the season nine finale, rocking this bedazzling piece, and viewers were shocked at the amount of bling it had. But he sure did make his statement with these shoes.
- Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans
Price: $2 million
These luxurious Air Jordans were dreamed up by a partnership between Matthew Senna, a Nike Artist, and Drake.
Although the shoes don’t seem comfortable as they weigh 50 pounds each, they are still stunning to look at.
- Rita Hayworth Heels
Price: $3 million
This Heels, created by Stuart Weitzman, made their debut in the 2006 Oscars when Kathleen York, a singer, wore them.
Then, the shoe went to Rita Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
It was claimed that Stuart got inspiration from American actress Rita’s earrings. So he decided to fashion her earrings into this beautiful peep-toe heel.
The shoe is chocolate brown in color, made of Sienna satin, and spots a beautiful satin flower like a ruffle, within which are Rita’s earrings, with each pair containing precious stones like diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.
- Ronald Winston Ruby Slippers
Price: $3 million
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film The Wizard of Oz, Ronald Wilson, son of famous Jewel designer Harry Winston, unveiled his version of the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in the movie.
The shoe was crafted using 1,350 rubies and 50 carats of diamonds, using 4,600 rubies.
This shoe was created in 1989 and took about two months to create; its luxuriousness outshines the original, made of just plain sequins.
- Debbie Wingham High Heels
Price: $15.1 million
An unnamed family commissioned British designer Debbie Wingham to design these stilettos as a birthday present. The heel was made from pink, blue, and white diamonds, sewn with gold threads.
The shoe’s body is made from platinum, and the plaque is pure gold. The outer part of the shoe is made of leather painted with 24-carat gold paint.
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- The Passion Diamond Shoes By Jada Dubai and Passion Jewelers
Price: $17 million
One of the most expensive shoes globally, the Passion Diamond shoe was launched in 2018 in UAE.
Jada Dubai and Passion Jewelers collaborated to create this stiletto heel.
Although the shoe took over nine months to design and make and features 238 diamonds to create the trim and a pair of 15 carats diamonds, you should also note that this pair was crafted from pure gold by expert shoemakers.
This stunning piece is a sight to behold and displayed in Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.
- Moon Star Shoes By Antonio Vietri
Price: $19.9 million
The most expensive shoe in the world, which costs almost $20 million, is no minor deal.
It is crafted with pure solid gold, 30 carats of a diamond as if that’s not enough, and it is also made from a meteorite; yeah, you know that rocky stuff found in space, yes it does.
It debuted at the MIDE Fashion Week in Dubai and is modeled after the Burj Khalifa.
The gold heels are shaped exactly like the skyscraper with a diamond-studded vamp. Antonio Vietri is known for his excellent designs and unique craftsmanship, as far back as 2017.