Shoes are not just for walking. They are also for making a statement, expressing your personality, and sometimes, breaking the bank. Some shoes are so rare, exquisite, and valuable that they can cost more than a house, a car, or even a private jet. These shoes are not for the average Joe or Jane. They are for the elite, the collectors, and the connoisseurs. In this article, we will take a look at the 10 most expensive shoes in the world, and find out what makes them so special and pricey.
Nike Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – $104,000
The Nike Air Jordan 12 is one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, especially the black and red colorway that Michael Jordan wore during the 1997 NBA Finals. In Game 5 of the series, Jordan was suffering from flu-like symptoms, but he still managed to score 38 points and lead the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Utah Jazz. The game became known as the “Flu Game”, and the shoes that Jordan wore became legendary. In 2013, a pair of the original Nike Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) was sold at an auction for $104,000, making it one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
The Diamond Shoe by Kathryn Wilson – $418,450
Kathryn Wilson is a New Zealand shoe designer who created the Diamond Shoe in 2013 for a charity auction. The shoe is a single white heel, decorated with 21.18 carats of diamonds, which took over 50 hours to place by hand. The shoe was sold for $418,450, and the proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides accommodation and support for families of sick children.
Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilettos – $500,000
Stuart Weitzman is a renowned shoe designer who has created some of the most expensive shoes in the world, often for celebrities to wear at red carpet-events. One of his creations is the Diamond Dream Stilettos, which he made in 2007 for actress Anika Noni Rose to wear at the Academy Awards. The shoes are made of platinum fabric and feature 1,420 diamonds, totaling 30 carats, on the straps. The shoes are valued at $500,000 and are a dazzling sight to behold.
Stuart Weitzman Marilyn Monroe Shoes – $1 million
Another pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes that made it to the list is the Marilyn Monroe Shoes, which he made in 2005 for actress Regina King to wear at the Oscars. The shoes are inspired by the legendary Hollywood star, and feature a satin rose on the toe, adorned with a cluster of Swarovski crystals. The crystals were earrings that belonged to Marilyn Monroe and were purchased by Weitzman at an auction. The shoes are worth $1 million and are a tribute to one of the most iconic actresses of all time.
Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps – $1 million
Stuart Weitzman strikes again with the Retro Rose Pumps, which he made in 2008 for actress Diablo Cody to wear at the Academy Awards. The shoes are made of gold leather and feature a vintage-style rose on the front, embellished with 1,800 Kwiat diamonds, totaling 100 carats. The shoes are valued at $1 million and are a stunning example of Weitzman’s craftsmanship and creativity.
Stuart Weitzman Ruby Slippers – $1.6 million
Stuart Weitzman is not done yet. He also made the Ruby Slippers, which he created in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”. The shoes are a replica of the ones worn by Dorothy in the movie but with a twist. They are made of red satin and feature 642 oval and round rubies, totaling 123.33 carats, on the bow. The shoes also have 4.5 carats of diamonds on the heel. The shoes are worth $1.6 million and are a homage to one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Harry Winston Ruby Slippers – $3 million
Speaking of ruby slippers, there is another pair that is even more expensive than Weitzman’s. These are the Harry Winston Ruby Slippers, which were created in 1989 by Ronald Winston, the son of the famous jeweler Harry Winston. The shoes are also a replica of the ones from “The Wizard of Oz”, but with more rubies and more sparkle. They are made of red silk and feature 4,600 rubies, totaling 1,350 carats, and 50 carats of diamonds. The shoes are worth $3 million and are a masterpiece of jewelry and footwear.
Debbie Wingham High Heels – $15.1 million
Debbie Wingham is a British designer who is known for creating some of the most expensive and extravagant items in the world, such as a $64 million cake and a $40 million dress. She also made the most expensive pair of high heels in the world, which she unveiled in 2017. The shoes are made of leather and feature rare pink and blue diamonds, totaling 65 carats, on the toe and heel. The shoes also have white diamonds and sapphires, as well as gold and platinum soles. The shoes are worth $15.1 million and are a work of art and luxury.
Passion Diamond Shoes by Jada Dubai – $17 million
Jada Dubai is a luxury shoe brand that specializes in creating shoes with precious stones and metals. The brand collaborated with Passion Jewellers to create the Passion Diamond Shoes, which are the second most expensive shoes in the world. The shoes are made of gold and silk and feature 236 diamonds, totaling 15 carats, on the body. The shoes also have two flawless D diamonds, each weighing 15 carats, on the toe. The shoes are worth $17 million and are a pair of sparkling beauties.
The Moon Star Shoes by Antonio Vietri – $19.9 million
The most expensive shoes in the world are the Moon Star Shoes by Antonio Vietri, an Italian designer who is known for his extravagant and innovative creations. The shoes are made of gold and silk, and feature 30 carats of diamonds and a small piece of meteorite, which was discovered in Argentina in 1576. The shoes are worth $19.9 million and are a cosmic wonder.