10 most expensive shoes of all time
Shoes are the basic amenity you need to protect yourself from dirt, garbage, pointy stuff on the road, or simply ease your grip while running, trekking, or simply slipping off the road on a stupid rainy day. We sometimes think that maybe going a bit over the normal price for these shoes might give us better functionality, but will you actually spend hundreds of thousand dollars on shoes? Ha! Guess not. So here we are with the list of the shoes priced the highest amongst all in the world and no, to your surprise (and misery), hundreds of thousands of dollars is actually the prize of the cheapest one out of this lot! Get a grip you guys (pun intended, obviously).
10) Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos: $500,000
Stuart Weitzman is a man who creates magic out of footwear, which is why his shoes are placed eight times in this list and this piece of art was made by him in collaboration with Kwiat, a well known jewellery maker. They are adorned with 1420 shiny diamonds and were last worn by Anika Noni Rose, a famous American singer and actress, in 2007 as they were made especially for the 2007 Oscars and the feet of “Dreamgirls” actress. The sandal-style stilettos feature two bands of diamond-encrusted circles at the top of each foot, inspired by the timeless circles collection from Kwiat and why this pair of shoes is prized this high is because these diamonds are 30-carats diamonds.
9) Original Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”: $612,000
The Ruby Slippers were the beautiful little shoes worn by Dorothy Gale played by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”. It was, for many of us, the movie that we grew up with and who wouldn’t want a souvenir from it? These slippers are now known to be one of the most precious souvenirs from the movie and several pairs were made for it. Today, five pairs survive, one of which was stolen, never to be recovered. Only one pair out of the four was bought in an auction for 600 thousand dollars. One other pair was put in an auction in Hollywood for the price of $2.000.000, but no one bid for it because hello, shoes to buy for millions, but no one to fit them?
8) Stuart Weitzman’s “Retro Rose” Pumps: $1,000,000
These beautiful pumps were again a creation of the genius Stuart Weitzman. Designed in a style popular in the 1940’s, they were worn by Diablo Cody, a famous writer from Hollywood, on the Oscar’s Red Carpet in 2008. The rose ornaments on the toes are made of 100 carats of 1,800 diamonds. Aside from the rose ornaments, there are 400 more diamonds embroidered into the shoes themselves. Well, that sure explains how these elegant beauties are prized at one million dollars (yes, it is just the seventh entry and we are talking millions!).
7) Stuart Weitzman’s “Marilyn Monroe” Shoes: $1,000,000
It is now safe to say that Mr. Weitzman will be a cause of lots of restlessness in our sleep tonight as yet another entry is his creation. The fact that these shoes are associated with the idol of beauty and femininity, Marilyn Monroe herself just adds to its value of a staggering million dollars. We say associated as they weren’t owned by her but very explicitly represent the style she chose to live her life in. They are stuffed with diamonds that match perfectly with the satin that surrounds it. They are adorned with satin roses surrounding a bedazzling array of Swarovski crystals- the very crystals from a pair of earrings once owned and treasured by Marilyn Monroe and the crystals stayed there when Actress Regina King wore the shoes to the 2005 Oscars, until the time when they were replaced by replicas right before being auctioned for a million dollars in the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction.
6) Stuart Weitzman’s “Platinum Guild” Stilettos: $1,090,000
The vast beauty and elegance of these pair of shoes reside in their simplicity. These shoes, Carved with 464 diamonds, are one of the few pairs in this list that have multi-functionality, as they are actually made of a very strong material- platinum. The fact that it seems impossible for us to understand the manufacturing of platinum fabric adds to the value of this pair, as there must be a lot of R&D involved to produce the platinum straps. What makes them functional is the fact that the diamonds are removable so the shoes can be worn to occasions beyond the Academy Awards. The lucky recipient of the platinum stilettos was Laura Harring, who was named Miss USA in 1985. But we still think we will go for standard two strap block heels if functionality is what we are looking for, especially not for a million dollars!
5) Stuart Weitzman’s “Ruby Slippers”: $1,600,000
They are not the ones we mentioned above as these were inspired by the Wizard of Oz, taking Dorothy’s ruby slippers to a new level. They are adorned with 642 Burmese rubies (crying) and are also crafted with about one pound of platinum (how to even walk in them) but what distinguishes them is the red satin that binds the entire design together. They were first seen on display at the luxurious Harrods, in London, in 2003. A couple of years later they were sold to an anonymous bidder, for no more than $1,600,000 (no more?). The difference of a million dollars owes to the fact that it has 642 oval and round Burma rubies, a half pound of platinum and rubies weighing more than 123 carats, which the prior version lacked.
4) Stuart Weitzman’s “Tanzanite Heels”: $2.000.000
Why they are called so is because of the fact that they have 185 carats of blue tanzanite gemstones. To add to its value, this piece of art pair is adorned with 28-carat diamonds, which take the price tag of these beauties to a massive amount of two million dollars. Stuart Weitzman is world famous for his outrageous, blinged out, over-the-top, seven-figure designer shoes. . Designed in 2006 in collaboration with jewellery designer Eddie LeVian, the bejewelled silver-leather shoes also have platinum heels, and since a jeweller made them the shoes look like a beautiful regal necklace than foot apparel. The general public got to see the “Tanzanite Heels” for the first time in January 2007 at the New York Public Library. A year before, the shoes had taken first place in the “Fashion Accessories” category of the “Celebration of Life Jewellery Design Awards.”
3) Stuart Weitzman’s “Cinderella Slippers”: $2,000,000
Weitzman, you need to cool it Sir. These beauties were designed by Stuart Weitzman inspired by the fairy tale of Cinderella and were worn in 2004 by Alison Krauss, at that year’s Academy Awards. These fairytale stilettos have 595 diamonds which were again a fruit of partnership with Kwiat diamonds. Although not glass slippers like Cinderella’s, Stuart Weitzman’s Cinderella slippers are fit for a Princess. The right slipper is encrusted with a rare 5 carat amaretto diamond worth more than 1 million dollars itself, somewhat justifying the two million dollar tag on them.
2) Stuart Weitzman’s “Rita Hayworth” Heels: $3,000,000
Rita Hayworth was one of the most sensational actresses and singers that this world had and to keep up with the reputation she ordered the three-million dollar pair of heels from the famous Stuart Weitzman who is actually like a resident to this list. They are in very unique chocolate brown color and the burnt sienna satin peep toe shoes show off a beautiful satin flower on each shoe that showcases an earring in diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Kathleen York wore these shoes at the 2006 Academy Awards until they became a resident as a decorative item in Rita’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s house, who inherited them after she died.
1) Harry Winston’s “Ruby Slippers”: $3,000,000
These shoes again match the prize of the previous entry in the list but they deserve the place of number 1 as they are more famous than the former entry and surprisingly not a creation of Stuart Weitzman. These shoes were designed by Harry Winston to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Wizard of Oz and are still one of the versions of the Dorothy slippers mentioned twice before in this list. A dedication of two months’ time using 4600 rubies and 50 carat diamonds, these stunning pair of glittering shoes were created. After about 60 days, these were unveiled at the House of the Harry Winston with a price tag of heart-breaking 3 Million dollars attached to it.
When you look at these pair of shoes- you wonder about the gems, the craftsmanship, the dedication and the attention to detail that must have gone into making these master pieces until a thought strikes your reverie of admiration- why even put all this in shoes when you can’t even wear them! A heart-felt plea of curiosity indeed!