According to an NPD Report, footwear sales are predicted to grow at a 1% rate through 2025 as shoes are quickly replacing handbags as a status symbol of luxury. We have compiled a list of the most expensive shoes you may like to own. Just be sure to check your bank balance beforehand.
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1. The Diamond Shoe by Kathryn Wilson
Image: The Diamond Shoe knocked the Christopher Michael Shellis-designed stilettos from the top. of the most expensive shoe list in 2013.
In 2003, a 23-year-old unknown girl by the name of Kathryn Wilson started a label under her name in New Zealand. Fast forward 13 years, and she had handmade what would go on to become the most expensive shoes of that time.
Named simply as “The Diamond Shoe”, the classic Kathryn Wilson pump design is encrusted with £250,000 worth of diamonds, each of which is 21.18 carats. Known for its luxury and high-end designs, the shoe was a “life imitates art” moment as it takes inspiration from the classic Cinderella story.
However, the shoes weren’t created for mass production and were auctioned off for a whopping $500,000 (£276,000) in 2013. Some of the money went into the Ronald McDonald House which is a children’s hospital network.
2. Dream Stilettos” by Stuart Weitzman
Photo: Worth half a million dollars, the Dream Stilettos are one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
Stuart Weitzman is not a new name when it comes to making a statement at the biggest stages. The brand is known for making one-of-a-kind outrageous shoes that are seen at red-carpet events like the Oscars.
In 2007, the “Dream Girls” actress Anika Noni Rose came out to the Oscars red carpet with a stunning silver evening Stuart Weitzman shoe with stiletto heels. However, Stuart Weitzman had taken this to the next level as the brand collaborated with Kwait Diamonds.
The celebrated Broadway and silver-screen actress had the “Dream Diamond Stilettos” which became one of the most expensive shoes in the world. Encrusted with 1,420 diamonds weighing over 30 carats each, the shoes were valued at $500,000.
3. Marilyn Monroe by Stuart Weitzman
Photo: The Swarovski crystals that once belonged to Monroe’s earrings were taken out and replaced by Stuart Weitzman before being sold. They still managed to become one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
Marilyn Monroe’s effect on pop culture and fashion has been undeniable. Stuart Weitzman out of all people couldn’t remain untouched by that influence either. The results of that influence have resulted in one of the most expensive shoes of all time.
Photo: Regina King wore one of the most expensive shoes in the world at the Oscars 2005 ceremony.
The original design is a nude evening shoe. A stained rose encrusted with Swarovski crystal makes for the focal point. However, the crystals add more value to the shoes than economic numbers as these crystals once belonged to the personal earrings of Marilyn Monroe.
4. Retro Rose Pumps
Photo: The old-world charm and the obvious diamond encrusting makes the Rose Pumps one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
The color, design, and flow, of the Retro Rose, pumps truly live up to their names. Inspired by the 1940s glamour, these pumps were another jaw-dropping collaboration between Stuart Weitzman and Kwait Diamonds.
The dusky, almost faded bronze color on the pumps and the signature T strap make the shoes look like antique pieces of art while the 1,800 Kwait Diamonds that make up the central rose are each 100 carats. However, drama followed the shoes as Diablo Cody to whom the shoes were given to be worn on the 2008 Oscars Red Carpet refused to wear them calling it a “cheap publicity stunt”.
5. Platinum Guild Stilettos
Photo: The oval-shaped diamonds make that make these ones of the most expensive shoes in the world can also be taken out and worn separately.
At a quick glance, these stilettos may look impractical enough to never be worn. The whole thing is made up of platinum fabric and has 464 diamonds encrusted on the straps. However, these aren’t as impractical as they seem.
The diamonds on the straps are so shaped and encrusted that they can be easily taken out and worn separately as jewelry. One of the most expensive shoes in the world, these were the first pair of stilettos that hit the $1 million dollars mark to be worn on the Academy Awards red carpet. Laura Harring from “, Mulholland Drive” wore them on the 2002 Red Carpets.
6. The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers
Photo: Not particularly fancy in terms of materials, these shoes still manage to become one of the most expensive shoes in the world because of their association with the hit 1939 Broadway play.
This is an example of how the story and not just the fancy material makes it one of the most expensive shoes in the world. For starters, there are only 5 pairs of these surviving. The fourth pair which was on display at the Judy Garland Museum were stolen in a heist in 2005 and only were recovered in 2018!
At a Christie’s auction one pair was sold at $612,000 while in the 2011 Icons of Hollywood auction, another pair was valued at $2 million. The third pair, also known as “The People’s Shoe” is on display at the Smithsonian Museum (but if you look closely they are mismatched!).
7. Tanzanite Heels
Photo: A collaborative effort between two high-end brands, these were destined to become one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
Many times, the extravagance of fancy materials used can be a little gaudy. However, this is not one such case. There are no other words to describe how the deep blue of the tanzanite contrasts with the cold silver leather than stunning.
The Tanzanite Heels were the outcome of a high-profile collaboration between Stuart Weitzman and jewelry designer Eddie Le Vian. These evening heels have 185-carat deep blue Tanzanite and 28-carat diamonds. Valued at $2 million, these are one of the most expensive shoes in the world.
8. Cinderella Slippers
Photo: One of the most expensive shoes in the world, the Cinderella Slippers have transparent heels and white diamonds, meant to give an illusion of disappearing.
No list of the most expensive shoes in the world would be completed without the influence of Cinderella. Who other would you expect to make a stunning, and ostentatious display of expensive and quirky materials with classic designs than Stuart Weitzman?
Country singer Alison Krauss wore these stunning shoes on the red carpet of the 2004 Oscars. Made up of Italian leather the ankle and toe strap contain platinum ledges and hold 565 diamonds from Kwiat. However, the centerpiece is the rare Amaretto diamond on the right slipper.
9. Jada Dubai × Passion Jewelers: Diamond Stilettos
Photo: The first and the only shoe in our list of the most expensive shoes in the world that are fully made out of gold.
When these stilettos were first showcased at the Burj Al Arab on 26th September 2018, they were the most expensive shoes in the world bar none. A jaw-dropping price of $17 million was placed on them and was a love child between high-end luxury brands Jada Dubai and Passion Jewelers.
The outer shell of the shoe is made of real gold and if that wasn’t enough, there are 238 diamonds tastefully placed along the rim. Two D- grade 15-karat diamonds from Passion Jewelers adorn the toe of each shoe too.
10. Antonio Vietri Moon Star Shoes
Photo: Italian designer Antonio Vietri was obsessed with making it to the top of the world’s most expensive shoe list. P
Look, at some point, the ante must be upped to the nth degree. In 2019, Italian designer Antonio Vietri went all out and pulled out the most expensive shoes possibly in human history. As a part of Made in Italy, Designed in Emirates (MIDE), the “Moon Star Shoes” are valued at a whopping $19.9 million.
Vietri is not strange to take things to the next limit as Harper’s Bazaar Arabia reported in 2017 that he had created the world’s first 24K gold shoes which were delivered to you on a helicopter. His 2019, project, “The Moon Star Shoes” were unveiled on a yacht at the Dubai Marina and is made of solid gold and 30-carat Diamonds. What gives its name is the encrusting of a piece of meteor that landed in Argentina in 1576!