Most expensive shoes - A luxury that expresses a lot
Shoes are said to be silently expressing the pecuniary state of the person wearing them.
When it is about fashion and dress, shoes are, in fact, the foundation. It is the base of everything one wears. A pair of comfortable shoes is all you need for adequate confidence and hence to stand tall. It is said that shoes silently speak about the financial condition of the person wearing it. If there is palpable truth in this, then the most expensive shoes in world are definitely to flaunt the depth of one’s pocket.
There are several million-dollar shoes, marking the heights of stardom and wealth together. These are not just luxury items, rather, they are investments. Their costs do not decrease with time. With loads of design intricacies and embedded precious stones, many of such shoes become pricier with time. Also, there is another aspect of expensive shoes. They are designed as collectors’ pieces, being very limited in market. These factors turn such footwears as fortunes for the buyer.
Most of the top expensive shoes are the way they are because of encrusted precious stones on them. The worth and fame of the designer is also a prime aspect that adds to the cost of such items. For instance, the Debbie Wingham High Heels is now the most expensive shoes in the world with a ridiculous price tag of USD 15.1 million. Wingham is celebrity designer, who is famous for creating expensive luxury items. But the designer is only one of many other reasons. This pair of high heels are encrusted with diamonds, made of precious metals and it features intricate design.
The Debbie Wingham High Heels is with a whopping price tag of USD 15.1 million.
Apart from the ones that are made for sale, a piece has become the world’s most expensive shoes for the incident associated with it. It is not even a pair, it is a single piece of shoes, which was auctions at a whopping price of USD 10 million! It is the notorious shoe thrown at President George W Bush.
At a press meet after the Iraqi war, a reporter named Muntadhar al-Zaidi yelled at Bush, “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!” hurling his shoe at the US President. The incident naturally attracted global traction and the shoe was bought by a business man from middle-east at the insane price. Even the shoemaker became famous after the episode, getting more than 748,000 orders in a single week.
Well, that was quite outrageous for a shoe. Apart from that notorious piece, there are several pairs that deserve attention. The Harry Winston Ruby Slippers is priced at USD 3 million. This pair of shoes is a movie memorabilia from the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. It is made to resemble the sparkling slippers worn by Dorothy, the female protagonist. It was designed by Harry Winston in 1989. Equally expensive to this pair, is the Rita Hayworth Heels designed by Stuart Weitzman. This 3 million dollars heels have many different types of precious gemstones. It has diamonds, rubies, sapphires and many such gems on it. This pair is now inherited by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Hayworth’s daughter.
With a tag of USD 2 million, the Tom Ford shoes worn by Nick Cannon is the most expensive shoes for men.
Price tag of the most expensive shoes in the world for men starts from USD 2 million. It is the famous shoes worn by Nick Cannon. The celebrity wanted to make a fashion statement while hosting the 2014 America’s Got Talent and he did it in an expensive way. It is a Tom Ford shoes designed by famous jewelry designer Jason Arasheben. It is made of diamonds encrusted all over its while gold body. The pair has more than 14,000 full-cut round white diamonds, making its total carat weight an astounding 340 carats. It took a year to make it, requiring around 2,000 persons to work on in. In contrast to most expensive shoes in the world for women, this pair is for men.
Premium shoes evolve as per fashion industry. There are also some timely disruptions that create higher price tags as new benchmarks. Here is a year wise list of top three most expensive shoes in the world since 2016.
The Air Jordan III ‘Grateful’ was the costliest sneaker for men in 2017.
Most Expensive Shoes in the world 2016 (Sneakers from Nike)
- Nike Air Jordan Metallic Silver
- Nike Air Paranorman Foamposite
- Nike Pearl Foamposite Air Hawk Flight
Most Expensive Shoes in the world 2017 (Sneakers for Men)
- Air Jordan III “Grateful” ($13,250)
- Chanel x Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail ($11,135)
- Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail "N*E*R*D" ($5,185)
Most Expensive Shoes in the world 2018 (Ladies’ Heels)
- Debbie Wingham High Heels Read ($ 15.1 million)
- Harry Winston Ruby Slippers ($3 million)
- Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels ($2 million)
So far most expensive shoes in the world in 2019 can be considered to be the existing ones. But there might be new and costlier ones emerging again.