If you’ve reached this article, I’m sure you’re expecting those shiny, red-lacquered sole Louboutins with the most fascinating and elegant look ever or the classy Manolo Blahniks at the top of the ’12 most expensive shoes around the world’ list. Unfortunately, to your surprise, there are some fabulous pieces of creation crafted to perfection by some of the most well known designers that manage to create some of the most expensive footwear counting up to $15 million. Owning a pair of these high-end stilettos is every girl’s dream and a stature of goal in life. Let’s have a look at them.
12. Kathryn Wilson’s Diamond Pumps – $418,450
These diamond pumps are every girl’s fantasy. Designed by Kathryn Wilson, these pumps are encrusted with white diamonds worth half a million. The designer personally sewed each diamond, working night and night for this marvelous piece of art. “I was just thinking of Cinderella” said the creator of this fairy tale shoe. The ‘Cinderella’ Pumps were finally auctioned off at the price of $418,450 but the buyer’s identity is anonymous till date. The only drawback of these glamorous pumps is that they were designed plainly for the purpose of charity and showcase and one might not be able to wear and walk in these delicacies. But they surely make a great display piece!
11. Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos – $500,000
A well known American designer, Stuart Weitzman, has fulfilled the requirements of famous celebrities looking to head for their glamorous evening wearing a girl’s favorite combination, that is, shoes and diamonds. His Diamond Dream Stilettos were surprisingly the least expensive set for the Oscars Red Carpet. Designed for Anika Noni Rose, these pair of stilettos are studded with 1,400 diamonds from Kwiat which are further set on platinum making them unique in its own way. Who wouldn’t want a pair of these?
10. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers – $612,000
Judy Garland played the role of Dorothy Gale in the classic 1939 musical called the ‘The Wizard of Oz’ wearing these reputed ruby slippers. These are the pairs replacing the original ruby slippers. It has sequins instead of rubies in order to prevent any mishap. From around six to seven number of pairs made for the movie, around five original pairs survived. Though one pair got stolen in 2005 and was never recovered, one pair was sold off at $612,000 at an auction. While one is showcased in Washington D.C museum.
9. Stuart Weitzman’s Marilyn Monroe Shoes – $1 million
These pair are not only mesmerizing but also hold an interesting piece of fact that make them even more valuable. The original pair was made by Swarovski diamond earrings that were owned my Marilyn Monroe at one point. Actress Regina King wore the shoes to the 2005 Oscars when she was nominated for her work in “Ray”. Later, the pair were auctioned for $1 million and several replicas were made.
8. Stuart Weitzman’s Retro Rose Pumps – $1 million
As if the diamonds and shoes weren’t enough, Stuart Weitzman decided to add another beautiful thing that girls absolutely adore; roses. The 1940s Retro style T-straps were decorated with 1800 Kwiat diamonds at the center of the pumps complimenting its elegant and feminine look. Sadly, the offer to wear these beauties on the 2008 Oscars Red Carpet was declined by the screenplay writer of ‘Juno’; Cody Diablo. Sad, indeed.
7. Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild Stilettos – $1.09 million
If Cinderella was to lose a shoe like this, she’d not only be leaving behind 464 diamonds carved to perfection decorating its entire body but she would also be leaving a completely detachable diamond necklace behind; that is, the strap of these pencil heels. This abstract invention made by Stuart Weitzman was for Mexican actress Laura Harring of “Mulholland Drive” who wore these splendid stilettos to the Academy Awards guarding them with bodyguards. No doubt, every eye is bound to be glued to these gorgeous heels.
6. Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Stilettos – $1.6 million
If it wasn’t already obvious, 643 pieces of rubies, 1 pound of platinum and rest satin is what ensured this ‘Wizard of Oz’ inspired stilettos to be one of the most expensive. Red and ravishing is what the designer went after and accomplished it to great extents. These pair of heels are on their own a magnificent combination of strength and beauty.
5. Stuart Weitzman’s Tanzanite Heels – $2 million
Stuart Weitzman and Eddie Le Vian collaborated to make something so glamorous that it would bring tears to everone’s eyes just by looking at these dazzling stilettos. These absolutely stunning stilettos have 185 karats of blue tanzanite gemstones, which reminds everyone of the breathtaking pearl ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace in titanic and 25 karats of shining diamonds set on shining silver. They surely bring tears to my eyes. Who wouldn’t want a pair of these?
4. Stuart Weitzman’s Cinderella Slippers – $2 million
The name has it all. The name has it all. Once again, Stuart Weitzman splendidly placed himself on this list with his ‘brought to reality from a fairy tale Cinderella Slippers’. 565 Kwiat diamonds placed with elegance on platinum settings into Italian leather that compliment each other with sheer exquisiteness. Singer Alison Krauss wore these to the 2004 Oscars letting everyone there know that Cinderella was quite there on the Red Carpet that eve.
3. Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels – $3 million
Weitzman and Le Vian went out of their way to experiment with various attributes and finally made something that everyone remembers for it’s uniqueness. The heels are named after the Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth, whose earrings are use to decorate the center of the silky satin crunched to make flower petals that look creamy and amusingly delicious. The designers used a drastically different color, chocolate, instead of the common shimmer and shine and it indeed proved to be success. Kathryn York was the lucky woman who got to wear these in the 2006 Academy Awards. What makes these pair different from others in the high-end world is that it holds sapphires, diamonds and rubies and one is still able to acknowledge the simplicity and the adoring image it creates.
2. Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers – $3 million
And finally, the original ‘Wizard of Oz’ slippers that hold every single bit of ruby that was talked about in the replica of the pair. Harry Winston used 4,600 pieces of rubies and 50 carats of diamonds to make these compelling couple. It took 2 months of intensive work to make these, hence, justifying its position in the list. All rubies and glamour, am I right? Up until recently, these were the most expensive pair of shoes in the world. No doubt.
And finally, Unveiling the most expensive shoes in the world.
1. Debbie Wingham’s High Heels – $15 million
Debbie Wingham has unveiled the world’s most expensive pair of shoes. These stiletto heels are encrusted with 1000 diamonds set on platinum setting, 3 carat rare pink and 1 carat blue diamonds presented with icing like details to create an illusion of cake. Not to forget the 24 carat gold plated zipper and soles and as little as stitching done with 18 carats of gold. If this wasn’t enough to make something unbelievably beautiful, to give the pair a final nudge, Arabian jasmine flowers were attached and the pair was given a rose gold effect to seem absolutely fine-looking to the human eye.These shoes are the most expensive item of Wingham’s collection and she’s surely proud of her work. Who wouldn’t be?
There you have it, friends. Some of the most valuable and precious pair of shoes out there in the world that are in thoughts of every girl who’s crazy about shoes.