A girl can never get enough of clothes, shoes and diamonds. For those with a shoe fetish, a day spent shoe shopping among those shining leather beauties and pretty sandals is a day spent in paradise. Acquiring a Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik or a Jimmy Choo is similar to a conquest even if it means shelling out a month’s salary on them. But these top 10 most expensive shoes have sky-high prices and are prohibitively expensive if you are not stinking rich in the first place. Eight of them are crafted by iconic high-end shoe designer Stuart Weitzman renowned for his penchant for making unaffordable shoes. Less shoes and more of artwork and jewellery, these beautifully crafted shoes can make you lust after them. So don’t get too attached and read on to find out all about them.
10. Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos- $500,000
It is a dream come true for every woman to slip on a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos. Adorned with one thousand four hundred and twenty bright, beaming diamonds, this luxury pair of stilettos were crafted by Stuart Weitzman in collaboration with jewellery giant Kwait. The stilettos are encrusted with colorless diamonds weighing over 30 carats. The pair was modelled by Anika Noni Rose, ‘the other one’ in ‘Dreamgirls’, at the 2007 Oscars. The expensive strappy sandals with its contrast of delicate platinum bands and gleaming white jewels created an aura of such elegance and magnificence at the Awards night, that no one could take their eyes off her feet for long.
9. Ruby Slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’-$666,000
Dorothy’s magic red shoes are on the wish list of everyone who have ever watched The Wizard of Oz. The iconic magical shoes that return Dorothy home to Kansas have become an important and treasured piece of film memorabilia today. The original movie version was a pair of red stain shoes with red sequins embedded into fine chiffon and a large centre bow on them edged with red glass bugle beads and three emerald shaped crystals. Six pairs are speculated to have been made for the movie, out of which the whereabouts of four are known today. One of the pairs of Judy Garland’s famed ruby slippers are on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of history.
8. Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Shoes-$1,000,000
This pair of stilettos is every crystal lover’s dream come true. Shimmering Swarovski crystals are encrusted within a satin rose which adorns these elegant, nude stilettos. Furthermore the crystals once belonged to the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe. Inspired by the gorgeous and legendary actress, these precious stilettos are an example of superior craftsmanship and exude an aura of pure opulence and exquisite beauty. Actress Regina King wore this magnificent pair at the 2005 Oscars when she was nominated for her role in the movie ‘Ray’. After the awards, Stuart Weitzman replaced the earrings with replicas and placed it for auction at the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction, where it was sold for a whopping one million dollars.
7. Stuart Weitzman’s Retro Rose Pumps-$1,000,000
Inspired by the footwear of 1940s Hollywood and the iconic T-strap, Weitzman crafted these luxe pair of shoes worth a million dollars. Made of gold leather these shoes can make one relive the golden era of Hollywood in the forties. One hundred carats of one thousand and eight hundred of Kwait diamonds were used to create the roses on the toe section of the shoes. Another four hundred of these shimmering precious stones were used to adorn the rest of the shoe. Weitzman chose Cody Diablo, the screenplay writer of Juno, to model them at the 2008 Oscars. But the shoes had their fair share of controversy when she unceremoniously refused the offer calling it a ‘cheap publicity stunt’.
6. Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild Stilettos-$1,090,000
Priced at 1.9 million dollars, these gorgeous strappy stilettos are adorned with four hundred and sixty four perfectly cut round and pear shaped Kwait diamonds. The diamonds are threaded together by platinum straps and can also be removed to be worn as hand or neck jewellery. The strap adorning the ankle resembles an exquisite necklace with a dangling locket. Mexican actress Laura Harring who was nominated for ‘Mulholand Drive’ in the 2002 Academy Awards was Stuart Weitzman’s first chosen ‘Cinderella’. She was escorted by three bodyguards to the venue to protect her as well as the priceless diamond encrusted sandals.
5. Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers-$1,600,000
Inspired by the original ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, this gorgeous pair of strappy red stilettos was supposed to be unveiled during the 2003 Oscars, but the idea was shelved due to the ongoing war in Iraq. Keeping in mind the nation’s sombre mood, these were later showcased in late 2003 at Harrods in London. They were crafted by Stuart Weitzman in collaboration with Oscar Heyman Bros. Bearing a hefty price of 1.6 million dollars, the couture heels are made of delicate red satin and have a cherry red insole. Six hundred and forty two perfectly round and oval Burmese rubies weighing 123.33 carats sit atop half a pound of pure platinum to complement the elegant and eye-pooping sheen of the red sandals.
4. Stuart Weitzman’s Tanzanite Heels-$2,000,000
Tanzanite heels are a creation that seems to have come straight out of an opulent fairytale. An exquisite epitome of craftsmanship, these evening slippers were made by Stuart Weitzman in collaboration with Eddie Le Vian of France who is one of the richest jewellery designers in the world. These bejewelled silver sandals are made of silver leather and boasts of a platinum framework encrusted with rare African Tanzanite gems and diamonds. The front straps of the heels are stringed with 28 carats of diamond and another 595 carats adorn the platinum heels of these sandals. The ankle straps are encrusted with tanzanite gemstones totalling 185 carats and gemstones weighing some carats hang from the ankle straps making them look more like a royal neckpiece. Having an exorbitant price of 2 million dollars these stilettos were unveiled in Las Vegas in June 2008.
3. Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Cinderella Slippers’-$2,000,000
Inspired by the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, Stuart Weitzman crafted the iconic glass slippers of Cinderella and left no stone unturned to make them look like a dream come true. They are made with the best Italian leather and are encrusted with five hundred and sixty five Kwait diamonds elegantly fitted on a setting of platinum. The ankle straps of these dazzling heels are moulded in an intricate lacelike design and the whole shoe showcases a spectacular contrast between transparency and solid glitter. Singer Alison Krauss wore these transparent heeled sandals to the 2004 Oscars.
2. Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Rita Hayworth’ Heels-$3,000,000
Creations of Weitzman in collaboration with Le Vian, these open-toed heels are inspired by yesteryear’s iconic movie actress, Rita Hayworth. One of the most expensive shoes in the world, it is made of burnt sienna satin and the warm chocolaty colour is a welcome change from the usual bright, glittery tones of other Weitzman creations. Each shoe has a folded satin flower cradling chunky earrings that once belonged to the superstar herself. The sandals are adorned with a host of precious stones like diamond, sapphire and rubies and exude an aura of glamour and sheer style. They were worn by musician and Oscar nominee Katherine York during the 2006 Academy Awards. The sandals now belong to Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
1. House of Harry Winston’s ‘Ruby Slippers’-$3,000,000
Priced at a cool 3 million dollars, these ruby slippers were inspired by movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. They were created by Ronald Winston of the House of Harry Winston, a celebrated jewellery designer. Encrusted with four thousand and six hundred rubies and diamonds weighing 50 carats, the slippers were created to commemorate the golden anniversary of the 1939 movie. The stones were put together over a period of two months by renowned craftsman Javier Barrera. Only the film’s lead star Judy Garland had the honour to wear the most expensive shoes in the world.