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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE SHOES FOR 2023


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23. LOUIS VUITTON MANHATTAN RICHELIEU MEN’S SHOES – $10,000

 

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This brand is considered to be the epitome of luxury in the world of fashion. So, it makes sense that the product it delivers will be incredibly detailed. And it shows in the vintage style and craftsmanship of these shoes. The waxed alligator skin along with the complex stitch patterns and nuanced perforation motif make the $10,000 price tag seem worth it.

 

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22. NIKE AIR MAG 2016 – $26,000

 

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If you’re a fan of sneakers, then this is one shoe you might consider taking out a second mortgage on your house for. The 2016 edition of the Air Mag was directly lifted from the cult 80’s sci-fi hit Back to the Future II. While the auto-lacing feature and lights in that pair were achieved using cinematic effects, 30 years later, all that technology has become a reality. These sneakers are battery-powered and feature a motor. Only a 100 were manufactured by the brand, making them incredibly rare. Right now, these shoes command an average market price of $26,000.

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21. TESTONI MEN’S DRESS SHOES – $30,000

 

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The dress shoes for men crafted by Testoni are no slouch either. They are a testament to fine Italian craftsmanship and the footwear is valued highly in all markets worldwide. These shoes are incredibly light and completely water-resistant. No wonder they are priced at $30,000.

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20. THE HERMÈS BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS – $34,000 TO $76,000

 

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Would you ever cut up a Hermès bag? Most would be offended at just the thought, but MSCHF, a Brooklyn collective, did. It also took the cork soles of the German Birkenstocks sandals and fused the two. The rather odd amalgamation has been hailed by fashion enthusiasts, with three pairs already being sold. This rather destructive fashion brand has previously merged t-shirts from 10 streetwear fashion brands in a similar manner. The Birkin Bag, made by Hermès, is revered in high-street fashion. MSCHF was turned down by at least two leather workshops for even the idea of chopping by a Birkin. The sandals are priced at a range between $34,000 to $76,000. One would think this would hinder potential buyers. But, the brand has stated that they may only have 4 – 6 pairs left to sell.

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19. TESTONI SHOES – $38,000

 

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Men are often clueless when it comes to what looks good on their feet, but even the most sartorially challenged person has to agree that these shoes appear stunning. And they should, considering each pair costs you a staggering $38,000. If you’re thinking about how the brand justifies the high price tag, it all comes down to the innovative Norvegese technique used by this brand. The leather used to make these shoes is sourced from the best alligator leather in the world and is extremely durable. Even though the brand dates all the way back to 1929, the craftsmanship of Testoni is well ahead of its time. Another main reason why these shoes are so expensive is its super water-resistance property, which is something every man wants in an ideal pair of leather shoes.

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18. NIKE SO CAL AIR FORCE 1 SUPREME MAX – $50,000

 

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Reliable, old Nike comes next on the list with the futuristic sounding Air Force 1 Supreme Max, one of the most expensive Nike shoes. Every “dude” has fantasized about owning a pair of these shoes ever since its launch. Unlike the Air Force One range which was a diamond-studded extravaganza, this pair takes things a step further. What’s more, the company has increased the durability of this footwear this time around. The splashes of bright neon featured on the body of these shoes should have been OTT, but they actually play well with the overall streamlined look. While the top part of these shoes is composed of premium quality leather, the bottom section is made of 3 M reflective material. The neon green laces are a nice touch.

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17. AIR JORDAN SILVER SHOES – $60,000

 

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Since it was first launched, this sleek-looking pair of Air Jordans has been the envy of shoe enthusiasts across the world. They are a sight to behold, and have been signed by the legend Michael Jordan himself. The best part about these shoes is that they are quite comfortable to wear, which is not something that can be said for a lot of the shoes featured in this list. The silver detailing featured on these Air Jordans is a work of art, making it the most expensive basketball shoes. This line of shoes has become so popular that they are now synonymous with the Nike brand itself throughout the world. If you consider yourself the biggest Michael Jordan fan, and want to own a pair, you must be ready to pay $60,000.

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16. NIZAM SIKANDAR JAH’S SHOES – $160,000

 

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These shoes once belonged to Sikandar Jah, the 18 th century Nizam of Hyderabad. The delicate design is extremely complex and anything unlike you’ve seen before. The whole shoe is embroidered using gold thread and features numerous rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and other expensive gemstones. The shoes, valued at $160,000, were the property of a Toronto-based museum, but were stolen. Thankfully, they were recovered but had sustained some damage in the process.

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15. KATHRYN WILSON’S PUMP – $400,000

 

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Kathryn Wilson, the New Zealand-based designer, ruled fashion headlines when she created this wonderful piece for a charity auction. Each piece of this pair took nearly 50 hours to create. And it makes sense considering that they feature a million pounds’ worth of diamonds. Every single one of those diamonds was individually pasted by hand during that time span. These decadent-looking shoes were sold off at the auction for a massive amount of $400,000.

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14. STUART WEITZMAN DIAMOND DREAM STILETTOS – $500,000

 

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This article is becoming something akin to Stuart Weitzman’s greatest hits, but we can’t help it. After all, the man spawned an empire, making shoes that were bound to garner global attention. The Diamond Dream stilettos were handcrafted using 1,500 diamonds, each worth 30 karats. No wonder they command the viewer’s attention. And if you’re ready to shell out $500,000 you can have this beautiful pair in your possession.

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13. STUART WEITZMAN “MARILYN MONROE” SHOES – $1 MILLION

 

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Inspired by the yesteryear star who famously crooned “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, Weitzman created these gorgeous shoes using crystals which Marilyn herself used to hear at one point of time. They took a lot of effort to create and it shows in the craftsmanship. Worn by Regina King at the 2005 Oscars, the shoes not only managed to make their presence felt at the event but also fetched a princely sum of $1 million at an auction.

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12. STUART WEITZMAN RETRO ROSE PUMPS – $1 MILLION

 

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Designed in the 1940s style by Weitzman, these pretty retro heels feature a signature T-strap which was commonly found in that era and is worth $1 million. The toe portion of these shoes feature rose ornaments made of 1,800 Kwiat diamonds and having a total carat weight of 100 carats. Apart from these beautiful features, the shoes themselves are studded with another 400 Kwiat diamonds. The shoes became a talking point in tinsel town when Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer for Juno , refused to wear them during the 2008 ceremony as she felt they were merely a “cheesy publicity stunt.”

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11. STUART WEITZMAN PLATINUM GUILD STILETTOS – $1.09 MILLION

 

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By now, you should know that whenever you read the name Stuart Weitzman, it’s going to be associated with something highly valuable, over-the-top and opulent. And these shoes are a perfect example. A shoemaker’s wet dream, the heels are decorated with 464 pristine diamonds all over the body. The standout feature? Well, in this case, the straps that adorn this show are easily removable, and you can actually wear them around your neck as a statement piece. So, it’s style meets functionality of the highest order. First showcased at the 2002 Academy Awards, these shoes are likely to make any woman happy and any man poorer by $1.09 million.

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10. STUART WEITZMAN WIZARD OF OZ RUBY STILETTOS – $1.6 MILLION

 

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Wizard of Oz sure kick-started a trend, didn’t it? After Harry Winston’s rendition of the ruby slippers, comes a more updated version of the same by Stuart Weitzman. Only this time around they are heels. Eye-catching and glamorous, these shoes were made using 123 karat rubies. 643 pieces were used in total and they were set in a pound of platinum, the rarest metal on earth. The shoes carry a price tag of $1.6 million.

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9. KANYE WEST NIKE AIR YEEZY 1 – $1.9 MILLION

 

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Kanye West’s Grammy-worn Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype sold for $1.8 million, breaking the record for a publicly recorded sneaker sale. The Air Yeezy 1 was Kanye’s groundbreaking first signature sneaker with Nike. He debuted the silhouette in historic fashion by wearing the Yeezys during an emotional performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards where he sang “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.”

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8. TOM FORD CUSTOM BY JASON ARASHEBEN – $2 MILLION

 

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When Nick Cannon hosted the 2014 America’s Got Talent, he wanted to make a statement. And he managed to surpass expectations by wearing a pair of $2 million all-diamond shoes. The Tom Ford shoes were custom designed by Jason Arasheben, the well-known jewelry designer, and they were a sight to behold. More than 14,000 full-cut round white diamonds were carefully set onto white gold. The total carat weight was a staggering 340 carats. The bedazzled shoes took more than 2,000 man-hours and almost a year to complete, and by the looks of it, were well worth it.

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7. STUART WEITZMAN TANZANITE HEELS – $2 MILLION

 

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The third Stuart Weitzman entry on this list, these stiletto heels were the product of collaboration between Eddie Le Vian and Weitzman. Worth $2 million dollars, these heels are a grand sight to behold. After all, how could they not be, being adorned with tanzanite, a gemstone of extraordinary appearance? The straps feature 185 karats of tanzanite along with 28 karats of diamonds. What makes these shoes even more attractive is the fact that they are made of shining silver, giving them a delicate, ethereal look.

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6. STUART WEITZMAN CINDERELLA SLIPPERS – $2 MILLION

 

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Another Stuart Weitzman creation, these stunning slippers were crafted from Italian leather. The inspiration was the popular fairytale character, Cinderella. 565 Kwiat diamonds were set in platinum and twisted into a complex, lace-like design to make the toe straps and ankle. If that’s not enough, the right shoe houses a 5 carat amaretto diamond, which alone costs over a million dollars. If you think this is expensive for a diamond, I hasten to surprise you even more – the price of the most expensive diamonds in the world can reach up to a fantastic $400 millions and even more. The 4-inch stilettos were worn by Alison Krauss, the country singer, to the 2004 Oscars and appeared to meld into the background, leaving the crowd to gawk at the masses of sparkling diamonds.

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5. STUART WEITZMAN RITA HAYWORTH HEELS – $3 MILLION

 

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One of the Old Hollywood darlings, Rita Hayworth found a place in fashion history when a pair of earrings worn by the star was fashioned into shoes by Stuart Weitzman. What stands out about these heels is the lovely, muted shade of Sienna Satin used in its construction – a welcome change from all the glitz and glam commonly found in expensive footwear. The earrings are prominently featured in the middle of the shoes and elevate the whole look to sheer poetry. Despite its understated elegance, this pair features various types of precious gemstones, from diamonds to sapphires to rubies in a satin ruffle near the toe section. Valued at a cool $3 million, these open-toed heels are not for sale – they are the property of Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.

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4. HARRY WINSTON RUBY SLIPPERS – $3 MILLION

 

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Jewelry designer Harry Winston’s son, Ron Winston, wanted to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz in the grandest way possible. And he chose to do so by replicating the ruby slippers worn by young Dorothy. Meticulously crafted using 4,600 rubies, these shoes represent the height of luxury. Apart from 1,350 carats of rubies, these beautiful shoes also feature 50 carats of diamonds. Bearing a $3 million price tag, these ruby slippers far outshine the original, which were created using plain red sequins.

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3. DEBBIE WINGHAM HIGH HEELS – $ 15.1 MILLION

 

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How much is too much for shoes? A thousands? Ten thousand? A hundred thousand? A million? Well, try 15.1 million. Commissioned as a birthday present, this frightfully expensive pair was designed by Debbie Wingham, who is no stranger when it comes to creating luxury items. The high heels are set with some of the costliest and rarest gemstones in the world, like blue and pink diamonds, which explains the ridiculous price tag. The body of the shoe is crafted from platinum while the plaque is pure gold. The remainder of these shoes is made of leather but feature 24 carat gold paint. 18 carat gold threat for used to stitch this priceless pair.

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2. JADA DUBAI AND PASSION JEWELERS PASSION DIAMOND SHOES – $ 17 MILLION

 

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Jada Dubai and Passion Jewelers have collaborated to create one of the world’s most expensive footwear. Priced at $17 million the stiletto heel pumps are embedded with a pair of 15 carat D grade diamonds. There are a further 238 diamonds used to decorate the trim.

 

The pair that is priced more than most mansions on the French Riviera was on display at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai along with a less exotic red pair encrusted with rubies priced at mere $27,000. It has taken expert shoemakers 9 months to craft it from pure gold. It is not known if it was sold.

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1. MOON STAR SHOES BY ANTONIO VIETRI – MOST EXPENSIVE SHOES, $19.9 MILLION

 

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Yup, you heard that right. Worth almost $20 million, this pair of heels has been crafted with solid gold, 30 carats of diamond, and meteorite from 1576. Yes, that stuff from outer space. It debuted in Dubai as part of MIDE Fashion Week. These pumps are a statement-piece modeled after the Burj Khalifa. The solid gold heels are shaped like the skyscraper while the vamp is studded with diamonds. Antonio Vietri is infamous for designing the world’s first 24k gold shoes in 2017 which were priced at a hefty $32,000. These were delivered to buyers via helicopters. Talk about over the top.

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