Every lady knows that shoes make the outfit. Think of the transformation that a pair of knee length shorts undergo when you trade heels for flip flops. This is why most women love them and some women pay an awful lot for them. With this list of Ridiculously Expensive Shoes, we didn’t compile the most crazy, insanely expensive shoes ever sold…once upon a time as part of some PR stunt. After all, just a few years ago many fortunate individuals had some serious cash to spend and dropping a homeowner’s down payment on a pair of diamond studded nikes may not have seemed as wild as it does today. With this list, we’ve sought out the most ridiculously expensive shoes that are on the market right now, in the wonderful economic climate that is 2009.
Rocking a little croc is always in style. These round toe pumps by Christian Louboutin rock quite a bit of croc. Available in purple or black, they feature a nearly 4 inch tall, thick crocodile covered heel. And while they may be named a ‘Croc Simple Pump,’ their price tag is anything but.
Unique is…well, not such a unique name for this pair of sandals. For $4,000 you’d think the people at Louis Vuitton could have come up with a better moniker for this fabulous stiletto, made in genuine alligator leather. The wild strands of leather are embroidered with jewel-like beads and gems and sit atop a 4 inch alligator covered heel.
Before you let the idea of $6,295shoes ruffle your feathers, know that the house that red soles built had this to say: “Even in the midst of dark economic times, there is always room for art, beauty and craftsmanship in its purist form.” Better now? Inspired by Marie Antoinette and the grandeur of her era, Christian Louboutin partnered with Lesage (a french embroidery house and couturier) to create these decadent works of art. Ornate beading, lacing, and overall assemblage make them appear extremely heavy and unwearable….which is a perfect match for another one of the shoe’s characteristics- unaffordable.
Reptile skin and leather make up these origami-inspired stiletto sandals. Triangle shapes and colored leather strips adorn the green, yellow and black beauties. While they’ll add almost 5 inches to your gams, the heel is wider up top and they have a 1.5 inch platform to balance out the height. So you’re paying for comfort really…seriously.
These pumps combine two very current trends to make one super electrifying statement. A meeting of bold neons and futuristic style occurs with the Davis by Ruthie Davis Graffiti Pump in Mondrian. A five inch heel, platform and a few nuts and bolts finish out these patent pumps, for a look that will certainly turn heads.
Now you have to admit, next to the other shoes on this list, these boots by Manolo Blahnik are like comparing the price per square foot of an Upper West Side apartment to a McMansion in the suburbs. For the money, you’re getting a whole lotta shoe. Made of soft black nappa leather, the cinching starts at the ankle and heads way up north. Which, if you think about it, really eliminates the need for pants ala Lady Gaga style. The more we talk about them, the closer they get to totally ‘worth it’ and ‘investment’ territory. We kid.
When it comes to these Roger Vivier Sandals, much unlike the Manolo boots, we cannot playfully justify. $1200 for a pair of embellished thongs? While the hi-gloss, black patent flower and crystal adornment are rather pretty, unless they come with a bathing suit, matching sarong and a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, we’ll pass.
If you’re paying these high prices, you don’t just want to shine – you want to dazzle. Earthy meets stunning with these stiletto sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti. Featuring a synthetic wood tone, 5.5 inch heel and 1.5 inch platform, they only feel like 3.5 inches on your precious feet. They will, however, weigh a little heavier on your wallet.
Spicy doesn’t begin to describe these Louis Vuitton sandals. Made from luxurious python leather, the Spicy Sandal features an ethnic-inspired mask created from beads, sequins, fringes and anything else found lying around the House of LV. Okay, we made that last part up. Also boasting several laces, buckles and straps – as far as comfort is concerned – a night in these may leave you in need of a witch doctor.
If ever there were a shoe to drop some serious cash on, this would be the pair. Ruffles of natural python cascade down the vamp of the Dillian Pump by Louboutin. Four silver-toned buckles peek out from behind and wrap around the ankle. Attention-grabbing and drama-inducing, there aren’t enough style cliches to describe these glamourous gems. That said, they’re still insanely out of reach.
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