Top Ten Insanely Expensive Shoe Brands
If you’ve grown up watching reality shows where they portray celebrity lifestyles and their closets, you would have seen that apart from their endless designer clothes, they would have a separate closet full of designer shoes too. Everyone has a favourite brand that they usually buy and stick to be it a Jimmy Choo or a Louboutin. Every time you would have watched those shows, I am sure you would have secretly harboured a desire to own at least one of those shoes, right? They are considered as a status symbol among these people. And of course none of them would come cheap. Even a single pair from their closet would cost more than an ordinary person’s annual income. You may very well ask why they are so expensive. The answer is simple, they are made of expensive materials and some of them even have diamonds and platinum embedded in the shoes. So many brands of shoes are out there in the market but we’re talking about ten of the most expensive shoes designer brands.
Gucci is a designer brand from Italy known for a variety of products. It started in 1920 by Guccio Gucci in a shop in Florence featuring his fine leather goods accessories for men and women. The Gucci brand has clothing, wallets, bags, glasses, accessories, shoes etc in its collection. Legends such as Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy helped make Gucci a household name and lent the brand the glamorous image it enjoys to this day. A Gucci shoe will cost you anywhere from $600 to $2000 and above.
Miu Miu is an Italian high fashion women’s clothing and accessory brand and a fully owned subsidiary of Prada established in 1993 by Miuccia Prada. It is headed by Miuccia Prada and headquartered in Milan, Italy.The name was conceived from Miuccia Prada’s family nickname. Miu Miu’s ballerinas start from $620 and above. The Jewel Heel sandals starts at $890 and its Sandals could cost you anywhere from $995 to $1450. Stuart A. Weitzman is an American designer, entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous international, high-end shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. His trademark use of unique materials (e.g., cork, vinyl, lucite, wallpaper and 24-karat gold) and his attention to detail garnered him and his company a global following. His shoes are sold in over 70 countries. His “Marilyn Monroe” shoes inspired by a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s earrings made out of Swarovski Crystals was worn by actress Regina King at the 2005 Oscars. This pair of shoes was sold at an auction for $1 million dollars even after replacing the original earrings with replicas!! Bizzare, right? Brian Atwood is an American shoe designer who was the first American designer hired by the Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in Milan and later went on to become the chief designer of women’s accessories. His shoe line consisting of high end shoes, Brian Atwood, was launched in 2001, which retails for $525-$2900. He also has a budget line of shoes named as B Brian Atwood. This brand retails for US$200 to 500 as opposed to his main line of high end shoes. His shoes were made popular by the pop star Lady Gaga who wore a pair of Brian Atwood custom made 10 inch Tribecca Sandals on her 30th birthday. The pop star has also been seen very often sporting a pair of Brian Atwood’s at various events. Alexander McQueen is a British luxury fashion house founded by designer Alexander McQueen in 1992. Born as Lee Alexander McQueen, he is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. McQueen committed suicide in 2010 at the age of forty. His famous “armadillo shoes” cost $3,900 to $10,000 a pair, depending on style, skin, and embroidery; and they’re pretty much impossible to get. There are only 21 pairs in existence and even Lady Gaga wore a pair of them in her famous video “Bad Romance” and went on to buy three pairs of the “armadillo shoes” at an auction. And of course she’s one of the very few women who can walk in them. Walter Steiger is a French shoe company, founded in Geneva in 1932 by Walter Steiger senior making made-to-measure shoes for men and women. His eldest son, also Walter Steiger, started the ready-to-wear line in 1966, and opened the first shop in Paris in 1974, followed by stores in New York and London. It is said that Walter Steiger junior is primarily responsible for the growth and success of the brand. He is famous for the curved heels which are considered as unique innovation in footwear. It is difficult to make a curve shaped heel for a shoe but Walter Steiger has done this successfully. Christian Louboutin is a French luxury footwear and fashion designer whose footwear has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s,designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 4.72 inches and higher. The designer’s professed goal has been to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as he can.” The most expensive shoes made by Christian Louboutin were from their 2013 collection. They were called the Sexy Strass and came with a price tag of $3,095.
Jimmy Choo is a British high fashion house specialising in shoes, handbags, accessories and fragrances. The company, J. Choo Limited, was founded in 1996 by couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo and Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon OBE. Many a Hollywood starlet has had the pleasure of wearing a Jimmy Choo. The most expensive Jimmy Choo’s were sold for $3,785 in 2011 from their “Iconic” collection. The starting range of Jimmy Choo’s are from $560 and can go up to thousands of dollars. Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik Rodríguez CBE is a Spanish fashion designer and founder of the self-named, high-end shoe brand, Manolo Blahnik. Its most famous and expensive pair of shoe is Blixa Alligator. It is made of the real skin of the alligator and it cost $4,600. The starting range of Manolo shoes are from $595 and it can go up to $5000.
As mentioned in one of our previous posts, Louis Vuitton or LV is a French Fashion house founded by Louis Vuitton in 1854. The label’s LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories etc and is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. The Louis Vuitton brand and the LV monogram are among the world’s most valuable brands. In 2010, it made the most expensive men’s shoe which was priced at a mind boggling $10,000.