Shoes come in nearly as many shapes and sizes as people do, so we’ve made sure to cover a few different varieties of the most expensive shoes in the world. Below, you’ll find the most expensive flip flops, sneakers and men’s and women’s shoes.
The most expensive flip flops in the world are made with patent-pending technology and hand-matched crocodile straps. Furthermore, if your conscience won’t allow you to wear a crocodile skin on your foot, PechePlatinum assures us that selling shoes made of crocodiles and donating 5% of the profits to primate-friendly eco-groups somehow helps both the crocs and the monkeys.
These shoes, inspired by Andy Warhol, are notable for the patched appearance traditionally reserved for clothing. Because Warhol requested a visible patch only on his right shoe, each set includes an additional left shoe that remains unpatched.
The most expensive sneakers in the world were presented to rapper Big Boi at the Solitaire Kicks launch party in November 2007. Solitaire Kicks, a customization service offered by Laced Up Boutique in Atlanta, tricked these sneakers out with Nike logo cast in gold and adorned with 11-carat diamonds. The diamonds’ casings are affixed to the shoes by gold stitching.
While the original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz were made with sequins, these spectacular slippers designed by Ronald Winston of the House of Harry Winston to mark the classic movie’s fiftieth anniversary used real rubies. The slippers include 4,600 rubies totaling 1,350 carats (as well as 50 carats of diamonds) which took craftsman Javiar Barerra two months to set. Made in 1989, the world’s most expensive shoes were still on sale in 2000.