Bette Midler said it best: “Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.”
Maybe that’s why we women have such an obsession with shoes and are willing to shell out big bucks to get our hands on — or should we say, feet into– a great pair of shoes. But we started wondering just how much some women actually pay for great footwear. So, we found out.
The following lists each have three pairs of amazingly expensive women’s shoes. Get ready to drool, girls.
THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS
1) Christian Louboutin
These are a celeb-favorite. The brand, with its signature red-sole, can be seen on celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Irina Shayk and Frida Pinto to name a few. Louboutin has custom designed footwear for such fashion icons as Barbie, and the shoes even made a cameo in Jennifer Lopez’s hit song “Louboutins,” in which she stomps away from a doomed relationship in the stylish shoes.
The Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pythons, pictured above, are a beautiful choice for $1,345.
Another luxury brand-name that makes an appearance on many celebrities’ well-pedicured feet is Gucci. They can be regularly spotted on the likes of Paris Hilton, Mary J. Blige, and model Joan Smalls.
The Gucci Ursula Leather sandal above is tough as well as stylish, and the going price for a pair is $850.
3) Manolo Blahnik
A huge brand name in the shoe industry, Manolo Blahniks are known for their very high heels and similarly high prices. The well-loved brand has a cult-like dedication among its customers, but came to popular public awareness thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, the fashionable lead from Sex and the City.
The brand has shoes in the $400- $1500 range, but the pair of alligator boots above, available at Manolo Blahnik’s West 54th Street boutique in New York, was valued at a whopping $14,000. For those of us with a more limited budget, a similarly sexy pair is being retailed for a lot less.
THE DREAM LIST
4) Stuart Weitzman
We couldn’t have a dream category and not include the Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilletos. These blinged-out strappy heels were showcased by Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose at the 2007 Oscars. Designed by Stuart Weitzman especially for the event, these dazzlers are valued at $500,000. With 1,420 sparkly diamonds, it’s easy to imagine why the price-tag is so high. The sandal-style stilettos feature two bands of diamond-encrusted circles atop each foot, and have a simple band across the toes.
5) Mai Lamore
The appropriately-named Rose Shoes above are from designer Mai Lamore, priced at $27,945. The Paris-based designer made these heels to resemble a true rose– complete with petals, leaves, a thorny stalk and, yes, that’s a bee sitting on top of the toe-straps. These pair of heels are considered a true work of art by some admirers.
To make these beauties, the designer used 18-karat yellow gold for the heels, hand-dyed the silk petals, and adorned the stilettos with precious stones like agate and onyx.
6) Stuart Weitzman
Rounding out our list is the number one most expensive pair of shoes out there: Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels, which are valued at a mind-blowing 3 million dollars! These beauties,adorned with rubies, sapphires and diamonds, were inspired by Rita Hayworth’s favourite pair of earrings. Today they are owned by Princess Yasmine Aga Khan, Hayworth’s daughter, and are not for sale. However, recording artist and actress Kathleen “Bird” York got to wear them at the 2006 Oscars. Lucky girl.