(Last Updated On: September 9, 2014)
If a girl’s best friends are diamonds, what are her shoes with diamonds prettifying them – maybe her soul mate? When a man asks a woman what she wants, it is not that hard to figure out as they may think: If female fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw is anything to go by the answer is, most likely, shoes. Women loving shoes is no secret, and the more attractive, stylish, and fancy the shoes are, the better.
It is not likely to find women wearing crocs or flip flops on a special occasion. No, she is probably wearing some sort of stiletto or high heel. There are all sorts of reasons why women buy shoes – maybe they are simply stunning, or they might be iconic or even historical, or trendy and new. Some women have even admitted to taking their shoe passion too far, for example, Celine Dion’s 3,000 pair collection.
A good shoe is worth any amount of money and any amount of pain, although the extravagant stilettos listed here may be out of most people price range. These stilettos are the kind of heels that would women into princesses and divas – head-turners and show-stoppers. As our shoe lady Carrie Bradshaw says, “The fact is, sometimes it is hard to walk in a woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”
10. Borgezie “Eternal Diamond” Stiletto – $216,000
Christopher Michael founded the luxury jeweler house of Borgezie over 20 years ago in Great Britain. Borgezie has crafted some of the most expensive and elegant women’s ornamentation, such as veils, handbags, and, in 2010, these “Eternal Diamond” stilettos.
This magnificent shoe comes with a 1,000 year guarantee (yes, 1,000 years) and it is made up of over 2,200 individual diamonds equaling 30 carats. A goldsmith first crafts each shoe before it is handed over to a diamond setter. Christopher spent three years developing the shoe and each pair takes a month to make. As he told the Daily Mail, “I quite literally had to reinvent the fundamental principle of classical stiletto construction.”
9. Borgezie “Diamond Princess Constellation” Stiletto – $331,000
After the “Etenal Diamond”, Christopher Michael presented the world with the “Diamond Princess Constellation” stiletto four years later, one-upping his own achievement before. These stunning and gorgeous heels were inspired by Paul Simon hit, “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes,” and Michael claims there are his masterpiece.
The pair shine with 1290 diamonds, and they come in either 18ct gold or solid platinum. These crown jewels take three weeks to make and will make any woman feel and look like royalty.
8. Stuart Weitzman “Diamond Dream” Stiletto – $500,000
Stuart Weitzman, a renowned designer, co-operated with diamond jewelry designer named Kwiat to make these dream stilettos. These shoes have 1,420 30-carat brilliant-cut diamonds, and Weitzman portrayed them as “fit for a queen.” Two elusive circle-bands beautify the ankles and the stylish toe strap is made of silver. The “Diamond Dream” shoes made the red carpet debut at the Academy Awards in 2007. It seems appropriate since they were worn by star of the movie “Dreamgirls”, Anika Noni Rose.
7. Stuart Weitzman “Retro Rose” Pumps – $1,000,000
These stilettos are the first to hit the 1 million dollar mark. Stuart Weitzman “Retro Rose” Pumps were inspired by 1940s Hollywood, particularly the ‘T-strap’ style. These is a diamond encrusted rose built of 1,800 Kwiat diamonds weighing 100-curats on top of the silky gold leather pumps of each shoe. These retro style shoes are adorned on themselves by 400 more sparkling diamonds.
These pumps caused a bit of disagreement when Weitzman chose Diablo Cody, Juno screenwriter, to showcase them at the 2008 Academy Awards. Cody famously refused, calling it a “cheesy publicity stunt.”
6. Stuart Weitzman “Marilyn Monroe” Shoes – $1,000,000
Another breathtaking design by Stuart Weitzman, these elegant are adorned with a cluster of shimmering Swarovski crystals surrounded by a satin rose. These wonderfully complex shoes show pure lavishness. They were not only inspired by Marilyn Monroe, but also Swarovski crystals are really a pair of earrings that she once owned.
These stilettos were shown off by Regina King, nominated for her role in “Ray,” at the 2005 Oscars. The rings were replaced with replicas after the awards, and they were auctioned off at the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction for a cool million bucks.
5. Stuart Weitzman “Platinum Guild” Stiletto – $1,090,000
Stuart Weitzman continues to dominate this list, and the “Platinum Guild” stilettos are his next most costly heel. The platinum shoes boast 464 pear and round shaped Kwiat diamonds. A thing that makes them even more exciting is that the ankle strap can be removed and worn as a bracelet or a necklace, making them not only a pair of prized stilettos, but also expensive jewels!
Laura Harring of “Mulholland Drive” wore the shoes at the Academy Awards in 2002 and she was escorted by three bodyguards. The ankle straps were not needed to be used as a necklace, since she was alreasy wearing a $27 million dollar necklace already.
4. Stuart Weitzman “Ruby Slippers” – $1,600,000
These gorgeous heels were inspired by the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz.” They are crafted from pure platinum and then coated with a red satin finish. The stilettos are covered with 642 rare Burmese rubies weighing 123.33-carats. Stuart worked together with Oscar Herman Bros to produce these beauties. They were planned to make an appearance at the 2003 Oscars but they were shelved because of the war in the Middle East. They were later shown off at Harrod’s in London.
3. Stuart Weitzman “Cinderella Slippers” – $2,000,000
Inspired by Cinderella iconic glass slippers, Stuart nailed this one, creating a pair of stilettos that are straight out of a fairy tale. The “Cinderella Slippers” have 565 diamond weighing 55 carats between the pair. On the right slipper is a single 5-carat Amaretto diamond worth $1,000,000 by itself. The diamonds are all fitted into Italian leather with platinum setting. The dazzling shoes were worn by singer Alison Krauss at the Academy Awards in 2004.
2. Stuart Weitzman “Tanzanite” Stiletto – $2,000,000
Once again, these gorgeous heels boast the complex craftsmanship and design of Stuart Weitzman. He worked with jeweler Eddie LeVian to make these silver leather heels. The ankle strap is encrusted with 185-carats of beautiful purple-blue tanzanite gemstones from Africa. The toe straps shine with 28-carats of diamonds. This, lets face it, mobile jewellery box, sells at an outstanding $2,000,000 – making it one of the most expensive pair of heels ever created. These stilettos have not yet hit the red carpet – who will be the first to prance their stuff in these gorgeous jewels?
1. Stuart Weitzman “Rita Hayworth” Heels – $3,000,000
The number one on our list are the “Rita Hayworth” heels, inspired by the iconic movie star form the 1940s. Same as the “Tanzanite” stilettos, Weitzman co-operated with LeVian to create these mouth watering shoes. The chocolate-colouring heels are a refreshing change from Weitzman normally bright and shiny stilettos.
A pair of earrings once owned by the Hollywood legend is held by the heels’ satin flowers, and each leather shoe is studded with a host of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires to represent the ultimate display of beauty and style. Actress and singer-songwriter Kathleen “Bird” York wore them to the Academy Awards in 2006, and now Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Hayworth’s daughter, owns the pair.