Women can never have enough pairs of shoes. When news spread back in the 80’s that Imelda Marcos had 3,000 pairs of shoes, only half of the world was shocked. That was the male half, as the female half of the world probably expressed admiration and envy.
Ladies simply need different kinds of shoes, and different styles as well, and don’t forget, different colors and shades. A pair of shoes is an important fashion item that rounds off the entire look, which is why money should not be an object when buying one.
Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive women’s shoes on the market. Excluded from the list are the one-off gem-studded designs that are usually created to mark special events and occasions.
10. Yves Saint Laurent Y Bow Patent Sandal Heel – $430.43
Yves Saint Laurent is a fashion designer from France widely considered as one of the greatest names in the industry. He was born in Algeria in 1936 and started off designing clothes for his mother and sisters. He then moved to Paris in 1954 where he studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. A lot of people took notice, and he was introduced to Christian Dior, who helped guide Saint Laurent. In 1962, he established the brand that bears his name. Kering now owns the company.
9. Stuart Weitzman Fur Cuff Platform Mid Calf Boot – $475
Stuart Weitzman is an international, high-end shoe company. Weitzman is known for his meticulous attention to detail and by his trademark use of unique and different materials, like cork, vinyl, Lucite, wallpaper and even 24-karat gold. He is also popular for his annual, one-of-a-kind shoe that costs at least $1 million. This is then provided to one of the nominees in the Oscar Awards so that she can wear it during the red carpet and the actual awards ceremony.
8. Miu Miu Black Leather Mesh Cage Peep Toe Heel – $486
In 1983, Miuccia Prada established Miu Miu, a high fashion brand dedicated to women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The company is under the famous fashion house of Prada. She now has boutiques in over 58 locations around the world. Some of her spokesmodels include celebrities like Laetitia Casta, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Chloe Sevigny and Hailee Steinfeld.
7. Valentino Rose Pump – $520.99
Valentino is a fashion house established in 1959 by Valentino Garavani. The company is based in Milan and is part of the Valentino Fashion Group. The Qatar Mayhoola for Investments Spc is the parent company of the group. Some of its products include clothing, footwear, eyewear, fragrances and accessories.
6. Brian Atwood Loca Studded Pumps – $560.76
Brian Atwood is a famous shoe designer known for the feminine designs and sexy look that he gives to women’s shoes. The company’s slogan is “The Sex is in the Heel,” which just about shows you how important Atwood views a pair of shoes. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before becoming the first American designer to ever work for the esteemed high fashion brand called Versace. He created his own brand in 2001 and immediately became popular for his use of bold silhouettes, details and use of rich colors. The pump is his signature item.
5. Manolo Blahnik Stretch Lace Boot – $624.90
Anyone who has ever watched the television series Sex and the City knows just how much Sarah Jessica Parker values her Manolo Blahniks. Blahnik is actually a Spanish designer who worked in the London fashion boutique called Zapata in the late 60’s. He later bought the company and opened his own boutique. In the 1970’s, even as chunky shoes were the in-things, Blahnik focused on the stiletto heel, which up to now is his signature item. He has since expanded his collection to include boots as well.
4. Gucci Sofia High Heel Bootie – $795
Gucci is an Italian fashion brand that was established in 1921 by Guccio Gucci. Kering is now the parent company of the fashion house. Aside from shoes, Gucci also designs and manufactures clothing, jewelry, timepieces, and leather goods. It is considered as the biggest brand in Italy, with 278 stores that it directly operates around the world. Aside from that, the company also wholesales its products to franchisees and upscale department stores.
3. Jimmy Choo Zinc Metallic Cracked Leather Platform Sandal – $1,095
Jimmy Choo is a Chinese Malaysian fashion designer based in the United Kingdom. In 1996, he established with Tamara Mellon the brand called Jimmy Choo Ltd. The high fashion house specializes in luxury shoes, designer bags and accessories. Labelux now owns the company after buying it in 2011. Some of its more famous clients include Victoria Beckham, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Hurley, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Katy Perry. It is also a favorite of royalty, like the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of York.
2. Alexander McQueen Faithful Collared Bootie – $1,190
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier. He used to be the chief designer for Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. Before that, he had already established his own eponymous label in 1992. Kering now owns the brand. McQueen was named the British Designer of the Year four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also the International Designer of the Year in 2003.
1. Christian Louboutin Maralena Flame Sandals – $2,395
Christian Louboutin is a designer from France who specializes in footwear. He is known for including shiny, red lacquer soles that have become the signature of his shoes. He is responsible for helping bring back stilletos back in the 1990’s, with shoes that had heel heights of up to 4.72 inches. His rationale was that it would make the woman sexy and beautiful with legs that look as long as they could be. He never gives away shoes, even to his most loyal celebrity clients, and instead offers huge discounts.
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