Expensive Shoe Culture
Most of the time, when you hear about expensive shoe culture, it’s usually referencing sneakers. There’s a group of people called Sneakerheads that are obsessed with sneakers. Spending thousands on just one pair.
The hunt for certain sneakers can get deadly, there are many reports of people killing each other for a pair. It’s been suggested that the way the sneakers are marketed are part of the cause. They create consumer feeding frenzies.
But it’s not just launches that cause violence, even wearing a special set of sneakers could make you a target.
This culture of collecting expensive shoes is so large there is even a SneakerCon. This is where fellow sneakerheads can meet up and share, sell, or admire each other’s shoes.
5 Of The Most Expensive Shoes
Now, not all expensive shoes are sneakers, but there are some that will appear on this list.
1. Shoes Thrown At President George W. Bush
This might be an unexpected set of shoes to grace this list, but these shoes were bought by a Saudi Arabian man for $10 million dollars.
The story behind these shoes is that in December 2008, an Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw both of his shoes at then President George W. Bush.
This happened during an Iraqi press conference about the invading of the country.
“This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” al-Zaidi yelled in Arabic as he threw his first shoe.
“This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraqi,” he shouted as he threw the second shoe.
Bush had to duck twice to avoid getting hit. al-Zaidi was grabbed by guards and rushed out the room.
Since then, the shoes have become a symbol of protest, with many people supporting al-Zaidi. There is even a copper statue to the shoes and the actions behind them in Tikrit.
2. Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers
These shoes may look familiar if you’ve ever watched The Wizard of Oz. The slippers were on Dorothy’s feet as she frolicked through the land of Oz.
The movie is historic because of the extensive color sequences at a time when colored TV was just beginning.
On the 50 th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Ronald Winston, son of the original designer of the shoes Harry Winston, unveiled a recreation of the shoes. But instead of sequins that were used with the first pair, he actually used real rubies. In fact, 1,359 carats of rubies and an additional 50 carats of diamonds!
The only woman that had a chance to wear them was Dorothy herself, Judy Garland.
One pair is on displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Another pair is owned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A third is in a private collection, and the fourth pair is missing.
Priced at $3 million dollars - these are a pricey way of getting home.
3. Jason Arasheben Custom Shoes
These shoes have quite the shine. They should since the entire shoe is encrusted in diamonds. These shoes were worn by Nick Cannon when he hosted America’s Got Talent in 2014.
They are covered in more than 14,000 round cut white diamonds set on white gold. They are estimated to cost a cool $2 million.
4. Shoes Of Nizam Sikandar Jah
These shoes belonged to the leader of Hyderabad during the 18 th century. The design is certainly suited for a ruler. Embroidered with gold thread, rubies, diamonds, and emeralds - it’s like a treasure chest for your feet.
It’s currently being displayed at a prestigious museum in Toronto that shows India’s heritage to the world. They are priced around $1,600.
5. Air Jordan Silver Shoes
This pair of sneakers have been coveted since they launched. They have the glitz of a fancy shoe while still being wearable. Best of all, they were even signed by Michael Jordan.
The Air Jordan line in general tends to be pricey and has become synonymous with the Nike brand itself.
You have to be quite the fan to own these shoes. They cost around $60,000.
It’s An Awful Lot For Footwear
For most people, this list seems ridiculous. To pay thousands, and even millions, just for a pair of shoes? One has to wonder if they actually wear the shoes or are they meant to be displayed like the ones that have been listed already.
If they wear them, let’s hope they don’t sweat in them.