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World’s costliest footwear

A million-dollar gait will never mean the same again. The world’s most expensive pair of footwear, on display at Birmingham’s Mailbox shopping hub in UK, till May 2, costs £140,000 (Rs 1.01 crore).

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:40 IST

A million-dollar gait will never mean the same again. The world’s most expensive pair of footwear, on display at Birmingham’s Mailbox shopping hub in UK, till May 2, costs £140,000 (Rs 1.01 crore).

The stilettos, marketed by The House of Borgezie, a luxury jewellery house, are handcrafted in solid gold and is encrusted with 2,000 30-carat diamonds, reported the DailyMail. Jewellery designer Christopher Michael Shellis spent three years working on the creation, which has been painstakingly put together by skilled goldsmiths in temperatures of more than 1,000°C.

“The aim was to create a unique form of jewellery which you can wear on your feet,” Shellis told the paper. Fashion designer Nida Mahmood says, “It’s an interesting concept. Designers often create such conceptual masterpieces to fulfil their lust for creativity and not just for commercial purposes.” She adds, “Women world over are crazy for bejeweled shoes and such an interesting creation would allure a lot of woman who would want to own it.”

The shoe manufacturers assure longevity in return of the fortune it costs — the pair is reportedly guaranteed for 1,000 years. Though international celebrities Sheryl Crow and Paris Hilton are rumoured to be interested in the masterpiece, it has not seen a single customer in the five months it has been on sale. Guess no one wants to take a step that big!

Other shoes that made news

Worth $3 million, this high heeled beauty was created for yesteryears’ Hollywood actor Rita Haywords’ movie in the 1940s, by designer Stuart Weitzman.

This limited edition Nike shoes worth $50,000 has a logo embellished with 11-carat diamonds.

This pair, owned by the Prince of Hyderabad, Nizam Sikandar Jah of 18th century, was kept in the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. It was recently found in fine condition after it went missing from the museum.

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