The most expensive shoe brands of 2020 is a tricky list. Although hands down these are the royalty in shoes, unsurprisingly many of which are from the leading luxury brands in the world, the list can be arbitrary given that each year, a fashion house will release a pricey pair that tries to outdo the other fashion houses. So, this year, we’re shaking up the list based on the recent pricing we got our hands on.
Warning! These shoes can truly turn you into a princess!
This rundown should not to be confused with other most expensive shoes list. Definitely, these shoes are made for walking and you can spot them on the most expensive shopping street in the world, from New York’s Fifth Avenue, through Paris’s Avenue des Champs Elysee and London’s New Bond Street. In fact, these shoe brands are unlike the most expensive shoes, which are commissioned like an art collectible, to be auctioned one day for a higher price, and not the kind to get you from one glitzy bar to another on a swanky Saturday evening. So, without further ado, here’s our list.
The shoe brand founded by its namesake in 1932 is beloved for its unique materials and offbeat designs. The Geneva-based company is a stickler for Swiss precision and French design with a global outlook. It has shops in Milan, New York and London catering to both men and women. At $500 per pair starting price, Walter Steiger is one of the most affordable signature shoes for the average person who wants style but also value for money.
The Italian signature is a familiar eye-catcher in Midtown Manhattan, where its flagship store on Madison Avenue is located. The Milan-based brand aspires to show-stopping allure starting with its first Maniac pumps line, and it never fails in every release. Its claim-to-fame for our new list is the $1,345 Alexa suede boots sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. Its boots come in high heels, rich texture and bold hues, guaranteed to make a statement wherever you are. The signature shoes brand is no snob though; it caters to the normal rich with prices from $600 up.
Always a shoo-in in most expensive lists, this signature is a favorite by Hollywood A-listers and, in fact, is expected to be seen on many a red carpet glam night. Gigi Hadid, Lily Collins, Claudia Schiffer, Reese Witherspoon and Rihanna have been spotted on a Jimmy Choo pair. This year, its $1,395 Hologram mesh booties landed the brand at number eight on our list, but make no mistake, the brand has been a top placer in the past, thanks to its 2011 ICONS line sold at $3,785. We won’t be surprised if Jimmy Choo reclaims the top spot on our next list, always ready to excite its cult following.
From embellished sandals to horn heels and eyelet bow boots, the brand exudes glamour and style. Last year, it released a $1,645 jeweled wedge shoes, which earned the signature a spot on our list.The brand leans on the preposterous look, rich with sixteenth century style contoured in a contemporary look. The founder, Alexander, was a theater costume designer, hence, the inspiration, before he went on to start his line of shoes. Alexander McQueen is a regular on major celebrity events like The Brits Awards, The Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and The Evening Standard British Film Awards. For the less glamor-inclined woman, the signature offers casual styles like an extended sole sneaker, skull detail ballerina and oversized sneakers.
Miu Miu earns a spot at number six for its Velvet-Trimmed Crystal Embellished Mesh Sneakers priced at $2,745. If you’re short of that figure, there’s the Crystal Embellished Patent Leather Pumps at $1,895. Although these pairs do exude opulence, Miu Miu is more known for its minimalist style, highlighted by the brand: the nickname of Miuccia Prada. Even with embellishments, both the Velvet-Trimmed and Leather Pumps don’t go overboard; they maintain Prada’s sophisticated but uncontrived spirit that is both masculine and feminine. The shoes definitely go well with Miu Miu’s matelasse bags.
Red soles and high heels, these are unmistakably Christian Louboutin. The brand is at once classic and cutting-edge that jibes with the modern woman of style: strong, powerful but still feminine. The Paris-based signature’s Sexy Strass is priced at $ 3,095, guaranteed to earn you the admiration of the very stylish and glamorous and the envy, not the least annoyance, of the average Jane. You need not stop at the shoes though; the brand has expanded to handbags and cosmetics, the more reasons to splash money.
It’s a brand that straddles the worlds of the super rich and the normal rich and, occasionally, the not-so rich that happens to earn a big bonus. It’s no surprise that the signature is widely popular worldwide and a favorite knockoff material, which can compromise the feel of the brand’s exclusivity, thus, reduce its allure to the really rich. But, mind, if exclusivity is the issue, Gucci’s Woven Leather Boot is one of a kind at $3,750, claiming our number four spot this year. And why stop at that? It also released last year the Sofia Etoile Shoes worth $1,195.00. The brand is known for bourgeois Renaissance and it doesn’t apologize for it. Call it eclectic, the shoes fit the brand’s Italian couture, a standout in any party.
The signature dropped a point this year but it’s statistically insignificant. What it tells us is the brand is a consistent top performer in our most expensive shoe brands annual list. The Blixa alligator pumps featuring a pointed toe and open vamp sells at $4,600 at Barneys New York, but don’t even try, it’s likely sold out. Clearly, the exotic material has everything to do with its price (and popularity) at the frustration of animal rights activists. Manolo Blahnik has always reflected a rebellious air, right off when it launched in the seventies with a line of high heels on an age when the rage was platform shoes and boots.
Who said the most expensive shoe brands are the dominion of women? Well, almost, but our second spot goes to this pair, thanks to the Manhattan Richelieu Men’s Shoes which sells at $10,000. It’s released in 2010, but it makes a nice appearance this season. It is still dressed up in handmade waxed croc cowhide. The look is vintage, which may explain its timeless appeal and the usual trappings of a Louis Vuitton are apparent: soft leather lining, intricate stitching and hand-painted leather sole. Men can be vain, too.
It’s hard not to put this brand on top of our list. While it sells shoes within the “normal” $400 to $800 range, not unlike the other brands here, the signature has perhaps the most number of most expensive released models in recent years. While these releases are not for sale even to the average billionaire, we broke our rules simply because the brand does release with regularity, as if it’s the most expected of it. In fact, we can come up with its own most expensive shoes list, the cheapest of it still is the most expensive on our list here. Take a look:
You’d think if your Stuart Weitzman you’d be on top of the world at least in the world of most expensive shoe brands. But hang on, that credit belongs to someone else: The House of Harry Winston’s Ruby Slippers is worth $3.01 million!
The pair is a replica of the ones worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, released in celebration of the movie’s fiftieth anniversary in 1989. It consists of 4,60 pieces of rubies and 50 carats of diamonds. It’s worn by only one woman, guess who: Judy Garland, who played the original Dorothy. But since the shoes are made by a jeweler, Harry Winston, they don’t count as a shoe brand. Back to you Stuart Weitzman for our most expensive shoe brand.
Let us know what you think of these expensive shoes and, in fact, if they’re worth your money even if you can afford them.
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