Top 10 Most Expensive Shoe Brands of 2018: From Gucci to Stuart Weitzman

The most expensive shoe brands of 2018 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.

10. Walter Steiger – from $500

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.

9. Brian Atwood – $1,345

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.

8. Jimmy Choo – $1,395

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.

7. Alexander McQueen – $1,645


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.

6. Miu Miu –  $2,745

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.

5. Christian Louboutin – $ 3,095

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.

4. Gucci – $3,750

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.

3. Manolo Blahnik – $4,600

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.

2. Louis Vuitton – $10,000

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.

1. Stuart Weitzman – $3 Million

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:

  1. Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilettos: $500,000
  2. Stuart Weitzman Marilyn Monroe Shoes: $1 Million
  3. Stuart Weitzman Retro Rose Pumps: $1 Million
  4. Stuart Weitzman Platinum Guild Stilettos: $1.09 Million
  5. Stuart Weitzman Ruby Slippers: $1.6 Million
  6. Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels: $2 Million
  7. Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Slippers: $2 Million
  8. Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels: $3 Million

Before you go oooh…ahhh…

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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17 Comments »

  • Julia says:

    Alexander McQueen shoes are truly works of art! They make such a statement that you can only envision them on people like Lady Gaga.

  • Miranda says:

    No. 6 caught me unprepared. I’m no shoe critic, but that’s one unabashedly lavish but horrid pair of shoes. I mean who wears those shoes? Alexander McQueen has “more grounded” and chic shoe designs featuring graceful lines and seamless surface. I guess the ones in the picture are apparitions of his psychedelic trips, lol.

    • Laura says:

      Julia I totally agree! This particular line was made for Lady Gaga! Lol… My sentiments exactly Miranda! McQueen has more graceful shoes

      Brian Atwood indeed stole my heart away! I’d love to walk down the aisle with that particular pair! #shoegasm #shoefetish

  • GinnyQ says:

    Funny that a pair of men’s shoes should top this list. I love the alligator skin, the detailed perforations and accents. But why go for a jazz-era style? Thin and pointed would have made this pair really trendy and luxurious.

  • LONIA says:

    Well, thank you for this list. I especially love Alexander McQueen and his out of the box styles.

  • Jay says:

    Um…the most expensive pair of shoes on earth are $10,000? Whoever wrote this forgot that Stuart Weitzman has a pair at $3,000,000. Ten grand is nothing.

  • Lizette says:

    What I would like to know is when someone that obviously has more money than anyone needs buys a pair of these shoes at obscene prices, what happens when you bang the shoe into a rock or something and it gets a little scratch or gouge that can’t be repaired (which is what happens to all my $20 shoes and I don’t think spending more would change it). WHO buys this stuff??!! Most of them are just the same foot killing pointed toe stilleto with the color or material changed anyway – doesn’t take a designer to come up with that! And then their are the ones that look like they belong in a freak show!

    • reerah says:

      couldn’t agree with you more hey Lizette, but you missing one thing these people walk on air unlike me and who who walk on the ground.

      I’m currently doing a module “Sustenance and Greed” and one of the issues we are now deliberating upon is; “do you think its ok?…that the most expensive shoe is worth $2 million and yet we have out of the 7 billion people on this earth 4 billion who are living in poverty.

      After all who cares right!

    • fred says:

      I totally agree with you Lissette…but remember for people with that kind of money it is all show all snobs they would not know the difference between a $20 shoe or a $5000 shoe..

      Keep doing what you do..you have the right idea..

      take care
      :)

  • Kara says:

    What about Giuseppe Zanotti????? Beautiful pieces!

    • lkfldkfd says:

      Giuseppe Zanotti is also one of the most remarkable shoe designers in the world. He should also be in this list. Love his designs, though.

  • Giulio Piedade says:

    I understand if people like alexander McQueens shoes, but my opinion is : they are horrific, they look like crabs claws!!! And they are expenisve?? what?? no way, its better to waste money on a cup 100 dollars than this

    • Vivi says:

      I agree, when I first saw those shoes, I recoiled in horror, I was thinking how on earth can people even get their feet in those shoes!!

  • ACL says:

    What about Rupert Sanderson Gold Collection which is all beautifully hand crafted in Italy. And all heels are hand-guilded with various type of gold leaves.
    This top ten list is nothing more than just ‘follow the crowd’ brands…
    There are so many other brands that are far more exquisite and understated yet more expensive.

  • ShoeNina says:

    I love Stuart Weitzman’s shoes, and have for many years, but the “average” SW shoe is not $600 and up. Most of his shoes start in mid-$300 to low-$400 range and go up from there.

  • deebzy says:

    I like the gucci, stuart weitzman and louis voitton, nice pairs buh the mcqueen is horrific, crab claws, could chop off the legs..lol

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