You will probably agree that almost all shoe lovers would love to own at least one pair of expensive shoe wear brands. They are fascinating, alluring and fashionable. Some of these brands are famous and you have probably already guessed which they are, but there are also a few that might surprise you. If you are curious to find 12 most expensive brands when it comes to shoes, then you are in the right place. Here is a list of the brands that sell the most sought after footwear, so let’s ogle them together!
Christian Louboutin is a French fashion house founded in 1991 by a designer of the same name. The signature of this house is the shiny red soles of the stiletto shoes. Louboutin was initially a freelance designer for other brands but he decided to open his own brand in the 90s. He simply loved the shoes and wanted to defy the norms of that time which avoided the pointed shoes.
Louboutin shoes start at $695 and the most expensive pair is almost $6,000. Believe it or not, but the red sole thing is protected as a trademark in several countries, and Louboutin had a real battle with Yves Saint Laurent and in 2012 the court finally ruled that Louboutin gets to keep the exclusive right to use the color red on the bottom of the shoes whenever the outer part of the shoe is any color besides red, while Yves Saint Laurent can continue to sell its shoes with red soles as long as the whole shoe is red.
Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish fashion brand founded by Manuel "Manolo" Blahnik Rodríguez in the 70s. He never studied shoemaking but was inspired by his mother who loved looking at fashion magazines and buying clothes in Paris and Madrid. Manuel remarked that it was she who made him fall in love with brocade, satin and eventually shoes. She also loved antique lace and feminine designs, which he decided to incorporate later.
Manuel learned the art of shoemaking by visiting shoe factories and talking to the technicians. Even now, he is the one who draws the design of each shoe and oversees each step before thee design is mass-produced. So it is not wondered that some of his shoes cost as much as $2,695, just like the Fayola shoes. They are made of cow and kid leather and feature silk and viscose.
Miu is an Italian clothing and accessory brand founded in 1993 by Miuccia Prada. It is a subsidiary of Prada. Miuccia Prada took over her father’s business in the 70s and started making very popular handbags. She is currently listed among the 100 most powerful women in the world and she has acquired Jill Sander, Helmut Land, and Church & Co. among other companies.
Miu offers sophisticated and elegant designs but they are bolder and more rebellious than their parent brand Prada. They do seem luxurious and embodiment of the couture. All of its shoes start at $500 and the most expensive being the sandals in Pelle Ayers Laminate for $1,100. Women are still fascinated by this brand because the designs really make you look rich and luxurious, even if you really are not.
Walter Steiger is a French shoewear brand, founded in Geneva in 1932 by Walter Steiger. He was based in Geneva and started this brand in 1932 and he was different simply because he used unique materials and off-beat designs that were very innovative for that ear. His song, Walter Steiger Junior took over his business and opened his first shop in Paris in 1974. The brand gained massive popularity and he opened the stores in Milan, London, and New York City next. This brand belongs to the top of high-end shoe wear for both men and women. The prices usually start at $250 and go up; however, you can find affordable pieces anywhere.
Balenciaga S.A. is a luxury fashion house brand founded in 1955 by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish fashion designer who was referred to as “the master” by Christian Dior and he was praised by Coco Chanel as well. Born in Getaria in 1895, he opened his first boutique in 1919 but he moved to Paris after the Spanish Civil Wars. He was successful before and after those events and the aristocracy wore his designs all the time. However, it was not until the 50s that his work became really popular because he reinvented the silhouette and introduced the chemise and kimono dresses.
Right now the brand is owned by a multinational company Kering. As for shoes, the most expensive model right now is the so-called Harness Santiag Boot that is sold at $1,290. It is made of 100% calfskin with a cinched toe, zipped on the interior, a 40 mm heel, and the engraved palladium toned hardware. The design is very unique and sought after. The other also the very expensive model is the Low Santiag Harness Booties sold at $1,190, also made of 100% calfskin.
Stuart Weitzman is an American shoe designer and founder of the brand of the same name. Weitzman opened his first shoe factory with his father and older brother in the 1950s. What makes this brand expensive is the fact that it provides one of a kind shoe models to the Oscar nominees, the most famous one being worn by Laura Harring at the 2002 ceremony, her model was adorned with 464 diamonds. Weitzman is also known for using unique materials such as cork, gold, Lucite, and wallpaper. Weitzman is still the shoe designer at the company even though it was sold to the luxury house Coach in 2015.
If you wonder what is the cost of the most expensive shoes by this brand then that would be the Diamond Dream Stilettos that were sold at $500,000. They are handcrafted with around 1500 30-karat diamonds.
Gucci is a famous Italian luxury brand based in Florence. It was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921 and generated more than $4 billion worldwide. It is known as a staple for the elite. The bags and shoes are made of impeccable quality and the best leather. Guccio Gucci was another designer who likes to play around with materials and designs instead of using the same patterns all over again.
Most of the shoe wear start at around $500 and go up. Currently, the famous leather boots with double G are sold at around $1,100. The design is beautiful and made of amazing black leather that is durable and soft. Gucci prospered during the 70s and 80s but the internal family disputes almost brought it to the brink of disaster and tax evasion did not help either. The company now belongs to Kering, a French luxury group that owns many other brands, such as Balenciaga.
Brian Atwood is an American shoe designer of Mexican origin who is famous for bold prints, vivid colors and popular shoe models. He is also famous for giving Versace his handwritten resume after becoming a model which resulted in him actually getting a job offer. Brian’s philosophy when it comes to shoes is that not only the 20-year-olds want high heels and that he wants to design fun shoes on sensible heels as well.
Brian’s most expensive shoes are the Vixen Boot that cost $1,400 but were recently sold out. His shoe wear for men used to cost around $2,000 as well. It is interesting to note that Brian was the first American designer chosen by the late Versace in the 90s and hired to work for his company. His pumps and sandals have been worn by Lady Gaga, Bebo, and Jessica Chastain.
Louis Vuitton is a French fashion house founded in 1865 by a designer of the same name. The brand is famous for its LV monogram that appears on almost all of its products which range from bags to jewelry, shoes, and books. Louis Vuitton was named one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands for years. It belongs to LVMH, a French luxury house.
If you are curious, the most expensive shoe model by this brand is the so-called Manhattan Richelieu Men’s Shoes that are sold at $10,000. This model is made of pure waxed alligator skin and features complex stitch patterns. Besides this model, most of the Vuitton shoe wear is expensive and is sold at the range of around $1,000. For example, the recent Laureate Platform Desert Boot is sold at $1,480. They are made of the iconic Laureate platform and soft suede calf leather. The bold leopard print makes them stand out in the crowd.
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer who worked for Givenchy until he launched his own brand in 1992. He was famous for his rebellious streak and shocking runaway events, one of which included having the double amputee model Aimee Mullins stride down the catwalk on her wooden legs. He was also the youngest designer ever to achieve the "British Designer of the Year" award four times.
Currently, the most expensive Alexander McQueen model is the beautiful Jewelled Bangle Sandal that is sold for around $1,700. It is made of black calfskin and features a crystal bangle embroidery that is both chic and feminine. The gentle design is unusual for this brand but the bangle makes it stand out. It also has a silver pin heel and a square toe silhouette. It is a shoe for rare and special occasions and it will make you special.
Jimmy Choo is a British fashion brand founded by a Malaysian designer of the same name in 1996. Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia, and his family was already into shoemaking. It is interesting to note that his name was misspelled as Choo instead of the original Chow. He made his first pair of shoes when he was only 11 years old.
The brand is famous and known for shoes that can be found at affordable prices; however, it is also one of the most expensive shoes wear brands out there. He sold his shares of the company in 2001 but he still keeps working on the couture line.
The most recent model is the Fira 100 sold for $900. It is made of suede leather but what makes it special is the polka dot mesh overlay that will make heads turn in your direction.
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent, also known as Saint Laurent or just YSL, is a French luxury house founded by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1961. It is still one of the world’s most famous fashion houses that is considered both iconic and modern. Famous for being real-life partners as well, they created some of the boldest fashion pieces ever and were among the first designer to use non-white models too.
Currently, the most expensive YSL model is the Maddie Boots for around $1,600. This is the ankle boots model with a block heel and made of 100% python. The sole is leather and there is also a side zip closure engraved with the logo. Apparently it has been sold out but you can check the official site for more info. It has been the most expensive item there until recently and it only came in that color.
To sum up, we have talked about the most expensive shoe wear brands in the world and we have also mentioned some of the specific models. Some of these brands are very famous while you might have not heard about the others, but they are still only dreaming for some shoe lovers who would love for them to come true.
Having some of these models would be a real privilege because they are not only beautiful and fashionable but also made of good quality. Do you own some of these models or if not, would you? Thanks for reading!