This is another instance of making a product the most expensive in its category through a liberal use of gold and diamond. The high heels we are talking about are a work by British jewelry designer Christopher Michael Shellis. He seems to be bent upon upstaging Louboutin by designing a pair of shoes like a piece of stunning jewelry. Naturally the price for the pair has gone up to a staggering £140,000. The design is made entirely from solid gold and more than 2,000 diamonds. There is a lot of buzz around the new creation but not a single pair has been sold as yet.
The shoes have been on sale for the last five months. It has generated a lot of enquiries but there has been no conversion to sale. The change in fashion could be a reason. Or, it would have been easier to find a buyer if they were expensive men’s shoes. The buyer stands to gain the title of the most well heeled human in the history of mankind. I think they have overlooked the Royal Wedding and neglected to talk to Prince William to make Kate walk the aisle in the most expensive and ornamental shoes at the Westminster Abbey. Only names like Cheryl Cole and Paris Hilton are being thrown about, but I am afraid they don’t really have the sense of occasion. You never know, if they are able to sell these they might go in for high heeled boots in gold and diamond.
Shellis took three years in creating this extraordinary pair. Gold has been molded perfectly, often in temperatures of over 1000ºC with the help of expert goldsmiths. Luckily they aren’t heel less high heels or they would have consumed much more gold. Each pair is handcrafted from solid gold and then encrusted with 2,200 brilliant cut diamonds, totaling 30 carats. Shellis believes that more than shoes they are a piece of jewelry that you can wear on your feet. And like any other piece of fine jewelry it will remain as beautiful even after a passage of time. In fact the makers are offering an eternity guarantee. The shoes are part of a huge exhibition, taking place at the Artbox in the Mailbox, Birmingham; open to the general public from April 16 to May 2.