The most expensive shoes in the world

It is a truth universally acknowledged — that a woman in possession of some spare cash must be in want of a new pair of fancy heels.

Ok, well maybe that's not what Jane Austin said, but we've been there, gone to the shoe department, did the math, and then realized at yep, we can do this. 

Even podiatrists say it is important to own more than one pair of shoes. "Slipping on the same shoes day in and day out can cause foot fatigue because you're constantly using the same areas of the foot for support and walking," says foot surgeon Jackie Sutera (via The Healthy). "Make sure you have a few pairs of comfortable shoes and rotate them throughout the week." 

So sure, a few pairs of reasonable shoes are one thing — there is also the case for living a little, splurging, and buying yourself a pair of a solid pair of shoes for the money that they are actually worth. Because since most of the money spent on shoes goes into the material it is made with, pricier shoes will most likely be made with better quality materials. 

More expensive shoes will usually last longer, and will likely be executed in a classic style that will look fashionable for years to come (via Wise Bread). Think fast fashion and how quickly your cheaper clothes are likely to die after just a few washes. Now think of your shoes and how much you actually need them to be comfortable and sturdy, simply because of the time you spend on your feet.

And the winner for the most expensive shoe is...

Then again, there are the folks who need their shoes to stand out, be customized, and be so unique they are willing to pay an arm and a leg for a splashy pair. For those people, there are shoes whose price tag can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, like Testonis, which cost from $30,000 to $38,000; Stuart Weitzman's Platinum Gold Stilettos, which will set you back a cool $1.09 million; and Harry Winston's Ruby Slippers, which are "only" $3 million (via Money Inc).

But the title of World's Most Expensive Shoe goes to the Passion Diamond Shoes, which will set you back an eye-watering $17 million. The shoes are a joint creation by Jada Dubai (known for making shoes that can cost $25,000 a pair) and Passion Jewelers — both companies get to have their names on the insole. Money Inc says the Passion Diamond takes about nine months to make and are made with just four materials: gold patent leather, silk, gold, and 236 diamonds. Only rare diamonds are used on the shoes, because well, who wants common diamonds on these beauties? 

Passon's CEO Hemant Karamchandani thinks there is a market for these shoes, but as of mid-2019, it's been a year since they were introduced and there hasn't been any interest in the shoes so far. So hey! Why spend all your extra dollars on a new house when you can splurge on a new pair of shoes?