At $1555,000, it’s no great surprise these gold and diamond shoes, which are the brainchild of British jewellery designer Christopher Michael Shellis, have not had any takers since going on sale five months ago.
“The shoes have created a real buzz, but there is still a long way to go. We’ve had discussions with certain people but I can’t say who” said Shellis.
Created by a team of goldsmiths in temperatures of more than 1000ºC, each pair is made from solid gold and over 2,200 diamonds, totalling 30 carats.
The shoes would be fit for a Saudi princess – with a suitable budget and lifestyle to boot – who is looking for the next step up from her bejewelled Christian Louboutins.
“The aim of this was to create a unique form of jewellery which you can wear on your feet. It’s a bit like if you found these on an archaeological dig in thousands of years time they would be regarded as a treasure – a treasure of the feet,” added Shellis.
Admirers of the shoes should head to the Artbox in the Mailbox exhibition in Birmingham for a closer look, which opens on April 16. [Borgezie via The Telegraph (UK), NY Daily News and Daily Mail (UK)]