The most expensive shoe brands in 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.
This rundown should not be confused with another most expensive shoe 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 collectable, 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.
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 shoe brand is no snob though; it caters to the normal rich with prices from $600 up.
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8. Jimmy Choo – $1,395
Always a shoo-in in most expensive lists, this signature is a favourite 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.
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 jewelled 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 theatre 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.
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. 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 favourite knockoff material, which can compromise the feel of the brand’s exclusivity, thus, reduce its allure to the really rich. 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. 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.