Antwerp may have taken luxury footwear to a whole new level.
On Dec. 4, industry group Antwerp World Diamond Centre unveiled what it’s billing as the “World’s Most Expensive Shoes,” boots covered in diamonds totaling 1,550 cts.
The paisley-patterned black leather ankle boots are decked out in some 39,083 natural fancy colored champagne, gray, and pink diamonds. Designing the boots and selecting and setting the diamonds took some 30,000 hours, the organization said.
The boots are said to be for sale and are valued at $3.1 million.
The shoes were prepared for Business of Design Week in Hong Kong (Dec. 2–7), and their Hong Kong unveiling was attended by 400 VIPs, including Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Kris Peeters, minister-president of the government of Flanders.
The diamonds come from Antwerp-based companies Diarough/UNI-Design and A.F. Vandevorst. A.F. Vandevorst’s cross-shape logo on the boots is made from extremely rare reddish-pink diamonds.
A model shows off the 1,550 ct. diamond-covered boots.