You could walk off with heels worthy of a Cinderella… if you’ve got $337,000 to spare. The Borgezie Princess Constellation stilettos — crafted in either platinum or 18-carat gold, and encrusted with 1,290 diamonds — are the world’s most expensive shoes. Designer Christopher Shellis, who’s been working on the stilettos for seven years, tells Metro why the footwear that requires a mortgage is a “bargain.”
The shoes are the price of a sports car or an apartment, so who are you expecting to splash the cash?
Actually, I’ve already had an enquiry: I’ve been approached by some people, who won’t disclose their names, asking whether I could create 100 pairs of stilettos like this one. It’s for a royal engagement.
$337,000 sounds like a lot of money but people are spending hundreds of thousands on diamond-encrusted iPhone accessories or buying $840,000-plus cars. It’s a bargain, mate! [Laughs]
Do you see them as an investment piece?
Yeah, I think the stilettos are like the Damien Hirst diamond-encrusted skull. Actually they're better because they’ve got a practical value as well as a display value.
Does a bodyguard come with the purchase price?
[Laughs] The people who buy these will bring their own bodyguard.