Dubai: A pair of high heels that pays homage to the glamourous emirate of Dubai is vying to break the world record for the most expensive shoes in the world.
Designed by Italian designer Antonio Vietri, the Moon Star Shoes were made with a solid gold heel that replicates the shape of the iconic Burj Khalifa. The shoes were also encrusted with 30 carats of diamonds and to top it all off, it also features a small piece of meteorite that was discovered in Argentina in 1576.
The Campo del Cielo iron meteorite fell 4,200 - 4,700 years ago, and was discovered in the 16th century by members of the Spanish military.
The shoes are worth $19.9 million, which is equivalent to a jaw-dropping Dh73 million.
The most expensive shoes in the world were unveiled over the weekend as part of the MIDE (Made in Italy, designed in Emirates) Fashion Week at the Dubai Marina.
On the MIDE website, Vietri was quoted as saying: “The word impossible does not exist in my vocabulary".
Known as the inventor of the first 24-carat gold shoes in the world, Vietri described himself as an entrepreneurial spirit with an artisan heart, who founded his company thanks to timeless techniques handed down from generation to generation.
Currently, the world’s most expensive shoes come with a price tag of $15.1 million (Dh55.5 m). British designer Debbie Wingham created the shoes with rare large pink and blue diamonds, four flawless three-carat white diamonds and 1,000 pointer diamonds.