New Zealand footwear designer Kathryn Wilson, in collaboration with Sarah Hutchings of Orsini Fine Jewellery, has created the world’s most expensive high-heeled shoe. Inspired by Cinderella’s glass slippers, Wilson created a white round toe pump encrusted with more than half a million dollars’ worth of white diamonds making it a truly one-of-a-kind work of art.
Hutchings spent hours painstakingly placing each bling on the single classic court-heeled shoe using a pair tweezers and special adhesive.
The expensive footwear was presented to the public in Auckland in early October, alongside the debut of Hutchings Fall/ Winter 2013 collection. It was encased in a specially made Perspex box and was heavily guarded by a security team.
The diamond studded pump went on sale in a silent auction during Wilson’s 2013 autumn/winter collection launch in Auckland. The identity of the buyer was never revealed. Proceeds from the sale will go to Ronald McDonald House, for which Wilson is an ambassador.