Image: Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman pictured with fashion model, Gisele Bundchen. Source: Glamour

These Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels Are Worth $3m

Recognised for his lavish style and sophisticated designs, shoe designer Stuart Weitzmanusing is known for his use of rare and unique materials. Having designed shoes for celebrities that have a glamour event like the Oscars booked in their calendar, Weitzman is known for creating some of the most expensive shoes in the world – well, eight of the top 10 most expensive shoes in the world, but who’s counting.

While he has designed a number of ultra-luxe million dollar shoes, perhaps the most expensive from the American designer are the Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels.

Inspired by a favourite pair of earrings worn by 40s actress Rita Hayworth, these heels feature diamonds, rubies and sapphires. It is important to note that these earrings are in the middle of the shoes.

The open-toed heels were created from rust-coloured satin and are worth $3 million, this makes these unique stilettos one of the most expensive shoes in the world. However, the shoes are not for sale and owned by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter.

Weitzman designed the expensive shoes for singer Kathleen “Bird” York for her to wear to the 2006 Oscars.

Who is Rita Hayworth?

Rita Hayworth was the most glamorous screen idol in the 40s and known as “The Love Goddess,” appearing in 61 films over 37 years.

She starred in movies such as Gilda, You Were Never Lovelier and Separate Tables. Hayworth was shy, quiet and unassuming, however, when the cameras rolled she turned into a charming and confident woman.

Her accomplishments would have been impressive by any standards, but as a woman in the 1940s and 1950s, the achievement is much more significant.

Unfortunately, Hayworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1980 and passed in 1987. Her love for shoes was widely recognised around the globe as it was unheard of the scarlet to wear anything but a dazzling pair of heels.

Just as there will never be another Rita Hayworth, these magnificent heels are one of a kind.

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