Designer unveils brogues priced at an eye-watering £10,000
Are these Britain’s most expensive shoes? Designer who sold footwear to Beyonce unveils brogues encrusted with 68 diamonds and 18 carat gold laces for an eye-watering £10,000
- Designer Chris Shellis has taken a year to create The Empire Diamond Brogues
- The £10,000 shoes have 18 carat gold tips on their shoelaces and insoles
- Their soles bear 68 diamonds and have a gold Birmingham stamped hallmark
- Chris has also replicated an ancient sandal making technique used by Romans
A British designer has created a pair of men’s shoes which contain 68 diamonds and 18 carat gold laces that are being sold for a whopping £10,000.
Chris Shellis who has sold shoes to pop megastar Beyonce, has taken a year to create The Empire Diamond Brogues, which he said could last a lifetime and are possibly the most expensive in Britain.
They are the first shoes for men that have been offered by Chris’s House of Borgezie company based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Their soles bear 68 diamonds and have a gold Birmingham stamped hallmark
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The £10,000 shoes have 18 carat gold tips on their shoelaces and insoles
The shoes have 18 carat gold tips on their shoelaces and insoles and their soles are encrusted with 68 diamonds and have a gold Birmingham stamped hallmark.
To make the shoes, Chris has replicated an ancient footwear-making technique used by Romans 2000 years ago, which saw soldier’s sandals fitted with a bronze support in the case.
Chris has used the same technique but has used gold instead of bronze.
Master craftsman Chris has replicated an ancient footwear-making technique used by Romans 2000 years ago which saw soldier’s sandals fitted with a bronze support in the case
Father-of-two Chris said: ‘To be honest ten grand sounds quite a lot but most people in their lifetime spend between £20,000 and £30,000 in shoes.
I’ve always had a passion for shoes ever since I was young, I’ve always looked after my shoes and brogues were a particular passion.
‘These shoes enable the owner to walk on solid gold. If they are looked after properly they can last a lifetime.
‘The metal also has antibacterial and properties which offer possibly anti-rheumatic benefits.
‘I’ve already got global recognition for the women’s stilettos over the last few years.
‘We’ve got a number of high paying clients who have already made enquiries about them.
‘I’m a self taught shoe designer and the act of making shoes is quite complicated there are so many variations and it’s incredibly hard to do.
‘I needed to learn about the orthopaedic nature of the foot
‘To be honest ten grand sounds quite a lot but most people in their lifetime spend between £20,000 and £30,000 in shoes.
‘It’s true when they say that most men judge each other by the shoes they wear.
‘I think until recently it has been something that’s been neglected in a man’s wardrobe but nowadays men are paying more attention to themselves and their appearance.
‘I started The House of Borgezie, a number of years ago now, because it’s a nice name, it’s also a royal dynasty from Italy which goes back to the 15th Century.
‘I’m quite proud of that, it is a lovely name.
‘I’m also a qualified Gemologist, Goldsmith and designer.’
Chris has previously hit the headlines by offering diamond studded stilettos for the ladies at an eye watering price of £200,000.
The shoes are available in a variety of colours – black, royal blue, red or racing green
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