Antonio Vietri wove small strips of gold in by hand and then sews them in with leather to ensure the moccasin uppers are comfortable
The world’s first 24 carat gold shoes have been made by an Italian cobbler costing GHS 116,554 per pair.
Each unique pair was made with 230 grams of gold and made to measure using 3D foot scanners.
Antonio Vietri, from Turin, said “these are the first shoes in the world in 24-carat gold. The particularity of these shoes is that gold is not simply applied, it is not like an accessory or a button. Gold is an integral part of the shoe”.
He wove small strips of gold in by hand and then sews them in with leather to ensure the moccasin uppers are comfortable”.
Vietri explained the difficulty of making gold shoes: "The difficulty was in finding the right balance between the strength of the gold and the flexibility of the shoe.
'If the shoe is too light, the gold will bend. If the shoe is too heavy, it hurts".
He added that the blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers will appeal to wealthy Arab customers from the oil-rich Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The extraordinaire shoes are delivered by helicopter in a black lacquered box.
His men's gold line was launched last year after eight months of prototypes and this year he is launching a women's range.
Vietri - who also makes regular shoes with prices as low as 250 euros (£217) - has a range of luxury silk pumps decorated with pearls or diamonds.