Shoes for the well-heeled

Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers? Shoemaker Antonio Vietri from Turin, Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his 24K gold shoes: blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers. "The parti
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Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers? Shoemaker Antonio Vietri from Turin, Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his 24K gold shoes: blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers. "The particularity of these shoes is that gold is not simply applied... Gold is an integral part of the shoe," he said. Small strips of gold are woven and sewn with leather. Mr Vietri is just one of a wave of "Made in Italy" producers tapping the high-end Gulf market. Each pair of shoes, with 230g of gold, is made to measure using 3D foot scanners. They cost up to €25,000 (S$38,000) for the men's collection, and €30,000 for the women's line, including delivery by helicopter. The shoes come in a black lacquered box.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2017, with the headline 'Shoes for the well-heeled'. Print Edition | Subscribe