real gold shoes alberto moretti

What is with designers gilding everything lately? Lingerie, Mini Coopers, lilies. It’s like if you can’t figure out a way to design something really special, just take a normal thing and make it out of gold.

Designer Alberto Moretti maintains that he is the first one to take this revolutionary “just make it out of gold” technique and apply it to shoes, though the brand’s autumn/winter 2013 shoe collection has a fair amount of imitation gold to its credit.

There have, of course, been real gold shoes before this. Nike famously dipped a pair of Nike Dunks in 24-carat gold last year. And Mr. Kennedy makes a pair of solid gold shoelaces for $19,000. Gosh, next to those these 24-carat gold shoes are downright tasteful.

Moretti’s contribution to the gold-shoe club include a high-heeled shoe for women and a loafer for men, and both are made of velvet covered in 24-carat gold.

The more we go looking for ostentatious shoes, the more these are starting to seem to not actually be terrible by comparison. And even factoring in the conspicuous consumption element, they’re still far from the tackiest shoes we’ve ever seen. But that’s damning with faint praise, because we’ve seen some really tacky shoes.

Moretti’s gold shoes aren’t just a publicity stunt, as they’re actually going into production and revolution-baiters across the globe will be able to buy and wear them. They’ll only be available from Barneys New York, Fred Segal Los Angeles, Harrods London, The Swank Hong Kong, and Level Shoe District Dubai. If you’re actually in the market for these things, we suspect you can just take your private jet to whichever one of those cities seems like the best vacation idea at the time.

They’re $2,600, or 2000 euros, which is an insane amount of money for a pair of shoes, but Moretti sells a similar style shoe covered in Swarovski crystals for 996 Euros, so getting them in actual gold is only about a 100-percent markup.

If that’s still too rich for your blood, though, we’re pretty sure a very similar look could be achieved with some gold dust and glue.

Via The Daily Mail/Photo: Facebook/Alberto Moretti