29 January 2015
If there was one guilty pleasure you could blow your lottery winnings on, what would it be? Handbags or watches perhaps? What about jewellery or sunglasses, or even top-dollar cosmetics?
For us, it's an easy pick - because our favourite indulgence has been, and always will be, shoes. Blahniks or Louboutins, flats or heels, stilettos or sneakers, if we won the lottery we'd be able to step out in style with the shoe fund we've always dreamed of!
So exactly which shoes would we spend our millions on first? Definitely one or two of these - some of the most expensive shoes ever in existence:
Sports shoes, yes. Crazy valuable shoes, hell yes! These unique Air Jordans were a birthday gift from Nike to their namesake Michael Jordan, one of basketball's greatest heroes. They're not actually shoes though - they're sterling silver mementos weighing a solid 10 pounds each. And with a price tag of $60,000, they're nothing to sneeze at either. Got a friend who's a Michael Jordan fan? They'll love these - but you'll have to search for them though, since only 10 pairs were ever made.
If you want to live like royalty then here's how you start - with the Nizam Sikandar Jah slippers. These ruby and diamond-encrusted shoes were commissioned for the ruler of India in the early 1800s, a man who enjoyed the finer things in life, and extravagance from head to toe. Over the years the slippers were passed down through the generations until they ended up in a museum - from where they were promptly stolen. If you're sitting at home wearing them while you read this, we suggest you keep that information to yourself...
Yes, diamond pumps - 100% authentic diamond pumps. Designed by Kathryn Wilson, these sparklers are adorned with hundreds of glittering diamonds, as well as a "look at me!" gemstone on each toe. Sadly as they were made purely for auction, they can't actually be worn - but they would look amazing on a mantelpiece (and probably save you a fortune in lighting as well).
You can't talk famous shoes without mentioning the iconic ruby slippers from the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" - today worth a hefty $612,000. While the slippers are actually fairly simple in design and would cost no more than a few hundred dollars to reproduce, there's no faking the feeling that would come from clicking your heels in the originals and declaring "There's no place like home".
Platinum fabric, 464 Kwiat diamonds, an innovative design - it's no wonder that these Stuart Weitzman stilettos made it onto the list. And at $1.09 million it's no wonder that you don't see many of them walking the streets too. If you've got money to spend then these are the shoes to splurge on, particularly if you have any Academy Awards appearances coming up soon. Bodyguard sold separately.
So you may not be able to buy any of these shoes right now - but one thing you can buy is a lottery ticket from GiantLottos.com for the upcoming weekend draws. Match the lucky numbers and who knows - you could soon be strutting your stuff in true lottery-winning style!