Gold shoes for Dh120,000? No, thanks

24K gold shoes by Antonio Vietri. Courtesy Leatherworld Middle East
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The Leatherworld Middle East exhibition opened in Dubai on April 30, and with it was launched a pair of gold shoes – clearly aimed at people with more money than sense.

Yes, you read that properly. Gold. Shoes.

Priced at about Dh120,000, these otherwise nondescript pumps have 24K gold woven through them, and have been designed by an Italian, Antonio Vietri, who frankly, should know better than to trot out this kind of nonsense. In case the gold itself is not enough, the shoes can have more things added, such as crystals, pearls and diamonds.

With the price for 24K gold listed today at Dh4,654 per gram, these shoes would need to be made up of a little more than 722 grams to justify their price.