Like, *really* make your eyes water…
We all know that feeling when you find the perfect trainer, then wince and slowly back away after checking out the cost… Well these one-of-a-kind trainers are taking price tags to a whole new level – for a cool $4 million dollars (so that’s 2.7 million of English pound coins, just FYI), you can get your hands on these bejewelled bad boys, designed by luxury brand Bicion and Mache Custom Kicks.
Named ‘The Fire Monkey’ – taking inspiration from the Chinese New Year – the trainers are encrusted with several hundred white diamonds and blue sapphires set in 18-karat gold, feature a chrysanthemum pattern in blue, white and gold, and are embossed with the logos of Bicion and Mache Customs. They even come with their own solid gold tag and custom display case with an 18-karat gold base and LED lighting.
Who needs an old cardboard box anyway?
So far, pretty insane… But time to pick up your jaw from the ground because it turns out there are some positive feels to all this extravagance. The unique trainers have actually been created to raise funds for Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit global social enterprise that fights poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing, and which has so far distributed 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. And, this collaboration alone will help raise funds to distribute footwear on six continents in the summer of 2016.
Speaking about customising the world’s most expensive trainers, artist Dan Gamache of Mache Custom Kicks said: ‘Doing custom sneakers for what seems like forever, it always seems hard to top the last project [but this was] something different, something special’.
He continued: ‘To have the opportunity to design and create the most expensive sneaker in the world is a humbling opportunity. But to know that these sneakers will help put shoes on children’s feet across the globe is an amazing feeling. It makes my work and everything I have ever done worth it.’
The trainers, which were unveiled this week in New York, will now go to auction – but one thing’s for sure: whoever ends up with them is certainly going to impress – even if we have a feeling they won’t ever set foot in an actual gym…