Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers.
Small strips of gold are woven by hand and sewn with leather to ensure the moccasin uppers are comfortable.
His men’s gold line was launched in 2016 ‘after eight months of studies and attempts,’ Vietri said.
Each pair of shoes, made with 230 grams of gold, is one-of-a-kind and is made to measure using 3D foot scanners. They retail for up to 25,000 euros ($27,000) for the men’s collection, and 30,000 euros for the women’s line.