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The Most Expensive Men’s Shoes | In a time when most large shoe brands have outsourced their labor, a handful of boutique shoe craftsmen have remain committed to the quality and care of an expert touch.  While some may opt for a $20 pair of mass produced shoes at Target, there are others who appreciate the work of a true craftsman.  When it comes to the craft of shoe making, the following 10 are some of the finest ever made– and also the most expensive.  In a celebration of the historic craft of shoe making, here are 10 of the most expensive men’s shoes in the world.

Berluti Rapiécés Reprisés ($1,830)

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Founded in the year 1895, Bertuli’s shoes are produced in a bevy of colors and fit the natural footline. Supple leather just make make your feet go “ah!” if you can swing the price tag.

New & Lingwood’s Russian Calf Shoes ($1,550)

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This circa-1865 label makes shoes from Reindeer leather have have been “cured in baths of rye, oat flour and yeast, hand-finished and soaked in wood liquor,” according to Forbes. Sounds gross? Only until you cast your eyes on these glossy, well-crafted beauties.

A. Testoni Norvegese ($1,500)

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Extremely lightweight and elegant shoes can be hard to come by, even when you are paying top dollar. A. Testoni Norvegese’s shoes are both ultralight and very sleek, so you could run to catch that train if necessary. Or at least know that you could.

John Lobb 2005 Shoes ($1,280)

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Slick, smooth, and hard to replace, John Lobb’s shoes have an unusually streamlined shape and well thought-out color combinations. In this case, mahogany and ebony join together with the trimmest of laces.

Tanino Crisci’s Lilian Shoes ($1,250)

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People might not know that these shoes were as expensive as they were– they won’t stand out in a crowd– but your suits and your toes will thank you. Supremely classic design is a perfect “10.”

Edward Green Dover Split Toe ($1,075)

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Apparently, the toe seam of these shoes from Edward Green is so special that it has been stitched with a pig’s bristle. We don’t know what that means, either, but we do know that it makes these shoes look good.

GJ Cleverley & Co. ($995)

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A smooth, almost Parisian upper marries a high-gloss finish, and you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of styles. These clean shoes from GJ Cleaverley are particularly successful with punched detailing and small laces.

Versace Black Leather Croc ($995)

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Expensive, but available and on sale? These Versace’s might be pricey, but they are marked down and ready to be yours. Embossed croc detailing makes them stand out from the winklepickers and cowboy kicks.

Baker Black Ostrich Cap Toe ($975)

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Definitely not the easiest pair to find online, these shoes will have you on the hunt. If you’re afraid they’re not worth it, be advised: the first pair will not be your last. Fine English detailing at its best.

Crockett & Jones Leeds ($750)

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Started up in 1879, Crockett & Jones continues a fine English tradition with its wonderfully detailed shoes constructed from leather straight out of “fine European tanneries.” Each pair of these shoes takes eight weeks to complete, start to finish.

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Thanks for reading, StyleCravers, stumblers and otherwise!  Would you ever consider dropping this kind of cash on a dress shoe?  Would you ever spend this much on a pair of shoes at all?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.  And please, let us know just how far you’ve gone to get a nice pair of kicks- a favorite pair you’ve ever splurged on and what they mean to you…

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