By  on February 9, 2009

In these challenging economic times, it seems astonishing that designers would push already-high prices into the five-figure range. But for spring, several designers are offering limited editions loaded with precious embroidery and gems—and prices to match. “I feel responsible to continue doing things that make one dream,” says Christian Louboutin, who collaborated with Jean-François Lesage India, which was founded by the son of Paris embroiderer François Lesage. The resulting Marie Antoinette shoe, of which only 30 pairs have been produced, is completely embroidered and topped with a miniature porcelain head, with heels available in canary yellow, Prussian blue or puce at 4,490 euros, or about $6,500 at current exchange.Meanwhile, Jean-François Lesage France is working with couture shoe designer Mai Lamore on embroidery for her bespoke creations, which she launched last year. Lamore’s client base can afford the 43,000 euro, or $55,995, price tag that comes with her one-of-a-kind jeweled, gold-heeled creations, but if that’s a budget breaker for others, the Bird’s Nest comes in at a relatively reasonable 10,500 euros, or $13,671. Gold thread is woven and mingled with glistening crystals to make these shoes the perfect accompaniment for a couture ensemble.

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