$2 MILLION SHOES: His divorce from Mariah Carey may be all over the headlines, but Nick Cannon is focused on the finale of “America’s Got Talent” and the bling he will be sporting on stage. The 33-year-old host will be wearing an all-diamond pair of shoes valued at $2 million, currently being reviewed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Valuable Pair of Shoes in the world.
But Cannon’s leg muscles better be in shape: The custom blinged-out pair of Tom Fords have more than 14,000 full-cut round white diamonds set onto white gold, with a total carat weight of 340 carats. They were created by Jason Arasheben, founder of the jewelry business Jason of Beverly Hills.
“I’m expecting a ‘wow’ factor for tonight,” Arasheben said. “Not very often do I get a request for the most expensive shoes in the world. When Nick approached me last year, he said he wanted to make history and be so over-the-top. He wanted to set a new standard in diamonds. ‘How can we make the most expensive pair of shoes in the world and make this finale special?’ he asked me.”
The process took more than 2,000 hours of work and close to a year to complete.
“It took four months alone to source all of the diamonds and create them the same size to make the shoe,” he said.
The designer said he and his team ruined seven pairs of shoes until finally successfully remaking a pair of patent-leather Tom Fords to create flexibility.
“We didn’t want him looking like Frankenstein when he walked,” he said. “We still needed to consider functionality.”
To secure the diamonds in place, Arasheben said he created prongs and a diamond mesh sewn into the patent-leather sole for each stone.
Secure they might be, but the precious stones could still fall off.
“He’s not going to win a race or play basketball with these,” Arasheben said. “It’s still a piece of jewelry. As long as he’s not too overly aggressive in the shoes, everything should be all right.”