The World’s Most Expensive Flip Flops


These cost $18,000.

They’re hand-painted by LA-based artist David Palmer, and proceeds from their sale will go towards helping protect the rain forest.

You still all hate them, right? We’re not just imagining that this is $18,000 worth of ugly flip flop, are we?

The fact is, many of our readers hate ALL flip-flips. It wouldn’t matter if they were hand-painted by Jesus, they came up so many times in the comments on our “What Would You Ban?” post last month, that we were actually scared you’d all come and lynch us for the couple of pairs of the (non-hand-painted, not-even-close to $18,000) things lurking in the back of the Fashion Police cupboard.

We’ll come clean: we don’t share the flip-flop hate in general. We’re not saying we’d wear them to the office, or even on the city streets, but for a day at the pool or beach, they’re handy to throw on, and the kind of thing you don’t have to worry about getting damaged by chlorine from the pool, or being accidentally drenched in sunscreen. And they’re cheap, too. Or at least, the ones we buy are.

Paying $18,000 for a pair of flip-flops we wouldn’t even be able to wear for fear that the paint would come off, though? Only if they came with a free holiday, Oh, wait: they kind of do: if you buy a pair you also get a “meet and greet” with the artist, and a two-night stay at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. (The website says nothing about travel costs, so we’re assuming you have to make your own way to LA, if you don’t already live there. Then again, if you’re buying $18,000 flip-flops, the cost of the plane ride probably isn’t going to stand in your way, is it?)

You also get the fuzzy, warm feeling of knowing that you have helped protect the rain forest: AND got yourself a pair of flip-flops into the bargain!

Here are some other things which may or may not help justify the price of these:

  • They have 6 grams, hand-made solid 18 carat eco-friendly gold Chipkos emblem.
  • They’re a one-of-a-kind hand painted piece.
  • They come with a mahogany and glass display case.
  • And a certificate of authenticity.
  • Don’t forget the eco-friendly Chipkos carrying bag.
Basically, they’re not so much a pair of shoes as a work of art/opportunity to Do Good, then.  In other words, no one’s expecting you to wear them, but you can certainly put them on display or use them as a convoluted way of donating money to a worthy cause.
Are you convinced, yet? If you are, you can buy a pair. And if you don’t have the spare $18,000, Chipkos’ other flip-flops are a little less expensive, and proceeds are also used to help save the rain forest.

10 Comments

  • August 11, 2011

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    Uh. Steep price for some ugly ol’ flip-flops. I actually like flip-flops and the artwork is ok I guess, but the form of the sole is… questionable. Not to mention the price of course. Oh well, it’s for a good cause…………

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  • August 11, 2011

    Ana

    Why instead of selling weird flip-flops he didn’t paint nice one of kind canvas to sell for 18k? If I have 18k to donate, I would rather have a nice art piece than some not-usable-work-of-art-flip-flop in my house. And what keeps me wondering all the time when I see things like this being sold and proceeds going to charity is what percentage of this price really goes to charity?? In this case, I really hope something around $17980.00 would go to charity. But I bet is not the case…

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    • August 11, 2011

      Itzel

      Totally agree, a painting would be much better but If you want to help the charities why not donate the money directly to them, that way you won’t be stuck with that ugly piece of art and you’ll know for sure the money is going to them.

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      • August 11, 2011

        The Fashion Police

        Yeah, if I had that amount of money to give to charity, I think I’d just give it directly, rather than buying something like this. It would have to be a REALLY amazing piece of art, otherwise!

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  • August 11, 2011

    jules

    I can’t get over the fact that they sound like ‘cheap cost’. Maybe they’re hinting at something? :p

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  • August 11, 2011

    Zoe

    I don’t care if they are plated with diamonds and personally solved the Middle East conflict, cured cancer and then took a break to cuddle some kittens. No flip flops are worth 18k.

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    I don’t mind flip flops! I like throwing them on on holiday with short denim shorts! I don’t partically love them but they can look cool. And if i was wearin $18 flip flops i’d want a man behind me with a sign with it on! I personally think they are pretty cool but obviously not worth that money!.

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    • August 12, 2011

      bec

      Didn’t see they were for charity.. i think it’s a good idea.. if you have the money

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  • August 13, 2011

    Sally

    I love flip flops but these are ugly. Could you imagine spending $18,000 – and the leaving one of them at the beach?! But, I see this is for a good cause so the intention is probably not that they be worn.

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  • August 13, 2011

    Amee

    I thought my 21$ flip flops were expensive. I need the more pricy ones for the cloth thong bit, and it needs to be foam so I have some arch support. 18k is ridiculous.

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