Nick Cannon wears 340 carat 2.2 million diamond shoes to AGT finale: so obnoxious?

Nick Cannon is going through a divorce, so he’s entitled to some stupid purchases. He’s rich so you might expect him to buy a ridiculously fast supercar, maybe some high end electronics, but he went one better. Cannon commissioned a jeweler to make him “the most expensive shoes in the world.” According to the jeweler, those were Cannon’s exact specifications because he wanted to make an impression while hosting the America’s Got Talent finale, and the jeweler delivered. Cannon sported a tacky, flashy pair of Tom Ford loafers to the ATL finale which were adorned with 14,000 diamonds, 340 carats worth. They cost him $2.2 million dollars. Holy… Here’s the story from Nick’s website. He’s loving this PR and is trying to beat the record for the most expensive shoes in the world.

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.”


Cannon is reportedly worth $20 million, so he just spent 10% of his net worth on a pair of shoes. Whenever we run these type of stories of celebrity expenditures, people inevitably chime in with the argument “it’s their money, they’re entitled to spend it however they wish.” While that may be true, we’re also entitled to point out how stupid and wasteful it is. We’ve heard of incredibly expensive shoes before. Usually they’re designed and commissioned by a shoe company for a celebrity to wear to a high profile event. Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman regularly makes a pair million dollar shoes each year for a celebrity to wear to the Oscars. Victoria’s Secret similarly makes million dollar bras every year. This is publicity for Cannon, like it’s publicity for the fashion companies. I wonder if he’ll try to write it off his taxes.

Cannon didn’t quite succeed in commissioning the most expensive shoes in the world. In 1989, jewelry designer Harry Winston made a replica of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The shoes contain 1350 carats of rubies and 50 carats of diamonds and are valued at $3 million. Better luck next year. Cannon did beat the price of the original ruby slippers from the 1939 film. Those shoes are valued at a relatively paltry $660,000 and currently reside at the Smithsonian museum.

Cannon also owns at least two diamond custom Rolexes.




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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    Pretty sure I saw those at Forever 21 for $17.80

  2. Jh says:

    I thought Howard was kidding about the cost- holy sh*t.

  3. Jaderu says:

    OH lordy. He’s turning into Liberace.
    Couldn’t he have just donated 2 million to charity?
    I take back every horrible thing I said yesterday about Leo D.

  4. Sarah says:

    He comes across as a totally arrogant ass.
    Kinda feel sorry for Mariah… that takes some doing!

    • bill says:

      I used to like Cannon, but now i see how stupid shit like those shoes shows his mentality…What a bunch of wasted air space…Hope his ole lady gets all his shit

  5. Kali says:

    Hahaha oh man, if you’re dropping that much on shoes, you don’t want them to look like they’re covered in sequins….

  6. lisa says:

    they dont look as bad as i expected from the title

    i was expecting tracy jordan’s gold shoes and money coat

  7. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    Well they were shiny.. I was laughing about his shoes last night but didn’t realize they were real diamonds or they cost $2 mil .. crazy ..

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    Don’t judge, but I kinda love those shoes. At a cost of 10% of his net wealth, though, it looks like Nick might be pre-spending the alimony a bit.

    • tabasco says:

      I like the look of them too, but he needed to do that sh*t Swarovski-style and give the 2 mil to me!!

  9. bokchoi says:

    i can’t help it – I like Nick Cannon. And he always dresses like this. Yeah, its a waste of money, for sure. But he looks pretty fly…

  10. Loopy says:

    Always found him to be incredibly immature.

  11. Jen2 says:

    And no matter how much the watch costs, you still have to put in a $2 battery or the damn thing is useless. Hope he is nice to Mariah or he is going to go through is $20 mil in a week. And the “Miami Vice no socks” with 2 million dollar shoes is just tacky. Of course $2 mil shoes are tacky in and of themselves.

  12. Jennifer says:

    He spent that much money on the shoes and they don’t even fit correctly! They look too wide for his feet, don’t they? hahahaha

  13. Candy Love says:

    I don’t like Nick but I don’t see the problem here on the red carpet women jewelry cost twice that amount.

    • Chica says:

      Yes, but many times they are borrowed pieces and can be worn by other people. I don’t think many people want to wear those shoes again…

  14. BeckyR says:

    This kind of exhibitionism is truly sickening. He must be very insecure if he has to have all this useless bling. How many hungry children could have been rescued from hunger or disease with the money those stupid ass shoes cost? This is disturbing on so many levels.

  15. Adrien says:

    What? Why is he rich? I didn’t know Underclassman made money. BTW, Drumline is an underrated movie.

    • smcollins says:

      Yes! I love that movie! Not because of NC, but still…I was a total band geek in h.s. and was also a member of the drumline. Good times.

  16. Birdix says:

    In the divorce settlement will he and Mariah each get one shoe?

  17. Belle Epoch says:

    I get stabby about people who have values like this. Beyonce and the diamond baby bath. Kimye and the gold toilet. These people are in a position to make a difference in the world, but instead they are all vain, stupid mega-consumers. How embarrassing to have your personal goal be “to own the most expensive shoes in the world.” Big whoop.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree.
      If you are fortunate enough to be very wealthy, sure, live a good life. Have a beautiful house, travel, buy things of good quality, save for the future, and get your children the best education possible. But beyond that, what else do you need? How can you look at that sum of money and feel that SHOES are the best thing to spend it on?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree. Don’t get me wrong, I would dress really nice. But some things are just wasteful. Why? What are you trying to say about yourself through this purchase? What is missing inside that you’re trying to fill up with two million dollar shoes?

  18. whatsmyname? says:

    This is an excellent way to go broke. Someone who has no issues spending 2,2 million dollars on SHOES is out of their minds. I don’t usually have a problem with the way the rich spend their money i’m all for it they’ve earned it but I think when displayed in this way and on dumb things like this it’s just gross.

  19. MrsBPitt says:

    OMG….this makes me furious!!!!!! I don’t care that its his money, I don’t care that he can do anything he wants with it!!! This is over the top!!!! I hope I NEVER hear this idiot speaking on behalf of some charity and asking ME to give money…..what a senseless, waste….they are SHOES FFS….SHOES!!!!!!!!! Buy a nice pair of $200 shoes and give the rest to St. Judes, or to help education or the homeless…the homeless, you know, people, some of whom have NO SHOES!!!!!!!!

    • jwoolman says:

      The money spent on the sparkly shoes isn’t wasted. It doesn’t disappear into the void. It gets passed along. Follow the trail and you’ll see it pays for rents, mortgages, roof repairs, groceries, hospital bills, dental care, college educations, retirement funds, charitable contributions etc. A single bomb dropped by the US on Iraq during the Gulf War cost a million dollars. Lessee- two shoes or two bombs? I suggest the shoes would be the better choice.

      • here's Wilson says:

        Agreed! I’m not sure where people think the money goes after the purchase??? And tbh I think he is fly! 🙂

  20. Ruyana says:

    Overly ostentatious displays of wealth don’t make people envy you. It makes people think you’re a damn fool with not one ounce of common sense. I saw a quote once, it said; “If you want to know what God thinks about money, look at who He gives it to.” And that applies whatever deity or none that you believe in. As for Nick Cannon – the stupid is strong in him,

  21. Bread and Circuses says:

    Oh, Nick — they don’t even look good. 🙁

    If you’re going to buy diamond shoes, they need to glitter, man. If you’re going that far over the top, then you’ve got to own the whole trashy-sparkly-everyone’s-gonna-stare majesty of what you’re doing and get something eye-searingly ostentatious.

    Don’t let Dorothy put you to shame. Get yourself some REAL ruby slippers, Nick, and work that dazzling “I can fly to Kansas” magic on us.

  22. Joh says:

    No socks is so gross……
    He can sell the diamonds later, so he really is only spending
    $10 ,000 or so to look like a fool.

  23. tabasco says:

    I wonder how Tom Ford feels about being associated with this (through no fault of his own)….

  24. guilty pleasures says:

    Other than the stupidity of spending 10% of your net worth on a pair of shoes, isn’t it a really bad message that AGT only gives a miserly $1 million paid out over FORTY YEARS to the winner and Nick is wearing those gawdawful shoes worth twice the prize money? I thought Howard was kidding when he told Nick to just give one of the shoes to the winner.
    And I agree that we all own the same shoes, for under $20, because, after all, the idea of glittery shoes is the epitomy of tacky fun.

  25. Al says:

    About as vile and tacky as his soon-to-be ex wife.

  26. Steph says:

    Why? I’m sorry,but I could never justify this type of purchase even if I were a billionaire.