Alexander McQueen Re-Releases the Armadillo Boot for Charity

Elyssa Goodman

If you thought your closet couldn't hold another pair of shoes, the latest news from the House of Alexander McQueen might make you reconsider. 

The House of McQueen is auctioning off three new pairs of its iconic Armadillo Boots at the Christie's Handbags & Accessories Auction, which began July 14 and will end July 23. All of the net proceeds from the Christie's auction will go to UNICEF, supporting the charity's efforts to relieve damage from the earthquake in Nepal. The new boots, all 12 inches high, are made of wood and python, in tones of beige, emerald, and terra-cotta, and were crafted by hand in Italy. According to PopSugar, the starting bid for each pair is a mere $10,000.

The iconic boot, lusted after by fashionistas of all stripes, was worn by models in the S/S 10 McQueen runway presentation, Plato's Atlantis. However, because of the boot's complex construction, they were never actually produced for sale—until now, there were only the 21 pairs worn by the models for the show. A few brave style souls, like Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness, have also taken the pairs out for a spin on occasion. The original Armadillo Boots have since been exhibited in the likes of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, in its acclaimed Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. So not only would you get to help a good cause, but you'd also get to own a piece of modern fashion history. Learn more from Alexander McQueen.

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