11/08/2011 09:03 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Revealed: The World's Most Expensive Flip-Flops

Behold: the world's most expensive flip-flops, which could be yours for an eye-watering $18,000...

"But why?" we hear you cry. Well, it's not the material, design or craftsmanship that warrants the hefty price tag - but what the footwear represents. You see, they can help "save the planet."

The world's most expensive flip-flops from Chipkos So much more than shoes: Chipkos' one-off pair of flip-flops can help save the planet. Photo courtesy of Chipkos.

Let us clarify. Sandal specialists Chipkos have collaborated with American artist David Palmer on the one-off pair of shoes, which have been hand-painted and feature squared-off soles in his renowned abstract style.

So far, so affordable. But Chipkos specialise in sustainability, and have vowed to protect 100,000 square feet of endangered rainforest land with the sale of this one pair.

Whoever purchases the footwear, will also get a meet-and-greet with artist David Palmer, plus a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, glass display case and a certificate of authenticity.

They will also be treated to a two-night stay in the luxe eco-friendly Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

So really, it's quite a lot more than just your average pair of flip-flops...

If $18,000 is a little out of your price range, then check out our pick of the best shoes in the summer sale, below:

For more information, visit the Chipkos website (new window.)

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