Artioli is the Ferrari of men's leather shoes, according to its Italian manufacturer. A pair represents a significant investment. Retailing for about $7,000 per pair in Hong Kong, Artioli shoes are billed as the most expensive in the world and are worn by luminaries such as Pope John Paul. Only one out of 100 skins is good enough to provide raw material for these highly crafted masterpieces. Artioli shoes are reverse-stitched; each stitch is bought back and folded which provides extreme strength and longevity. The company's 51 years of experience at the highest level of the Italian footwear industry ensures a smooth exterior finish. In the shoe pictured, a single piece of kangaroo skin is used to create the entire upper. A pair of shoes takes an entire day to build, far more than the average quality Italian leather shoe which takes a couple of hours using modern techniques. The shoes are available in Hong Kong at the Swank Shop but China is a bigger market for Artioli shoes than the territory. Japan is the other main Asian market. In addition to its famous shoes, Artioli has created luxury-level luggage and belts to accompany the well heeled around the world.