The history. In today’s 2011, Christian Louboutins have reached an obscene popularity thanks to the likes of Carrie Bradshaw and fellow characters of Sex and the City as well as fashion-savvy A-listers such as Blake Lively and Victoria Beckham. But ever since Louboutin first slapped red lacquer upon the bottom of a pair of pumps back in 1992, the shoe mogul has been considered a forerunner in women’s high-end footwear for almost two decades now.
The inspiration. In the beginning, Christian Louboutin did not intend on painting the soles of his shoes red. Every day he was plagued with how to market his brand”¦then behind the scenes at one of his fashion shows he happened to see his assistant painting her toenails with red nail polish (Chanel, of course)”¦and the rest is history. Little did he know that this would be the inspiration to cause women everywhere to break the bank and live a life off Ramen noodles”¦all to dash around town in the most wanted artwork that can’t be found with a price tag less than $500.
In an article in Vanity Fair, Christian Louboutin revealed what he felt his product provides his customers: “Half of my women want a shoe to make them look a little tarty, and the other half are big tarts who want a shoe that looks classy. I think that in both cases the shoe completes the woman, gives them the element they don’t have in themselves.”
The obsession. So why the craze over shoes that can cost upwards of $1,000 a pair? Women don’t just drop this kind of dough on a pair of Christian Louboutins because they happen to like red underneath their feet””they do it because of what the red embodies. It signals to the world, “I wear Louboutins””a top of the line shoe.” The red states “I’m a successful woman, and I’m powerful””while still being feminine.”
Although Christian Louboutin is considered a creative genius by the standards of all fashion knowledgeable women across the globe, I’m sure the designer didn’t set out to create a product with the socio-sexual overtones as complex as he did. That sole has quite the message behind it. It’s about the emancipation of women and the power that they have worked so hard to gain in the world.
Christian LouboutinA sculpted shaft of buttery-soft leather gracefully follows the curve of the leg, creating a gently arching shape that belies the toughness of a spiked cap toe, curb chain strap and graphic lugged sole. A swath of vibrant red-born from a fateful brush with red nail lacquer-pops beneath the autumn-ready silhouette. Color (s) : black leather. Brand: Christian Louboutin. Style Name: Christian Louboutin 'Napaleona' Spike Toe Boot. Style Number: 1164119.$1,595.00
Christian LouboutinAn iconic red-lacquer sole adds a flash of unexpected glamour to a definitive tall boot shaped from smooth Italian suede and finished with an impeccable rounded toe. Color (s) : black suede. Brand: Christian Louboutin. Style Name: Christian Louboutin 'Fifi' Tall Boot. Style Number: 1163836.$1,295.00
Christian LouboutinA line of tiny golden spikes arcs across the pointy toe of an exquisite half-d'Orsay pump done up in exotic leopard-print calf hair-while Christian Louboutin's iconic red sole lends a flash of vibrant color to every step. Color (s) : leopard haircalf. Brand: Christian Louboutin. Style Name: Christian Louboutin 'Culturella' Calf Hair Half d'Orsay Pump. Style Number: 1164124.$895.00
Christian LouboutinThis classic low-cut pump perched on an expertly architected stiletto heel sets off feminine curves to an alluring effect. A peep-toe frames your pedicure and Christian Louboutin's iconic red sole-born from a brush with red nail lacquer-shines with each head-turning step. Color (s) : black, nude. Brand: Christian Louboutin. Style Name: Christian Louboutin 'Prive' Open Toe Pump. Style Number: 1007066.$845.00
Christian LouboutinChristian Louboutin Pavot (red) patent leather "Sova Heel" sandals designed with a harness-style ankle strap and goldtone spikes. 3.25"/85mm heel (approximately) . Open toe, toe band, harness ankle strap with knurled roller buckle, patent leather-covered stiletto heel, polished goldtone hardware. Buckle closure. Leather lining. Signature red leather sole. Available in Pavot (red) . Made in Italy.$850.00
Christian LouboutinChristian Louboutin white smooth kidskin "Sova Heel" sandals designed with a harness-style ankle strap and silvertone spikes. 3.25"/85mm heel (approximately) . Open toe, toe band, harness ankle strap with knurled roller buckle, leather-covered stiletto heel, polished silvertone hardware. Buckle closure. Leather lining. Signature red leather sole. Available in White. Made in Italy.$850.00