The lacquered ruby-red soles of Christian Louboutin’s designs have become one of the most recognisable trademarks in the fashion world. A flash of the statement soles instantly communicates the dramatic aesthetic and luxurious
demeanour of the prolific brand; a charm that has captivated the attention of stylish A-listers including Blake Lively, Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga since the launch of the eponymous brand in 2001.
How the distinctive feature came into being could perhaps be described as a happy accident. Towards the beginning of his label, Louboutin was studying a prototype shoe, pondering what was missing from the design to make the style
‘pop’. His eye caught a flash of colour from across the room; where a girl was painting her fingernails a rich red hue. Louboutin seized the bottle and proceeded to paint the soles of the shoes – the rest is history.
Inspiration for his theatrical designs comes from a childhood infatuation with show girls and their costumes. As a boy, Louboutin noticed the way a pair of striking heels could lengthen and define the silhouette of a woman’s legs. His
staggeringly high stilettos and sculptural designs reflect this design ideal whilst also mirroring the sensuality of the female form. Colourful and decorative embellishments mimic the intricacy of the outfits he once admired on
Often referred to as one of the ‘holy trinity’ of contemporary footwear designers, Louboutin sealed his status with the advent of the Very
Privé statement peep-toe in 2006.
The signature hidden platform and low-cut vamp create a modern classic that is updated seasonally alongside the more decorative designs. Classic black and nude options appear in every collection, accompanied with trend-led hues and
Embellishment is a forte to the acclaimed designer; past collections having featured feathered plumes, encrusted crystals and signature spikes. There are tales of custom-created designs such as a pair of stilettos featuring soles
covered in genuine rubies that further intensify the creativity and theatrical aesthetic associated with the acclaimed designer.
There is something for every woman in Christian Louboutin’s diverse