Christian Louboutin has become a household name, although only a select

few are fortunate enough to own a pair of the luxurious red-soled


Inspired by showgirls, French shoe designer Christian

Louboutin has created an empire based on his love of higher than

high-heeled shoes. His red soles have been seen on the feet of

celebrities from Angelina Jolie to Patti LaBelle.

In addition to his standard pumps, Christian Louboutin also

works on special projects, including the highly anticipated Marie

Antoinette line. With only 36 pairs made available in the United

States, the Marie Antoinette-inspired shoes were sold exclusively in

select Christian Louboutin boutiques. Christian Louboutin collaborated

with Jean-Francois Lesage, an embroiderer on the $6,295 blue, pink or

yellow heels. The elaborately decorated peep-toe shoes are feature

delicate ribbons and embroidery and are unlike any other pair on earth.

The shoes are accompanied by a customized shoebox and a book containing

construction details of the elaborate heels.

Because of the favoritism designers have for Louboutin's

shoes, Louboutin designed an extravaently high shoe covered with twirly

flowers for Philip Lim. The Dillian shoes are available in the very

high version shown on the runway and also with a more walkable heel.

Director David Lynch's Fetish exhibit wouldn't be complete

without a pair of Louboutins. For the exhibit, Louboutin created a

fetish-style designed for fashion, not function, with a 14cm curve.

Special collections aside, Louboutin shoes have become a must-have item

for every well-heeled woman's shoe collection, from a red-soled classic

pump to a summery espadrille from the new Spring/Summer collection.