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.