Christian Louboutin is a French shoe designer whose shoes are adored by millions. They have even been compared to works of art, and a pair of his shoes were chosen in a poll as the shoes most likely to turn women on! The shoes have laquered scarlet soles and vertiginous heels and have been seen on the feet of Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Turner, Angelina Jolie, Posh Spice and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis. Louboutin’s shoes definitely stand out and he admits that he crafts his shoes to be a ‘perfect blend of beauty and sex appeal’ and he likes making his high heels high enough that they ‘slow women down and give them a sexier gait.’
The glossy nail-varnish red sole has become the trademark of the man who has been interested in fashion since he was a young boy. It was then, whilst he was walking throughout the streets of Paris that he noticed a billboard that instructed women not to scratch the wooden floor in front of the Museum of Oceanic Art. This sign got to Louboutin so much that he started obsessively drawing shoes with compressed buckles and with soles, in fact he admits that he spent quite a lot of his time as a teenager drawing these kind of shoes in his school exercise books. They went on to become the base of his sales as a designer.
Louboutin showed huge initiative and started attending Parisian dance halls to offer his shoes to the women attending the dances held at the venues but most of them claimed they had no money and couldn’t afford them! Going back to the drawing board, Louboutin started attending various designing schools, for example Chanel and Saint Laurent. Later he opened a boutique in Paris, luring clients in by offering them free coffee, but this plan worked as he started attracting a prestigious clientele – because of his beautiful shoes, not the coffee! Soon other sellers wanted to sell his shoes and he soon had a following in America. He now has fame and recognition in many countries including Monte Carlo and Singapore.
People love Louboutin’s shoes so much that some would like the designer to branch out into clothes, or to even design some men’s footwear. But he is blatantly not interested. He was approached by a clothes designer once who thought that his name would be enough to sell a clothing range (and they’d probably be right) but Louboutin states that there are so many good designers out there, why would he put his name on clothes when that is not something that he ever wanted to do. His love lies with shoes, and why would he want to change to anything else when his fans include Kate Moss and Madonna? He says that ‘the difference between my shoes and other shoes – I constantly recast, look at them, reshape. It’s not only a design, it’s a shoe. Meaning, if it has to be corrected 10 times, it will be corrected.’
As well as being beautiful and making us feel sexy Italian research has shown that a good pair of heels can help tone the body, condition muscles and improve the wearer’s sex life by working out the pelvic muscles!!!