Luxury & Fashion
Oct 1, 2016
THE "RED" LEGEND OF ELEGANCY
In the world of footwear, the highest standard of elegancy is the legendary red sole of the "Louboutins". The provocation, very well measured and flawless, is the main idea of the Christian Louboutin brand.
The clean and elegant accuracy of lines emphasise the beauty of the foot curves, exposing the beginning of the toes, - aspects that represent the Louboutin signature. Despite the unbelievable height of the heels, its models present us an extremely comfortable "shoe-tree".
The legendary footwear manufacturer, Christian Louboutin, a convicted admirer of women's' legs, tries to give each pair of shoes the maximum sophistication and comfort, thus emphasising the woman´s natural sensuality. Christian Louboutin makes footwear similar to that of dancers, and wearing them, one can easily dance all night long. No matter what pair of "Louboutins" a woman is wearing, her legs will look longer and slender, and her hips move seductively. To this day, female dancers have been the main inspiration of Christian Louboutin.
When Christian turned eight years old, he visited the National Museum of Africa and Oceania, where he noticed a plate on a door, with a sign prohibiting the entrance of high-heeled shoes. This situation regarding the shoes was imprinted in his memory for a long time. Later, Louboutin confessed that that day was exactly when he, for the first time in his life, started to be interested in women's footwear.
It was in Christian's school notebooks that the first sketches of shoes would start to appear. This hobby would soon occupy all of the boy's attention. School didn't interest him much, and he was even expelled from four schools, due to his poor progress. Louboutin would then spend all of his spare time in a theatre, watching the female dancers, or more exactly, their legs in high heeled shoes. These were the female dancers in high heel-shoes that would later be the ones the designer would call his first style icons.
At the Art School, Louboutin studied theatre and sculpture. In the end of the 1970s, Christian got his first job at the "Folies Bergere", where he was responsible for the dancers' costumes. At the same time, he was creating sketches of shoes for actors.
In 1981, the sketches of the 18-year-old drew the attention of Charles Jourdan, famous designer and couturier, who accepted him as an apprentice. For two years, Christian the apprentice studied hard in order to correctly determine the size and saw out the "shoe-trees". By the end of the 1980s, the talented young man was accepted as a freelance designer into the fashion houses Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
How the red soles appeared
The distinguishing sign of Louboutin shoes is, of course, the bright red soles, which immediately catch the attention. They were born in 1993, at his studio in Paris, when the young aspiring designer was working on a new model, the "Penseé", a model that was inspired by Andy Warhol's work "Flowers". Louboutin couldn't but feel that it lacked some "flavour", some brilliant and bold detail was definitely missing. Suddenly, Christian saw his assistant painting her nails nearby. The bright red nail enamel turned to be the brilliant "final touch". He grabbed the bottle, and painted the sole of the shoe in that bright, conspicuous red. This funny story with the nail enamel is the evidence for the saying "simplicity is the trademark of genius".
The three base colours of the collections remain unchanged: black, red and beige. Besides the audacious red and classical black models, dramatically and sensually contrasting with the red sole, "The Nudes Collection" presents models in various shades of skin colors, and became a real visit card of the brand. This collection is predominantly for summertime, so each pair should be chosen considering the tan tone, to achieve the presupposed effect, as they are to be worn on bare feet only.
Price and counterfeits
The Christian Louboutin shoes, despite their justifiably high price, never stay long inside the shop windows of boutiques. The average price of a pair is around USD 1000. The most expensive "Louboutins" in the world cost USD 7000, and are made exclusively to order.
On each original pair fall nine counterfeit ones. This is the fee for the worldwide popularity of this iconic brand. The red sole is its signature, nevertheless, it doesn't guarantee its authenticity. To avoid counterfeits, it is highly recommended to deal with Christian Louboutin brand boutiques only – nowadays, there are 800 all over the world.
However, this brand is not the only one to use red soles. Yves Saint Laurent, for instance, made similar models. There were even trials because of the famous red sole.
No matter what Christian Louboutin does, it is always popular. As a real artist and designer, he treats everything concerning his business with great responsibility, that's why his footwear will always be associated with the most expensive art pieces.