Unleash your inner goddess. Rev up your inner vixen. Get ready to Strut. Your. Stuff. These metal heeled, 160mm, red soled visions of loveliness have just landed at Louboutin, the mecca of all things fabulous in footwear.
The eye-wateringly high 160mm slim line silver heel shimmies up to a fierce 60mm platform. The black leather sets off the molten stiletto perfectly, while the pronounced 100mm arch guarantees to add a little wiggle to your walk. Printz Kid Metallic, £875.00 from christianlouboutin.com
We’ve often covered Christian Louboutin’s iconic Pigalle pump on this website. The low-cut high-heeled pump is a classic, so much so that in 2010 Louboutin described it as “the design that encapsulates my career.”
The shoe has long been available in its original form of black with a red sole, and that version retails for around US$625 (if you can get your hands on a pair). But the designer has created plenty of variations on the theme too, some of them very expensive.
The most expensive Pigalles we can find right now are these gold ones in crystal ring strass (also known as rhinestone). Each piece of crystal on the 5 inch heels is surrounded by a golden ring. Right now only one size is available, a 38.5. And the price? A mere $3,395 from the Christian Louboutin website.
If you’d love a really special Pigalle but don’t have over three thousand dollars at your disposal then perhaps the spiky Pigalles pictured above might do. This black nappa (sheep’s) leather version of the classic Pigalle is covered in silver, rhodium, black and pale-gold spike studs.
A pair will cost about twice as much as an ordinary pair of Pigalles, but only half as much as the strass version. We found these Pigalle spikes at net-a-porter.com for $1,295.
Red sole maestro Christian Louboutin’s Fall / Winter 2013 collection is now available for purchase on the designer’s website. As usual there’s a mix of new heels and new takes on favourite shapes, with shoes ranging from classical to downright bizarre.
My pick of the bunch are the Iriza d’Orsay pumps in leopard printed pony. This newcomer to the Louboutin collection has a number of sexy features: a cut-out d’Orsay arch, pointed toe and manageably hot 4 inch heel.
If you love the shape of this shoe but don’t like the animal print then there’s good news for you too: Iriza is also available in a rose antique colour with a glitter finish. That look is $200 cheaper than the leopard look – you can snatch up a pair from Louboutin for $625.
Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the best places on the internet to buy Christian Louboutin’s red soled shoes, but New York’s Louboutin-lovers will welcome the latest news from the fashion behemoth’s bricks and mortar store. Saks has announced that it will shortly add to its red soled retail paradise by opening a Christian Louboutin shop-within-a-shop in the store’s already enormous shoe floor.
Saks’ shoe floor on level 8 of the zip code of its flagship Fifth Avenue store is already so big that it has its own zip code: 10022-SHOE and the Louboutin mini-store underlines the importance of the company’s headquarters to the brand.
Meanwhile, news for Saks’ other stores recently has been mixed. The company has just remodelled and de-cluttered its “OFF 5TH” discount designer stores in Milpitas, California and Grapevine, Texas to include an open floor plan and other shopper-friendly features. However Saks announced in April 2013 that it plans to close its Saks Fifth Avenue store in Tampa, Florida which employs approximately 105 associates.
The good news for those without a local store (including international shoppers) is that Saks Fifth Avenue’s website has the best range of Louboutins available on the internet. They include these brand new 4.5 inch Christian Louboutin Kate Specchio Leather Pumps in metallic gold leather.
It was love at first sight. The shade name alone was enough to make our heart go pitter-patter; Rose Matador. It sounds like something deliciously cold and fruity and refreshing on a hot summer’s day, coupled with the brooding charm of a devastatingly handsome bad boy. You know the kind, the one your mother warned you not to fall for. These shoes are that boy.
So high they may give you vertigo, the slender 120mm heel is enough to cause palpitations. Add in the pink and we start to go weak at the knees.
And the patent, shiny finish? Alluring peep toe? Sling back? A flash of the distinctive, sexy red sole? Hubba hubba. But really, they had us at hello. They are the Flo Sling by Christian Louboutin.
When I saw these new slingbacks from Christian Louboutin, one thing came immediately to mind: toe cleavage! Nobody does toe cleavage like Louboutin, and these high heels reveal just about as much of it as any of the Master’s shoes.
Not that Christian Louboutin doesn’t know what he’s doing and why. Louboutin’s shoes are almost all engineered to deliberately show generous portions of the “third cleavage” as he calls it. Last year he even explained the method behind these daring cutaways, as part of the 20th anniversary of his label. Asked about toe cleavage, Christian Louboutin explained:
“[T]he word cleavage, first, comes [from] woman in this part [here the designer indicates towards his (boob-less) chest].
“The second cleavage of a woman is [her] bottom — the arse.
“And the third possible cleavage is actually that one [here Louboutin strokes his fingers along the toe-cleavage part of one of his pumps]. And what makes a toe cleavage becoming quite sexy is this very simple thing that it is about suggestion and it is a suggestion about another cleavage.”
You can view the full Christian Louboutin interview here:
As for the toe-cleavage slingbacks, they are new to Louboutin and called Flueve. The sharply pointed toe is mirrored and accentuated with a V-cut vamp which reveals enough of the third cleavage to leave most men breathless.
Flueve has a patent leather upper, Louboutin’s signature red sole and a 4 1/2 ” covered stiletto heel with a sexy narrow slingback strap. Made in Italy, it’s available on pre-order from Neiman Marcus for $625.
This year Christian Louboutin has been drip-feeding his Spring collection piece by piece through his e-boutique, rather than release the whole collection at once. Plenty of nice pieces have surfaced though, including this Kimpa 5 inch python sandal which is available from Christian Louboutin for $1,495.
The advertising campaign to accompany the collection uses a fishing theme, the pictures being by photographer Peter Lippmann, who has collaborated with Louboutin before. One frustration of the drip-feed approach to the collection’s release is that not everything appears to be out yet. We’re yet to spy these gingham-inspired red soled slingbacks but will be keeping a sharp lookout.
We’ve linked to two other cool high heels from Christian Louboutin’s Spring 2013 collection below.
The pink “Flo” slingback in shiny patent leather is the “sexy sister” of Louboutin’s “Very Prive.” It has a thinner stiletto heel which is said to create “a classic shape with a vixen edge.” Flo incorporates the label’s signature red sole (of course) creating a color-blocked effect with the pink body and orange toe-pieces. Flo is available from Christian Louboutin for $845 (where the heel height is listed as 5 inches) or Bergdorf Goodman (where it’s listed as 4.5 inches with a 0.5 inch platform).
Only 10 months ago, Kim Kardashian posted a picture of herself in “full on beast mode,” on all fours on a white couch wearing black over the knee boots and not terribly much else. Now it seems that at least one pair of her designer FMBs is for sale. The star has put this pair of Christian Louboutin over the knee boots up for auction on her eBay site.
We wonder if the sale is just part of a regular closet clean out, or has the mother-to-be decided that over the knee boots are just a little too racy for her pending maternal role? Well, at least we doubt she’ll be giving birth in them. And a little speculation is always fun.
The black suede boots have certainly seen some action if the scuff marks on their red soles are any indication. The eBay posting notes this and also states that the boots are “pre-owned [and] in very good condition.” They are in Kim Kardashian’s shoe size, which is a 37 in Louboutins (in case you were wondering) and have a 5 inch heel with a 1 inch platform.
As with all Kim’s auctions, a percentage of the takings will be given to charity (the proportion is not specified). So if you manage to snag these boots, the Life Change Community Church will get some of your hard earned dollars. Bidders had better hurry: the auction is only open for another 2 and a half days and the price is already nearing US$1,000. Awaken your inner “beast mode” today.
Over the past decade, stiletto heels have soared to new heights —and so have their prices. High-heeled shoes—the fashion shoes of the 21st century—have become so tall that even a 4-inch heel is considered “low.” Neither height nor price seems to deter consumers, and today the average American woman has approximately 20 pairs of shoes – nearly double what she owned in the 1990s.
Using these bare facts as its inspiration, the Museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) is currently presenting Shoe Obsession, an exhibition that examines our culture’s ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes.
Amongst the very famous designer shoes in the exhibition you will find Manolo Blahnik’s classic buckled peeptoe d’Orsay (top). This shoe was the “extravagant” high heel that saw Carrie Bradshaw “shoe shamed” over in the Sex and the City episode “A Woman’s Right to Shoes.” Believe it or not that episode first aired in August 2003, nearly 10 years ago.
Also featuring in Shoe Obsession will be Christian Louboutin’s signature Pigalle pump (pictured below), the Eyelash Heel feathered pump from the limited-edition Rendez-Vous line designed by Bruno Frisoni for Roger Vivier, plus high heels from Charlotte Olympia, Pierre Hardy, Nicholas Kirkwood, Gucci, Alessandra Lanvin, Alexandre Birman and many more designers.
The exhibition will also include some remarkable high heels such as these 18 inch monster Lady Pointe shoes designed by Noritaka Takehana and recently worn by Lady Gaga.
Shoe Obsession is on at the Special Exhibitions Gallery at MFIT from February 8 through April 13, 2013. The museum is located on Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001-5992. The exhibition is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from noon – 8pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm, closed Sundays, Mondays and legal holidays. Admission is free.
These color-blocked designer booties look a touch like high heeled sneakers, but you probably wouldn’t want to go jogging up the street in a pair. They’re Pierre Hardy’s new lace-up ankle boots, made of neoprene – the same kind of flexible rubber used in wetsuits. In purple, turquoise and beige, with a 5 inch heel and suede trim, they’re new to net-a-porter for £831.60.
If you think you’ve seen neoprene used in a designer high heel before then you’re right: Christian Louboutin used the material a year or so back. Louboutin didn’t stop at replicating a sneaker though: his heels went the whole way though with the dive concept. Louboutin’s yellow “snorkeling” dive booties created a huge splash when the designer unleashed them, but they’re currently sold out.