It’s hard – scratch that, impossible – to think of luxury shoes and not immediately think of Christian Louboutin. He’s a man that put the “high” back into “high heels,” literally elevating sartorially savvy ladies with his designs since his time of apprenticeship with Roger Vivier. With the average height of his shoes standing proudly at 120mm, his professed goal in designing has been to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful. To make her legs look as long as [he] can.” He considers shoes to be a pedestal for the female form, an ideological stance that has allowed him to have fun with his designs, knowing that if a woman feels confident, empowered, and alluring in his soles, he’s done his job.
The fact that Christian Louboutin is the most searched shoe designer on the internet isn’t surprising. That splash of red is part of fashion iconography, cementing Louboutin’s dynasty and legacy within the fast changing, increasingly high-paced world that he entered into over thirty years ago. When Christian Louboutin was founded in 1991, the result was electric; you could almost feel the fashion world changing in that instant. He’s been a mainstay for discerning, chic fashionistas ever since – after all, many a fashionista would call a closet incomplete without at least one (or four) pairs of Louboutins.
This spring, his collection is filled with enviable pieces that are every bit kooky as they are gorgeous. Western-inspired laser cut pumps – seen on the Marchesa runway – add an old-world charm to pumps, sandals shaped by colorful PVC panels, studded cap-toe pumps designed in a timeless nautical stripe fabric and even cheeky door knockers on his “Door Knock” pump. Louboutin was also inspired by several periods of art, using oblong shapes inspired by surrealist artist Leonor Fini and even a multicolor satin bouquet print inspired by impressionist art. The latest staple pump So Kate was reimagined in several ways, including a clownfish striped python that we never knew we needed. We love his Air Chance variations for the Spring 2014 season as well, and not just because our latest actress crush Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in them during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour.
In this collection, we’re also seeing him play around with different silhouettes – notably, white booties with candy colored spikes, mules with intricate bead embellishments, platform sandals with a patchwork leather design, and the most on-trend kitten heeled pumps you’ve ever seen. The cacophony of inspirations and designs is a lot to take in, but given his impeccable taste and the state-of-the-art craftsmanship that goes into every pair, it goes without saying that we’re going to happily memorize every style.
We can’t all be Danielle Steel and own over 6,000 pairs of Louboutins, but we can still appreciate how special and magnificent we feel when we slip into a pair.