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My favourite Louboutin moments

If I had a lifetime fantasy, I would not ask for an endless supply of jewelry but a walk-in wardrobe the size of an apartment, filled with the most gorgeous shoes ever made, and preferably Louboutin’s most luxurious creations. For the cynics out there, yes it does sound like something Carrie Bradshaw would say, but hey she’s not the only shoe-obsessed woman on this planet.

This year Christian Louboutin is celebrating 20 years of making incredible red-soled shoes, with a new leather-bound book showcasing his early works and the most exquisite shoes he’s made over the years. Who would have thought that he’d become the object of desire of every woman and that he’d compete with diamonds for their affection and most importantly their wallets?

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This image on the right has been circulating over email-chains all over the net these past few days, while I don’t know who the creator of that image is, I find that it encapsulates the essence of the Louboutin tribe. A big thank you to my sister who sent it on and to her friend and friend of friend…

Not only has Louboutin created the ultimate in shoe perfection but a series of desirable collector objects that celebrate his design aesthetic: the limited edition Piper Heidsieck champagne shoe glass is on top of my list. Originally launched in 2009 as a limited edition gift-set, it has recently resurfaced in a recent episode of reality-drama show Made in Chelsea.

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These hand-finished limited edition crystal champagne flutes were sold at GBP 350 a piece! Now it is even nearly impossible to find them anywhere, but Caggie and Milly of this series got the chance to try this decadent ritual at a Paris restaurant, rumour has it that it costs GBP90 to drink just one glass in this stiletto flute! Madness I say but really wonderful. This creation comes from an old tradition at the Russian ballet, whereby champagne would be drunk from the shoe of the prima ballerina at the end of a show.

My third favourite Louboutin moment is the launch of a collector Barbie doll styled by Christian, you can describe it as a dream toy for grown-up girls, which will one day be handed down to the next generation of shoe-loving girls. My purchase of this rare item raised a lot of eyebrows but I argued that it would one day, become a rare item that will be worth 10 times its value, not that I ever plan on parting with it, but the thought of owning it makes me feel as if I’ve spotted some great pop-art piece, who knows maybe Christie’s will come knocking at my door when I’m 80 years old, asking me to auction it? Dream on , hubby says…

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The first time I slipped on a Louboutin shoe, sure I was utterly seduced by the incredible heights, the finesse and delicacy of the volumes and the red soles, but most importantly I was won over by the toe cleavage that makes ANY foot look desirable.
I can confirm without a doubt that Louboutin’s shoes are the most comfortable high heels I’ve ever worn, I was blessed (or rather cursed) with incredibly thin and narrow paws, without much natural padding, making the experience of standing in heels for longer than 2 hours simply excruciating.
The Louboutin style that embodies the best balance between height, support and seductiveness is the Decollete: a classical closed high-heeled stiletto with a slightly larger toe box. When you stand in these shoes, the whole body weight is shifted towards the back, resting the heels completely on the shoe and avoiding the acrobatic balance on the toes or the ball of your feet. I can not assume that these would feel just as comfortable on everyone, but next time you pass by the shops, just take a minute to try them on.

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As a final thought, know that there is a way to make Louboutin shoes last forever: you can have them resoled by asking the Louboutin shop to send your shoes back to France for a half-resole keeping the exact original material, or you can protect your shoes from further wear-and-tear by going to cobblers who will apply a thin, rubber, non-slip red-sole on the in-step of the shoe. I first discovered that this was possible when my cobbler in London on Earl’s Court Road had come up with this genius idea and all the Chelsea girls started flocking to him with their love-worn Louboutins.
If your local cobbler does not hold stock of red rubber soles, you can order them online on http://www.redrubbersoles.com/. It is totally worth the expense and will even make walking and standing in these shoes much easier as the rubber will grip onto the ground and keep you stable on these extra high pins. Another tip is to apply this rubber sole before taking out your shoes out on the town.

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