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Christian Louboutin

French, b. 1963

The iconic red-soled shoes by Christian Louboutin (b. 1963) have made it onto almost every red carpet since the French designer opened his first boutique in Paris in 1992. His fantastical heels have gained attention and praise for their provocative heights and arching shapes, leading the designer to be nicknamed the “King of Stilettos.”

Since childhood, Louboutin was artistic; he began sketching shoes at the age of 10 and later studied drawing at the Académie d’Art Roederer. However, it was the regular visits to the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, then in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, that inspired his interest in women’s shoes. Growing up in the Paris neighborhood of the museum, he regularly spent weekends there and became fascinated by a sign asking women not to wear heels on account of the antique wooden floors. The severe arch of the heel on the sign and the violent red slash through it inspired him to think about shoes as something that could be dangerous and powerful in their allure. As he has said, “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.”

Breaking rules came naturally to Louboutin, who dropped out of school at the age of 16 and traveled to Egypt and India. When he returned to Paris in 1981, he had his mind set on shoe design and was hired by French fashion designer Charles Jourdan whose women’s shoe designs had been popular amongst the Paris elite since 1919. Louboutin later worked as a freelancer for such fashion houses as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Roger Vivier.

When he went out on his own and opened his first boutique in the Galerie Véro-Dodat covered passage, Princess Caroline of Monaco became his first famous client. The now-revered red sole emerged with his third collection, when Louboutin noticed an assistant painting her nails bright red. He tried applying the polish to a sole and was enamored with the results. Soon, his glossy, red-bottomed heels were all the rage in the fashion world.

Today, Louboutin sells his wares in department stores and over 50 Louboutin boutiques across the world. Beyond shoes, he has also expanded into accessories, beauty lines and handbags, launching the Passage collection of bags in 2014, inspired by the location of his first boutique. Conceptual pieces like his 2007 “Pumps,” now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have taken his stilettos to the extreme with a ballet-like en pointe silhouette balanced on a spiked heel. Louboutin is a go-to designer for celebrities, including Blake Lively, Mariah Carey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez (who has a song about the famed shoes), among hundreds of others. In February 2020, a retrospective of his career opened in the Palais de la Porte Dorée where it all began.

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Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Private Number Slingback Pumps Size 39.5
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We love how the soft cream hue brings out the best of the shoe's design. These pumps by Christian Louboutin feature a clean look of slingback straps, peep toes, and a comfortable arc...
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Christian Louboutin Gold Glitter and Fabric Lady Gres Peep Toe Pumps Size 41
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Fill your steps with sparkle and make a stellar style statement in this pair of Christian Louboutin pumps. The usage of fabric and glitter on the exterior, along with the gathered kn...
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2010s Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Black Leather Dorispiky Pumps Size 40
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Create an edgy look with these Christian Louboutin pumps that are decorated with silver-tone studs. Crafted from black leather, they are designed with slender 11 cm heels, leather-li...
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2010s Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Black Suede and Mesh Papilloboot Ankle Boots Size 38.5
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
How stylish, modern, and chic do these Papilloboot boots from the House of Christian Louboutin look! They are crafted from black suede and mesh into an ankle-length silhouette. They ...
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2010s Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Case Calf Nude Beige Leather Cross Body Bag
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous and brand new Christian Louboutin Beige Convertible Flap Bag can be worn as a shoulder bag or clutch. As seen on Rochelle Wiseman. From the Spring Summer 2013 collection!...
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2010s Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Brown Sueded Booties with Zip Flower (36 EU)
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Christian Louboutin beige suede booties with zipper flower. Featuring a beige suede exterior, a beige leather interior, iconic Louboutin red bottoms, and beige heels with a height of...
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Christian Louboutin 39.5 Slip on Studded Boat Sneakers CL-1021P-0006
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Downey, CA
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By Christian Louboutin
Located in London, GB
Christian Louboutin Marie Jane Black Leather Bucket Bag - Calfskin leather bucket bag in black - Features patent leather cursive logo applique - A drawstring top secures the si...
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