At the age of 17, Christian Louboutin found his calling in the dressing rooms of Paris’ famous cabaret- the Folies Bergère. As he watched the heavy headdressed girls walk up and down stairs without looking at their feet, he realized that shoes were about posture and proportion. Louboutin spent the early years of his career designing shoes for some of fashion’s biggest names, eventually launching his own line in 1991- his goal being to ‘make shoes that are like jewels’. While the red sole -a badge of fashion excellence- is now sold in 46 countries and probably recognized in many more, it truly was a happy accident. Louboutin was working in his studio on a prototype early in his designing days and decided that the black sole was too dark for the shoe, grabbing red nail polish from an assistant to paint the soles. Louboutin laughs, “this red sole was a bit of a green light”. No kidding.
Louboutin knows that women’s most desired treasures are the ones they can wear.