From the catwalk to the sidewalk, the name Christian Louboutin has come to define glamorous footwear to women around the world. Louboutin has been getting into women’s heads and their shoes for the past two decades. His towering heels have embedded themselves in popular culture – from hip-hop divas in racy videos to strong female characters in TV series, such as “Sex and the City.”
A pair of Christian Louboutin heels would be at the top of many a woman’s wish list. With their sky-high stiletto heels and that iconic red sole, Louboutins are an instantly recognizable fashion statement.
But we never knew the story behind that iconic red sole until now. After dissecting Christian Louboutin’s Rizzoli book, Marie Claire discovered that it was actually nail polish that gave the designer his inspiration. One afternoon, a prototype Louboutin was working on just didn’t “pop.” An assistant was painting her nails at the time.”So I grabbed her nail polish and painted the sole and it becomes this red sole, which became my trademark years after,” he said. “Red means love, passion, blood.”
After stealing his assistant’s red nail varnish, Louboutin painted the plain black sole on a shoe just to see what it looked like. He loved the result so much that from then on he produced all his shoes with a red lacquered sole—something which quickly became his signature.
Fortunately, Louboutin no longer uses red nail polish to paint his shoes but, in tribute, you can now buy a ‘Rouge Louboutin’ nail varnish that is exactly the same color as those iconic soles. Although his passion has always been about creating beautiful designs, Louboutin said what matters most is how women feel about themselves when they step into his shoes.
“But definitely, high heels make you never give up,” said Louboutin. “You stand for yourself, definitely.”