From being a three time school drop out to leading the life of a vagabond- name it and the celebrated owner of world’s most revered shoe brand has done it all. The man, whose house generates revenues worth $250 million every year, began sketching shoes in his teens. A visit to the Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie proved inspirational. At the museum, he encountered a sign that forbade women in Africa from wearing stilettos. The image got stuck in his mind and was used by the designer in several collections later. In Louboutin’s own words, after that African sign his resolve of creating something which broke rules and made women feel more confident got stronger.
The man, who has undergone little formal training, began his career as a freelance designer for brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Maude Frizon. Backed financially by two sources, Louboutin opened a shoe salon in 1991. Princess of Monaco was the first person to show faith in Louboutin’s designs. What followed next was a string of celebrity clients- a list which included names like Catherine Deneuve, and Diane Von Furstenburg. Louboutin is often credited with catapulting stilettos back in fashion. Despite having a large celebrity client base, the man, unlike his counterparts, does not give shoes away. They are, rather, offered at discounted rates to anybody interested. Let us now take a brief tour through the amazing world of Christian’ designs and find out the best 10 among them.
1. Christian Louboutin Peep toe Patent Banana Pumps
If you can afford it, then the banana pumps promise to pump out the best results in every occasion. You can team it up with colorful accessories or bags, or even a very bright raincoat. The pump will be a value addition to any spring-summer dress. If you love experimenting with dresses and styles, then the red soled banana pumps will make for a flirty wear. You can wear it to a party or to a brunch with a white cotton dress, a simple pair of jeans, a pussy bow shirt or even a really cool designer belt.
2. Suede Ankle-Wrap Platform Sandal
Made in Italy, this Christian Louboutin Mary Jane rises from a firm foundation. The contoured platform has been designed specifically to give your round toes their perfect resting place. The red sole that all Christian Louboutin sandals are so famed for is displayed on a straight heel, measuring 5mm thick. The elegant shoe comes with a glossy leather finishing. The back is an abbreviated d’Orsay one. Adding to the charm and aura of the piece is the bold ankle wrap.
3. You You 85 Strass
As you sashay down the aisle in the You You Strass, it is surely going to make eyes sparkle with wonder and amazement. At 3.3 inches, the strass is perfectly designed to make you feel “on top of the world”.
4. Lady Strass V-Strap Sandals
The silver satin, studded with Swarovoski will make those open toes gleam. With a leather lining and leather soles, the piece brings comfort and fashion in the most glamorous package imaginable. However, be sure to choose a piece that fits one half sizes larger, for the V-straps usually run small.
5. Marie Antoinette collection
The limited edition collection is meant specifically for people who like thinking out of the box. Done in lace, ribbon and embroidery, the shoes cost a whopping $6000. Well, if you want be among the 36 lucky possessors of the Christian Louboutin celebrated Marie Antoinette then the sum sounds like a reasonable one to dole out, doesn’t it? Available in shades of pink, yellow and blue, the Marie Antoinette collection has been designed by Louboutin in collaboration with Jean Francois Lesage.
6. Capsule Collection
For his brand’s 2Oth anniversary special collection Louboutin decided to take a journey back in time. The capsule range, launched at the French Luxury Label’s twentieth birthday, embodies all the central themes that have come to define Louboutine’s work over the past two decades. It is a twenty-six piece range which includes six hand bags and twenty different styles of shoes. From brightly colored pumps to mesh-knee high boots- the line will leave you spoilt for choices.
7. DAF BOOTY TAG 160MM
The red Lacquer soles deserve to be called one of Louboutin’s widely celebrated signature marks. The ankle boots follow this classic. Available in a multitude of shades, this Christian Louboutin beauty has become popular already.
8. Christian Louboutin blue denim rivets pointed toe palms
The blue rivet shoes made one of Louboutin’s hottest offerings for the spring 2011 season. Sleek and slender, the rivet’s denim-body made it stand apart from other Louboutins that season.
9. Christian Louboutin Silk Satin Greissimo Pumps
All we can say about this particular design from the stable of Christian Louboutin is that it’s fabulous. The Greissimo pumps would certainly make for a stylish day wear. Regardless of the occasion, whether it is a day out with girls or an amazing sea-side lunch, rest assured they will steal the show everywhere.
10. Chirstian Louboutin Star Prive Studs Sling Back Sandals
Here is a piece that’s perfect for mini dress buffs. With a bejeweled body and leather lining, the sling back is sure to draw jealous glances from girls around you. Team it up with a long t-shirt or a jacket and be ready to set hearts aflutter.