Celebrity Line Up
Many celebrities and fashionistas are die-hard Christian Louboutin fans. You will find some of the most popular actresses wearing his red-soled shoes in movies, on television shows, in music videos and in magazine photo spreads. They are also out in full force on the red carpet and at other special events. Princess Caroline of Monaco was one of his earliest, and most regal, clients. Among the many other well-known names that regularly are seen in Louboutins are Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie.
Where To Buy
There are currently a handful of exclusive Christian Louboutin boutiques in the United States, including two in New York. The famed footwear designer is also rumored to have several new locations planned to open in the near future. You can visit his very whimsical website and view the current collections and do a search for a store in your area. You can also shop for Louboutin shoes in many of the finest department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus.
What It Costs
The appeal of Louboutins comes at a steep price. The least expensive styles start in the $500 to $700 range. You can find strappy sandals (flat or with the architectural heels), and a wide array of leather pumps and wedge styles at this price point. Or, in the $800 to $1,000 range there are gladiator sandals, peep-toe pumps and a variety of patent leather and suede designs. You can also find very stylized styles embellished with crepe “feathers” for about $1,000.
If you have more money to spend, you can find a variety of exquisite options that go on up to about $2,000. At this high end, there is an elegant display of pumps, sandals and boots crafted from the highest quality python, rich satin, metallic and unusual suede designs. In addition, a Louboutin pump made of the finest alligator skin available at Barneys costs a shocking $4,645.
Finally, with shoes this amazing, you may want a Louboutin purse to match. A sculptural satin evening clutch available at Neiman Marcus is $795, while a bigger Louboutin handbag at the same store costs $1,995 and is perfect for everyday use.
So you can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000 to walk in Louboutin’s footsteps (literally), although higher options do exist.
Of course if money is unlimited, there is one other option to consider: ordering custom-made Louboutins to perfectly fit your style and your foot. The price for this decadence ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on what you select.
Style At Any Size
The fashion press reports that Louboutin’s popularity these days is very wide spread. In fact, the footwear designer was recently tapped to design a pair of hot pink pumps for Mattel Inc.’s popular Barbie doll, who will be having a runway show to celebrate her 50th birthday.
A Final Note
If you can’t afford your own pair of Louboutin pumps, there is one other way to achieve the elegant look: with a “Louboutin Manicure.” Many nail salons are copying the signature Louboutin look by combining black nail polish with the back-side of the nail painted bright red.