Christian Louboutin, The Red Sole

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Christian Louboutin is one of the most popular shoe designers in the world right now instantly recognizable by the signature red sole. Average cost is $500-$900. The brand is loved by celebrities and wealthy fashionistas everywhere.

Fascinated by world cultures, Louboutin ran away in his teens to Egypt and spent a year in India. Louboutin returned to Paris in 1981, where he assembled a portfolio of drawings of elaborate high heels. He brought it to the top couture houses. The effort resulted in employment with Charles Jourdan. Subsequently, Louboutin met Roger Vivier, who claims to have invented the stiletto, or spiked-heel shoe. He opened a Paris shoe salon in 1991.

Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 120mm (4.72 inches) and higher. The designer’s professed goal has been “to make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can.” While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier evening-wear designs incorporating jeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather, and other similar decorative touches.

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