His name is synonymous with high fashion and even higher heels. We all know his name — Replica Christian Louboutin.
Replica Christian Louboutin is the Parisian shoe designer whose skyscraper heels are coveted by women all over the world, and eulogized in popular culture by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, who sings a song about them.
But behind each trademark red-soled shoe is a feat of custom engineering. “The heel is engineering in itself,” said the sought-after designer in his Paris atelier. “This little thing that supports the human weight has to have a precise balance.”
The materials needed to create the perfect shoe include wood lasts — a shoemaker’s mould in the shape of a human foot — and supporting metal stems that are inserted into heels, which can measure up to 6.5 inches, to ensure that the wearer doesn’t topple over.
“If you just look at the heel, you are immediately going to see that if there was not the (right) engineering), it would break,” the designer told CNN.
“If it is not exactly inside the center of gravity position, inside the gravity line, the weight would make you flip out behind, or the weight would make you break the heel and (fall forwards),” he said.
But even with heels measuring just two inches, these metal points still need to be inserted into the heel to perfect the balance of the wearer.
“I wouldn’t say it is an art,” he said, but does admit that “it is complicated.”
Christian Louboutin Replica was born in Paris in 1964 and was drawn to footwear from an early age. One of his earliest memories is seeing a sign prohibiting the wearing of stiletto heels in a Paris museum — warning of potential damage to the wood floors.
In 1992 he set up his own label, and his shoes, which cost on average $700 a pair, are now stocked in high-end stores across the world. Celebrities and fashion editors love his creations. According to Terresa Cannata, writing for Italian Vogue, “His creations are sexy and original, some playful, some definitely classic.”