Christian Louboutin’s red sole is iconic. While most luxury shoppers can recognize this distinct shade of red a mile away, the color actually started with nail polish, and now it’s become a polish once again.
In 1993, Christian Louboutin was working on the Pensée shoe, which was inspired by Andy Warhol’s “Flowers.” After its completion, Louboutin felt something was off, and what happened next is what has made him such a legend. Louboutin’s assistant Sarah was painting her nails red in the studio, and the designer borrowed her red polish to paint the new design’s soles. An icon was born.
Louboutin defines spring with a leopard, fringe, fishnet, glitter and bright colors. You’ll also see a new “front double” design on a few pairs of point-toe pumps, which crosses the slit toe box, giving these pumps a bit of an art deco feel. No matter which pair you gravitate toward, you’ll certainly find something to obsess over with this new collection. Even though these styles aren’t available quite yet, you can now pre-order other styles online now at Christian Louboutin!
This classic red shade has reached iconic status in footwear, so I have no doubt this nail color will be classified the same way in years to come. The uniquely constructed bottle will most likely become a collector’s item, and the entire Louboutin beauty collection will likely be successful in tapping into the luxury market’s love for the brand’s over-the-top aesthetic. Also, despite the relatively high price tag for nail polish, this is still the most affordable way for aspirational customers to get a piece of the Louboutin pie.
Like anything in the luxury market, prices are rising. If you dream of owning your own pair of Louboutins, doing it now will likely save you a few bucks over dithering for another year. Back in my TalkShoes days, I fell victim to the fluctuating prices. I yearned for a pair of black patent leather So Kates, and when I finally splurged, had increased from $625 to $675 in the few months I waited. Learn from my mistakes: if you’re yearning for a pair of red bottoms, buy them sooner rather than later.