How Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole Shoes Became Popular

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Scroll down to see celebrities wearing heels and shoes by Christian Louboutin. The correct way to say his last name is Loo-boo-tan.

Best known for his shiny, red-lacquered soles, he has a net worth of $1.6 billion dollars.

What is Christian Louboutin famous for?

Red bottoms are a legend within the world of luxury fashion. Every woman (and most men!) set their sights on buying a pair of infamous red bottoms.

Christian Louboutin (R) and a guest attend the Christian Louboutin (R) and a guest attend the “The French Dispatch” screening during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 12, 2021, in Cannes, France (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

Christian Louboutins are amongst the most recognizable shoes in the world. They’ve become a status symbol with a celebrity following.

Christian Louboutin shoes have become a part of pop culture, featuring in everything from rap songs to TV shows.

No designer shoe collection is complete without at least one pair of Christian Louboutins.

French-Egyptian fashion designer Christian Louboutin is famous for his shiny, red-lacquered solesFrench-Egyptian fashion designer Christian Louboutin is famous for his shiny, red-lacquered soles

Whether you’re loyal to red bottoms or buying your first pair, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about the brand. We’re also sharing the most popular Christian Louboutin shoes of all time.

Make sure to bookmark this guide on Christian Louboutin shoes to help write your dream shoe list.

When did Christian Louboutin shoes become popular?

Christian Louboutin is an eponymous French shoe brand that is recognizable around the world for its iconic red sole.

Louboutin began sketching shoe designs during his teenage years before working for legendary fashion houses like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent during the 1980s.

In 1991, the Christian Louboutin brand was born when the designer launched his Parisian shoe salon.

Red sole Christian Louboutin shoes signed by the designer himselfRed sole Christian Louboutin shoes signed by the designer himself (Credit: Michael Carpenter / WENN)

It quickly gained a celebrity following, with the brand becoming infamous for its skyscraper heels that were often over 120mm in height.

Louboutin said that his mission was to create shoes that “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long” as possible.

While more wearable designs have started to feature in the brand’s collection, Louboutin is synonymous with evening-wear shoes and special occasion styles.

Why are Christian Louboutin shoes red on the bottom?

What Christian Louboutin is most famous for is its iconic red soles, which first appeared in 1993.

Louboutin came up with the idea after using an assistant’s red nail polish to paint the soles of a sample to give the shoes extra energy.

Kelly Brook carries an authentic Christian Louboutin shopping bagKelly Brook carries an authentic Christian Louboutin shopping bag (Credit: Will Alexander / WENN)

The signature red of Christian Louboutin soles has its own Pantone number, 1801663 TPX. Louboutin has taken on everyone from Zara to Yves Saint Laurent for using red soles on their shoes.

Christian Louboutins have been a hallmark in the world of designer shoes since the 1990s. Everyone from the Kardashians to Sarah Jessica Parker and Blake Lively is famous for their Louboutin collections.

Anytime we get a peek into a celebrity closet, they have rows upon rows of Louboutin shoes.

Everyone from Hollywood Royalty to Monegasque Royalty is famous for wearing Louboutin heels.

Christian Louboutin high heel pumps and sneakers displayed in his boutique located at Selfridges Exchange Square Store ManchesterChristian Louboutin high heel pumps and sneakers displayed in his boutique located at Selfridges Exchange Square Store Manchester (Credit: Steve Searle / WENN)

Christian Louboutin’s most loyal client is the novelist Danielle Steel, who owned over 6,000 pairs of Louboutins in 2010. We can only imagine how many she has now.

The brand has now expanded to include everything from handbags to makeup and fragrances. Louboutin previously said he wanted to avoid his name being widely licensed, although it’s clear that the fashion house is expanding with various licenses.

2012 saw the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauty, with the first three Louboutin fragrances being released in 2016.

Why you need to buy Christian Louboutins

With the Y2K trend kicking off and every fashion brand looking to the ‘90s for inspiration, it’s never been a better time to add Louboutins to your collection.

Christian Louboutin promoting his red sole shoes in BerlinChristian Louboutin promoting his red sole shoes in Berlin (Credit: WENN)

These shoes are amongst some of the most timeless of any designer brand. No designer shoe collection is complete without at least one pair of Louboutin shoes.

Although the red soles require a little TLC, Christian Louboutin’s shoes are ones that you can wear every season and for years to come.

These shoes have a reputation that sometimes can put people off. Christian Louboutin is famous for saying that his shoes are not designed to be comfortable.

While some styles are definitely ‘dinner shoes’ to wear when jumping out of your uber and heading to dinner, other styles can lend themselves to all-day wear.

It’s all about finding the perfect Louboutins that suit your needs and lifestyle. There is a style of Louboutins out there for everyone, whether you love skyscraper stilettoes or prefer to keep it casual in red bottom sneakers.

Best Christian Louboutin Quotes

A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.

You need to believe in yourself and what you do. Be tenacious and genuine.

The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.

A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.

Christian Louboutin and Maye Musk, the mother of Elon Musk, attend The Daily Front Row's 7th Annual Fashion Media AwardsChristian Louboutin and Maye Musk, the mother of Elon Musk, attend The Daily Front Row’s 7th Annual Fashion Media Awards at The Rainbow Room on September 05, 2019, in New York City (Credit: WENN / Instar)

I would say that a good shoe is exactly like a good wine. These shoes are going to stay and last for a long time.

I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.

There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.

I hate the idea of natural. For example, I prefer gardens to wild nature. I like to see the human touch. High heels are a complete invention – an extravagance. They’re far from natural, but it’s the impracticality that I adore. I prefer the useless to the useful, the sophisticated to the natural.

If you’re passionate about the world, and if you really look closely at everything around you, each thing can be transformed into a shoe, or into a part of a shoe.

A naked woman in heels is a beautiful thing. A naked man in shoes looks like a fool.

A woman carries her clothes. But the shoe carries the woman.

I have no problem with the idea of comfort, but it is not an important thing aesthetically. If you look at a shoe and immediately say it looks very comfortable, in terms of design, it is not going to excite me. Of course, I am not putting nails in my shoes to ensure everybody is in pain, but a heel is not a pair of slippers and never will be.

The thing I always try to remember is that feet are attached to the leg, and that you must prolong the silhouette. The shoe elongates the leg and does it discreetly. The goal is to get people to look at a woman’s legs. It’s all about the leg. No, it’s not about the leg. It’s about the woman.

Fashion isn’t interesting when it comes from an uninspired place. It’s like voodoo; we don’t want things that are soaked in blood, sweat, and tears. I adore life, and I’m very easygoing – and it shows in my work.

You’re abandoning a lot of ideas when you’re too into comfort.

When a woman buys shoes, she takes them out of the box and looks at herself in the mirror. But she isn’t really looking at her shoes – she’s looking at herself. If she likes herself, then she likes the shoes.

Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace, and fairytale love, but also shoes.

I never was interested in being part of the fashion world – I just wanted to design shoes. I didn’t even know ‘Vogue’ existed when I was growing up. ‘Vogue,’ what is that?’

The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the color of passion.

The heel is engineering in itself. This little thing that supports the human weight has to have a precise balance.

Women like my shoes because they look good on them, not because they look good on the rack.

I am always surprised by who wears my shoes. This is a good thing. There is no type of woman, but all my women like to feel feminine. They are women who are happy to be women.

One moves more slowly in heels. Walking fast is neither sexy nor engaging. Nobody notices the people who race around. If you’re walking in heels, you’ve got time. It’s much more attractive.

My job is designing shoes. It’s work that happens behind the scenes, as they say, and that suits me just fine because in general I am a shy person. But sometimes I have these extroverted outbursts.

Christian Louboutin Facts

What is Christian Louboutin?Best known for his wedding shoes and iconic shiny, red-lacquered soles, Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose high-end footwear brand recently has expanded into handbags, fragrances and makeup.
Where to buy Christian LouboutinYou will find the best selection of Christian Louboutin shoes at Nordstrom, Matches Fashion, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Mytheresa.
How do Christian Louboutin shoes fit?While recent releases run more true to size than before, his shoes are usually cut narrow.

If you’re ordering a style with a narrow toe box, order a half size up if you have wider feet.

To be safe, try ordering a couple of different sizes, then return the pair that’s not a good fit. Most Christian Louboutin retailers offer free return shipping.
Do Louboutins go on sale?In the last few years, the French shoe designer has served hundreds of DMCA notices on Google to remove many sites selling counterfeit goods from their search results. However, there are still thousands of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes for sale online.

While there are infrequent sample sales, you need to be in the shoe industry or know an employee at Christian Louboutin to get invited. You can also find some discounted styles at The Outnet.
How much are Christian Louboutin shoes?They normally sell from $595 and up, with crystal-encrusted pairs costing up to $6,000.
How much is Christian Louboutin worth?He has a net worth of $1.6 billion dollars.

The below image is from the documentary ‘Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes’, which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Christian Louboutin allows cameras to follow himChristian Louboutin allows cameras to follow him as he collaborates with Bhutanese art students to produce a new “Himalayan” collection of wooden wedges in Paris on August 12, 2015

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