Louboutin shoes with red branded soles are some of the most sought after in the world. They can be considered the legacy of the gallant gentlemen of the past, who wore leather shoes with bright red soles. Louis XIV was the undisputed trendsetter in the entire royal history of France. As a sign of the continuity of his power from the emperors of Byzantium, who wore purple shoes, he commanded the wearing of graceful shoes with red heels, abolishing not too comfortable large boots that were sewn on one leg. Louis's idea served the most practical purpose: the heel, like the cork sole covered with red leather, was supposed to increase the height of the king. But it immediately became fashionable. For shoes, the nobility began to use separate pads for the right and left foot, thinner leather and a heel that reached eight centimeters. Mods at that time were called “Mr. Red Heel”.
Christian Louboutin's path to worldwide fame began with a strange impression. With great people this happens quite often - their fate is determined by some insignificant trifle, a mere trifle. This is exactly what happened with Christian Louboutin, the famous shoe designer. Once, walking through the beloved Museum of Art of the Peoples of Africa and Oceania and admiring exotic fish in a giant aquarium, ten-year-old Christian saw a warning sign: an elegant shoe with a thin heel was mercilessly crossed out with a red line. What is it? Why are such adorable shoes banned? The child was shocked to the core. In fact, the reason turned out to be simple - the sharp heels caused irreparable damage to the precious mosaic that covered the floor. But that didn't matter anymore. The seductive shoe has already decided his fate.
Already at the age of 12, he painted his school notebooks with all kinds of sketches of women's shoes. But before the creation of the first shoe, it took another 4 years. As Christian himself says, at that time he was inspired by the ideas of the dancer, which is reflected in the models of shoes, which look a little theatrical with their bows, frills, ruffles, creating an additional effect of movement when walking.
From the age of 16, Louboutin met Charles Jourdain. Then, like any genius, he devoted himself completely to his work. Christian studied with Jourdain, then with Chanel, and also Yves Saint Laurent. It was then that Louboutin came up with new egg-shaped pumps that emphasized the curves of a woman's foot.
But the red soles of the shoes, which later became the recognizable trademark of Louboutin, appeared thanks to one of his employees. Once during the show, Louboutin felt that the presented model was missing something. An employee came into his field of vision with a red nail polish in her hands. He immediately introduced this color on the sole of the shoe. The effect was amazing! Since then, the red sole has become his personal signature.
Now the red soles of shoes can be seen at the weeks of haute couture and pret-a-porte - in them models parade on the catwalk, showing the collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander Matthew, Lawrence Style, Diane von Furstenberg. Without them, the shows of such fashion houses as Balmain, Jeremy Scott, Chloe, Givenchy, Julien Macdonald, Victor & Rolf are inconceivable.