December 16, 2007

The Thing about Louboutins

Out of all the super designer footwear brands out there like Manolos and Jimmy Choos, my favourite is Christian Louboutins. I really want to be able to say that I love them all, but I've been to the stores and tried them on and to be honest, I've never really seen anything at the Jimmy Choo store that I really wanted to try on. As for Manolos, physically the designs don't look too special either. I heard it was the angle of the arch that is crazy comfortable, but I don't quite need that at this point in my life yet when there are so many decently comfortable black pumps out there still i.e. Fiona by Cole Haan. So yes, Manolos and Jimmy Choos are like wine- an acquired taste developed over time. For me, the charm for Louboutins are just more obvious. Their designs are just more elegant and me. For their classic pumps, I like how the pointy toes are just so and is not severely pointy like the Manolo ones nor too blunt or god forbed- squared!

Their non-classic designs also just seem more youthful and fun.
They also do a very nice slightly pointy yet well rounded toe. And isn't the whole silohuette just so gorgeous? And of course, there is also the signature red sole, which is just sooo cute! Although it makes me wonder, what happens when one walks on it for a while and the red sole is no longer red? Isn't it so sad to ruin something so pretty? I mean I know I shouldn't care too much, but personally I get upset when there is so much as a scratch on my new shoe (hence I am also the type who wants to "save" things for special days, but I am gradually learning the error of my ways in tha respect). How does everyone else deal? Or do Louboutin girls just don't care?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree. louboutins are classy, charming, and many are timeless. i would choose them any day.

12/17/2007 1:46 AM  
Blogger Eva. said...

I love Louboutins!! but i also love Manolos..

12/17/2007 2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was basically a pointless post, as it is unanimously agreed that louboutins are fabulous.

and i don't think you understand the phrase you attempted relating to manolos and jimmy choos. "wine- an acquired taste developed over time." it is not that one likes wine more and more as they get used to it, it's that wine tastes better aged and so people say that older women or men who age gracefully, e.g. george clooney or reese witherspoon, are "like a fine wine, they keep getting better with age"

and it's god forbid not god forbed.

i get the vibe that you are not very intelligent, and so i will be deleting your blog from my bookmarks.

12/17/2007 2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fed-Up, that's just rude. You have nothing better to do than nitpick over a blogger who's just having some fun?

12/17/2007 3:02 AM  
Blogger alis said...

what a rude and unnecessary comment by Fed-up. I love your posts, so keep them coming, girls.

As for Louboutins, they are just gorgeous, and they are my favorite brand of high-end shoes as well. The red sole is like a secret code of sexiness! As for regular Loub-girls, I don't thing they care about the red sole that much as they probably can afford a new pair as often as they like...

12/17/2007 3:41 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Simply looking at the pictures of gorgeous shoes made me happy. Louboutins are fantastic.

12/17/2007 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!! Completely agree! Seriously, I'm always thinking how people talk about jimmy choos and manolos but i've always preferred louboutins...Like you said, so much more fun!
Fed-up's comment was ridiculous, don't let it get to you, your blog is awesome.

12/17/2007 4:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

love the shoes u chose for this post. they are fabulous... i hope i'll be lucky enough to own a pair one day.

haha "fed up" isn't prolly as fed up as she looks like someone's jealous cuz ur blog is better than hers.

good post.

12/17/2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

oh ps. the wine over time thing can work both ways.


12/17/2007 4:41 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

I recently read somewhere that a shoe repair in New York will replace Louboutin soles with red rubber ones that are so similar to the real thing that the Louboutin boutique actually refers their customers to this shoe repair!

12/17/2007 5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that it's funny though when people say they have ALWAYS preferred Louboutins, when really, it public appeal in the US started not that long ago. Right now it's the shoe of choice, and "all the rage", just like manolos were when Sex and the City was at it's prime. I wonder what the next it shoe will be.

12/17/2007 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Simona said...
I think that it's funny though when people say they have ALWAYS preferred Louboutins, when really, it public appeal in the US started not that long ago. Right now it's the shoe of choice, and "all the rage", just like manolos were when Sex and the City was at it's prime. I wonder what the next it shoe will be."

That's exactly what I thought.

12/17/2007 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

f-ed up. heh.

This is interesting as I am thinking about investing in my first pair of, well, investment shoes. I would be interested to see someone trying on shoes from these three designers and photographing the results...and do we have to even buy shoes from these three designers? Miu miu always has such cute shoes, but are they just not the same quality?

12/17/2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

I could look at Louboutins all day - especially the sequined pair. Not as practical as the black pumps, but so fun!

12/17/2007 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to be honest with you, while the shoes are gorgeous, there's no way in hell i'd spend a ton of money on shoes for an investment or otherwise. i'd rather spend that much on clothes.

i agree with simona as well, i think loutoutins happen to be the "trend" of the moment. let's get a bit more original now!

12/17/2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger alien man?! said...

Have any of you seen the $88 Louboutin knock-offs at the White House Black Market? It's got a low heel w/peep toes and the red soles which is VERY uncharacteristic of WHBM (they NEVER veer off the monochrome) and they feel like butter on your feet.

I'm totally on the same train w/mimi. I just can't justify paying more than rent money on a pair of shoes just because I'm a starving wannabe artist w/a thankless retail job, but a girl can dream :)

Yours is my favorite fashion blog, btw, and I am particularly picky about style of writing, so I don't think you need to pay any heed to such rude comments.

12/17/2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your loss, Fed-up.

12/17/2007 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with some of the comments-louboutins have become really popular only in the past few years, i think in part thanks to the olsens.
it doesn't hurt that they're mostly fabulous looking...and on a certain level, i think it's about showing off that red sole, kind of like a status symbol...but the same can be said for It bags and most of fashion anyway.
with time, the red sole under the toe part(i dunno what it's called..hehe..) does wear off, but unless you go around kicking things the rest of the visible sole pretty much stays intact..of course...bearing in mind that anyone wearing 10cm heels is not likely to be doing anything that requires them to scuff their shoes anyway..hehe...

12/17/2007 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... the way...reese witherspoon "aging gracefully?"
correct me if i'm wrong...but isn't she still in her twenties?..
i'm 21, and if reese witherspoon is aging gracefully...then i'm well on my way to being over the hill,i think..

12/17/2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of rudeness, what does one do when someone dives in front of you when you are shopping and grabs the next bag you were about to pick up; i mean, violates your personal space and comes as close as possible to taking items right out of your hand. glaring doesnt seem to work. these individuals seem to be oblivious to their own total lack of manners. it happens basically every time i shop. and i am not slow or hogging an area, they just jump in and start grabbing right in front of me! sorry, i know this is off topic....

12/17/2007 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that phrase definetly goes both ways. People acquire a taste for wine, as in they don't love it right away and the other meaning is that wine gets better with age. It's pretty obvious the way she meant it was not in the respect that they get better with time but that one acquires a taste for them.
Anyways, the shoes are fabulous. I would love to own the sequined pair. Even if to simply stare at them all day!

12/17/2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/17/2007 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way, barney's girl is right with regard to the expression about acquired taste. there aren't two interpretations of it. the other version put forth is totally incorrect. i have a degree in english (despite my lack of capitalization.)

the purple shoes are gorgeous, but i couldn't wear such heels even if i could afford them.

12/17/2007 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever, Fed-up made himself/herself sound unintelligent when she/he jumped to conclusions about what you meant by the wine. Wine is an acquired taste for some, like myself. I didn't like it until I was exposed to it more & more and tried it more & more.

Also, what is with this anal-ness about your spelling?
Forbed was obviously a typo. Some ppl need to pull that stick out of their @ss...Sound so angry with life, lighten up.

Anyway... my point being, I loved the shoes you posted, and I love your blog!!

12/17/2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hate to nit-pick, but forbed could not have been a typo...

firstly, 'e' is nowhere near 'i' on a keyboard, and secondly, "forbed" is not actually a word anyway, so a simple spell check would have picked up the mistake.

I agree that Fed-Up's comments were unnecessarily rude, but let's call a spade a spade, ok?

There's nothing wrong with a little bit of constructive criticism.

There are tonnes of wannabe fashion writers out there, and i must admit, as a journalist myself, i do cringe when i read blogs that are poorly written.

Barney's Girl - let this be a lesson to you -- spell check your posts before posting!!

In the end, these sorts of comments can only make you a better writer in the long-run.

12/17/2007 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have always wondered: is english bg's and hg's first language? i know that they call hong kong home. are they bi- or multi-lingual? i don't know one word of chinese. therefore, i give them the benefit of the doubt. the blog isn't called "i am english grammar." communication is important in any field, but i thought it was just a blog, not vogue. i certainly would not have had the restraint these girls have had when criticized.

12/17/2007 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and by the way, i don't think it's terribly easy to get into the university of chicago. maybe some of the readers do not realize that it is one of the world's top universities.

12/17/2007 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, i love loboutins tho i have to be satisfied with just looking at them online as they dont sell them where i live.
Anyways, I know you girls are from Hong Kong and I was wondering if you can help recommend some trendy shops in HK that I can go to. I might be going there sometime next weekend and the last time I went I was disappointed as I didnt seem to come across any shops that i like. I went to all the big malls and they had the usual Zara and stuffs that i have in my country as well.
Im looking for trendy and maybe quirky clothes. Hopefully something not too expensive either.
It would be a great help to me. Thank you!!!!

12/17/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger Imelda said...

I just love Louboutin shoes.
When I see someone in the street with red soles I totally go jalous...
I wouls say even if you wear them for a long time the part of the red soles you see stays red, so I wouldn't mind that a part isn't red anymore. But maybe that will change if I'm ever able to buy a pair.

12/17/2007 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

def. agree
i wanna be a louboutin gal...

12/17/2007 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the haters need to calm down. It's not like you're paying them to write this blog and they're slacking on the job. They are doing this out of fun and sharing their ideas with you. If you hate it so much, nobody is forcing you to read the blog...

12/18/2007 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay guys fed-up was a little harsh but completely right. it can be argued that a love for wine is an acquired taste, but that is completely different from the popular "like a fine wine" phrase.

reese witherspoon is in her thirties, and looks younger, and therefore she is aging well.

i agree with maxie that this should be a lesson to proofread your posts.

the people defending this blog saying that fed-up is jealous and a "retard" are quite dense themselves, as anyone with an attentive mind reading these posts notices the lack of intellectual content. in my case, i read this blog for pretty pictures and my undying procrastination at college.

ciao, bitches.

12/18/2007 5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to read this blog because I love how the personality of the authors comes through in each post. I can understand the urge to fix typos, but if you want to point out an error, please don't use it as a means to insult the authors. Fashion blogs let me escape the "real world" for a few minutes, but rude posts jolt me back to reality.

12/18/2007 7:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Louboutins are beautiful shoes, let's all agree on that!

12/18/2007 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"i agree with simona as well, i think loutoutins happen to be the "trend" of the moment. let's get a bit more original now!"

Are you kidding? Louboutin is an institution in France, not just a trend! Of course since all the Hollywood it girls wear them it became a trend in USA but don't say to a french woman that it's just the trend of the moment :)

12/19/2007 12:00 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I only own Manolos, and I've never tried on any Choos that were comfortable enough to be worn out the door (or for an entire night!) so I'm really excited to hear the good reviews on Louboutins. I'll have to take a better look at them when I am shopping for more expensive heels. Manolos are SO comfortable, though, I wear them all day at work and have no trouble into the evening.

12/20/2007 1:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Read, "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster". Christian Louboutin is profiled in the book for keeping true to his original intent and actually being a true luxury brand. Mr.Louboutin has a true passion for footwear, he became interested as a small child when he saw signs depicting a stiletto with an X through it, banning the footwear, because it scuffed the surface.

Princess Caroline was one of his very first customers. There are only about three Louboutin boutiques in the world, another one opening in Vegas soon.

Mr.Louboutin actually owns his shoe company, and has turned down numerous offers to sell his company, and states that he will only do so when the time is right.

The shoes are made by skilled workers, with reasonable wages, hence why the prices are high. Louboutin is one of the few true luxury offerings nowadays, along with Hermes.

12/21/2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger miss ghesquiere said...

Look, Louboutins are gorgeous of course and i know that each last differs but honestly, their heels are EXCRUCIATING. I was walking down a street in London that other day and my feet almost bled, i had blisters and it hurt so much i almost cried!! really! However, i recently bought some wedge boots a size too big and my only complaint is that im not wearing anything else! viva Louboutin!

12/22/2007 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own several pairs of Louboutins and have found that different styles are cut for different shapes of feet. I have a wide foot, and my Bruges (those ubiquitous round-toed pumps with the cork sole, now knocked off by Oh Deer), are by far my most comfortable pairs of pumps - I can literally stay on my feet all day. Ditto for their espadrilles, Pigalles and Miss Marple open toe pumps. I also have a couple of styles of sandals, which vary in comfort. There are certain styles that are cut for a narrow foot (Yoyo, Decollette) that I've tried on but couldn't justify buying because they were, yes, uncomfortable. So really, it's just about finding the style of shoe that's right for your foot.

That being said, I do think that Louboutins are have gotten too trendy in the last few months as they've really hit the mainstream (not saying they're affordable!). Fashion is cyclical, and it's only a matter of time before their prestige begins waning, much like Manolos had their moment due to Sex and the City hype. I personaly think that Pierre Hardy (and his shoe designs for Lanvin and Balenciaga) is the next "it" shoe - I absolutely love his designs, but unfortunately, he cuts for a narrow foot. :(

I'll have to suck it up in the name of fashion!

12/23/2007 3:55 PM  
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