Christian Louboutin’s towering red-soled heels have made him a household name and an A-list favourite. But unlike his contemporary Jimmy Choo, he is not about to collaborate with the likes of Ugg any time soon.
The designer has revealed that he has a strong aversion to the notion of comfort, likening it to a bad relationship.
He told the New Yorker: ‘I HATE the whole concept of comfort!
‘Comfy, that’s one of the WORST words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It’s really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs.’
‘Men are like bulls. They cannot resist the red sole.’
‘The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women, but to pleasing men. Men are like bulls – they cannot resist the red sole’
He is equally observant of his female customers though, noting that they never even look at their feet when trying on a pair.
‘When a woman buys a pair of shoes, she never looks at the shoe. She stands up and looks in the mirror, she looks at the breast, the ass, from the front, from the side, blah blah blah.
‘If she likes herself, then she considers the shoe.’
Though Mr Louboutin does sell flat shoes and sandals in his boutiques, they are highly decorative, designed with style, rather than comfort in mind.
Prices for a simple court shoe start at $595, though more elaborate and customised creations have been known to cost thousands – even millions.
British rugby player Gareth Thomas had replicas of his tattoos embroidered on his brown leather Louboutin loafers – an idea so inspired that it will be a service offered at the designer’s new men’s boutique when it opens in Paris in July.
And one customer even requested that the famous sole be replaced with real rubies.
Though his shoes command top dollar, Mr Louboutin remains uncompromising about the type of woman he designs for.
“I’ll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men. But where I draw the line, what I absolutely WON’T do, is the lady who plays bridge in the afternoon.” Describing his witty, rock-n-roll aesthetic, he added: ‘Really good taste, you have to forget about it. We have a phrase in French: “Le petit quelque chose qui fout tout par terre,” which means: “The little thing that f**** everything up.”‘