A Hurt So Good

April 27, 2008 • Magazine

A Hurt So Good

A Hurt So Good

Sun, 2008-04-27 06:00

Bonnie J Brown

Warning! Ladies, there is an article on nymag.com and circling the net spouting the negative effects shoes have on our delicate little footsies. You Walk Wrong Adam Sternbergh, claims that wearing shoes disrupts our gait and ruins the millions of years of perfection our feet have developed. Let me say, reading the article was a complete waste of time on my part; for one, because Sternbergh doesn’t even suggest we go barefoot (a concept that never truly entered my mind until now, but the only real cure for this malady) and two, the shoes he suggests to wear are, in all aspects, cringe-worthy! Sternbergh did make the point, however, that it doesn’t matter what type of shoes we wear; from stilettos to flip-flops and pumps to tennis shoes, all shoes are ruining our feet. So, from one shoe lover to the next I suggest you wear only the most gorgeous of shoes, no matter how excruciating…you’re feet may hate you, but isn’t a little pain worth it?

Since we’re agreed that a beautiful pair of shoes is well worth a little pain, I would like to share with you a secret…I stalk Christian Louboutin shoes. While I currently can’t even afford one shoe, let alone a pair and I’m not sure I can even pronounce his name correctly, I search the net looking for his latest styles and visit Neiman Marcus on a regular basis just to hold a pair in my hand and view the exquisite detail up close. And no, I am not ashamed to admit it.

If you’re unsure who I am talking about, Louboutin’s creations are instantly recognizable by their red-lacquered soles, their, more often than not, four inch heels, their beautiful hand-crafted details, and their $1,000 price tag. It’s very likely the shoes you wear are Louboutin knock-offs, since fashion designers such as Chloe, Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier have used his shoes in their fashion shows, bringing the artistic footwear even further into the lime light.

When looking at his shoe collections, it may not seem obvious at first, but one of Louboutin’s first sources of inspiration came from the infamous dance hall, The Palace, during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In fact, the young Louboutin attempted to sell his first designs to the dance hall and showgirls. His shoe designs, with all their bejeweled elegance, were and are a far cry away from what heels were originally intended for, which was keeping feet away from the waste and debris that littered the streets in the middle ages. Instead they became decorations and a costume for the foot and continue to be just that.

His often times quirky but always beautiful designs grace the feet of a number of celebrities and even more socialites and royalty. His designs are known throughout the world, however, are only sold in his boutiques and Neiman Marcus stores. While his shoes have graced many a designer’s fashion runway show, Louboutin has only linked his name with Yves Saint Laurent Couture and most recently with photographer, David Lynch. In October, 2007 Lynch and Louboutin joined forces to create “Fetish”, a show that merged fashion and art.

Thankfully, if you need to give your feet a break, Louboutin has recently come out with a line of handbags that are just as decedent as his shoes, only much more comfortable to wear out on the town. But for me, I will continue to dream of one day owning a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos and long for him to transform my ordinary set of legs into that of a showgirl’s.

pictured, top to bottom
David Lynch & Louboutin “Fetish” Collection. wallpaper.com/newgallery
Shoe designed for “Fetish” collection in David Lynch photos. style.com
Christian Louboutin White Patent Ankle-Wrap Pump Spring/Summer 2008
Christian Louboutin Zip-Up Platform Sandal Spring/Summer 2008
Christian Louboutin style.com
Christian Louboutin Small Satin Chain Bowler and Detail of High Heel Closure Spring/Summer 2008

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