From Red Soles to Red Toes: Meet Christian Louboutin Beauté

One of the biggest names in shoes has officially introduced his moniker to the beauty business. Christian Louboutin Beauté, a long-rumored extension of the shoe designer’s label, just launched with a flagship red nail polish leading the way. Titled “Rouge Louboutin,” the varnish is packaged in a faceted glass bottle with a calligraphy-inspired cap, playing off the eight-inch heel height of his tallest shoe, the Ballerina Ultima. A stiletto-shaped bottle is an obvious choice, but it’s also a nod to Louboutin’s first red soles in 1992, which were literally painted with nail polish.

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Image via Christian Louboutin

Not unlike a pair of his coveted red soles, “Rouge Louboutin” doesn’t come cheap. Currently the only hue available, the signature crimson shade will run you $50. Start contributing to your Louboutin fund – 30 more colors will debut on August 31. Until I can afford my own pair, I’ll settle for sporting red on my toes instead of my soles.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

Let’s get some shoes. (Remember that viral video? Never gets old.)

1. Christian Louboutins make us see red. Red soles, that is.

2. Sparkles. Bows. Chunky heels. Bring on the Miu Mius.

3. You can always count on Charlotte Olympia designs to look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.

4. Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoes? Manolo Blahniks.

5. What would we do without (Jimmy) Choo

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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January 7, 2014

A Nude for All: Louboutins to Match Every Skin Shade

We don’t all look the same naked. Skin shades vary. So when it comes to designing a nude pump – you know, the quickest route to longer, slimmer-looking legs – why should there be just one color option?

Christian Louboutin has responded to that very question, releasing a range of pumps matching various shades of melanin. According to the designer himself,  the shoes “become a fluid extension of her leg, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette.” Best part? There’s also a Louboutin Shades app. Take a photo of your bare feet and it’ll tell you which shade of nude best suits you.

But, I must ask – why stop at luxe pumps? The concept that not all humans are “nude,” by product-color standards, is long overdue in the fashion world. For now, strides are being made here and there (intimates have begun taking a more realistic path, like these thongs by Cosabella). But what about, say, slips? Handbags? There’s still a long way to go until the norm is actually normal.

Now – excuse me while I go scare up some cash for a pair of my own progressive red-soled wonders.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 15, 2013

Seeing Red: A History of Christian Louboutin’s Signature Soles

Christian Louboutin has been designing luxury shoes since 1991, but it wasn’t until a year later that his now immediately recognizable (and trademark-protected) red soles were born. As for how they came to be? It was a total spur-of-the-moment stroke of genius – and a story best told by the shoe legend himself:

 

Seeing Red: History of Christian Louboutin's Red Soles

 

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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February 28, 2013