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Born and raised in Paris, Christian Louboutin was raised in a quintessential French family. Christian’s mother was a homemaker, and his father was a cabinetmaker. The couple had three other children—Christian’s older sisters. Of his family, Louboutin would later talk about feeling like an outsider due to the fact that his skin was darker than his family members’. He made this remark in a 2012 interview: “I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs." It was likely this same restless imagination that allowed Louboutin to fantasize about his origins that also caused him to be disruptive in school, earning him three school expulsions. After the third expulsion, and attempts by Louboutin to run away from home, his mother allowed him to leave the family home and move in with a friend. Shortly thereafter, Louboutin decided to leave school at the tender age of 12, despite vehement opposition from his family. As a young teen, Louboutin would pass his time sketching shoe designs. He went through a punk phase and was in a handful of punk films with an English language fan base. Around this time, Louboutin got his first job as an apprentice at the Folies Bergères, the famous music hall in Paris, where he helped the showgirls backstage. During his nights, Louboutin would roam the city’s club scene and find himself partying in the same circles as Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. After enrolling at Académie d'Art Roederer, where Louboutin studied sketching and decorative arts, his passion for fashion design hit a zenith one day in 1976 while visiting the Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. It was at this French museum where Louboutin saw a sign prohibiting women wearing stiletto shoes from entering the museum and damaging its wooden floors by walking on them. He was fascinated by the sign, and the thought of shoes like that (which he had not yet seen) would later serve as inspiration in his shoe designs. Thinking back on that museum sign, Louboutin says, “I wanted to defy that. I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered." At this stage in life, Louboutin began his love of travelling with trips to far flung places that included Egypt and India. While in these exotic lands, young Louboutin was inspired to design a collection of elaborate high heels. Upon his return to Paris, Louboutin brought his collection with him to local fashion houses, eventually landing a job working with designer Charles Jourdan, who taught Louboutin about the shoe business. Shortly thereafter, he met Roger Vivier, the designer who created the stiletto heel. Louboutin became Vivier’s apprentice. In the mid 1980s, Louboutin worked as a freelance designer, creating shoe collections for such fashion powerhouses as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon. For a brief time in the late 1980s, Louboutin took a break from fashion and worked for Vogue Paris designing landscape architecture and gardens and writing articles for the magazine. But his love for designing shoes brought Louboutin back to fashion, leading him to set up his own fashion house in 1991. Later that same year, Louboutin opened a shoe boutique with the help of two financial backers. Princess Caroline of Monaco was the boutique’s first customer. The boutique made quite an impression on the Princess, because she raved about it in the presence of a fashion journalist, who published her comments. This positive press catapulted the reputation of both Louboutin and his new boutique, resulting in visits from other high-society clients like Diane von Fürstenberg and Catherine Deneuve. Celebrity interest in Louboutin’s stilettos have continued to the present day, with devoted customers and fans that include Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Blake Lively. For her wedding, Sarah Jessica Parker donned a pair of Louboutin heels. In Britney Spears’ “If U Seek Amy” music video, you can see the pop star strutting in a pair of Louboutin heels that wouldn’t be available to the public until a month after her video was released. Louboutin’s signature stiletto heels have a heel height of 4.72 inches and higher, a design choice that Louboutin made in order to give women a sexy, long-legged look. Though some of Louboutin’s shoe designs include lower heels, he is more famous for his evening footwear. These higher heeled shoes include embellishments like jeweled straps, feathers, and bows. He also uses patent leather for his designs, and is most known for his popular red-bottom high heels, which are often called “sammy red-bottoms.”

410 items total

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Ballerina

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

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Patent Ron Ron Zeppa 80 Wedges 36.5 Red

Condition: Excellent

$350

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Calfskin Piercing Softy Hobo Nude

Condition: Excellent

$540

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Glitter Palace SP Oxyde Eklectica 120 Pumps 39 Multi

Condition: Excellent

$525

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Toile Calfskin Espasneak Flat Sneaker 38 Obscur

Condition: Excellent

$525

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Patent Degrade Hot Chick 100 Pumps 37 Black Red

Condition: Excellent

$695

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Calfskin Snakeskin Embossed Jurassic Mini Paloma Black

Condition: Excellent

$750

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Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 40 Nude

Condition: Very Good

$495

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Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 38.5 Black

Condition: Giftable

$650

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Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 35 Black

Condition: Very Good

$475

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Shiny Nappa Kate 100 Pumps 40 Black

Condition: Excellent

$575

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Calf Hair Leopard Print Who Dances 85 Ankle Boots 36 Gold Fauve

Condition: Very Good

$595

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Kid Simple 70 Pumps 37 Brown

Condition: Good

$400

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Calfskin Loubiballage Backpack Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,185

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Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Giftable

$575

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Suede Pigamule 120 Slide Sandals 36 Bangal Rose

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Satin Crystal Embellished Goyetta 100 Pumps 37 Black

Condition: Giftable

$750

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Satin Patent PVC Naked Bow 100 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

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Satin Patent PVC Naked Bow 100 Pumps 37 Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

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Satin Crepe Strass T Cab 100 T-Strap Sandals 36.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

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Calfskin Spikes Sweety Charity Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$750

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Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 36 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$595

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Patent Pigalle 120 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Good

$395

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Patent Granite So Kate 120 Pumps 39 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Patent Saturne Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 39 Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$425

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Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 40 Shocking Pink

Condition: Excellent

$525

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Metallic Raffia Studded Loubiposh Chain Clutch Magenta

Condition: Excellent

$395

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Nappa Patent Studded Predupump 85 Pumps 40 Silver

Condition: Good

$350

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Denim Lady Peep Spikes 150 Pumps 37.5 Blue Arancio

Condition: Excellent

$450

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Calfskin Eleonor 85 Ankle Boots 36 Black

Condition: Excellent

$970

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Patent Pigalle Follies Stripes 100 Pumps 39.5 Banana White

Condition: Very Good

$425

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Fabric Oriona Lug 100 Boots 37 Loubi Red Silver

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

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Calf Hair Leopard Print Bingirl Plume 130 Pump 37 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$725

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Calfskin Spikes Loubinthesky Paloma Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

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Lurex Feline So Kate 120 Pumps 37.5 Black Gold

Condition: Very Good

$425

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Patent Collage So Kate 120 Pumps 41 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$595

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Kid Prorata 90 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Metallic Calfskin Flatmalama Chain Flat Sandals 38 Gold

Condition: Excellent

$450

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Veau Velours Spikes Womens Coachelita Flat Sneakers 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

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Jazz Calf Scubaflat Flat Sandals 36.5 White

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Pony Hair Leopard Rantus Orlato Flat Sneakers 40

Condition: Very Good

$295

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PVC Iridescent Marie Jane Studded Bucket Silver

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

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Calfskin Lady Peep Spikes VIP 150 Pumps 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$550

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Calfskin Spiked Small Cabarock Shopper Tote Sasso

Condition: Excellent

$1,050

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Shiny Nappa Pipina 55 Wedges 35.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$395

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Fishnet Suede Follies Resille 100 Pumps 39

Condition: Very Good

$495

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Suede Marlenalta 150 Pumps 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$525

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Canvas Simplerui Flat Sneakers 38.5 White

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Calfskin Mens Louis Junior Flat Sneakers 42.5 White

Condition: Excellent

$495

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Nappa PVC Levita 55 Pumps 39.5 Black

Condition: Giftable

$650

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 39 Black

Condition: Giftable

$675

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Patent Kate 100 Pumps 35.5 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Grained Calfskin Studded Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$695

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Woven Straw Loubishore Tote Yellow

Condition: Very Good

$450

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Glitter Disco Loubi Queen 120 Sandals 37.5 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$695

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Calfskin Macaron Studded Flap Wallet Grey

Condition: Excellent

$485

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Veau Velours Moulamax 85 Booties 40 Black

Condition: Excellent

$550

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Patent Lady Peep Sling 150 Pumps 38.5 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Raffia Calfskin Cabata Mini spiked Tote Beige

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Christian Louboutin

PVC Iridescent Calfskin Small Marie Jane Top Handle Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$575

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