Christian Louboutin

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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.”

432 items total

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 40.5 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$715

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Panettone Spiked Zip Around Wallet Yellow Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$450

Christian Louboutin

Elastic Patent Gladiapop 85 Heel Sandals 35 Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$395

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Maddic Max Flat Boots 37 Black

Condition: Excellent

$895

Christian Louboutin

Satin Palmette Clutch Red

Condition: Very Good

$525

Christian Louboutin

Patent Hot Chick 100 Pumps 37 Pinky

Condition: Very Good

$495

Christian Louboutin

Nappa Disco Lilou 120 Sandals 39 Corail

Condition: Excellent

$575

Christian Louboutin

Chiffon Goya Ruban 80 Pumps 41 Petale

Condition: Excellent

$895

Christian Louboutin

Suede Strass Kate 70 Pumps 40 Anthracite

Condition: Excellent

$795

Christian Louboutin

Patent Madame Claude 120 Peep Toe Pumps 40 Blue

Condition: Excellent

$475

Christian Louboutin

Shiny Nappa Iriza 100 Pumps 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Suede Polka Dot Hot Chick 100 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$550

Christian Louboutin

Kid Rete Galativi Flats 37.5 Version Bianco

Condition: Excellent

$525

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Hot Chick 100 Pumps 38.5 Fluo

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Dirdibootie 130 Ankle Booties 40 Black

Condition: Excellent

$825

Christian Louboutin

Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 36 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Alligator Embossed Cubongo Flat Sandals 37.5 Persan

Condition: Very Good

$375

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Kate 100 Pumps 36.5 Forest Night

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Patent Simple 70 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Good

$225

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Bikee Bike 70 Sandals 36.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

PVC Suede Winter Trash 150 Pumps 36 Leopard

Condition: Excellent

$350

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Bip Bip Glitter Womens Orlato Flat Sneakers 37 Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$395

Christian Louboutin

Raffia Calfskin Cabata Mini Spiked Tote Beige

Condition: Very Good

$995

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Recycled PVC Calfskin Loubirain 70 Boots 40 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

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Patent Pigalle Follies Stripes 100 Pumps 37 Smoothie White

Condition: Very Good

$495

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Loubinthesky Medium Paloma Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

Christian Louboutin

Rete Glitter Mini Specchio Strass Follies 70 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$575

Christian Louboutin

Patent Mosaique So Kate 120 Pumps 39 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$495

Christian Louboutin

Shiny Nappa Iriza 100 Pumps 36.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$475

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 37 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$550

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 100 Pumps 39 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Iriza 100 Pumps 35 Blueberry

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Zorro 85 Slide Sandal 37 Corail

Condition: Excellent

$395

Christian Louboutin

Suede Belbrossa 55 Mules 37 Brown

Condition: Excellent

$350

Christian Louboutin

Velvet Madame Menule Bow 100 Pumps 35 Black

Condition: Good

$275

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Pony Hair Ferme Rouge 100 Pumps 38.5 Rougissime

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Kid Riojana 100 Spiked Sandals 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Rete Galativi Flats 35.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$300

Christian Louboutin

Glitter Renee 85 Sandals 38.5 Courtisane

Condition: Excellent

$550

Christian Louboutin

Suede Womens Louis Junior Spikes Flat Sneakers 37 Black

Condition: Very Good

$425

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours So Kate 120 Pumps 37 Storm

Condition: Excellent

$395

Christian Louboutin

Patent Kate 100 Pumps 41 Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

Christian Louboutin

Kid So Kate 120 Pumps 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Shiny Nappa Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$495

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Mens Louis Spikes Flat Sneakers 44 Navy Black

Condition: Excellent

$575

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 39.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 40.5 White Silver

Condition: Excellent

$425

Christian Louboutin

Patent Loubi Girl 100 Sandals 37 Neon Green

Condition: Very Good

$650

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Velcrissimo Flat Sandals 35.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$395

Christian Louboutin

Patent PVC Specchio Cosmo 554 100 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Taralita 85 Thong Sandals 39.5 Leo

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 37 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Suede Arpoador Donna Sneakers 44 Loubi

Condition: Excellent

$650

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Botalili 120 Tall Boots 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$825

Christian Louboutin

Suede VV Specchio 100 Booties 39.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Christian Louboutin

Patent Iriza 100 Pumps 36.5 Nude

Condition: Very Good

$525

Christian Louboutin

Patent Iriza 100 Pumps 37 Red

Condition: Very Good

$250

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$575

Christian Louboutin

Patent Tarot Iriza 100 Pumps 41 Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Iriza 100 Pumps 38 Nude

Condition: Very Good

$475

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle 85 Pumps 40 Nude

Condition: Very Good

$550

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle Plato 100 Pumps 36 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Caligraf So Kate Booty 100 Ankle Boots 35.5 Black White

Condition: Excellent

$650

Christian Louboutin

PVC Specchio Degrastrass 100 Pumps 35 Metallic Multicolor

Condition: Giftable

$650

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spike VRS 2018 Sneakers 37.5 Snow Silver

Condition: Very Good

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle 100 Pumps 37 Black

Condition: Very Good

$450

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Nappa Me Dolly 100 Sandals 39 Silver

Condition: Excellent

$750

Christian Louboutin

Louis Orlato Flat Veau Sneakers 43.5 Blue

Condition: Very Good

$595

Christian Louboutin

Velvet Spikes Sneakers 35.5 Dark Red

Condition: Good

$250

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Veau Velours Denim Lou Spikes Flat Sneakers 46 Blue

Condition: Very Good

$395

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 100 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$650

Christian Louboutin

Patent Loubitag Graffiti Panettone Zip Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

Christian Louboutin

Nappa Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 39 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Maxiboot Boots 41 Bianco

Condition: Excellent

$650

Christian Louboutin

Python Embossed Calfskin Spiked Small Cabarock Shopper Tote Silver

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Ballerina

Condition: Excellent

$1,025

Christian Louboutin

Patent Iriza 100 Pumps 40 Black

Condition: Very Good

$450

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 41 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Patent Studded Medium Paloma Loulou

Condition: Very Good

$950

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Mens Dandelion Flat Loafers 44 Arabica

Condition: Giftable

$890

Christian Louboutin

Kid Specchio Dorispiky 100 Pumps 37 Dark Gun

Condition: Excellent

$525

Christian Louboutin

Suede Eyelet Apollo Boots 38 Purple

Condition: Excellent

$850

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Loubinthesky Paloma Clutch Navy

Condition: New

$1,295

Christian Louboutin

Jazz Calfskin Decollete 868 100 Pumps 40.5 Beige

Condition: Excellent

$425

Christian Louboutin

Crystal Strass Follies 100 Pumps 34.5 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$725

Christian Louboutin

Lame Lou Spikes Flat Sneakers 39 Blue

Condition: Very Good

$395

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Patent No Prive 120 Pumps 38 Gold

Condition: Very Good

$395

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Vieira Flat Sneakers 40 White

Condition: Excellent

$450

Christian Louboutin

Patent So Kate 120 Pumps 38.5 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$395

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Lastoto 100 Ankle Boots 38.5 Cacao

Condition: Excellent

$795

Christian Louboutin

Shiny Nappa Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 39.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$710

Christian Louboutin

Chiffon Lame Bow Artydiva 120 Platform Sandals 37 Gold

Condition: Very Good

$525

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Velcrissimo Flat Sandals 35.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$450

Christian Louboutin

Patent Ribbon Ballalla Flats 37 Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$275

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Patent Hot Chick 100 Pumps 35.5 White

Condition: Giftable

$595

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Choc Lock Flats 36.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$550

Christian Louboutin

Crepe Satin Greekaba Du Desert 100 Sandal 37 Blue Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$850

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Pyraclou 110 Wedge Sandals 38 Biscotto

Condition: Very Good

$575

Christian Louboutin

Kid Hottie Walkie 100 Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Patent Leopard Print Loubiposh Spiked Crossbody Clutch

Condition: Very Good

$495

Christian Louboutin

Patent Spiked Macaron Flap Wallet Leopard

Condition: Excellent

$375

Christian Louboutin

Kid Selima 85 Sandals 38.5 White

Condition: Giftable

$525

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle Follies 100 Pumps 38.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$595

Christian Louboutin

Glitter So Kate 120 Pumps 37 Rosette Gold

Condition: Excellent

$625

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin So Full Kate 100 Ankle Boots 36 Black Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$900

Christian Louboutin

Veau Velours Pigalle Follies 85 Pumps 39.5 Noumea

Condition: Excellent

$495

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Small Radioloubi Pink

Condition: Excellent

$795

Christian Louboutin

Denim Calfskin Mira Cokunata 120 Sandals 39

Condition: Excellent

$595

Christian Louboutin

Patent Pigalle Follies 85 Pumps 40.5 Nude

Condition: Good

$390

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