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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.”

100 items total

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

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

Calfskin Empire Patent Studded Medium Paloma Loulou

Condition: Very Good

$950

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Loubinthesky Paloma Clutch Navy

Condition: New

$1,295

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Spike Studded Mini Tote Sunrise Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$825

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Christian Louboutin

Patent Leopard Print Loubiposh Spiked Crossbody Clutch

Condition: Very Good

$495

Christian Louboutin

Canvas Spikes East West Cabata Tote Red Black

Condition: Very Good

$850

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Small Radioloubi Pink

Condition: Excellent

$795

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Navy

Condition: Very Good

$995

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Elisa Large Shoulder Bag Fume

Condition: Excellent

$1,315

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,295

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Loubinthesky East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,695

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Paloma Clutch Rosy

Condition: Excellent

$695

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Patent Leopard Spiked Large Paloma Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,575

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Marie Jane Belt Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$695

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Spike Studded Mini East West Cabata Tote Feve

Condition: Excellent

$1,230

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spiked Large Cabarock Shopper Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,450

Christian Louboutin

Rattan Woven Calfskin Elisa Nano Top Handle Bag Red

Condition: New

$875

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Lizard Embossed Calfskin Small Elisa Platine

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spiked Backpack Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,195

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$850

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Mini Elisa Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,025

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Calfskin Loubi54 Crossbody Clutch Pink

Condition: Excellent

$725

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,150

Christian Louboutin

Patent Embossed Python Lubi54 Chain Wallet Black

Condition: Very Good

$550

Christian Louboutin

Nylon Puffer Loubishore Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$895

Christian Louboutin

Patent Leopard Print Loubiposh Spiked Crossbody Clutch

Condition: Very Good

$495

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Nude

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Metro Graf Spikes East West Cabata Tote Red Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$1,075

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Patent Degrade Loubinthesky East West Cabata Tote White

Condition: Excellent

$1,550

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Small Cabata Tote White Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Small Radioloubi Black

Condition: Excellent

$895$850

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Lizard Embossed Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Burgundy

Condition: Very Good

$800$760

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Mini East West Cabata Tote Gray

Condition: New

$1,290$1,225

Christian Louboutin

Watersnake Fiorispec Small Paloma Silver Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$895$850

Christian Louboutin

Dentelle Touze Palmette Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$525$500

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Charbon

Condition: Excellent

$975$925

Christian Louboutin

Iridescent Calfskin Studded Loubila Chain Clutch Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$695$660

Christian Louboutin

Raffia Calfskin Cabata Mini spiked Tote Beige

Condition: Very Good

$1,295$1,230

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Loubinthesky Paloma Crossbody Phone Case Doll

Condition: Excellent

$825$785

Christian Louboutin

Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Small Elisa Top Handle Bag Loubi

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$1,040

Christian Louboutin

Patent Printed Collage Flap Wallet Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$690$655

Christian Louboutin

Denim Spiked Small Cabarock Shopper Tote

Condition: Excellent

$1,395$1,325

Christian Louboutin

Patent Ginzana East West Cabata Tote Loubi

Condition: New

$1,095$1,040

Christian Louboutin

Patent Tivoli Small East West Cabata Tote Multicolor

Condition: New

$950$900

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Ballerina

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$1,040

Christian Louboutin

Miss Denim Calfskin Radioloubi Denim Sabagold

Condition: Excellent

$795$755

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Leopard Print Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495$1,420

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Small East West Cabata Tote Multicolor

Condition: New

$1,195$1,135

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Leopard Spiked Zoompouch Crossbody Brown Gold

Condition: Excellent

$795$715

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195$1,075

Christian Louboutin

Empire Calf Suede Hobo Navy

Condition: Very Good

$525$470

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Loubinthesky Nano Cabata Tote Rosy

Condition: Excellent

$895$805

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Small Eloise Tote Fuchsia

Condition: Very Good

$795$715

Christian Louboutin

Empire Calfskin Spikes Loubilab Clutch Orange

Condition: Excellent

$595$535

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Small Dita Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,450$1,305

Christian Louboutin

Canvas Frangibus Tote White Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$775$695

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Calfskin Leopard Print Loubi54 Crossbody Clutch Gold

Condition: Excellent

$695$625

Christian Louboutin

Grained Calfskin Carasky Studded Cosmetic Pouch Black Gold

Condition: New

$595$535

Christian Louboutin

Grained Calfskin Alphabet Cabata Tote Loubi Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,250$1,125

Christian Louboutin

Glitter Calfskin Loubila Chain Clutch Silver

Condition: Excellent

$795$715

Christian Louboutin

Patent Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$995$895

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Patent Leopard Studded Nano Paloma Black

Condition: Excellent

$900$810

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Spike Studded East West Cabata Tote Orange

Condition: Excellent

$1,395$1,255

Christian Louboutin

Patent Elisa Mini Shoulder Bag Bomba

Condition: Excellent

$895$805

Christian Louboutin

Empire Calfskin Spikes Loubilab Clutch Black Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$625$560

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin PVC Love Spikes East West Cabata Tote Latte Multicolor

Condition: Good

$715$645

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spiked Paris NYC Belt Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$795$715

Christian Louboutin

Canvas Frangibus Tote White Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$650$585

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin PVC Love Spikes East West Cabata Tote Latte Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$795$715

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195$1,075

Christian Louboutin

Miss Denim Calfskin Radioloubi Denim Sabagold

Condition: Giftable

$895$805

Christian Louboutin

PVC Iridescent Calfskin Kypipouch Top Handle Messenger Bag Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$895$715

Christian Louboutin

PVC Nappa Marie Jane Studded Bucket Bag Brown

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$875

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Nylon Backparis Spiked Backpack Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,595$1,275

Christian Louboutin

Loubinthesky Flower Mini Carasky Shoulder Bag Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$875

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Mini Carasky Shoulder Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$995$795

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Spikes East West Cabata Tote White

Condition: Excellent

$1,295$1,035

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Calfskin Glitter Spikes Multimetal Paloma Clutch Gold

Condition: Excellent

$895$715

Christian Louboutin

Canvas Gingham Printed Mini Frangibus Tote Pink White

Condition: Excellent

$950$760

Christian Louboutin

Radioloubi Peace Toile Shoulder Bag Cuoio

Condition: Giftable

$995$795

Christian Louboutin

Raffia Suede Carasky Mini Shoulder Bag Crumble Gold

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$875

Christian Louboutin

Pony Hair Calfskin Spikes Syd Backpack Camo Black

Condition: Good

$440$350

Christian Louboutin

Cotton Embroidered Portugaba Tote Ivory Multi

Condition: New

$1,495$1,195

Christian Louboutin

Grained Calfskin Passage Fringe Shopping Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$695$555

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Large Elisa Shoulder Bag Loubi

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$875

Christian Louboutin

Suede Grained Calfskin Studded Small Eloise Tote Navy Blue

Condition: Very Good

$795$635

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Santiago Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$895$715

Christian Louboutin

Metallic Raffia Studded Loubiposh Chain Clutch Magenta

Condition: Giftable

$575$460

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Leopard Print Spikes Small East West Cabata Tote Brown

Condition: Very Good

$995$795

Christian Louboutin

Braided Canvas Cabalace Shopper Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$695$555

Christian Louboutin

Braided Canvas Mini Cabalace Shopper Tote Red Black

Condition: New

$895$715

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Patent Studded Large Paloma Blue

Condition: Very Good

$1,275$1,020

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Empire Spike Studded Mini North South Cabata Tote Red

Condition: Excellent

$895$715

Christian Louboutin

Raffia Calfskin Cabata Mini spiked Tote Beige

Condition: Excellent

$1,425$995

Christian Louboutin

Calfskin Studded Flap Carasky Clutch White

Condition: Excellent

$1,095$765

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