Christian Louboutin’s famous red lacquered soles on all of his footwear masterpieces have established him as one of the living legends in the shoe fashion world. His imaginative yet sexy heels are the foot candy of every high-profile celebrity as well as every woman in the world who loves high fashion.
Louboutin was born in Paris, France in January 7, 1963. He was the only son of a cabinet maker father and a homemaker mother; he also has three sisters. While he was younger he displayed a lack of attention and interest towards school. Then his passion towards fashion, especially shoe design, happened by accident.
While he was taking a trip to a museum in Paris, a sign indicating that high heel shoes were not allowed inside the premises caught his attention. Since Louboutin had yet to see a high-heel shoe himself, the sign fascinated him no end. Then he began sketching shoes, ignoring his school studies. Finally expelled from school when he was 16, he took up his first job at Folies Bergeres, a local cabaret where he did all kinds of jobs such as assisting the entertainers as well as creating shoes for them.
After some soul-searching experiences in Egypt and India, he returned to Paris where he started to create and put together his portfolio of shoe designs. His assiduous efforts got him a job with Charles Jourdan in the early 1980s, where he learned more about shoe design and the shoe industry.
Armed with experience in shoe designing, he felt confident to strike out on his own. After working as a freelance shoe designer for a time, Louboutin opened his first shop in Paris in 1991. One of his first famous customers was Princess Caroline of Monaco, and her public compliments about Louboutin’s high heel shoes greatly helped amplify his name and prominence.
Soon Louboutin was one of the rising names in the high fashion world. But he felt that something was still missing. As with his discovery of the high heel shoes before, the idea of the red soles also flashed into his consciousness by accident, after seeing one his assistants painting her nails red. Soon he launched his first red soled shoes.
Louboutin’s red-lacquered soles in his very artistic yet sexy stiletto heels ultimately placed him on the global fashion’s elite list. His creations have been worn by many celebrities including Hollywood stars such as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker, whose fashionable character in Sex In The City often parades in Loboutin’s heels.
Louboutin makes sure that his designs are protected from copycats and fakes. He even sued his former employer Yves Saint-Laurent for copying the red-sole design on some of its shoes. To combat fraud in cyberspace, Louboutin also set up his own website to address issues regarding counterfeits and knock-offs which have been sold online.
Louboutin owns several shops in many parts of the world including the US, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and China.
He also extended his fashion sense outside the women’s shoes territory by launching a line of men’s shoes – still with the trademark outer soles. Louboutin also entered in making fashionable handbags and soon will introduce a new beauty line.
With all the multifaceted businesses that the successful Christian Louboutin has launched, one thing makes him instantly recognizable – those red soles that have made his name shine the brightest in the high fashion world.