Christian Louboutin is a name that has become synonymous with high-end footwear. Since launching in 1991, the label's luxurious heels have become easily recognised by each shoe's unique bright red lacquered sole. From the So Kate to the iconic Pigalle style, this is iconic footwear at its best.
The Christian Louboutin Heels Buying Guide
Instantly recognizable thanks to the red lacquered sole, Christian Louboutin heels are often deemed as some of the world’s most luxurious shoes. Imbued with Parisian glamour and demonstrating expert Italian craftsmanship, the brand’s heels are iconic. Read on for our Christian Louboutin buying guide, which will help you decide on the best heels for you and the size you should go for.
The Most Wanted Christian Louboutin Heels
Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Pumps
Designed to transcend seasons, the brand’s Pigalle pump combines a flattering low-cut vamp with a high stiletto heel. Elegant and timeless, it is shaped to a pointed-toe silhouette. This style is available in a range of materials and colors, from patent leather to sequins, and comes in a choice of 100mm and 85mm heel height.
Christian Louboutin’s So Kate Pumps
Made in Italy and inspired by supermodel Kate Moss, Christian Louboutin’s So Kate pumps are set on a high 100mm heel and feature a dramatic arch that leads to a sleek pointed toe. The So Kate silhouette is available in everything from velvety suede to smooth leather, glossy patent and vibrant neon shades.
Christian Louboutin’s Iriza Pumps
A signature Christian Louboutin style, the Iriza reveals the arch of the foot with an elegant asymmetrical half d’Orsay opening. It is set on either a 100mm or 70mm heels, and comes in a variety of classic hues, glittering fabrics and bold patterns.
The Christian Louboutin Sizing Guide
Unsure of what size you would take in Christian Louboutin heels? The brand uses French/European sizing, and you can use the size below to convert into your usual UK or US size.
For example, if you normally wear a women’s UK size 5 or a US size 8, you should buy your Christian Louboutin shoes in a size 38. They typically fit true to size, but there may be some that come up slightly small or large depending on style.
How To Care For Your Christian Louboutin Heels
All Christian Louboutin shoes come with the signature red lacquer soles, but these will wear out with use. To prolong the original condition of your shoes, we would advise cleaning the leather with a dry soft cloth and storing your shoes in the dust bag and box provided away from sunlight and heat.
We would also advise protecting your leather shoes from rain and moisture, and avoiding contact with abrasive surfaces.
- Why are Christian Louboutin heels so expensive?
From the European manufacturing process to the meticulous design, attention to detail and iconic red soles, Christian Louboutin shoes are well worth the high price tag. Rising production and material cost also attribute to the cost of each pair.
Christian Louboutin has turned down offers of a creating a lower-priced line, as the designer believes this would compromise quality and he would not put his name on footwear he is not proud of.
- Are Christian Louboutin heels true to size?
Christian Louboutin shoes generally fit true to size, including the Pigalle, So Kate, Eloise and Simple Pump styles.
However, certain Christian Louboutin styles may fit true to size in one heel height, but the same style in a higher heel height may mean you should size up as the foot is prone to sliding forward more. Those with wider feet are recommended to size up.
- How can I tell if my Christian Louboutin heels are real?
All authentic Christian Louboutin heels will come with a branded box and red dust bag. Christian Louboutin shoes are sold by Christian Louboutin retail stores, as well as authorized department stores, retailers and specialty stores.
The brand has adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on counterfeit products, and has a comprehensive program in place to deal with websites and auction sites selling fake Christian Louboutin footwear. If a site is selling very low priced Christian Louboutin shoes, they are probably not the real thing.