Christian Louboutin: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Robbie Fimmano
Robbie Fimmano

You probably know Christian Louboutin’s luxury shoes are famous for their distinctive red soles, but there’s a lot more to learn about Louboutin shoes and the man behind them. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Christian Louboutin Left Fashion to Be a Landscape Gardener

In the late 1980’s, Christian Louboutin stepped away from the fashion world to pursue landscape architecture. During this brief hiatus from luxury footwear industry, he designed gardens and contributed to Vogue magazine. His partner, Louis Benech, is also a landscape architect.

Number Fourteen: Princess Caroline of Monaco Was His First Customer

After his stint as a landscape gardener, Louboutin opened his first shoe salon in Paris in 1991. Princess Caroline of Monaco was his first customer, and her admiration helped make Louboutin heels such coveted shoes in the fledgling days of the company.

Number Thirteen: He Would Not Consider a Low-Price Line

Louboutin takes pride in his craft. Unfortunately for those of us who can’t shell out a cool $625 for a pair of pumps, Louboutin feels that a lower-priced line would compromise quality.

Number Twelve: Louboutin Sells 500,000 Pairs In a Year

Prices range, on average, from a $395 pair of sandals to $6,000 for a pair of platform pumps. Be prepared to pay more! In November 2013, a custom-made, spiky red pair of boots, worth $30,000, were auctioned off for the (RED)Auction, in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

Number Eleven: He Moved Out When He Was 12 Years Old

Louboutin moved out of his parents’ house and in with an older friend at the tender age of twelve, but he always made time to visit his parents. Given his extremely poor attendance records, he also dropped out of school at this time, after being expelled from three different schools, to focus on sketching shoe designs and building his portfolio.

Number Ten: Christian Louboutin Makes Fairytales Come True

Louboutin designed a limited edition glass slipper in 2012 in honour of Disney’s Cinderella (Diamond Edition). Made of lace and covered in swarovski crystals, only 20 pairs were released.

Number Nine: Kate Moss Inspired a New Design

Kate Moss, a longtime fan of Louboutin’s ‘Pigalle’ design, was being fitted for a pair of shoes by Louboutin for her wedding in 2011. Louboutin lengthened the toe, heightened and refined the heel, and renamed the shoes ‘So Kate.’

Number Eight: He Turned The Sole of a Shoe Into a Status Symbol With Nail Polish

In 1993, he was inspired to create a shoe by Andy Warhol’s ‘Flowers’ print. When the prototype arrived, he wasn’t quite satisfied. According to Louboutin, his assistant was painting her nails with red polish, and he took the bottle from her and slathered the polish on the black sole of the shoe, solidifying his position as an icon in the luxury fashion world. As he famously said, “Men are like bulls. They cannot resist the red sole!” Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!