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Who the hell is wearing heels?
… and also, what kinda heels are those?
The New York Times says a pair of Christian Louboutin heels are “shorthand for luxury, fabulosity and sex appeal, a kind of synecdoche of success.”
… but, are these red bottomed shoes really worth it?
… and if so, how do they fit?
Christian Louboutin Shoe REVIEW
In general, Christian Louboutin shoes run a half size smaller than most FR shoes. They’re usually marked as IT/EU sizing.
For comparison’s sake, my shoe sizes run like this:
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
–Chanel Shoes, FR 39
–Golden Goose, IT/EU 39
–Hermès, FR 39
–Isabel Marant, FR 39
–Jimmy Choo, IT/EU 39.5
–Manolo Blahnik, IT/EU 39
-Nikes, US 8.5
–Repetto, FR 39.5
If it helps, the tip of my big toe to my heel measures 23.5 cm or 9.25 inches.
Louboutin Kate Sizing
My Christian Louboutin Kate heels, with a pitch of 85mm, are a 39.5.
There’s the tiniest inkling of space to spare, but I can walk in them just fine.
In emerald green suede, they’re my newest pair and immediately caught my eye… and are surprisingly super wearable.
Comfort Level: 9/10
Louboutin Pigalle Sizing
My studded Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels, with a pitch of 120mm, are a size 39.5.
Studded Louboutins, like these, run a little large.
It was 2010 and the Madison ave boutique only had a 39.5 left.
I’m not even sure why I’m including my Pigalles in this review, other than to publicly humiliate myself because they probably aren’t the right size and…
… I just CANNOT walk in them.
Even if I put in a Dr. Scholl’s insole, try a heel liner, or stuff the toe with a bit of tissue to get a tighter fit, I cannot walk in them.
5 inch heels just aren’t for me.
Comfort Level: 0.5/10
Louboutin Simple Pump Sizing
My Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps, with a pitch of 100mm, are a 39.5.
The Simple Pumps simply fit perfectly.
Tip: Don’t walk on the Highline in NYC or stumble on the cobble stoned street outside of Pastis if you want to preserve your pumps — mine are a mess because of that.
… but the black patent leather still shines like a fresh coat of Chanel’s Black Satin nail polish.
Comfort Level: 9.25/10
Louboutin Boot Sizing
My Christian Louboutin Boots (the “Vickys”), with a pitch of 120mm, are a 39.5.
Online shopping was just getting started and I was reticent to order Louboutins online…
… but they ended up fitting perfectly.
Comfort Level: 9.5/10
IMPRESSIONS & ADVICE
If you’re someone who’s like “Louboutins are too early 2010’s for my taste,” I get it.
After all, I fell for a pair of beige spiked Pigalles in 2010 — they’re like 5 inches, how could I not fall?
… but at the same time, I’m like have you seen their more understated pumps? Especially the suede ones.
The suede is sooo sumptuous.
Jewel toned suede turns me into a magpie — dazzle a swatch of emerald suede in front of me and my wings start flapping.
If the shoe gets your wings flapping and fits… ignore your “are these too dated” fears and wear them.
1- Use a baby wipe to keep the inner sole clean
It’ll help them stay fresh and not look worn longer.
2- Get them re-soled & keep the extra included heel nubbin
Luxury shoe makers have red soles which they can adhere to the bottom of your shoe.
Get them resoled right away by a trusted luxury cobbler or wait until you’ve worn them once or twice, then get them resoled to preserve them.
Note: Research & read reviews on Yelp to make sure the cobbler can do them perfectly — also ask to see the red sole and compare it to your Louboutins before to make sure it’s exactly what you want.
3- Actually use the dust bags
You don’t want another pair of shoes on your shelf to scuff them, so use the dust bags!
4- Keep the tissue paper that the shoe is stuffed with
Generally Louboutins have a bit of tissue paper in the toe. It’s handy to keep it on hand in case your shoes are a pinch too big — then you can just cut the tissue paper and get the fit you want.
6- Avoid cobbled streets or wooden decks
More likely than not, your heel will get caught or your ankle could twist.
7- Use Rakuten & Always Get A Sale
Here’s how I got my Kate pumps for slightly less than retail:
Like a recipe, read all of these steps before you purchase…
Let’s start by keeping these retailers that carry Louboutin in mind:
Step 1: Sign Up To An Email List
Some of the above retailers have a “X% off your first purchase if you sign up to our newsletter” offer via a pop up window.
Sign up for their newsletter if its your first time and hold onto that promo code!
Step 2: Meet Rakuten
Rakuten is a luxury cash back service that’ll give you anywhere from 2%-15% back on your purchase, plus a sign up bonus of $20.
Rakuten (or Jewel, which recently closed) is eBates for luxury retailers.
I ordered my Kate pumps from MatchesFashion via a different cashback service called Jewel, but I have placed so many orders from Rakuten too.
With a MatchesFashion 10% off code, my order came to $625.50 USD. I should receive $50 back because I ordered them when they offered 8% cash back.
I ordered them on September 12th. Rakuten (and Jewel) pays out confirmed orders every 3 months, while Jewel (RIP) would pay out every 2 months, which means I should receive my $50 USD to my PayPal on December 20th.
… this will also be the second payment I’ve received, so rest assured, they are legitimate.
Note: If you purchase two sizes and return one, you won’t get your cash back. If you want to try two sizes, make separate orders.
PROS & CONS
–Sole protector included: There is a clear film included to put on the bottom of your Louboutins, but it’d be better to just get them resoled by a professional who can match the red.
–Iconic: You have heard all the Billboard top songs about red bottomed shoes, I mean…
–Relatively easy to walk in: If there’s a platform, it’ll make it easier and if the pitch is lower, it’ll also be easier.
–Tips Can Wear Easily: For whatever reason, my Louboutin tips are the first bit to show wear.
–Sizing: Tricky to get right at first, but once you do that’s basically your size.
If we’re talking about the skyscraper high Clou Bow swathed in sharp studs worn (or, uh, my studded Pigalles), then sure, stigmatize Christian Louboutin shoes all you want.
… but if you get a slightly more timeless pair, who could really judge you?
If it’s Kate Moss, who just wore a pair of gold Louboutins to Annabel’s, then sure, be our judge.
Here are a few more minimalist styles that have caught my eye…
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