Shoes and Handbags leave me powerless. When I see a design I love, I lose all rational thought and become fixated. I also have a denim hang-up, but I am able to keep that more at bay.
I have always said, “all you need is a red purse, pink patent leather high heels and a pair of Louboutin’s and your accessory closet is set.
I have also Title Chaptered Different Life Stages for my riveting memoir that I will pen later in my journey (or not) and most of my chapters are titled on shoes.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, the evidence suggests I am obsessed, preoccupied and sometimes make wrong decisions over the right pair of shoes.
I have been watching ‘Suits’, the USA Program, that is available on Amazon Prime. I want to be a lawyer at that firm because of the shoes. They all wear my most favorite red sole pumps that are flattering, statement making and powerful, and while watching last night, I decided to play around in my collection and take a stroll through the world of Christian Louboutin.
Join me, won’t you?
Who Is Christian Louboutin?
Louboutin was born in France in 1963. He was not much of a student growing up and was expelled from school at age 16 years. He was lured into the world of high heels through the discovery of a sign at the entrance of a museum in France that banned high heels from entry. The sketch on that sign was of something Louboutin had never seen before; it is amazing that this triggered a preoccupation with design.
He began working for famed shoe designer Charles Jourdan at the age of 18 years, and there learned the shoe business. In the early 1990’s, he opened his first shoe shop and while his assistant was painting her nails red, decided that he would make the soles of his shoes red for that season. Clients fell in love with the come-hither design and begged him to continue what has become the house trademark. Mind you, these clients included Madonna and Princess Caroline of Monaco…
In the early New Millennium, Louboutin expanded into handbags, and in 2011 entered the beauty industry with nail polish, mascara, lipstick and fragrances. The packaging is fierce. And the mascara is awesome. It is my go-to when I am not sporting eyelash extensions.
While he built his empire he also took on creative tasks including helping to design components of the “Fire” or “Feu” Show at the ‘Crazy Horse Club’ in Paris.
Interestingly, Louboutin has not been able to trademark those red soles, and even created a website to address counterfeit shoes.
The result of his creative genius are shoes that are impeccable. The creative mind is an amazing thing when that energy is channeled to the right pipeline.
Lets Talk Shoes
Lets take a stroll through my collection…
I was married in a pink brocade, open-toe in 2004. I still wear these in spring time because I am a smart consumer and purchased a bridal shoe with longevity. Note: These are not Bridal Shoes, specifically, but I fell in love with the shoe. I love pink and I bought them and used the wedding as an excuse for the purchase. I never looked back, and I do not regret it.
Or how about the shoe that I call, “Mommy Needs a Cocktail?” These black patent leather with leopard accents and a four-inch heel are a show stopper, or “shoe stopper”, if you will.
Without fail, I wear these and they spark conversation. This design was from 2005, but Louboutin still creates similar silhouette and design touches.
Let us not forget wedges! The cork with gold is a must in the Louboutin arsenal because it is so very versatile and the blue and white gingham is simply playful, and works beautifully with blue jeans, a white blouse, and that red purse that you have in your closet (that matches the red sole…).
The blue snakeskin pump – a classic silhouette, 3.5-inch heel – has the ease of wear ability unlike any shoe in my collection. FYI: I wore these to my son’s birthday party and they are comfortable. The round toe, and the blue-green color make for a versatile piece while allowing a “pop” to your wardrobe.
The black lace T-straps are circa 2002 and a surprise from my closet. They have a romantic gothic appeal to them that is not usually my style, but I have managed to wear those shoes year-after-year.
Finally, the one and only pink patent leather high heel with cork accents. The most favorite shoe that I own. Now that Spring is upon us, you will find me happily sporting these. This shoe embodies me.
It is more than a shoe, at least to me. It speaks to me, in that it is cheerful, sporty, edgy, timeless in construction, and simply what it is. A fun shoe to pull out of the archives when needing a pick, me up, a reminder of the past, or simply fulfill the necessity of all women owning a pair of pink patent leather high heels
Or you could visit Christian Louboutin Store in NYC.
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.