Christian Louboutin , the French shoe designer known for his signature red-soled stilettos, opens his first men’ only store in the United States this month in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. This is his second men’ store, following the opening of his Paris location last fall.
Christian Louboutin ’s personal affinity for footwear has recently translated into his brand’s broader collection for fall, a lineup that includes his men’ bench-made dress shoes. Referred to as “city shoes” by their creator, the collection’s latest dress styles are the fruits of a small workshop outside Naples, Italy, which employs about 50 artisans, many of whom are second- and third–generation cobblers. \
Once award shows start claiming your Sunday nights, there are two constants: there will be gowns, and there will be Louboutins. The red sole is a style-power statement, so it’s easy to understand why Hollywood has so many fans of it.
And because anyone who’s ever browsed the label, whether to shop or simply to daydream, knows that there’s a whole gaggle of options, we went straight to the brand for a report on which styles it counts on as the most popular on the red carpet. Herewith, the unofficial results.
Christian Louboutin ’s sneakers are made from handwoven cotton and feature calf-leather trim and the shiny red soles that are the Parisian designer’s signature. The standard-cut sneakers are $745, and the high-tops are $845. “Sneakers, to me, should be well balanced,” says Christian Louboutin. “I design so the shoes can translate fluently between business and sportswear. An interesting sneaker will draw attention to the feet and create a more compelling look for a man.”