Christian Louboutin sees red

Ask any fashionista about Christian Louboutin, and the first thing they will remark upon are the signature red soles the French cobbler has made his trademark.

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The story goes that Louboutin came up with the idea of giving all his designs a distinctive red, gloss sole in 1992 after painting red nail polish onto the bottom of a pair of shoes, because he felt the shoes “lacked energy”. And so, a legend was born and in no time, flashing a red sole became a badge of honour for the fashion pack and Hollywood stars alike.

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