I think it is about time to start introducing one iconic shoe at a time from the Christian Louboutin selection shoes we carry at ShopSavannahs.com and Savannahs boutique. In no particular order, I will start with the Christian Louboutin Simple Pump.
Description – The Simple Pump has belonged to the “Classics” segment of Christian Louboutin for many seasons, and is available in a variety of materials, colors and heights. It has a rounded toe, a little “bump” at the tip of the toe that gives the shoe some shine and also the illusion of a slimmer foot. It’s quite low-necked (shows some toe-cleavage) which is typical for Christian Louboutin. His shoes are all sex and no excuses. The pump has a single sole, the style with a platform is a newer style and is called New Simple pump (simple enough, right?). The Simple Pump has a covered, straight heel and always of course a signature red leather sole.
Colors/Materials – The most popular and widely sought after of the Simple pumps is from my experience the black kid or black patent on a 70mm heel. Not many of Christian Louboutin styles are available on that low a height, which of course adds to it’s allure. The Simple Pump is also great in neutral shades like nude, beige and camel. These shades change in tone every season, a nude one season could have more or less pink tones than the next, and a camel could vary from lighter shades to darker shades.
Fit – I usually recommend my customers to try a half-size larger than usual in the Simple Pump, because it has a narrow fit. This only goes for those of us (yep, that’s me) who have a normal or wide foot. If you have a slim foot your normal size should do. Remember that pumps with a higher heel (I would say anything with a tilt, but it’s most important on 100mm and steeper) need to really sit tight on your foot and not leave a gap at the back. A gap at the back will cause you to cramp your toes to keep the Louboutin on, and this leads to a strained walk and sprained ankles. I’m not exaggerating. This is a lesson I have learned the hard way! If you don’t feel secure in your Christian Louboutins, you probably aren’t.
Good to know – I have also felt that the Simple Pump could change a bit in the shape. Christian Louboutin has made small adjustments to improve the shape fit and comfort and update the look. These changes are so small that only a geek like me and my colleagues at Savannahs can see it without squinting, so I don’t know if it matters to everyone. But I thought it could be good to know this, for those of you who have tried on this shoe in the past. You might want to try again, because they do FEEL different even if the changes are slight.
My personal take on this style – I would say it is the perfect everyday-pump. It looks best in classic shades and materials and has a clean, timeless cut and shape that will be a closet favorite many years, for sure. For many of our customers it’s their first pair of Louboutins, so clearly it’s an icon. Also, it is a collector favorite because of it’s pure Christian Louboutin esthetic’s. What can I say? It’s a Simple Pump, and simply Louboutin.