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The Christian Louboutin “Simple Pump” for dummies.

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.

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“The classic Louboutin pump” -MYTH!

I am planning to start introducing one Christian Louboutin style at a time here on the blog, because I get asked so many questions about heel heights, fit, comfort, durability, materials and colors of Louboutin pumps and shoes. If I make a sort of blog catalogue of the different styles and what they are like, would you read it?  The internet is all about sharing information anyway.

The first shoe I’ll introduce and cross-examine (oh yes, you asked for info, you’re gonna get it) on Monday the 21st of March is the Simple Pump. But before any of that, I need to start with some basics.  It’s funny that I feel a need to provide background info because, no, Christian Louboutin shoes is not a science. But they do seem to cause strange and sometimes very emotional reactions wherever they’re shown or worn, with a million questions to follow. So, if you don’t know the basics, how are you going to ask the right questions? No matter the level of science or art, knowledge is always key.

So, for your information (or just plain entertainment), here is the story of the myth of “The classic Louboutin pump” told from my perspective.

When we started planning our business, I was faced with the task of listing the labels I wanted for ShopSavannahs.com and Savannahs Boutique. The only label I put down for sure was Christian Louboutin. I really didn’t know that I absolutely wanted any other brand. I was hooked on the Louboutin drug that fed my shoe addiction. I was all about “The classic Louboutin pump” and how great it was and how we had to have it. I thought that there was maybe one or possibly two classic Louboutin pumps. You know, “the black ones with the high heel”. The classic one, that everyone knew and wanted. Well, I was in for a shock.

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CLASSIC LOUBOUTIN PUMPS AND THEY ARE NOT ALL BLACK AND NOT ALL THE SAME.

Oh crap. I have to choose? Between all of these? Which one is the classic one? I don’t see it anywhere, yet it’s everywhere (this is what it sounded like in my  head at the first purchase appointment in London). Of course these thoughts were quickly replaced with ooh’s and aah’s over the 150mm platform glitter pumps with spikes all over or the pony leopard wedges and stilettos covered in black lace. Oh la la. So THIS is what Christian Louboutin is all about. This is wonderful! Beautiful! Not exactly practical with 2 meters of snow and ice in Stockholm, but hey, who needs warm feet anyway?

What I have gathered from these past years of retailing Christian Louboutin pumps is that everyone wants “The Classic Louboutin Pump” yet it looks completely different to everyone. It’s like interrogating witnesses to a crime, everyone is so sure of what they saw but everyone saw different things. Like everything else, it’s all relative. One woman’s classic Louboutin pump is a discrete black kid Simple Pump on a 70mm heel and is worn with black stockings and a pencil skirt. Another woman’s classic is the 140mm high Bianca in patent leather, worn with fish nets and red lipstick. The fashionista’s classic pump is the pointy Pigalle 120 in patent black worn with tanned legs and a designer mini-dress. For others it might be the Ron Ron 100 with a round, sweet toe and thicker heel, or a black kid Mater Claude with a platform and peep-toe in patent red, or a Very Privé 120 in black suede, or a Declic 120 in black kid. Or why not the Simple pump on a 85mm heel? Or a 100mm? In nude or black. They are all classics. There are about 100 more classic styles that I could bore you with, but let’s not. They are all fabulous anyway. And this is what’s so great with the Christian Louboutin pumps. There is a classic for everyone and still no one has to look the same. Please, for your own sake, stop worrying that you are getting the “wrong” classic and be comforted by the fact that there are so many to choose from and you are bound to find the perfect pair that fits your foot, your personal style and fulfills your Louboutin-fantasy.

The truth is, all the classic Louboutin pumps are the “right” classics because they have been loved , sold out and put into production time and time again. Also, new classics are added every season, and old ones removed, to make the collection fresh and new, just for you.

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Ponies in parks, tea on balconies, cappuccinos on piazzas and truck loads of shoes.

Flying over the Alps, just before landing at Linate Airport in Milan. Ahh, alps. I love you.

Stopping in a park before the last meeting in Milan. Don’t you just love ponies with your coffee?

Now THIS is a reception, ya’ll. I’m just saying. What you don’t get from the picture is the scale of everything. It’s all oversized and huge. The ceiling is probably a million miles high.

A quick lunch with the sun shining through the windows at the Marc by Marc Jacobs café on Via Mercato.

Our hotel room just off Via Manzoni. It’s nice to live smack in the middle of things and still have a view overlooking a garden.

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Milan, Paris and London – here I go, once more.

I leave Stockholm for the Main and Show Collections in just a few days; first stop Milan. After seeing purchase appointments at Giuseppe Zanotti, Emilio PucciRupert Sanderson and a few new labels, I leave directly for Paris to meet with the sales crews at Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney and Sonia Rykiel. I finish off the week by flying to London for a birthday celebration. I’m loving next week’s schedule.

After taking a sneak peek at the show collections online, I must admit Emilio Pucci FW11 looks promising. I love the deep petrol blue velvet sandals and the buckled booties (I wonder if it is possible to have them made in suede?). They are definitely both on my wish list for next week’s purchase appointment, and (who am I kidding?) my personal wish list as well. I want it all. Good work, Dundas and Dolcini.

Svenska – Lämnar Stockholm och drar runt i Europa om bara några dagar. Det blir Milano först med Giuseppe Zanotti, Vionnet,  Rupert Sanderson, Emilio Pucci och några nya märken jag ska ta en titt på. Sedan blir det Paris med Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney och Sonia Rykiel. Mot slutet av nästa vecka drar jag förbi London och firar en väldigt fin vän som fyller 25. Stort. Jag älskar nästa veckas schema.

Bilder från visningar i Milano och London finns att se på nätet, så jag har tjuvkikat lite. Emilio Pucci ser ju helt klart lovande ut. Sandaletter i blå sammet och stövletter med en drös spännen. Hoppas stövletterna går att få i mocka, det vore klockrent. Båda modellerna finns helt klart med på önskelistan inför nästa veckas inköp till butiken (och till mig själv också, vem försöker jag lura?). Bra jobbat, Dundas och Dolcini, kollektionen är en fullträff.

Pictures by Style.com, Caroline Blomst and Josephine Aune.

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