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.