Christian Louboutin (Still) Doesn’t Care If We’re Comfortable

The designer reiterated his disinterest in making shoes that don't hurt during a panel discussion this weekend at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan

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Louboutin in his first Paris boutique

You don’t have to convince Christian Louboutin that sex sells. The shoe designer, who this year celebrated his company’s 20th anniversary, is known for his sky-high heels that come adorned in feathers, crystals, silk tassels and other whimsical embellishments. When we profiled Louboutin in the spring issue of TIME Style & Design, the designer told writer William Lee Adams: “Shoes have to seem of sex. It makes part of the identity of my shoes.” Later in the piece,  Louboutin likened the arch of a high heel to a woman’s foot position when she orgasms.

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Though flashy and sexy, Louboutin’s shoes aren’t necessarily comfortable, a fact that doesn’t bother the Paris-based designer. During a panel discussion this weekend at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan, Louboutin reiterated that he doesn’t want customers to think “how comfortable” when presented with his shoes. (Earlier this year, he told Grazia magazine: “If Tina Turner and Prince’s back-up band can perform on stage in them for three hours, you can’t tell me they are impossible to walk in. High heels are pleasure with pain.”)

Louboutin’s disinterest in comfort is part of the reason he says he’ll never design a clog. “When I hear a clog, I’m expecting a donkey,” he said. Fair enough.

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9 comments
Julie Lopez Shoes
Julie Lopez Shoes

I have to disagree. High heels do *not* have to be pleasure with pain. Who's he trying to be Christian Grey?? After suffering through years of bunions, there is relief in a high end heel that wears comfortably, it's time to take back our ability to feel beautiful in high heels without killing ourselves for beauty.

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Julie Lopez Shoes

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Krystal McAllister
Krystal McAllister

If you try on the shoe and walk around in it in the store and make sure that the fit is proper, a well made leather shoe is probably not going to KILL your feet like a plastic (vegan, faux leather) shoe will KILL your feet.  It is not his responsibility for the buyer to make sure the shoe fits. You would be surprised at how many people think they wear the same size they did the last time their Mom bought them a pair of shoe.

Dolores Arredondo
Dolores Arredondo

He could atleast "try" to design a comfort line!  You never know how it will do until you try it. I TOTALLY agree with the clog thing... i don't even want to say the word... just thinking about it..    0_O

Rumionemore
Rumionemore

Women who wear these cruel shoes will have earned the corns, callouses, bunions, ankle problems and hammer toes that'll show up later. Podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons love them all. If ladies have to wear these shoes for sexual attention, they should consider spending some of the money on trips to the fitness center or even some facial treatments. Methinks that women are more interested in the way other women see them.

Krystal McAllister
Krystal McAllister

That means that men don't like the way a woman looks in a heel?  Or that the woman wearing them doesn't like them for her own pleasure?   Maybe flats hurt her feet more.  

Rumionemore
Rumionemore

You have a point, but this article is about this uber-rich guy who says he doesn't care about women's well-being. Feet are the body's foundation. Too-high heels affect back, balance, posture, muscles, tendons. Men who aren't shallow will tell you that sexy is a lot more than high heels. If I had a daughter, I'd tell her to leave these kinds of shoes to the pole dancing "ladies."

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