Who would have known that the sole of a shoe, in a hue of blazing red, would become a fashion phenomenon and a stylish symbol of fierceness and fun? In every red sole under the exquisitely crafted shoes of French designer Christian Louboutin, what you are seeing is the spirit that ignited Louboutin’s creativity in the first place – a spirit of uniqueness, daring, and rebellion.
Christian Louboutin was born in Paris on January 7, 1963. The son of a cabinet carpenter father and a homemaker mother, Christian felt out of place amongst his parents and three sisters. Christian thought that his darker complexion gave him a much more exotic look than his other family members, who he has described as being “very French”.
Instead of feeling alienated, Christian would fantasize that he was indeed adopted and was a descendant of Egyptians, as he had a fascination with the regal pharaohs. This very lofty imagination during his formative years would provide the springboard to the rebellious creativity of his adulthood, a creativity that would bring his shoe designs to iconic status.
When he became an adult, Louboutin worked as an apprentice for Roger Vivier, who claims to have created the stiletto. Louboutin then began designing for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Maud Frizon. In 1991, Louboutin launched his own line of high end footwear. The line remains immensely successful and Louboutin’s creations can be seen on the feet of many celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Catherine Deneuve.