It must be said that I do not own a pair of Louboutain shoes. Not because I don't think they are stunningly beautiful, but because I have a fear of heights and falling from said heights.
At least Christian Louboutain is honest in his description of the shoes he designs…
"I wouldn't take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, 'Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.' There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don't have to walk in high heels."
If that were true my dear friend Christian I would probably own a pair of your shoes. I already own too many walk-to-the-car-to-the-restaurant-back-to-the-car shoes. And that is if we parked right outside the restaurant doors. Heaven forbid we should have to walk a block and then my poor husband will be piggybacking me just to get there.
Yes…we are actually required to walk in life, we cannot all be carried on curtained beds like Cleopatra. Wow could you imagine?
All of my complaining about high heel shoes does not stop me from drooling over admiring them. When I saw that the Christian Louboutain show was at the Design Exchange in Toronto I made sure to go and I wasn't disappointed.
My personal shoe collection seems woefully inadequate now.
The whole exhibit was fashioned around the idea of a circus, as you can see in the fabulous design of the sign and below in the shoe merry-go-round.
Yes this is me with my favourites of the show. Oh how I wanted these gorgeous beaded heels! I don't care about the pain. I just want them.
Aren't these boots incredible? Normally I can wear higher heels when they are boots…just saying… in case you want to pick these up for me for Christmas.
Speaking of being afraid of heights… Okay I don't want these. These do not look remotely fun. They look like skyscraper house slippers.
These I love. For the showgirl in all of us.
If you think these shoes look short and wide they are designed for Miss Piggy.
Christian Louboutain did win his court case against Yves Saint Laurent to trademark the red soul on his shoes and stop other companies from selling copycats. I think he will have a hard time enforcing it though.
The glass slipper.
This is so fabulous with the tie. A wink to menswear.
There was a section at the exhibit that was called Fetish. We weren't supposed to take any photos but it was so wild I snuck this one in…and I thought my shoes were uncomfortable!
David Lynch was the photographer of the women wearing the insane shoes that Christian Louboutain had designed for the fetish part of the exhibit. They were mind blowing, crazy. Needless to say, these shoes you are really not meant to walk in. Yeah…no joke.
I got this photo online…but I just wanted to show you another pair that they had at the exhibit and one of the less provocative photos.
Also at the exhibit they had this hollogram of Ditta Von Tease dancing.
Overall I was very impressed by the exhibit. Stylish, interactive and unique. There is even a room devoted to a replica of his Paris atelier that will leave you asking don't I have a acrobat chair in my design studio? If you get a chance…go.