How to Care for Your Louboutins
French fashion designer Christian Louboutin did not create his infamous red-soled shoes for them to stay in your closet. They're too good for that. They're probably too good for you.
Personally, as a shoe repair store in South Florida, we love the shoe. We love its passion-red sole, its skyscraper length, and even the pain that comes along with wearing a pair.
Beauty is pain. The spikes may appear to be on the outside of the shoe - but the pain is all internal. Ladies, you'll think the spikes were made to go on the inside once you stand around in these for an hour.
Two Quick Ways to Get Red Heels Again
1. Replace Red Bottom Heels. DIY Louboutin repair starts with replacing the scuffed rubber soles. The do-it-your-selfie-ers have two choices, both under $20.00
2. Paint Red Bottom Heels. Paint them like you'd paint your nails. (If the scuffing isn't that bad, and the damage isn't that dangerous, we HIGHLY recommend re-painting the shoes yourself). Check out this product, under $10.00
Walk on Red and paint the shoe bottoms yourself with Angelus red coat restorer.
Why care for Louboutins in the first place?
I mean you could just buy another one.
Yet, the whole point of do-it-yourself is to save your money by trading your time for maintenance instead.
Maximize your wardrobe with solutions that start at $20.00. That's a price you can't beat!
According to Wikipedia, "Louboutins can sell from $495 and up, with crystal-encrusted pairs costing up to $6,000."
The above pair, Eklectica 85 retails for $845.00.
The number one reason you should care for these expensive shoes is because they are expensive!!
When possible, we like to save our readers money. We also like giving them greater options when it comes to their wardrobe. We hate to see a good shoe be relegated to a dark shoe-box in a dusty closet somewhere.
Here are the top 3 ways to care for your Louboutins. (Some professional help is required).
Option # 1: Replace the tips
A night of dancing and fun around Miami Beach will certainly put undue stress on the main pressure point of the shoe. High heels were made to be broken; when you start talking about 4, 5, 6, inch heels, you can almost guarantee that the tip will crack.
For this reason pins, taps, dowels, and heel tips were invented. There's no reason to replace the whole shoe if heel tip replacements are all you need.
^ This Prada heel tip is a perfect example of a do-it-yourself project that can put your shoes back into circulation. You can shop heel tips here and install them yourself.
"A woman can be sexy, charming, or witty with her shoes." -Louboutin at his Paris atelier
Louboutin once was asked by a mine owner to create a pair of shoes with ruby soles. The red bottoms were to be decorated in rubies. According to the New Yorker, "instead of working under armed protection, as the client wanted him to, Louboutin paved the soles in zircons. Louboutin then shipped the heels to Hong Kong, where the decoy zircons were replaced with the real rubies.
Option # 2: Refinish The Sole
A scuffed or scratched sole ruins the whole point of wearing Louboutins. Wear and tear on a $1000+ pair of shoes is simply unacceptable, especially when that beautiful red lacquer has been compromised.
At Leather Care Supply we add a thin sole that matches the red rubber/leather-soled Christian Louboutin shoes.
When you repair your shoes, you will be tempted to think that they are a brand new pair! Refinishing this iconic sole is possible with this product:
Calasi Italian Louboutin Mirrored Shoe repair - Made in Italy
Option # 3: Fix Damaged Louboutins
The third option is to fix the shoes yourself.
Calasi Italian Louboutin Heel Bottoms repair - Made in Italy
Option # 4: Leather Maintenance
For example, in this picture, we see a black calfskin shoe which can easily be polished with a black creme. This creme will bring out the shine and natural patina of the black leather. For an amazing list of products check out our Shoe Polish and Creme section.
^ for the above shoe in the Christian Louboutin storefront we recommend the Saphir Pate de Luxe Shoe Polish Wax (in black).
*all pictures were taken in Aventura Mall in South Florida at the Christian Louboutin store & Neiman Marcus. Shoes are the property of their respective owners. We have no affiliations with Louboutin and Prada...yet ;)
Random facts about Christian Louboutin's work
- Catawiki reports that over 500,000 pairs of Louboutins are sold per year
- The iconic red shoe was inspired by Andy Warhol's "Flowers"
- The red sole was designed by accident. Christian decided to use red nail polish to brighten the boring black sole of a shoe almost two decades ago.
- Red is said to symbolize love, passion and blood, which empowers women and unleashes their inner confidence
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