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September 19, 2013

Experts' Expert: Preserving the classic red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes


An interesting and informative Q&A by Teri Agins in yesterday's Wall Street Journal follows.



Q: Do you recommend putting rubber treads on leather soles? I have a pair of Christian Louboutin boots with the red leather sole and I hate to cover the lovely color, though I know with wear the color will scuff off.

A: For years I have taken my Manolo Blahnik and Ferragamo pumps to have a super-thin layer of rubber put on the sole, giving me more traction and grip — and making them more comfortable on my feet and legs. The shoe repairman introduced me to this paper-thin rubber he expertly applies that is undetectable. It makes them more durable too. (I don't bother applying rubber to certain high heels I only wear while standing on carpet for no more than a couple of hours.)

For your Louboutins, the red soles are a status symbol of the brand and there are ways you can preserve that. There are several online resources that market red rubber soles designed for Louboutin. I found Vibram red rubber soles sold at RealRecreationUSA.com for $69.99 (1 millimeter thick). I found red rubber soles from a resource called Shoe Bottoms on Amazon.com for $10.95. Another resource: RedRubberSoles.com, which has soles that are 1.8 mm thick for $10.99. However, read the customer reviews for those and other vendors. I noted there were a number of complaints about durability. Check first with the best shoe-repair shop in your town to see what red soles they recommend.

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The irony here is that by applying anything, the user is admitting that the much vaunted Louboutins are not fit for purpose, and require amateur modification in order to be satisfactorily usable.

And by making them more usable, the owner feels that they are damaging or degrading the product.

Posted by: soubriquet | Sep 20, 2013 5:42:35 PM

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me...


Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 20, 2013 5:21:23 PM

Mmm, juicy. I must have my Birkies done.

Posted by: Marianne | Sep 19, 2013 10:55:12 PM

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