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A Louboutin Love Affair | Manolo's Shoe Blog

A Louboutin Love Affair

N.B. Today, the Manolo’s young friend Abigail Wilder Boatwright tells us about buying her first pair of the Louboutins.



I can’t remember when I fell in love with Louboutins. I know I was in college when I first began to notice them, on celebrities and in magazine spreads, and I know that I immediately had to have them. I just didn’t have the funds, so I spent a lot of time looking at them in magazines.

Of course, every chance I got, I tried on Loubies at department stores. Although, when I was planning my wedding, I decided not to buy a pair for my wedding outfit. Everything was already costing too much. But , when we went to Paris, last January, on our honeymoon, and I had to make the mandatory stop at Louboutin’s flagship store.

The Louboutin Flagship Store

Me, in Paris, at the Louboutin Store!

Tres bien!

I tried on shoes I’d never seen before and was in heaven. I decided to save for a pair of the No Prive slingbacks, and I really fell in love with two pairs that have since disappeared from the shelves: the Plume Anemone and the Studio 120 peep-toe pumps.

The Plume Anemone matched my wedding colors, and they are the hottest shoes I’ve ever seen.

Plume Anemone from Christian Louboutin

Plume Anemone from Christian Louboutin... Hot Feathery Shoes!

The Studio 120 matched my husband’s wedding ring exactly!

Studio 120 from Christian Louboutin

Studio 120 from Christian Louboutin and My Husband's Hand

I enjoyed visiting the store, but I didn’t buy Louboutins in Paris, the exchange rate was horrible.

I’m happy to report that early this year, I’d finally saved enough money to get a pair. After much deliberation, I decided on that classic pair, the No Prive Patent Slingback from Neiman Marcus. I ordered them online and waited anxiously for them to arrive.

When I got that package in the mail, I was shaking with excitement to open it up. My shoes were far more beautiful in person than I’d imagined. I had to take a photo with my ring on the heel, like I’d seen many brides do.

Christian Louboutin Red Soles

Christian Louboutin Red Soles, and my Wedding Ring.

I put my shoes on and walked around the house, showing them off to my husband. I realized they made my feet look dainty and sexy, and they instantly made me feel about 10x more beautiful. I just can’t describe
how much I love these shoes.

My Loubies made their official debut this weekend, at a masquerade party at our house. Though they are 4.5 inches high, they held up gallantly to four hours of socializing. I wear them around the house every chance I get—my cats and dog probably think I’m crazy. But I can’t wait to wear them out on the town.

My husband soon realized this is only the first of my red-sole brigade. I’m content for now, but my Loubies will need some friends someday!

7 Responses to “A Louboutin Love Affair”

  1. Anika April 4, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I love this piece!! I too have a great infatuation with Louboutins, and I too have determined that someday, someday, they will be mine. Somebody once asked me what I would do if I won the lottery, and I said I hadn’t thought further ahead than going straight to the Louboutin boutique and finally buying myself a pair. Now I know there are others out there like me!

    Also, I LOVE those feather ones! I hope Dita Von Teese already has them in multiple colors.

    • Anna @ShoeSmitten April 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      Love this article! I enjoyed it vicariously, as I have yet to get my first pair of Louboutins. I’ve bought Giuseppe Zanottis, D&Gs, and Fendis on sale and love them, but there’s a special allure to owning a pair of red soles. One day!!! I might have to get the No Prive Patent Slingbacks, too!

  2. Jane H in WI April 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    What a delightful article! Thank you for sharing. Yesterday I followed a young women to her car in the parking ramp in WI. She had on red soled black heels. Could they have been Louboutins I wondered? Until I realized that her trousers were hemmed with pins, clearly showing through to the outside. Nope, I don’t think so.

  3. The gold digger April 5, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    The right pair of shoes can change your life! Those are indeed lovely and they will bring you many hours of happiness even if they are doing nothing more than resting comfortably in your closet.

    Jane, who would wear her Good Shoes in Wisconsin while the danger of snow and hail still lurks? And who in Wisconsin does not have a grandmother who can hem her pants? Hm. Wait. I had one hemming grandmother and the other was a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking, card-playing grandmother. Never mind.

    • Abby April 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      Gold-digger, I just read a little of your blog. It deserves a glass of wine and a lot of time, so I’ll come back later. Just so you know. ;-) Looking forward to it!

  4. Mallory April 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Can definitely relate! Buying a pair of outrageously gorgeous, albeit expensive, shoes is on my bucket list…but is not yet possible on a college student’s budget! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Patricia April 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    What a tale! I, too, hope someday to have a pair of the red soled lovelies. Glad I’m not the only one who goes into department stores just to try on shoes and admire how they look on me, I just wish more stores had 7s on display!