"HIGH HEELS ARE "PLEASURE WITH PAIN,'' SHOE DESIGNER CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN tells Grazia magazine in an interview picked up by the Telegraph. "I really have not so much sympathy,'' he says. "If Tina Turner and Prince's back-up band can perform on stage in them for three hours, you can't tell me they are impossible to walk in.
...If you can't walk in them, don't wear them.''
The high-end cobbler argues that "if Tina Turner and Prince's back-up band can perform on stage in them for three hours, you can't tell me they are impossible to walk in."
Personally, I don't know how Tina dances at her age let alone wears Leboutin's shoes.
Louboutin says the very first shoe he designed under his own name was inspired by the late Princess of Wales. Spellbound by her sad expression while her husband Prince Charles gave a speech; Louboutin wondered what would bring a smile to the princess's face. So the international jet setter designed the Love Shoe for her, which was a contrasting trim flat pump that spelled out the word 'love” across the top of both shoes. Diana never bought a pair, but a few years later she inspired him to design something else called cleavage shoes. "It was Diana dancing with John Travolta who inspired me. She was wearing these really bad English shoes and they showed half her toes. It looked tacky but so good somehow. She had that naughtiness and it was appearing subconsciously."
For anyone who wonders about those trademark red soles he admits they came about by accident. ''This shoe arrived back from the factory but for some reason it didn't look quite as good as my sketch. So I used a bottle of red polish to coat the underside of the shoe scarlet. Problem solved.''
Louboutin will have a high fashion shoe exhibit at the London's Design Museum next month celebrating 20 years of theatrical-style shoe designs from stilettos to studded sneakers.
While he has no sympathies for us women he does sympathize with men.
"Women have these giant heels. They get taller and taller," he says. But "men in high heels? That's a prosthesis. … The men need help, but a man in heels is ridiculous.''
Obviously Louboutin has never seen a drag queen work those calf muscles in a pair of heels. Fierce baby, fierce!