Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Walking like an Inebriated Goose

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Walking like an Inebriated Goose

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Cten hristian Louboutin loves high heels the higher the J better. "I hate the whole concept of comfort!" he told the New Yorker last year. 'Comfy'--that's one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It's really depressing but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs." (The interview ends with him urinating under a palm tree in sight of the journalist, however, so he clearly is a fan of comfort when it comes to his bladder.)

More than any other contemporary designer, the 49-year-old is responsible for the flocks of teetering women strapped into or dangling out of ever-higher shoes everywhere from glossy fashion magazines to the Daily Mail website.

His signature--as much as the red sole he jealously guards as a trademark--is the towering, pinpoint stiletto. The new exhibition devoted to him at the Design Museum in London has dozens of them. One of his most recognisable styles, the [pounds sterling] 450 Very Prive, has izomm heels (4.7zin) with a zomm platform at the front. Several other styles top i6omm (6.3in) and there is even a pair of fetish ballet pumps, with heels as long as the shoes, forcing the wearer to stand on permanent tiptoe. While these last are purely for photo shoots, the others are regularly seen in the wild: a pregnant Victoria Beckham wore a pair of 6 .sin Daffodils to Westminster Abbey for last year's royal wedding.

Brought to heel

Me, I've never got on with heels, though clearly some women do. …

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