Christian Louboutin
Product: Shoes,
Category: Women,

High-end women's shoe designer Christian Louboutin launched his eponymous label 1991 in France. Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. On 27 March 2007, Louboutin filed an application for US trademark protection of his signature red soles.

Christian Louboutin (as well as Manolo Blahnik) brought stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 4.72 inches and higher. The designer's mission is to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [she] can.” Althoug there are some lower-heeled 'Loubs', Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier evening-wear designs incorporating jeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather and other similar decorative touches.

Christian Louboutin received inspiration for his lethal-looking stilettos from an incident that occurred in his early 20s. He had visited a museum and noticed that there was a sign forbidding women wearing sharp stilettos from entering for fear of damage to the extensive wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he later used this idea in his designs. "I wanted to defy that," Louboutin has said. "I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered."