The designer, born in Paris in 1963, was inspired by an exhibition at the Museum of African Art in which he saw an image of a woman's shoe with a high heel crossed by a bright red line. It was a prohibition for women to wear heels (which could ruin the museum floor), but for Louboutin they were the beginning of an incredible career.
Thus, he began to transfer so much sensuality into his shoes. He designed shoes for theater dancers and, in 1980, he began his first apprenticeship at the Folies Bergère. Followed BY an internship with Charles Jourdan and freelance from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Roger Vivier in 1988. However, it was in 1992 that Louboutin decided to take a big step: the first boutique in Paris. And it was by chance that the iconic shoe was born. "My assistant was sitting putting red nail polish on her nails," Footwear News said.
"I thought 'the red soles are so flirtatious'". And he added the red glaze to the sole of his shoes. Then followed the exotic influences related to travel, the experiments that animated the collections of bags and shoes to follow.
Among the most famous models came the Pigalle, Parisian "red light" districts and home of the Moulin Rouge, with a heartfelt tribute to the dancers of such premises. Sharp tip and heel 12 stiletto, the unmistakable brand.
Iconic his participation, in 2007, at the fetish-themed photo exhibition of David Lynch, at the Galerie du Passage in Paris as well as his shoe dedicated to the actress Blake Lively and called Blake.
Memorable was the capsule that in 2012 celebrated its 20th anniversary with 20 scarpee bags and the inauguration of the first online boutique, a book published by Rizzoli and an exhibition at the Design Museum in London.
Thousands of lucky women have loved Louboutin's creations: pop stars, princesses, influencers. All more beautiful, more sensual, more queens of seduction, more inevitably women.