Kicking Louboutin to the Curb - Page 2
So what is it about Louboutin shoes that makes them so damn awful to wear? The New Yorker revealed his secret: the lasts are shorter, higher, and tighter across. Literally, every pair of his shoes is sized smaller and tighter than its listed size. That might help explain why, on the rare occasions I’ve worn his shoes for any length of time, they seem to get tighter by the minute, sort of like those Chinese finger squeezer devices (probably based on some sort of torture).
If you really want a pair of Louboutins and don’t want the pain, you might be s.o.l., unless you’re willing to fork out at least four grand (they actually start at four grand) for a pair of custom made shoes. That’s pretty dear. Not to mention a lot of money to hand over to a guy who seems to have contempt for women who value comfort.
Indeed, I don’t just value comfort. I value the option to run when necessary. Most of Louboutin’s shoes are so vertiginous (what a perfect word) that running in them without injury is an impossibility. Louboutin, however does not see this hobbling as a negative. As he was quoted in The New Yorker, “He told a story about a client who, having bought her first pair of his heels, was forced to slacken the pace of her morning walk. ‘She began to notice the little details of her neighborhood for the first time,’ he said, proudly.” Give me a break. Perhaps this woman could also break a leg and perform her walk on crutches; it would definitely show her down just as effectively.
So here’s my final response to Mr. Louboutin: While I don’t own a pair of clogs, I do value comfort (like the fancy Jack Purcells I talk about on my blog, http://www.findatoad.blogspot.com/). Comfort keeps my feet healthy and able to hold my body up. Comfort allows me to run toward my goals or dash away from danger. When I’m comfortable, I’m happy, which has proven to be a real aphrodisiac in my relationship (much more powerful than vertiginous heels). And one more thing: I’m not puffy, and I don’t drink. Nor will I ever purchase any of your evil shoes, ever again.