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Christian Louboutin says he's 'vaguely horrified' by how some people wear his shoes

Business Insider Australia logo Business Insider Australia 11/07/2019 Rachel Hosie
Christian Louboutin is famous for his iconic red-soled shoes. Christian Louboutin is famous for his iconic red-soled shoes.

Christian Louboutin is arguably the most famous shoe designer in the world.

His iconic red-soled shoes, which start at £500 or $US695 a pair, are beloved by Hollywood A-listers, royalty, and global megastars alike.

So famous is the French designer that his creations are regularly referred to simply as "Louboutins" - or "red bottoms," per Cardi B.

But if you're privileged enough to own a pair of the status symbols, be warned that the man behind the shoes may well be judging your look.

Christian Louboutin et al. sitting at a table: Louboutin at a press event in London. Louboutin at a press event in London.

At a recent press event in London to celebrate Louboutin's upcoming exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, the designer told journalists he's sometimes "vaguely horrified" by how people wear his shoes.

But he added that, at the same time, he's always happy to see people wearing his creations.

The Frenchman said that he believes it's up to each person to wear his shoes however they please and that that's "a nice thing," so as a designer, "you should be grateful."

Louboutin summed up his approach with the French expression "On propose, tu dispose," which essentially means that he as the designer offers his creations, and it's up to you what you do with them.

He said that if he cared more about how his shoes were worn, he'd design clothes.

"If I thought people should wear a shoe in a very specific way, I would probably do a proposal for that," Louboutin said.

"But I'm not a clothes designer," he said, adding that he never wanted to be one.

"I never will design clothes," he said. "I'm really happy with my objects."

And Louboutin added that sometimes he's actually "happily surprised" by how his creations are styled by wearers.

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