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

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/07/2019 Rachel Hosie
Christian Louboutin et al. sitting at a table © Rachel Hosie

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

His iconic red-soled shoes, which typically start at around $675 a pair for heels, are beloved of 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.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 27: Xenia Van Der Woodsen 'Overdose' wearing Christian Louboutin shoes on March 27, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images). © Catalyst HAMBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 27: Xenia Van Der Woodsen 'Overdose' wearing Christian Louboutin shoes on March 27, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images).

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

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.

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

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wears Christian Louboutin shoes while she speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Louboutin, designer of the famed red-soled heels loved by celebrities and luxury shoe fans around the world, will be the next honoree of fashion's Couture Council. The French designer will be feted at the Couture Council luncheon in early September 2019, launching New York Fashion Week. The event benefits the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) © AP FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wears Christian Louboutin shoes while she speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Louboutin, designer of the famed red-soled heels loved by celebrities and luxury shoe fans around the world, will be the next honoree of fashion's Couture Council. The French designer will be feted at the Couture Council luncheon in early September 2019, launching New York Fashion Week. The event benefits the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

The Frenchman explained that he believes it's up to each person to wear his shoes however they please, and 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 explained 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, I've never wanted [to be one], I never will design clothes. 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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