Louboutins: Are They Worth It?

When you think of a luxury shoe, it’s quite likely that Louboutins come to mind. With their red soles and patent leather so shiny you can almost see your jealous face reflected back at you in it, (Or if you’re lucky enough to own a pair, you’ll see the grin of someone who has made the owner of the world’s fourth favourite shoe designer 800 dollars richer) there’s no denying they are one of the most beautiful shoes ever designed. Iconic, sexy, and gives you four inches of height. What more could you possibly look for in a shoe?

If you answer this question with a feeble ‘”Comfort?” then get yourself a pair of Sketchers Flex Appeal™.(I’m all for comfortable shoes but if you name your unsexy shoe “Flex Appeal” assumingely to rhyme with “sex appeal” then I will not be purchasing it!) Anyway, back to Louboutins. It’s no secret that they’re not comfortable. In fact, Christian Louboutin says it himself;

“People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don’t want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I’m not against them, but comfort is not my focus.”

The American Osteopathic Association tells us that wearing high heels can damage your toenails, worsen bunions (gross!), increase knee and hip pain, Increase your risk of osteoarthritis, and cause muscle pain and spasms. None of those things sound great to me, but POSSIBLY EVEN WORSE than osteoarthritis, (Just kidding!) is the price of these damn things.

For the Pigalle Follies heel, you will pay $795 Canadian. If, instead of spending 795$ on those red bottoms you’ve been eyeing at the store for the past month, you spent it on something else, you could improve someone else’s life. For 775$ you can purchase Plan Canada’s Herd of Goats package, which will send a herd of goats to countries like Benin, Indonesia, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. This will jumpstart a girl’s future because a goat provides nourishing milk and the sale of its offspring will give the girl funds that could be used towards an education. Maybe one of the girls you purchase a goat for will grow up to design less expensive, but still amazing shoes, all because you decided not to splurge on a pair of Louboutins!

Now, as much as I dislike the price of these shoes, I do think it serves a purpose. If Louboutins weren’t expensive, then where is the luxury, the envy, the prestige? Of course, they are beautiful shoes regardless of the price, I love the shiny black leather juxtaposed against the crimson underside of the shoe, but how much of the appeal of Louboutins is the name and the price? If you could find them at the same places they sell Sketchers, for a fraction of the price, they wouldn’t be nearly as important. Not Even Close! Here is a handy chart I drew up for you:

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Now, all that being said, I do not mean this to be an article trashing Louboutins. They are illustrious and beautiful! I would love to have a pair! When they were launched in 1993, the red soled stilettos designed by Christian Louboutin have been victimized by copiers and knock-offers (Is that a saying?) a thousand times over. So many people have tried to slide their own red soled shoe past the watchful eye of Christian, that he has had to launch his own website to fend them off, and he has had to sue Yves Saint Laurent for using his signature red sole (He won the case).

In conclusion, I can see why the prices of designer things are so high, and I think the prices are rightfully inflated; otherwise they aren’t a luxury, and how can the designer create the prestige they desire their label to come with by charging reasonable prices for their clothing? However, as awesome as Louboutins and the like look on your feet, I do not think it’s worth it to suffer back pain later in life because you wear them every day. Maybe sport a killer heel on a less than daily basis, and go for (much to the dismay of Christian) a Loubouknockoff.

 

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