Christian Louboutin

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Alta Rita

Maybe it’s because a friend of mine is getting married soon that I’ve suddenly become obsessed with elegant, delicate, and feminine formal sandals. I’m not anywhere close to walking down the isle, but if I were, I know I’d probably spend more on my shoes than on the dress or jewelry I’d wear.

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Tuesday Shoesday: The Rumours are True

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After TJ Maxx launched The Runway in select stores a few years ago, my chances at finding high-end shoes for less greatly increased. My collection of decadent footwear grew significantly since then, but there was always a nagging thought at the back of my mind: what about Manolos, Jimmy Choos, and Louboutins? Today I finally got my answer.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Guerilla

After the Punk Fashion exhibit at the MET last spring, there was an upsurge in studded and edgier shoes for women. Although daintier styles had their moment in the spotlight as well, it’s pretty clear studs are here to stay for a while. And I’m not complaining, because it’s nice to throw in that extra detail from time to time.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Lisse

I absolutely love the color of these Christian Louboutin ankle boots! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m drawn to cobalt blue shoes. I’m not entirely sure why because blue isn’t even my favorite color. It probably has something to do with how well cobalt pops against dark or neutral-colored clothing.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Troop

I fell in love with these ankle boots the first time I saw them. And I almost never fall in love with Louboutin styles unless they’re extremely classic and simple. But something about these called out to me; I’m pretty sure it’s the super-cool woven strap detail on the front with the added buckles.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Crossed Straps

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When I spotted this gorgeous shoe from Charles Jourdan at DSW in NYC (34th Street), I wanted to whip out my credit card and take them home with me. They’re the perfect upgrade to basic black pumps because the design is simple, classic, and sexy. The heel is comfortable at only 3.5″ high, the straps make the shoe very secure, and I love that the lining is bright red. Not to mention, they’re also a great double-take of the Louboutin Crosspiga! You can get them online or track them down at your local store.

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Crosspiga

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I absolutely adore this delicious pump from Louboutin because it’s so simple yet so sexy! I have only two pairs of patent leather shoes in my closet (we all know I prefer suede) but I would gladly add these to my collection if I could. Fortunately, for those of us with a budget, there are some stunning double-takes that are equally as beautiful, and much more wallet-friendly. I haven’t indulged in a pair yet, but if the Nine West pair dips below $50, I might just snap them up!
Pour La Victoire Cheyenne (Amazon, Bluefly, 6pm)

Tahari Annabelle (DSW)

Asos Partial
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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Pigalle

(Barneys; in black and blue on Net-a-Porter, Saks)
Although I have never particularly loved the more inventive shoes from Louboutin, there are classics that I think are quite scrumptious and will never go out of style. The Pigalle has, in my opinion, the ideal shape for a pump. The curves are sensual and highlight the shape of the foot, and although some people hate toe cleavage, I think a little bit here and there doesn’t hurt anyone. Pigalles have the ability to make your feet look perfect; they ooze glamour, sexuality and confidence. Unfortunately, they also cost and arm and a leg for most people. I would never buy a fake pair, but double-takes are fair game in my books! I’ve found some pumps that have the same effect, minus the red sole:

Truth or Dare by Madonna Lele (Macys; in white on 6pm)
Currently, these are probably the closest you can get in shape and style to the Pigalle. I tried on a hot pink (!) pair at Nordstrom Rack, and they actually look quite fabulous on. There’s even a slight hint of toe cleavage in these. However, the sole is pretty thin but I think add some foot cushions would work perfectly! I had no need for hot pink pumps though, so they didn’t come home with me. 
There are even more of these great double-takes! 

 

Aldo Frited 
I’ve never really had any luck with Aldo shoes being comfortable on my feet, even though every season there are several styles that I really love. But if they work for you, you’re in luck! The Frited pump has a gorgeous shape and looks very similar to the Pigalle. The most noticeable difference is the thickness of the heel, but who’s going to be looking closely at that?


Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked
(Barneys in red, black; Net-a-Porter
The edgy punk spike trend is still having it’s moment because there are so many people that love it, but I’ve had a hard time finding something I absolutely love that looks sophisticated enough without being overdone. Louboutin added spikes to the classic Pigalle and turned it into a shoe that says something completely different. The beauty about this pump is that the spikes are the same color as the rest of the shoe. So although they add a fierce touch, it’s more understated and not an in-your-face-rebellious detail. Of course, it didn’t take long for others to jump on the bandwagon, so there are even more double-take options for this pump than there are for the regular version of the Pigalle.
Truth or Dare by Madonna Panu (6pm
Madonna’s line has a lot of double-takes lately, no? It seems that Louboutin shoes are very inspiring for the brand, although I’m pretty sure she doesn’t actually design them.


Truth or Dare by Madonna Cesis (Macy’s
The Cesis pump is a little more subtle than the Panu. It looks both ladylike and edgy, and it’s even cheaper! I wonder if they’re comfortable…


Bucco Finola (DrJays)



This one is practically sold out, and I’m not surprised. With ShoeDazzle offering stylish shoes at super low prices, and the fact that spikes are a huge trend, these were bound to sell out quickly. The shape is actually quite nice, but I’m not sure about comfort and quality because I’ve never ordered from them.


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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Love Me

When the whole PVC shoe thing happened, Christian Louboutin utilized it in several designs in a way that created illusions on the foot. The best example of this is the Un Bout pump; it was everywhere on the red carpet and style blogs. There are also many double-takes, though I haven’t come across a really nice version yet. While the idea is great, I think the execution could have been better; I wouldn’t want my feet sweating in plastic all day. Not to mention, everyone would be able to see your squished toes!
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Louboutin continues to play with illusion; there are several shoes in his newer collections constructed with mesh instead of PVC, which I think look more elegant and refined. The Abbessess, A la Peche, and Lagoula all look more sophisticated with the use of mesh. But my favorite is the Love Me pump, which is sold out. I think the floating bow effect adds ladylike glamour in a new and different way.
 Christian Louboutin Love Me (sold out) 
 
Audrey Brooke Millie (DSW)
Unfortunately, it’ll be a while until I can afford Louboutins, so I always like to search for alternate options. I can across these pumps by Audrey Brooke at DSW. Although the mesh is black and not nude, which takes away from the illusion a bit, I think the pump is very ladylike and would be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.
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