While few people might recognize his face, his sole is one of the most recognized in the world.
Famous French shoe-designer Christian Louboutin is the man behind the sexy, sky-high, signature red-soled shoes, which have been seen on the feet of superstars.
This 47-year-old can often be found at his atelier, where his famed shoes are designed and handmade. He makes no apologies for those sky-high prices either - Louboutins can sell from $495 and up, with crystal-encrusted pair costing $6,000.
"I would say that a good shoe is exactly like a good wine," Louboutin said. "These shoes are going to stay and last for a long time."
"I had a girl working with me, trying on the shoes," Louboutin said. "So when she was not trying on shoes, she sort of had nothing to do, so she was sort of waiting, and, so she was doing her nails, at that time... and I thought, why, this black has to be the red! So I grabbed her nail polish, and painted the soles."
It was then that his signature red sole was born. Today, he sells more than 650,000 pairs a year. For some, money is no object. Louboutin said one customer commissioned him to make a shoe for his wife with rubies all over the sole.
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