If there is one style of shoe that has really rocked the world in the last 10 years, it’s that unique red sole by Christian Louboutin. His ultra special shoes with that famous red sole are one of the most desired shoes in the world (rumour has it that writer Danielle Steele is his biggest fan, owning 6,000 pairs!) and getting married in a pair of Louboutin shoes, is a dream that can cost you anything between £400 and £3,000 a pair.
Not a fan of red for your wedding? Well imagine Louboutin for brides that aren’t strictly red (Pantone 18-1663 TPX to be exact, as registered by the firm), but another popular wedding colour… blue. As far as tradition goes, not your garter, flowers, or even a sapphire ring could compete with your “something blue” being the sole of your Louboutin shoes.
That’s why, when a mysterious image with some bridal shoes by the firm with a blue sole started to spread online, many brides-to-be began their hunt and search for this mythical shoe, without ever getting to know the true story behind this prized possession.
To resolve this mystery, we directly contacted the owner of said photo: photographer Roy Llera, who told us from the comfort of his studio in Miami, the story hiding behind that now famous image, that has converted that simple white shoe into the dream of many brides. Pinterest and many other online sites and apps for brides haven’t been able to resist the temptation of sharing this photo thousands of times, igniting a Louboutin forest fire on wedding social networks.
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‘As far as I’m aware, it’s a limited edition, now discontinued. Although my sources tell me these can still be ordered through a route Paris. I don’t know any more’, explains the photographer who admits to having seen ‘only one pair in my whole life. They are the holy grail of bridal shoes!’.
The fact that this photographer got to see first hand this design is almost a miracle. The shoes weren’t only created as a limited edition, but they could only be ordered by special request directly to the designer, that later on decided to end their production, due to copyright relating to the patent of the red sole.
Brides tempted to dye their soles or add stickers purchased online… Personally, I think if they’re not Louboutin, then they shouldn’t be blue and certainly never red. This type of craftsmanship mustn’t be played with, and certainly never replicated. They’re special and unique and I believe they should be kept this way. Be original and if you can’t get your hands on a pair of Louboutin for whatever reason, be inspired by other beautiful shoes that will look magical on you regardless of where they were purchased.Photos by: Roy Llera Photographers