Christian Louboutin: 'High heels are pleasure with pain!' - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

17 April 2012 by

Photo by Stephen Gladieu

A red soled shoe can only mean one thing and if you’re not already screaming ‘Christian Louboutin’ then frankly, you’re on the wrong website! Every fashionista worth her salt either owns or covets a pair of his iconic shoes which are loved and worn the world over. This year sees the design house celebrating its 20th anniversary earning itself a retrospective at London’s Design Museum. Grazia’s Paula Reed was lucky enough to spend some time at the showroom and atelier in Paris and get a unique insight into the world of the man behind the red sole…

Grazia's Paula Reed with Christian Louboutin

‘High heels are pleasure with pain’ he says. ‘If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them’. Consider yourselves told ladies! But what about the men?! ‘Men in high heels? That’s a prosthesis. But I sympathise. Women have these giant heels. They get taller and taller. The men need help. But a man in heels is ridiculous.’ We quite agree.

But, with a background as diverse and theatrical as Monsieur Louboutin’s, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d be on board with such dramatic ideas. His first job was as an intern at famous music hall Folies Bergere and in the centre of his sales room hangs a trapeze. If you are lucky, you may even be treated to a demonstration from the man himself...

To read more about the design genius, don’t forget to pick up your copy of this week’s Grazia. The Christian Louboutin exhibition runs from 1 May – 9 July 2012 at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD. Christian Louboutin will be in conversation with Paula Reed at the museum. For tickets for both the talk and exhibition, call 020 7940 8783 or visit


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