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The soles of Christian Louboutin Red Bottom Shoes are made of bright red leather, which is really smooth and silky, so they can be quite difficult to walk in on shiny or slippery surfaces due to no grip. A lot of ladies get the red vibram rubber soles attached to the bottom of their shoes to add some traction when walking while not messing up the red entirely. I haven’t ever done this with my own shoes though as I’ve not needed to since I don’t wear them out in the rain or for longer periods of time. You might want to consider it if you plan on wearing them to work or for a few hours at a time. It will help preserve the soles and stop them from wearing out completely.
Over the duration of a few wears though, the soles break down and the leather wears off, leaving behind more of a brown/beige colour, but this actually gives you more grip when walking, so it’s beneficial that they wear out. Now, after I have spoken about the soles of the shoes, I want to move on to actually being able to walk in them without any trouble.
For those of you who aren’t an experienced heel wearer in general, I consider Christian Louboutin shoes to be quite difficult. His heels are always narrow, so if you are unstable, you can wobble quite a lot. The backs of the shoes inside are made from a very soft leather, so they can slip off of your feet and he is notoriously known for making sky high shoes, sometimes up to 7 inches tall! This is obviously really daunting as it was to me. I remember my very first pair of Christian Loubtouin shoes, they were a pair that I didn’t really think through as they were the Rolando Boucle which is a sling back 140mm shoe. The toe box was tight, the heel was verging on 5.5 inches and the sling back kept making them slip off my feet so they were impossible to wear for someone like me who was only used to about 3 inches in height.
This is why my advice to you here is start out with the little heels. The gorgeous and classic Pigalle comes in various heights of 70mm, 85mm, 90mm, 100mm and 120mm, so there is a height for everyone. I would recommend starting out at the lowest of heights and working your way up to the taller pairs. The Coral Pigalle I have shown above are the 85mm and they are really easy to walk in. The heel is low enough to be comfortable and not put any pressure on the balls of your feet. I got used to walking in heels with this height for a while, so then I moved up to a pair of Declic 90mm and those were incredibly easy to walk in too. If you are looking for a higher shoe in general though, you can always pick a pair with a platform as sometimes the platform is thick enough to actually make the incline of the shoe not that steep. You could wear a pair of 5 inch heels that have a 2 inch platform so you are actually only walking on an incline of 3 inches.
Another great tip is practice, practice, practice on your tip toes. You need strong calf muscles to be able to walk in really high heels that are above 100mm as you don’t have any support on the heels of your feet, so what I do is I tend to walk around the house on my tip toes as often as I feel like to really get a sense of learning to balance on the balls of my feet. After all, this is generally how the experienced ladies wear their 120mm as they haven’t got any support at the back, it’s all down to the front of the foot. If you practice doing this for quite a while, wearing taller heels will become more manageable as it has to me.
The last pair of Christian Louboutin heels that I purchased were the Pigalle 100 in Black Kid (above) and I was actually surprised at how easy I found them to walk in. I was worried at first as I was generally sticking to the 90mm height, but the 100mm is no problem at all due to all the practice I have been doing. Granted you can’t run in them and you can’t walk at a really brisk pace, but they are fairly easy to walk at a normal rate in without problems. Since they are this high as well, I generally find that they don’t tend to slip off my feet like my others do, they stay on much better. I do have other Christian Louboutin shoes like the Clic Clac 120, Declic 120 and Bianca 140, but since they all have platforms, so they do actually only amount to a 100mm incline, so it’s the same as these Pigalle.
I’m not 100% sure I will ever be able to manage the true 120mm height without a platform like the masters such as Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian can wear, but I’m definitely on the right path! I still remember some time ago when I couldn’t even manage a 3 inch heel, so I have come a long way from there! Just remember to start out with smaller heels and practice on your tip toes, this will really help you when it comes to going up in height. Don’t forget you can shop the latest Christian Louboutin shoes online at Matches, LuisaViaRoma, My Theresa & Net-A-Porter for Europe and Neiman Marcus, Saks and Barney’s for the US!