Every.Woman.Loves.Shoes. It’s true, I’m not sure as to why but I can theorize it may be related to the fact that most of the time your shoe size doesn’t change, even if the rest of you does! (or is that just me?! lol)
Also shoes carry the woman and even though they may feel painful they are worth it! I actually consider it a perk to be female and that we have the option to add a little height whenever we want, and give our derrieres a little lift. I mean men are free to wear stilettos if they want but it’s not quite as socially acceptable as of yet, but who knows, the times they are a changing!
Why spend $$$ on a pair of shoes?
First, of all you can choose to spend your money as you please, but you definitely won’t be disappointed when you purchase your first pair. But if you are going to shell out over $600 on a pair of shoes you should at least know the designer and why they are an investment. My very first Louboutins were actually a gift and ended up being the right size, but I had tried on several different pairs before figuring out the exact style and size I wanted. I still love them just as much as my most recent purchase. They are just a well made sexy shoe.
So onto the main topic of this post, purchasing your first pair of Louboutins!
Think about what your go to shoe is, what will you most likely gravitate towards every time you want to put on a pair of super sexy stilettos? My first pair were black patent pointed toe pumps. I debated between getting a nude pump and whether or not I wanted a platform. My advice when purchasing designer items is to go with the classic staple first, never buy designer trend pieces, you just won’t get your money’s worth…unless you are really starting to collect and invest, then you can get a little more crazy.
Know the basics before you hit the store:
Christian Louboutin is a French designer therefore the shoes come in European sizes. Here is their size guide.
Heel height is listed in the metric system, in mm. 100mm is approx 4 inches and 120mm is approx 5 inches. Louboutin makes flats all the way to 160mm or approx 6.25 inches although these include a platform.
Next, find a store and try them on! Now don’t be intimidated, that’s why they are there, Louboutins are not a brand you just order your regular size and hope it fits. You definitely need to try these on and walk around in them a bit to see what works for you and the heel height you can handle. Everywhere Louboutins are sold in stores, the area is carpeted, that is for a reason, you cannot wear them on hard surfaces and still be able to return them because it will scuff up the shiny red soles! (This is actually a rule of their return policy as well).
Make sure to try them on during different times of the day….your feet usually swell in the afternoon, if you have been on your feet for a long time, and in warm weather.
Are your feet different sizes? If you aren’t sure, then you will soon find out once you walk around in these shoes. They are a narrow snug fit all around, so you will definitely feel if they are tighter on one foot or the other. This is where I learned my right foot is definitely bigger than my left foot…ugh.
Louboutins run fairly narrow with a pointy toe box and tend to show a lot of “toe cleavage” which makes them a little trickier to walk in depending on the style and heel height. (toe cleavage=the lines between your toes that show in the front of the shoe). You’re welcome for that definition if you’ve never heard it before.
Tips & Tricks:
The actual heel of most of these shoes is very narrow and therefore can easily get stuck in sidewalk cracks or grates. (I am a victim of this tragedy!)
The shiny red soles are not only slick looking but they are very slippery to walk in at first before they get scuffed up a bit.
I highly recommend having red rubber soles professionally put on all of your Louboutins. After a few wears the sole gets scuffed and the red bottom starts to wear. The rubber soles work as grip and also keeps your soles looking red!
You can purchase shoe stretchers that are designed for 3 inch to 6 inch heel height. You can also have them professionally stretched at a shoe repair shop. I purchased mine here.
Spend time walking around at home in your heels, this works twofold, you will break them in and have a good gauge of how long you can actually physically stand to be on your feet in them. (I have been known to clean my apartment wearing my heels, yep really.)
If you aren’t used to walking in heels at all, definitely practice. Nothing takes away from an amazing shoe more than someone who cannot walk in them.
For the first few times you decide to wear them out, definitely bring a backup pair of flats or shoes you know you can walk in.
For longevity and ease of wear definitely go for the 100mm. Starting with 120mm is more challenging unless you have a platform in front making them feel as if they are only 100mm.
Since my right foot is slightly larger, I buy to fit it and then if need to I buy heel pads to put in the back of left shoe. You can find these here.
Shown below are my newest pair of Iriza’s!!
Jenn’s Shoe Rules:
If you can’t walk in them without looking like you are trying to balance on a tightrope, leave them at home.
If they are so uncomfortable you can’t think or focus on anything else, either bring a pair of flats to change into or make sure there is somewhere for you to sit (and not on the floor, that’s not cute for anyone)!
No socks, tights, hosiery, etc (unless with a boot style)! It makes them harder to walk in as your foot will slip out of the shoe easier and then you cannot see your toe cleavage…duh. Why are we so obsessed with cracks (cleavage)…except for fat roll cleavage, that is never good.
A few funny experiences of my own with Louboutins:
As I said above, my first pair were a Christmas gift from my parents (pretty sure they thought I was nuts for wanting such ridiculously expensive shoes) and so of course I immediately wanted to wear them out as soon as I returned back to Chicago. So I did, it was a cold Saturday night out in January and I was bar hopping with friends and I thought I wear heels all the time, I can just wear these out, no problem! Hahaha, a few hours in of standing around at a crowded bar and walking a few blocks to the next establishment and I was swearing like a sailor! It felt like I was walking on needles. But again I have a rule that if you are going to commit to a heel to wear out, you keep them on and don’t complain, no one wants to hear you bitch about how uncomfortable your shoes are, you are the one who chose to wear them! Having said all that, those particular shoes are now by far my most comfortable Louboutins, they are well broken in and I could wear them all day and into night, no complaints!
I will confess that I have purchased one pair in the wrong size and wore them a few times before I realized they were just not going to ever be comfortable for me so I am stuck with them. Of course I was determined I could break them in…I was so confident I decided to take them to Vegas….big mistake, huge! If you’ve never been to Vegas I will tell you that you will walk at least a mile in your heels before you even get out the front door of your hotel!! So keep that in mind, plus the fact that you typically stay out longer when in Vegas. Well I decided to wear my nude patent peep toe New Very Prive 120mm pumps to dinner and out clubbing….disaster. Let’s start with the fact that I was already feeling the pinch before we even arrived to dinner. So during dinner at Hakkesan I kept taking them off and putting them back on in fear my foot would puff up to the size of the Goodyear blimp if I kept them off too long. I also decided if I drink more, the less pain I will feel….hahahahaha….nope. Fast forward to going to a club to see Calvin Harris and it’s now after 3am….I.Am.Dying. But again I have too much pride to walk around without shoes….I don’t want to be THAT girl, haha! Well we find a hotel bar and meet up with some guys and I cave, take my shoes off and then….I have to pee. Aww shit. There is definitely no way I am going to walk into a Vegas bathroom barefoot! So I ask the guy sitting next to me to give me his shoes…oddly enough, he was like OK. So I put on his loafers which were about 5 sizes too big and I shuffled my way to the nearest ladies room which of course was across the entire hotel casino. But I just held my head up high and pretended like nothing was out of the ordinary, haha. We ended up finally trying to go back to our hotel and the cab line was so long…so we even tried to tell the bellman that I broke my foot so we could cut the line, nope, fail. Damn someone must have tried that one before! Haha! So long story short, the Loubs in Vegas were an utter and total fail. Although I’m convinced that if I go with my correct sized heels I will do just fine!
And there is the disaster I described before here…the same heels from Vegas strike again!
Don’t let these stories discourage you, I still promise the red soles are totally worth it! Sometimes you just have to practice a little and suffer a little discomfort before you feel comfortable in them! Think of it like training for a sport…practice makes perfect…..no pain, no gain! Haha!
As always let me know if you have any questions about the shoes, style, sizing or need a shopping partner!! You can also shop the products shown below!