Christian Louboutin , the French shoe designer known for his signature red-soled stilettos, opens his first men’ only store in the United States this month in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. This is his second men’ store, following the opening of his Paris location last fall.
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’ only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin store, located across from the brand’s flagship store on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, offers the namesake designer’s full line of men’ footwear, from classic loafers to crystal-encrusted sneakers. Prices range from about $700 to $3,300. At the back of the boutique is what Christian Louboutin calls the Tattoo Room, where customers can have personalized designs and even replicas of their own body art embroidered on certain new shoe models. Pricing for the bespoke service ranges from about $6,500 to $8,000, including the cost of shoes.
Sporty but not built for playing sports, Christian Louboutin mens sneakers are among a range of athletic-turned-fancy footwear recently released by menswear designers. The youthful styles emerging from Silicon Valley, where many executives wear sneakers and other casual attire to the office, encouraged designers to offer their takes on the old Chuck Taylors. Christian Louboutin ’s sneakers are made from handwoven cotton and feature calf-leather trim and the shiny red soles that are the Parisian designer’s signature. The standard-cut sneakers are $745, and the high-tops are $845. “Sneakers, to me, should be well balanced,” says Christian Louboutin. “I design so the shoes can translate fluently between business and sportswear. An interesting sneaker will draw attention to the feet and create a more compelling look for a man.”