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How to treat the soles of Christian Louboutin shoes

Sleekly sculpted, richly crafted and cooly sensuous, Christian Louboutin shoes are so beautiful they belong in a museum - and London's Design Museum is where they were exhibited in 2012. Along with their alluring designs, Louboutin shoes are known for their iconic red soles - one simply can't help but notice them. Women want them and men, well, in Louboutin own words, "Men are like bulls, they cannot resist the red sole." The red soles, though - as they are so apparent - will need special tending.

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Prevention, quick cover and protection

Of course you want to wear those beautiful shoes - and you absolutely should - just be mindful that they're not designed for the rigours of traipsing around the city all day, so save them for when they matter most. Do your best to avoid wearing them during inclement weather but if they do get wet or muddy, wipe them with a dry soft cloth. Also watch where you walk - gravel, rough stone and puddles are for hiking boots, not these shoes. When you're not wearing them, store your shoes in the dust bag - unless you require their provocative display.

If you notice a small scratch or scuff on a sole, a red permanent marker or red nail polish will cover it so no one will notice. For larger areas you may use red sole paint that's made especially for these special soles - see the resource section below for suppliers.

If your soles are in need of serious saving, half and full sole protective overlays - in red or clear - are available to cover the worn out ones - as are replacement soles. Kits are available for home repair use or you may visit a cobbler who works with those soles. Many better shoe repair shops also have red-coloured leather soles that are designed for Louboutin shoes. If you're not comfortable with these solutions, Christian Louboutin has a recommendation for a service in Paris - the link is below.

Tip

Use a soft dry cloth to wipe the shoes clean after use. When not wearing them, keep your shoes in the dust bag and store them in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry soft cloth
  • The Christian Louboutin or other good quality dust-free shoe bag
  • Red nail polish, a red permanent marker or commercially available red sole paint Red or clear protective sole overlays

About the Author

Allan Kelin is an Argentina-based writer and translator for publishers and PR firms. Near-fluent in Spanish, he specializes in media reports and travel translations. Kelin has written and translated for De Dios Editorial and Identia PR, both in Buenos Aires. He has a B.A. in psychology from Hunter College, City University of New York.

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