‘High heels are pleasure with pain! If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them’: Christian Louboutin has no sympathy for women who struggle in his stilettos
00:52 GMT, 18 April 2012
For many fashion lovers, it is the Achilles heel of their favourite shoes.
But Christian Louboutin has admitted he does not care whether women feel pain wearing his sought-after heels.
Instead, the designer claimed most women had a 'quasi-masochistic experience' with their stilettos – and that anyone struggling to walk in his creations should ditch them altogether.
Christian Louboutin has single-handedly transformed the six-inch stiletto from Cabaret prop to closet staple.
But his iconic red soles are also responsible for a plethora of podiatric ailments.
Rather than feel any regret for inflicting pain on many a discerning fashionista however, the French cobbler has adopted a 'take it or leave it attitude'.
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He ain't bothered: The French cobbler feels no sympathy for his long-suffering fans
Among his long-suffering fans is Coleen Rooney, who last week was spotted wearing Louboutin heels to the Grand National at Aintree. On Sunday, however, the 26-year-old tweeted a photograph of her wearing trainers, saying: 'Loving my Converse, just what I need after three days at the races with sky high heels on.'
Victoria Beckham has also reportedly experienced severe bunions and a slipped disc by wearing his creations.
Louboutin says he feels little
sympathy for those who suffer while wearing his designs, describing the
relationship between a woman and her heels as a quasi-masochistic
He told Grazia magazine: 'I really have not so much sympathy. If Tina Turner and Prince's back-up band can perform on stage in them for three hours, you can't tell me they are impossible to walk in.
'High heels are pleasure with pain.
'If you can't walk in them, don't wear them.'
Dizzying heights: Louboutin's six-inch spiked shoes, left, and a pair designed for the English National Ballet courtesy of Swarovsk, right
The London Design Museum is showing a retrospective of the designer's creations next month
Celebrating his 20th anniversary, Louboutin's high-end label is the subject of a an exhibition at the London Design Museum next month.
He has also released a coffee-table book, a weighty tome that marks two decades in fashion and his path from intern to A-lister.
Louboutin's journey as a cobbler began at Paris music hall Folies Bergere, where he first worked and was inspired by the world of Cabaret – a theme which still features heavily in his collections today.
So much so that the 49-year-old recently accepted a role as 'guest creator' at Crazy Horse.
But he credits his breakthrough moment to Tina Turner, who wore his designs at a concert ten years ago.
With a stellar career behind him, it's hard to imagine what would be next on Louboutin's to-do list.
But it appears he has his sights set on a new genre of clients.
He said: 'If I could do shoes for anyone it would be a special project for the Queen of England.
'She and the Pope are the ultimate clients.'
Read the full interview in this week's Grazia magazine
He's got sole: Louboutin is currently guest creator at Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris