Famed shoe designer Christian Louboutin loves wearing comfortable sneakers, but says for women, it’s far more important to look good than to feel good.
Louboutin, a diminutive 47-year-old Frenchman, equates “comfort” in fashion with ugliness.
“I hate the whole concept of comfort!” Louboutin tells the New Yorker. “It’s like when people say, ‘Well, we’re not really in love, but we’re in a comfortable relationship.’ You’re abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort.”
‘Comfort Is Like a Sad, Puffy Woman’
When Christian thinks of comfort, he pictures a sad, bloated woman who gave up on herself.
” ‘Comfy’— that’s one of the worst words!” he says. “I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It’s really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs.”
Not surprisingly, Louboutin, whose 8-inch high heel pumps typically cost $750 to over $1,000, despises clogs.
“I hate the whole concept of the clog!” he says. “It’s fake, it’s ugly, and it’s not even comfortable!”
‘Soft Shoes Are Disgusting’
And Louboutin hates flat, ballerina shoes or any shoe that’s too soft.
“One thing I detest is when a shoe is too soft, and it’s molding to the foot,” he says. “This is quite disgusting. And I really, really hate incredibly long shoes, where the last is very pointy, almost like Aladdin.”
Louboutin, whose clients include celebrities and fashion models, is especially known for his signature red lacquer sole. Christian, who also sells flat, comfortable men’s shoes, says he designs his sexy heels with men in mind.
“The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women, but to pleasing men,” he says. “Men are like bulls – they cannot resist the red sole.”
[Editor’s note: Somehow, we’re fairly certain most men don’t care about shoes, but more about a woman’s body and overall attractiveness. Most men rarely notice shoes, let alone shoe soles.]
Bunion & Other Toe Surgeries Escalate
Meanwhile, scores of women who wear high heels every day end up with major foot and other problems, such as back pain, bunions, corns, calluses, stress fractures, hammertoes and nerve damage.
“Women do love their high heels, but if you wear them all the time, significant foot pain and other problems can ensue, either as a direct result of the heels or exacerbated by them,” according to Morris Morin, director of podiatric medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Indeed, Kelly Osbourne, who recently lost a stunning 50 pounds, has said she needs to get foot surgery and have doctors break all the bones in her feet and reset them because of damage stemming high heels.
But the women who care about comfort aren’t the clients Louboutin wants.
‘I’ll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men,” he says.
“But where I draw the line, what I absolutely won’t do, is the lady who plays bridge in the afternoon.”