Christian Louboutin Kate 85 vs. Sporty Kate 85 is perhaps the most frequently asked question among Louboutin buyers. Before delving into the comparison, it’s essential to note that Kate heels are based on the So Kate heels, originally designed for the iconic model Kate Moss in 2013.
The Christian Louboutin So Kate 120 heels stand out as one of the most iconic pointy-toe pumps, but their height, at 120mm, can be daunting for many. Consequently, So Kate heels are ideal for short periods of wear or may end up residing in a wardrobe for extended periods.
Both Kate 85 and Sporty Kate 85 feature 85mm heels. Despite its name, Sporty Kate isn’t akin to sports cars; rather, the term “Sporty” emphasises its comfort-focused design. Sporty Kate 85 incorporates softer materials reminiscent of sports shoes with black insoles, while Kate 85 employs more traditional materials. Notably, Sporty Kate 85 is adorned with a CL logo.
In my assessment, Sporty Kate 85 appears designed for daily office wear and general day-to-day activities, while Kate 85 serves as the backup option for those who adore the So Kate 120 but seek a more manageable heel height.
One of the most remarkable collaborations in the world of fashion has been between Doctor Bored and Christian Louboutin. Thanks to Doctor Bored’s influence, Christian Louboutin revived the iconic 130mm heels collection, making it a coveted item for fashion enthusiasts. If you were fortunate enough to secure a pair from this collection, consider yourself truly lucky, as these heels are now being sold at astonishing prices on platforms like eBay.
Recently, I had the privilege of connecting with Doctor Bored through Instagram. Following our insightful conversation, I had the opportunity to request an interview, and he graciously agreed to share his insights for my blog. This interview provides a unique glimpse into the world of a collaborator of Christian Louboutin, shedding light on the creative process and the fascinating stories that unfolded behind the scenes.
Read on for the exclusive interview:
Can you explain how did you become a designer?
My journey as a footwear designer wasn’t all straight forward. Drawing has been my passion since I was able to hold a pen with my left hand. I later got hooked on the world of fashion in my teenage years with designers like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. After High school, I studied garment design at Esmod in Lyon, and in Paris where I graduated. I then had a very hard time finding the right internship so I ended up working at a PR firm for about a year. In spite of a very interesting and challenging time in the fashion PR world, I started to feel restless. I missed creating. I eventually left my job and found an internship as a footwear designer for a French brand called Mellow Yellow. They kept me as designer for about five years. I since moved on to being a pin-up illustrator and free-lance footwear designer. That’s where I am today.
What does fetish mean to you?
Fetish is such a complicated word. In my mind it is an obsession. I don’t see it as necessarily sexual but it certainly takes over your mind in a very peculiar way. When I started working on my illustration project Doctor Bored, I decided to first focus on fetishism, mostly the heel fetish but also all the decorum it implies like corsets, stockings, opera gloves, leather, riding crops and so on. It helped me set the ton and create a whole world filled with glamourous creatures, my Boredettes that are a mix of Dita Von Teese, Jessica Rabbit and various other references like Betty Boop and Disney’s Snow White, basically beautiful ladies in high heels.
I’ve always had a « thing » for high heels. As a child I never understood why I prefered some heels more than others. I later understood that the height of the heel was this big reason. That’s how I started to look up to designers like Christian Louboutin or historical shoemaker Maison Ernest. They were some of the only luxury houses to make heels higher than 110-120mm.
Your collaboration with Christian Louboutin was a great success. How did this happen?
It’s kind of a digital age fairytale. I’ve always been an admirer of Louboutin’s collections. It was one of my wildest dreams to ever work for him. Back in 2020, during the pandemic I met YazBukey on Instagram (who later did a gorgeous collection in collaboration with Louboutin as well). She and I had a great phone call and vowed to meet in person when we would be free. After the first lockdown (actually the day before the second one here) she invited me over for tea. As I usually do I brought her one of my illustrations as a gift. One of her friends saw it on Instagram and it was Christian’s closest collaborator. He showed my work to Christian and they called me to set up a meeting. We started working together in January 2021 and the rest is shoe-story !
From your words, what do you think and feel about Louboutin’s 130mm collection? For some people including me, they are art pieces.
In my opinion, the Louboutin’s 130mm collection is one of the boldest moves they ever made, especially business wise. He launched a collection of heels so high that very few people can actually walk in them. Despite that, people bought them anyway and are still collecting them to this day. They may not be the commercial success that a So Kate is, but they are true objects of desire. I agree with you, they are art pieces but also they have this dangerous sex-appeal that any forbidden item exudes. It shows how attached Christian is to creating something of his own, in spite of trends, business and even wearability!
I personally have an obsession with the Merci Allen 130, In my opinion it is the most perfect pump ever created ! That’s why when we started working on our collection together, I immediately asked to use this last and heel. As they had not released a 130mm heel in years I was very surprised that they agreed on making the Pinupina 130, which sold out very quickly ! This design in particular is my pride and joy !
Lastly, can you tell about your latest work with Christian Louboutin and La Fayette Paris?
Christian’s collaborator Hugo called me one day with this project, he needed me to illustrate legs wearing silver So Kate pumps walking on a red carpet for a very special project. It didn’t take long, they had a very clear concept and things moved on quite quickly after that ! It’s a very special project to me because I moved to Paris exactly ten years ago and started working as a shoe salesman at the Galeries Lafayette in July 2013. Ten years later, there were giant illustrations of mine on this magnificent building, in the heart of Paris. When I saw them for the first time, it was a reel pinch me moment for me. I couldn’t be more grateful to Christian, Hugo and the team for this opportunity.
The one and only Christian Louboutin outlet in Bicester Village, England, is truly a hidden gem. Yes, believe it or not, there is a Christian Louboutin outlet, and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several times. If you’re unfamiliar with Bicester Village, it’s located just north of London and a quick 46-minute journey by Chiltern Railways from Marylebone station.
I must admit, the concept of a Louboutin outlet may sound a bit unconventional, but trust me when I say it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. The shoes I discovered and purchased at this charming little store were absolutely amazing, and to top it off, the prices were nearly half of what you would find elsewhere!
Typically, the outlet receives seasonal colours or patterns, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the incredibly cool and unique options available. During my visits, I spotted many stunning So Kate and Hot Chick heels in a variety of eye-catching colours.
The shopping experience itself is nothing short of delightful. The staff is incredibly friendly and goes above and beyond to make your visit memorable. They even send you a list of shoes available at the store via WhatsApp before you arrive, adding a personal touch to your shopping adventure. What makes this store truly special is the unexpected treasures it holds. You’ll come across shoes that you may have missed or never even knew existed during the regular season. I’ve taken the liberty of sharing some snapshots of the fabulous shoes I encountered during my visits.
Now, I understand that some may raise concerns about the cost of traveling to Bicester Village, as train tickets from London amount to £31.60 for a relatively short journey. However, it’s important to consider the substantial savings you’ll enjoy when purchasing a pair of exquisite Christian Louboutin shoes. Additionally, becoming a Bicester Village member is completely free, and you may even have the chance to avail of additional discounts.
Please rest assured that this post is not sponsored in any way. It is purely my personal decision to share my remarkable experiences with you.
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Christian Louboutin’s Hot Chick 130mm heels are no longer available to purchase from the stores. Despite this, there is still high demand for these heels, as evidenced by the traffic on my blog for articles about the Hot Chick 130mm.
I decided to research the possibility of ordering a pair of Christian Louboutin’s Hot Chick 130mm heels, even though they are no longer available in online stores. I discovered that it is possible to order these heels directly from Christian Louboutin. Miranda from @cl___miranda on Instagram, who works at Christian Louboutin, was kind enough to explain to me the process of ordering a pair of Hot Chick 130mm heels.
Sure.. so to order to need to have. A previous spend with louboutin and the order process is lengthy. Takes up to. 4 weeks to find out if the style is still feasible and if they have the material and color etc then I get quotes a price and I have to take payment in full. The shoe goes into production and then we wait 4 months to be completed.
To sum up, it is possible to order a pair of Christian Louboutin Hot Chick 130mm heels, although they may be more expensive. According to Susanne, who works at Christian Louboutin, it is also possible to order other products that are no longer available for purchase.
If you are living outside of Canada and want to order a pair of custom Christian Louboutin heels, you can find the nearest boutique on their website.
After a long wait, Christian Louboutin has reintroduced 160 mm platform heels. This time, the heels are thinner and pay homage to Dolly Parton, Dolly Pump Alta 160 mm.
You now have the opportunity to buy both a pair of pumps and boots with 160 mm platform heels. You don’t need to worry about a winter night without a pair of 160 mm platform boots. Both summer and winter attire is resolved for you, thanks to the timeless and elegant design of Dolly heels.
Dolly Pump Alta and Booty Alta are designed by Maison Christian Louboutin. They are only available for a limited time. Despite all the unique details of these heels, they are not that expensive! For £875, you will be getting lots of glam and elegance.
The 150 mm platforms heels are back to Christian Louboutin, Chick Up 150 mm!
Christian Louboutin recently revealed the Doctor Bored collection, and I’ve already covered the brand’s other heels on my blog. It has been a long time since Louboutin released a pair of 150mm platform pumps. This is mainly due to customer demand and ongoing trends.
Now, Louboutin has quietly unveiled its platform heels collection. This is nothing unusual; after a crisis, there is always a need for higher heels. Now, let’s get ready to see some super high heels from Louboutin.
These heels are limited edition. So, they are likely to go for good if you’re not quick enough!
Christian Louboutin released two new mules, Pin Up 100 mm and Pin Up Strass 100 mm. They are both limited edition and designed by Doctor Bored. The fluffy mules are inspired by the pin-ups and offer an exquisite visual experience. An eye-catching feature of these heels is the pin-up print on the inner sole, and each pair offers a different print!
I am sure these mules are already collector’s items, and their owners will rarely wear them to keep the inner sole print alive for years.
If you haven’t bought them, they are still available to buy online!
I have shocking news! Christian Louboutin’s iconic no platform 130mm stiletto heels are back for a short time, Pinupina 130mm. They are sold out in UK online store (£845). I was expecting these heels to be sold out rapidly.
Pinupina 130mm is based on the iconic Merci Allen 130mm. However, this time, Louboutin collaborated with an artist, Doctor Bored. Pinupina features a unique design with a colourful print on the side, inspired by the pin-ups. The inner sole is also red. This is something new with the Louboutin. They started to offer red inner soles!
Recently Christian Louboutin introduced a bold collection called Epic. This collection features only eight heels with 100mm galvanised nickel stiletto heels. This means, no matter what condition the Epic collection is worn in, rain, snow, or sun, the metal heels will not corrode, which is an imperative feature.
A few years ago, Louboutin created a similar collection called Big Lips, which featured lightly higher but the same category of metal heels. From time to time fashion repeats itself!
The Epic collection has a wide range of sexy and eye-catching heels! Starting with classical sandals and ending up with thigh-high stiletto patent boots. I assume there will be a mule version of the Epic collection imminently. As the name implies, these heels are epic and when you wear a pair with the right dress, you will also be epic on any occasion.
Keep in mind Epic Et French thigh-high boots may take a very long time to tie up, so if you are in a hurry, they may not be the best pair of boots for you.
The Epic collection ends up with a hilarious AirPod Pro case that can be attached to the back of the Epic Et Pointe pumps, which will dangle as you walk. Yes, you are going to carry your Apple AirPod Pros at the back of your heels. If the AirPods are damaged, it may be tough to explain to Apple why you carried them on the back of your heels.
Christian Louboutin made the fluffiest boots for the winter, Aston Pointue!
The winter is coming, and it is only a month away. In some parts of the world it has started to snow and people are getting ready for the ski season, though the pandemic might have pushed off the possibility of skiing.
If you’re sad that you won’t be able to visit the French alps and slide down the slopes, I have a solution. Christian Louboutin Aston Pointue boots with 85 mm heels! The heels are short, but the fluffy design is terrific. They are the only huggable high heeled boots available. I am sure these fluffy ski boots will put you into the right snow of winter.
If you manage to visit a ski slope, do not try these boots on snow. I don’t think they are designed for that environment.