Confession: I’m addicted to shoes.
Why do women love buying shoes? Is it because they’re easy to try on? You just slip off the shoes you’re wearing and slip on the ones you want to try. But unlike any other accessory, shoes define the outfit you’re wearing. It’s something about being an extremity. I mean, why do we have engagement RINGS and not necklaces? Multiple artists, such as Margritte (with his paintings of trees) have focused on the extremities instead of on the middle. Dali gives his trees personaility by extending their branches.
Shoes are more mathematical than any other article of clothing, they must have a certain shape in order to encircle and support someone’s foot, but they also must have their own personality. Designers must solve the problem of designing a shoe to be individualistic and whimsical but also have all the mechanical properties of a shoe.
Christian Louboutain drew his first shoe. When it was created, he made it completely in black. But a drawing is two dimensional. But when three dimensional, theres this whole other field. He saw the whole shoe and thought there was too much black. He thought something was needed to break it–to break up the monotony. At this same time, his seamstress was doing her nails with red nail polish, and so he just used the polish to paint the bottom of the shoe (adding the red to the bottom of the shoe is synonymous to adding a red belt to a plain black dress). At first he was going to change the sole color for each season, but then it became such a famous detail that he has made his trademark.
Yes, the sole of a shoe making someone famous.