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The name Christian Louboutin is synonymous with passion and sex appeal, and his shiny, red-lacquered soles can be spotted from a mile away. Born January 7, 1964, Christian Louboutin is a footwear designer who launched his line of high-end women's shoes in France in 1991. When he was a child, Louboutin would sneak out of school to watch showgirls at Paris nightclubs because he was fascinated by their costumes.
In Louboutin's own words: "[The showgirls] influenced me a lot. If you like high heels, it's really the ultimate high heel - it's all about the legs, how they carry themselves, the embellishment of the body. They are the ultimate icons."
While Louboutin does offer some low-heeled and flat shoe options, he is most famous for sky-high stilettos with evening embellishments such as bows, feathers and bejeweled straps.