Christian Louboutin shoes are unlike any other, and after eyeing and debating the purchase of a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps, I made an impulse decision and bought them!

While walking around the Louboutin boutique in these vertiginous heels, I knew what I was getting myself into, but that didn’t stop me from making the purchase. As soon as I bought them, I was sending my friends pictures of my new shoes. My friends were envious, commenting that “the instep is WILD” and that it looked like I was “legit walking on my tippy toes.” I even wore these pumps around the office, and on two different occasions women stopped me to both compliment my shoes and ask the question probably on everyone’s minds when they think of the So Kate pumps: “How in the world are you walking in those heels?”

Well, I wore them out and I survived, and what follows is an in-depth review of the So Kate pumps and how they measure up.

With its official debut less than a month ago, it looks like the Christian Louboutin Beauty nail polish collection has attracted quite the following in a short amount of time. With a name that’s synonymous with luxury, it’s no wonder Peter Som and Cushnie et Ochs chose colors from the Louboutin’s Nudes collection for their respective Fashion Week shows.

Peter Som’s earth-toned collection called for the simple charcoal shade Alta Perla, while the Cushnie et Ochs show’s vibrant color palette required a bit of balance with the soft pink Tres Decollete shade. The models sported these colors on both their hands and feet, and they complemented each collections’ footwear quite well. As fashion week in New York wraps up and heads over to London, Milan and Paris, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more models with luxe Louboutin nails.


Peter Som
Christian Louboutin Alta Perla Nail Color
$50 via Saks

Peter Som NYFW

Cushnie et Ochs
Christian Louboutin Tres Decollete Nail Color
$50 via Saks

Cushnie et Ochs NYFW

Here’s Renée Zellweger attending the 2014 Couture Council Benefit Luncheon, which honored Carolina Herrera this year. Renée is wearing a stunning pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate Snakeskin Pumps with a color-matching Carolina Herrera dress. Tragically, this particular colorway of So Kates is from a previous season and is no longer available. Wear-with-everything patent black leather So Kates can be found at Barneys for $675.

Carolina Herrera is among Zellweger’s go-to designers, so it seems natural that she’d accept the invitation and pay homage to one of her favorite fashion legends. Renée has taken a five-year break from movies, but her fans will be thrilled to know she is currently filming a legal thriller called The Whole Truth with Keanu Reeves. The film is slated for a 2015 release.

Remember when I needed help deciding which pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps to buy? Well, something must have been in the New York City air yesterday, because I was feeling very spontaneous when I dropped into the Christian Louboutin boutique on Madison Avenue. I think we all know what happened next: I finally bought a pair of So Kates to call my own, and I’m smitten!

I tried on everything from traditional leather to exotics, but ultimately, it was the timeless elegance of classic patent leather pair that stole my heart. These shoes tend to sell out quickly, so the fact that the boutique had my size in my preferred color made the whole thing seem like it was meant to be. This weekend, these beauties will be my counterpart, so stay tuned next week for a TalkShoes Testimonials on the one-and-only So Kate pumps!

If you are enlivened by a spontaneous spark like I was, you can visit your local Louboutin boutique or buy a pair through Bergdorf Goodman for $675.

[Editor's Note: We're taking the week off to enjoy the end of the summer with family and friends, and we'll be back to a normal schedule after Labor Day. In the meantime, we've got some new stuff for you, in addition to a revisit of some of our most popular posts. Below, we've adding the shopping links to many of the shoes from this collection that are now available!]

Christian Louboutin is back with even more of what his fans love for Fall 2014 – not only does the collection feature an expansion of Spring 2014′s new Apostrophe heel, but it also includes the brand’s tallest single-sole pump ever at a whopping 130mm. Louboutin heels are some of the sexiest and most recognizable heels on the market, and not just for their red soles, but also for their steep pitches.

The Christian Louboutin Allenissima Slingbacks are Louboutin’s tallest single sole heels, coming in at a staggering 130mm, or more than five inches, taller than even the vertiginous So Kate pumps, which are 120mm. Interestingly, this heel makes its debut on an open-toed slingback instead of a traditional pump; it’s possible that Louboutin is trying to make slingbacks the next big shoe trend, and I’m sure this heel will win over the hearts of loyal Louboutin owners.

The Apostrophe Heel, which debuted for Spring 2014, gets a significant expansion to new designs for fall. This heel is designed to have Louboutin’s iconic red sole spill over onto the sides of the heel, making the shoe recognizable in profile, as well as from the rear. It’s a favorite among the TalkShoes staff and sure to become one of the brand’s signature details.

Look through the gallery below to see all the shoes from the Fall 2014 collection.

Call me crazy, but I am dying to try Christian Louboutin’s nail lacquer, even if it’ll cost me $50. We showed you the iconic Rouge Louboutin shade that debuted a few weeks ago, and this week marks the debut of the rest of the 30 shades that make up the rest of the much-anticipated collection. These colors are divided into three categories: The Pops, The Nudes, and The Noirs.

The Pops are vibrant colors ranging from rich purple to neon yellow, The Nudes are various tones of neutrals and blushes and The Noirs consist of rich, darker hues.

All thirty shades are available for pre-order at Saks, along with Loubi Nail Primer and Loubi Nail Gloss, which are the brand’s base and top coats. I can’t decide if I should pull the trigger and spend the money on one of these fabulous, high-shine colors, so I would love to hear your input. Should I or shouldn’t I buy one of Christian Louboutin’s new polishes?

Here’s Rihanna, leaving Butter restaurant in NYC after a dinner with her lady friends. She’s rocking a pair of white Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Pumps, as well as some insanely long hair extensions. These shoes are from a previous season and are now completely sold out, but a broad selection of Rihanna-appropriate Louboutin pumps can be found at Neiman Marcus.

If it hasn’t been totally telegraphed already: we adore Ri-Ri. She has the best style/stylist in all of celebdom, and you can see all of her fabulous looks, fancy pumps and designer handbags in “The Many Bags of Rihanna” and “The Many Bags of Rihanna, Part 2″ on PurseBlog, as well as “The Many Shoes of Rihanna” right here on TS.

Elle Fanning recently attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Installation Dinner in Beverly Hills wearing a gorgeous, glittery pair of Christian Louboutin Iriza Strass Pumps, paired with a striking Vivienne Westwood Gold Label dress. These stunning Irizas aren’t currently available online, sadly, but a lovely burgundy satin Iriza that will be absolute perfection for fall can be had for $625 at Net-A-Porter.

I write about fashion every day, but I am frankly stumped as to how to explain what’s going on with the back of Elle’s dress. It’s like a strange peplum effect that creates something I’ll call “intentional bubble butt,” which looks good on ingenues like Elle, who have just the right amount of butt. In any case, you can see more of Elle’s best looks, bags and shoes in “The Many Bags of Dakota and Elle Fanning.”

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