I was writing about how the Christian Louboutin So Kates were usurping the place of the Pigalles in the hearts of celebs everywhere just yesterday, but of course, here’s Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel in NYC, forcing me to question my (minimal) fashion authority with a tried-and-true pair of Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps. You can get a metallic, spiked version of these pumps for $1,295 at Barneys.

It can be hard to tell these shoes apart from the So Kates without the perfect angle, which these photos really don’t supply, but the straightness of the heel where it meets the shoe seems to indicate that these are in fact Pigalles. Honestly, I’ve looked back and forth at the two shoes so much that I’m a little dizzy, but I really do think they’re Pigalles. [Ed. Note - So do I.]

Anna Faris recently attended the LA premiere of “Delivery Man” in a glossy black patent pair of the much-beloved Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps. (If you’ve never heard of that movie, you’re not alone.) Celeb shoe-wearing trends seem to indicate that the So Kates are gradually replacing Louboutin Pigalle Pumps as the favored red carpet Louboutin of choice. (Though I see what those things are doing to Anna Faris’ calves, and I’m afraid.) You can currently purchase a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kates in black suede for $625 at Net-A-Porter.

If you’re still not entirely sure what differentiates the So Kates from the Pigalles, Amanda penned this handy comparison post back in August when the So Kates were first introduced. Now that they’re are more widely available than they were a few months ago, I’m dying to hear some reader reviews. Who among you has recently added a pair of So Kates to your shoe collection, and what’s the consensus?

As some of you may have heard, the Christian Louboutin Sample Sale began yesterday. While it may not be open to the public, and invitations are few and far between, there is still plenty of madness that goes on amongst the fashion insiders, bloggers and celebrities. Here’s an insider’s look into what it’s really like to shop the Louboutin sample sale. (more…)

Considering how much buzz (and apparently, how many sales) the Christian Loubotin So Kate Pumps have generated, it was only a matter of time before they started showing up in new versions for fall and beyond. We’ve seen both leather and patent So Kates, and now the most extreme of the extreme Louboutin pumps makes its debut in sumptuous suede.

The So Kate is different than the famous Louboutin Pigalle Pumps in a few key ways: it’s curvier, it’s barer on the foot and it has a steeper pitch, all of which combine to make for one of the sexiest shoes on the high-end mass market. It’s hard to imagine a shoe that’s any more perfect for making the wearers legs look long and thin than this one, even if they are perhaps not the shoe that you want to wear while on your feet for more than a few minutes at a time. These shoes are made for form, not for function, just as Louboutin intended. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $625.

Christian Louboutin shoes are so difficult to find on sale that we couldn’t resist sharing this deal with you: at an undisclosed date in the near future, our friends at THE OUTNET are going to be released over 100 styles of Louboutins at their usual super-discounted prices. The catch (there’s always a catch) is that for access to the sale, you have to sign up now and you’ll be clued in to the date of the sale privately when it gets closer, and then emailed when it launches. You’re going to want to sign up – we got a preview, and there are tons of awesome shoes, including the ones you see above.

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Here’s actress Lizzy Caplan on her way to promote her new show, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, on The Late Show with David Letterman. She’s wearing a pair of the extremely glittery, delightfully girly Christian Louboutin Love Me Pumps. These shoes are from Fall 2012 and are sadly no longer available, but you can shop all things Christian Louboutin via Net-a-Porter.

I’ve been a huge fan of Lizzy Caplan since her stint playing an aspiring actress paying the bills with a ho-hum (yet somehow always hilarious) catering gig in Party Down. If you haven’t checked out her new show yet, please do so ASAP – I’d like to keep this girl in Louboutins for as long as is humanly possible.

When I talk about beige shoes, I try very hard not to use the word “nude,” even though they’re commonly referred to as that by most of the fashion world. The thing is, most of the people on Earth aren’t light peach when they take their clothes off, and bestowing the moniker of “nude” on those colors has always smacked of the sort of casual racism for which the fashion world is often rightfully criticized. The words we do have power that we often don’t realize, which is why I was happy to see that Christian Louboutin Nudes includes five skin-inspired shades, from the palest beige to to dark chocolate brown.

As far as I know, Louboutin is the first major shoe designer to market his kicks in a wide range of skin-tone colors, but it makes sense that he would. Not only is Louboutin himself black, but his shoes are appreciated by an especially wide swath of women, from blonde socialites to female rappers, and his brand reaches to countries in every corner of the globe. Everyone can find a little bit of Louboutin to love, and now, everyone can get the magical leg-lengthening powers of wearing a Louboutin heel that’s close to her skin tone. At TalkShoes, we appreciate democracy of all types, but especially in shoe form. Shop the full range of Louboutin nudes via the designer’s official site. Right now, all that’s available is the Pigalle, but more are on the way, based on Louboutin’s promotional push behind the launch.

Taylor Swift recently donned a girly, floral frock paired with Christian Louboutin Satin Kitten Heels and romantic tresses at the Romeo and Juliet premiere in Los Angeles. (Yes, they’ve made ANOTHER movie adaptation of it.) Louboutin has been making kitten heels for some time, but admittedly, we’ve never seen these particular Louboutins before. You can shop Christian Louboutin at Saks.

While Louboutin is a stiletto legend, (and perhaps a platform pump legend, to a lesser extent) his kitten heels and flats are also especially noteworthy. They get a lot less love from celebs and the fashion world in general, sadly. As we plummet into autumn, however, we’ll likely be seeing the A-listers (and D-listers) bring their Louboutin boots back into rotation, which is a nice deviation from the constant parade of Louboutin So Kates, Pigalles, and Batignolles.

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