Here’s Lisa Hochstein of Real Housewives of Miami fame, making an appearance at an Art Basel Miami party in a pair of eye-popping Christian Louboutin Lady Daf Python Pumps. The Lady Dafs are the Mary Jane version of the notorious Daffodiles. You can currently pick up a holiday party-perfect black suede version of the Lady Dafs for $1,075 at Barneys. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Miami Housewives have been all over the swanky Art Basel parties this week. An international art show is a great place to see and be seen throwing your money around.

For those not in the know about Miami happenings, Art Basel Miami is a massive, three-day event dedicated to showcasing art from some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists. Art Basel hosts similar events in both Basel, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Of course, since Art Basel Miami takes place in Miami, it’s become somewhat notorious for its snazzy, celeb-laden parties.

Kirstie Alley has been making the press rounds this week to promote her new TV Land sitcom Kirstie and to flaunt her slim new figure and platinum blond locks. (And rightly so. She looks pretty fantastic.) Here she is leaving her hotel in NYC, wearing a pair of dyed calfhair Christian Louboutin Geo Spike Toe Leopard Pumps. You can currently pick up these exact heels for $895 at Neiman Marcus.

These Louboutins have a slightly more modest heel than the majority of the brand’s pumps, which makes them ideal for someone who wants to rock a fierce pair of Louboutins all around NYC without twisting an ankle. BTW, Kirstie’s new show just made its debut on TV Land last night – for future reference, it airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM/9 PM Central.

“Maker of great flats” is not a descriptor most shoe fans would apply to Christian Louboutin. To be fair, most people probably wouldn’t apply that label to any of the other big-name shoe brands either; most of them have long treated non-heeled shoes as an afterthought rather than a design opportunity, and those of us who prefer a more practical shoe have been left wanting. The Christian Louboutin Philaer Patent Ornament-Toe Skimmer is among the shoe world’s many recent answers to our prayers.

I had the same reaction to these flats as I had to Alexa Chung’s Jimmy Choos a couple of weeks ago – finally, designers realize that flats can be bold and directional and beautiful, too! There was never anything holding flats back but a lack of effort on designers’ ends, and now that fashion’s tastes have swung toward more reasonable and functional shoes, the design efforts are being allocated differently. Louboutin has done somewhat similar versions of this shoe before, but the dipped sides and vamp ornamentation really take this look to the next level. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $675.

We were lamenting how the Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps are sold out nearly everywhere online mere days ago, but of course, here’s Miranda Kerr, rocking the So Kates in a new hue that hasn’t even hit stores yet. Miranda wore her solid white So Kates to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe Global Debut event in Playa Vista, CA. These will apparently be available in the near future (how near, we dare not guess) for those lucky enough to get their hands on a pair. There’s currently a single size of So Kates available in black for $625 at Barneys, though you’ll want to watch that page like a hawk for restocks.

Miranda Kerr is frequently the first to get her hands on all manner of swanky new luxury items, from the most covetable pumps to the most exclusive of handbags. It’s a great trick, admittedly: brands bestow their swag upon a willing supermodel participant, supermodels get photographed wearing the goods at fancy events, goods fly off shelves, everyone is happy. Except of course, the presumably epic waitlist of ladies who are anxious to get their Christian Louboutin So Kates by X-mas. (I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.)

It’s a rare opportunity in fashion to own something truly one-of-a-kind, especially from a world-famous brand like Christian Louboutin. When you’re dealing with a company that big, even limited edition pieces are generally made by the dozens, if not hundreds, and there’s always a celebrity, or at least someone who’s fashion-famous, with the same special thing that you have. That’s why the Christian Louboutin Bespoke Spiked Boots are such a unique opportunity – they’ll be the only pair of their kind in the world. Oh, and one other detail – Sotheby’s thinks they’ll sell for $30,000. (more…)

Although our readers are split over whether or not the Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps beat out the ever-popular Pigalles as the ultimate Louboutin stiletto, it seems as though the shoe market in general isn’t having any second thoughts. Not only did the gold patent So Kates above sell out at Net-a-Porter in less than 48 hours, but it’s virtually impossible to find the So Kates online at all.

A quick Google search yielded some leads, but virtually all of them lead to product pages that were now stamped “SOLD OUT” in one way or another. Barneys has the classic black leather So Kates available in one size (10), and Neiman Marcus has a python pair, which retails for over twice what the leather or suede So Kates will set you back, in only a 7 or 9.5. Saks is completely sold out of current-season So Kates, but if you want to pre-order a python pair with a painted finish, you can call dibs on them now. Even then, several sizes of the pre-order are sold out, and that’s for a shoe that costs $1,395. The suede version we showed you recently? Long gone as well.

If you want a pair of So Kates, I hope you have an open mind about color, an open budget (the more expensive versions tend to stick around a bit longer) and, ideally, a size-changing foot. Either that, or a close relationship with your favorite Christian Louboutin sales associate, who can perhaps put aside a few options in the next shipment. If you’re picky, it pays to make friends.

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?

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