Fashion Week shoes can be a bit hit-or-miss. A lot of the brands that show aren’t known for their footwear, and many of the most highly sought-after shoe designers don’t have full-fledged fashion lines that necessitate a show. The best of both worlds happens when a smaller brand collaborates with a huge shoe company for a custom set of shoes, and that’s what happens every year with Christian Louboutin and Marchesa.

Not only does Marchesa’s particular brand of highly embellished femininity take Louboutin’s shoes in a direction that they might not otherwise go, but
the runway shoes always give us a sneak peek of where Louboutin’s ideas might be for the season ahead. Based on this glimpse, the brand will continue to embrace the single-sole trend, despite the fact that Louboutin rose to prominence on the strength of his platforms. There’s also lots of laser-cutting and some significant variation in heel heights, so if you think it’s not a CL without a monster stiletto, you may need to avert your eyes from time to time.

Check out all the runway looks below or shop Louboutin’s current collection via Saks.

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Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps are so hot right now. And SO hard to walk in. (But they look so fab when you’re sitting down!) Here’s Jennifer Hudson on the set of Good Morning America, promoting her latest flick, Winnie Mandela, while wearing her own chic black pair of kidskin leather So Kates. We saw Minka Kelly in a pair of black patent So Kates just a few weeks ago. You can purchase Jennifer’s preferred pair for $625 from Saks.

Winnie Mandela, as you might suspect, is a biopic about Nelson Mandela’s wife of almost 40 years, herself an anti-apartheid activist. The film chronicles her story from childhood through the time of her husband’s incarceration. Strangely enough, the movie has been in the can since 2011, which is never a good sign. (Just checked the reviews – maybe wait for this one to come out on DVD?)

Here’s Heidi Klum at an America’s Got Talent post-show shindig in NYC, donning a fabulous pair of studded, metallic and distinctly un-monochrome Christian Louboutin Monocronana Sandals. We spotted Ashley Tisdale in these exact same Louboutins last month. Tragically, they’re no longer available online, but you can shop an extensive selection of Louboutins via Net-a-Porter.

I have to give Heidi a special nod for her fantastic, glittery dark blue pedicure. There’s really no point in strapping on an $800 pair of open-toed sandals unless you’re going to pay a professional to make your toes look like a million bucks. (It seems the term “investment shoes” has a double meaning, when it comes to designer sandals. )

Proof positive that the Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps are quickly becoming a celeb fave: here’s Minka Kelly donning a fresh new black patent pair at the premiere of The Butler. Even more proof: Minka’s exact pumps are already on back order at Neiman Marcus. As any CL fan can probably deduce, the So Kates are a slightly exaggerated, even sexier version of the Christian Louboutin Pigalles. For a full analysis of the So Kates and their similarities and dissimilarities with the Pigalles, check out Amanda’s extremely informative So Kates review here.

We expect to see a lot more So Kates on A-list feet this season. If you’ve got your high heel strut down to an exact science (plus ankle bones made of steel), you’ll probably want to take them for a test drive ASAP – we suspect most stores will have trouble keeping these in stock. They’re exactly the kind of pumps that men love to buy for women, women love to buy for themselves, and absolutely no one can walk in for more than ten paces!

Nicky Hilton recently flaunted some premium designer goodies at the Jobs movie premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. As you can see, she’s wearing the PVC-perfect Christian Louboutin Un Bout Pumps (with ankle straps removed) and carrying a Valentino VaVaVoom Shoulder Bag as a clutch. The Un Bouts are, unsurprisingly, sold out nearly everywhere online, but you can shop Louboutin at Net-a-Porter. You can also grab your own VaVaVoom in beige for $1,720 at Farfetch.

Heiresses have all the fun. We’re reminded of this every time we see a pic of the Hiltons or the Ecclestones. They have nothing but time, money, and custom closets that would probably make a girl faint (or at least swoon uncontrollably). Nicky Hilton in particular has one of the most enviable designer bag collections we’ve ever seen, which you can check out in “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton” on PurseBlog!

Nicky Hilton wears Christian Louboutin Un Bout Pumps in NYC (1)

Just yesterday we were waxing poetic about the new Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps – but of course, celebs and their stylists are weeks ahead of the curve. We dug up this pic of Blake Lively wearing a pair of So Kates to the premiere of Turbo last month. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait any longer to hop aboard the So Kate train – you can snag a black patent leather pair for $625 at Neiman Marcus.

You’ll notice that looking at the Christian Louboutin So Kates is like looking at the Christian Louboutin Pigalles in a fun house mirror. The pitch is even steeper, the toe longer, the heel even thinner. They truly serve no functional purpose other than making your legs look as sexy as possible, and of course, Blake Lively has some of the sexiest legs in Hollywood, so why would she miss an opportunity to up the ante?

As much as Christian Louboutin receives lots of attention for (and makes lots of money off of) his crazy, embellished, often spike- or crystal-covered shoes, his basics are the brand’s bread and butter. They’re also the basis on which a lot of those eccentric variations are made, and this season, Louboutin has taken it on himself to introduce some new not-so-basic basics to his arsenal. First we examined the differences between the classic Pigalle and the new Batignolles, and now we’re here to take a close look at the Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps.

Ashlee Simpson was recently spotted at LAX, carrying a black Hermes Birkin and wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin Anita Pumps. These very distinctive buckled Anita pumps are from Christian Louboutin’s Fall 2012 collection, but they’ve stuck around for a while, and for good reason. If you love this punk-inspired style, you can currently snag a pair of plaid Anitas for $1,395 at Net-a-Porter.

If you’re wondering how Ashlee Simpson keeps herself in Birkins and Louboutins these days, post-pop stardom, she’s enjoyed a fair amount of success on Broadway and the West End in recent years. In fact, she just wrapped up an exclusive three-night run of Chicago with her co-star, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, at the Hollywood Bowl.

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