“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?

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.

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