Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the 2014 BAFTA Tea Party in Beverly Hills last Saturday afternoon in a bright cobalt blue pair of Christian Louboutin Python Pigalle Pumps, which provided a stark contrast to her adorable, vintage-inspired red dress. You can acquire these exact pumps for $1,345 at Neiman Marcus. Because I know you’re curious, the BAFTA Tea Party is a comparatively casual awards season shindig intended to honor BAFTA nominees well before any awards are handed out.

As you probably know by now, Cate picked up a Golden Globe this weekend for her performance in “Blue Jasmine.” Louboutins, of course, had their own moment during the GGs when Emma Thompson chose to walk onstage barefoot, carrying her Louboutins in hand. She then declared “I just want you to know, this red, it’s my blood,” and tossed them over her shoulder. Emma had a martini glass in the other hand the entire time, natch.

When it comes to Christian Louboutin, I stand behind many of his designs. I was even a partial fan of the fringe boot, which many of you probably thought was downright crazy. But, I may have found one shoe that even I can’t stand behind: the Christian Louboutin Athena Calf Hair T-strap Sandals. Normally, I’m always in favor of anything with leopard and calf-hair, but this shoe has one major thing that I simply cannot tolerate.

When it comes to a thong strap on stilettos, this is my shoe pet-peeve. Aesthetically speaking, the thong strap is nicely incorporated into this sandal. It overlaps with the gold toe strap, so at least it doesn’t look like the sides of your toes will hang off because the toe strap is there for support. One of my reasons for my hate for thong straps is because of my experience of walking in a flip-flop styled pumps. The thong strap is meant for a flat and when you add a needle thin heel to the mix, it becomes more of a balancing act for the wearer, which in turn leads to all sorts of stumbling. Let’s just say it was a walking nightmare. If this thong was just a T-strap, then I would totally be on board.

If these Christian Louboutin’s are simply calling your name, head over to
Neiman Marcus and buy them for $895.

I know I’m going to get some shocked comments when I say that I do not own a pair of Christian Louboutins. Although, in my defense, I’ve been saving and looking for that perfect pair that not only speaks to me, but also won’t become a one-time wear kind of shoe. I was looking for pumps for an upcoming post when I found these Christian Louboutin Decollete Glitter Pumps, and I liked them so much that I had to stop working on that post and write about these! If anyone out there looking to purchase their first pair of Louboutins (or there second or third or fourth), these are sure to be an asset to your nascent Louboutin collection.

What lured me into this pump was its elegant simplicity; that certainly speaks to me. These shoes may not be as show-stopping as a pair of Daffodile Pumps, but this toned-down version features a glitter glaze that is subtle and yet opulent; the perfect combination to make it covetable. It may be too dressy to wear out on most occasions, but I am never one to dress practically. For me, this makes for the perfect first pair of Christian Louboutins.

Buy your first or next pair of Louboutin’s through Bergdorf Goodman for $625.

Christian Louboutin is the creator of some of the sexiest and most covetable shoes on the market, as shoe aficionados already know. One thing most people can agree on is that after slipping on a pair of Louboutin, you are instantly lifted and strutting your sexiest walk. What can I say, that’s the power of the red sole. Unlike other Louboutin pumps or boots, these Christian Louboutin Glamafrange Fringe Leather Boots aren’t embellished with spikes or studs, but with fringe that covers the entire back of the boot.

At first glance, I had mixed feelings about this boot. I thought, is the fringe just too much? Should these boots only be allowed out of the box come Halloween? I wasn’t kidding when I said I had mixed feelings. But then I thought about how Louboutins make you feel when you put them on: poised and confident. Slip on these boots and add some swaying fringe to the mix, and your walk just got a bit more intriguing. It’s a design that Louboutin can pull off (and pull off well). The man has a gift of making some ostentatious designs feel more wearable.

Now that you know how I feel, what are your thoughts on these fringe covered boots?

Buy your Louboutin fringe boots through Saks for $2,095.

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.)

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