“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.