The iconic red-soled stilettos were the result of Louboutin experimenting in his factory. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
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Now Louboutin's red-soled stilettos, featuring sky-high heels and fetching sky-high prices, are "utterly iconic as a symbol of erotic femininity," says Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT -- explaining why Louboutin has been chosen as this year's honoree of the museum's Couture Council.Louboutin told the Associated Press, fashion lovers have a special relationship with shoes -- more than with clothes, or at least different.Louboutin also designs men's shoes, but it's women's footwear he's famous for, especially the heels (though he designs flats, too).Louboutin, 56, says his career began with a childhood hobby of sketching shoes. A few weeks after the nail polish experiment, he says, he was in his Paris shop, watching a couple consider a pair of shoes with typical black soles. His female co-worker felt the man was "very handsome," Louboutin says, and watched as he turned over a pair of shoes to find nothing interesting on the soles. Louboutin says only that he enjoys seeing who wears the shoes, and how.
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