Wednesday, 15 April 2015

An open letter to Christian Louboutin concerning Dalida, Bella Tige and Dehia

Dearest Christian,

This is an open letter of sorts. You don't know me, but my name is Samantha and I am a shoe and fashion blogger here in the UK. I have, like millions of women worldwide, marvelled at your shoe masterpieces. I know we've had the odd hiccup every now and then, occasionally veering towards the unforgivable, but you always manage to turn it around and bring back the beautiful shoes that make us gasp and sigh.

With this in mind, you may have some idea of the level of disappointment upon looking at the new arrivals over at I feature your shoes because I truly believe them to be art. You have covered everything I could veer want in shoes as well as pushing the boundaries of what I would normally expect to see. However the SS15 collection is, in part, frankly just not good enough. There are some beautiful styles and it is not in any way 'all bad' however there are a few styles I feel the need to address.

The first is a style that worked as a concept piece, but for me does not work as an actual 3D wearable. The style in question is called Dalida.

Embrace the feminine curve this season with "Dalida." Its voluptuous 120mm silhouette features a scalloped half d'orsay vamp, asymmetrical toe box, and mirage heel. Perfect your party ensembles with this fluorescent orange matte calf leather stunner.

There are actually - believe it or not - some great points to these shoes. The d'orsay is sassy as ever, and they feature a sort pointed toe that would look amazing when worn and you look down. I'm rather afraid however that the issue is is all in the backend.

The heel is just weird for want of a better word. Why do we need an otherwise very pretty and elegant scalloped half d'orsay pump in a very pretty summer-bright colour, to have such an ugly heel. It even finishes off atd hits the ground at something of an awkward final angle? This upper with the heel from a So Kate or a Pigalle would be timeless. As they stand, however, these are more of a novelty heel. Why do you do this to us Christian?

But wait. It gets worse. Take a moment to contemplate the full horror of Bella Tige.

Liven up your summer days and nights with the outstanding "Bella Tige." Featuring a vibrant Loubie graphic platform and heel, this 160mm beauty in black leather is ready to party whenever you are.

Are these the ugliest Louboutins ever? I have always retained a mental scar over Cataclou, but these are worse. They are so tacky - why do we want a printed platform with shoes all over it? What is going on? Have these been designed purely for the Coachella crowd with more money than sense? The style in matt black is barely acceptable, but the graphic print makes these sandals borderline unforgivable.

The last of the styles I'd like you reflect upon if you would, Mr Louboutin, is Dehia.

Revel in summer fashion with "Dehia." This fabulous espadrille wedge is dressed in the original Loubie jungle pattern, hand drawn by our studio artists. Finished with a double ankle strap, this one-of-a-kind style will enliven your looks this season.

Of course! What your SS15 collection really needed was a jungle print and a massive ugly rattan covered flatform wedge. With an ankle strap. Who is this shoe aimed at? Do these look like the fans of Pensamoi or Tucsick will want to buy these shoes? This collection has me seriously confused.

In short Christian, please just go back to creating us elegant sculptures that we can wear rather than these abhorations. And while you are at it please let styles like Sursaut Jazz just fade away like a bad dream.

We love you, so please go back to making pretty things.

Samantha x

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