Unlike many of today’s shoe lovers, I tend to run either hot or cold in regard to shoes from Christian Louboutin. A handful of them ‘wow’ me, but a lot of the others are just okay – classic and elegant, but not really breaking new ground.
However, there are those times when Louboutin creates a shoe that makes me squeal with desire. The Arabesque spirals and swirls of these Pampas patterned shoes are just such an occasion.
Not everybody is a laser-cut leather fan. And, let’s be honest, not all laser-cut shoes are equal; many are poorly done and outright unattractive. You simply can’t say that about these incredible darlings. These show a perfect balance of elegance, whimsy and restraint (which is, I believe what that other Manolo – not the designer, as per his site disclaimer – was hoping for when he first saw a certain Cavalli shoe back when laser-cut shoes were just popping onto the fashion scene).
As a side note, for all that Kate Middleton’s unseen lace McQueen’s are being coveted by scheming brides on several continents, wouldn’t these leather-over-mesh Louboutin’s look fabulous on a spring bride?
Oh, but there’s more. Louboutin has made this in a variety of colors and silhouettes, any of which would be welcome in my wardrobe (A girl can dream, right?).
These, unfortunately are out of stock at Nieman Marcus.com, but the ‘pomice’ color is delicious and might be available in-stores.
And finally, for those of you who are as into bags as shoes, there’s a clutch, as well.
I have an avowed weakness for floral motifs and Victorian-inspired designs in my own fashion. This hits all of those notes, so I was probably doomed to fall for the whole Pampas collection. So pretty …. any one of these this would be like carrying a *restrained* homage to William Morris – but one that wouldn’t actually clash with a modern wardrobe.
Love the scrollwork. Love the use of contrasting neutrals. Love it all.
How about you?
Would you welcome a busy-yet-neutral piece like these into your closet?