Ever since the race row that erupted after the launch of Céline’s Trompe l’Oeil ‘Pedicure’ Shoe, no designer has dared go near a flesh toned shoe, not until now however. The aforementioned shoe featured a ‘lilywhite’ colour, that only white people could wear, and prompted calls of racist behaviour within the fashion industry.
But now, Christian Louboutin has introduced a capsule collection of heels, and what we love about them is that they come in every skin tone colour you could imagine.
Louboutin has designed these shoes to give the appearance of elongating your legs, as your eyes naturally follows the colour of your skin tone down your legs and the shoe then becomes an extension of that colour.
Louboutin has used some of his classic styles, which include the Pigalle, the Fifi and Simple Pump, as well as the Flo and the Vendome peep toe pump. The shoes are then revamped into five different skin tones, which range from fair blush to rich chestnut, as Louboutin explains: “They disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of her legs, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette,” he added: “The shoes are there to give the woman an extra lift, not to take attention away from the legs and what she is wearing.”
The new range of skin toned shoes are called the ‘Nudes Collection’, aimed to ‘closely match the color of a customer’s skin tone’, and are available to buy exclusively at Christian Louboutin boutiques.
And if you are interested in buying a pair, but are not sure as to what skin tone colour you should opt for, fear not, there’s an app for that. Louboutin has designed the Louboutin Shades App, in which ladies can take a picture of their feet and use the photograph to match the exact shade of shoe to their skin colour.
We are not sure how the French designer decided on the five colours to add to his collection, but we are very happy that there is a wide range available for most women, unlike the Celine Pedicure Shoe.
Louboutin says: “This collection offers a spectrum of nude, re-imagining the perception of the color as a pale blush, and introducing it as the color of flesh, which ranges well beyond this traditional reference.”
Most of the styles available in the Nudes Collection will be in stores later this month, but we can reveal that the Fifi, priced at £395 and the Flo, costing £525, are already in the brand’s Mount Street store in London, and will be available online soon.
And to promote the new collection, the Nudes will feature in Christian Louboutin windows at the Madison and Robertson boutiques.