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Topic: Christian louboutins... or are they?  (Read 5220 times)
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« on: July 22, 2008 05:53:31 PM »

So if anyone has heard of Christian Louboutin, you probably know that his shoes are like... $800+ lol. They also are known for their red soles:


It's like his signature thing that have been on every pair he's designed or something. But since I'm a poor college kid, I definitely will not be getting a pair anytime soon, so I thought up a cute and cheap alternative. I just bought these leopard print peep toe heels online; since they were so inexpensive, I figured they were a good pair to try this out on. I took acrylic red paint and painted the underside of the shoes (very carefully around the edges). This is the result:

I did two coats of the red to smooth out imperfections from the first coat. I'm thinking I may add a coat of clear paint (? I don't know if this exists, suggestions?) to make it a bit more shiny.

What do you guys think?
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008 06:47:38 PM »

This is brilliant! If I saw you wearing these at school I would definitely think you must be a trust fund kid, they look so authentic.  Wink Hmmm, maybe I should give this a try...
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008 09:05:24 PM »

I read somewhere that he developed his signature red soles because he thought they needed something, and one of his assistants had some red nail polish and he took that and painted the soles.  So, maybe the brightest red polish you have may work to smooth it out.   

Love the shoes....very nice.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008 06:15:32 PM »

That is an awesome idea! I would have never known. Yes, wood varnish, mod-podge or clear nail polish would probably work.

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2008 08:46:46 PM »

oooh you have good taste in footwear, lady! i think you did an awesome job with the red, looks really good with the leopard print! and i'd use a clear coat as well. just to make it extra glossy

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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2008 02:26:41 AM »

You can get spray varnish at a craft store, but do at least 3 coats. you can also try polyurethane which is quite strong. comes in matte or shiny and you usually only need 1 coat, but 2 or 3 couldn't hurt.

very cool, by the way. I love red w/ leopard.
I sympathize with the poor college student. i sadly live on ramen because i pay more for books then I do for food and clothing combined (course... i make all my clothes)
but what I really love is how professional they look. all my stuff you can tell immediately by looking at it that I did it myself, these look like the real thing!
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2008 08:41:06 PM »

haha i have a friend [that actually is a trust fund kid, but a thrifty one!] that does this to many pairs of her shoes... "its a cheap way to look like a million bucks!", she said.

great job Smiley [p.s. i love the combo of leopard print and bright red anyhow!]

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2008 12:49:37 PM »

Tehe..what a good idea! Great job.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009 09:24:55 PM »

This is...awesome. I have always wanted a pair of Christian Louboutins with the famous red soles, but I never thought of just painting the bottom of a different pair. Way to go smartie!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2009 10:36:50 PM »

Oh Christian and your red soles. How I love them and aspire to have a pair some day...What a fabulous idea. If you have a hard time making the red stick maybe painting a pair of those glue on soles? The kind that are skid proof? I dunno because you walk on them... I so have to try this. Great job!

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