The designer known for sky-high, red-soled stilettos opens his first U.S. men’s store beneath the High Line, where he’s debuting equally attention-grabbing designs.
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First Christian Louboutin shod every fashionable woman walking around the Meatpacking District; now he's got his eye on the men. His first stateside men’s-only store is now open beneath the High Line. It's the designer’s second men’s store in the world (Paris was the Frenchman's first choice), and it carries more of Louboutin's men's shoes than you'll find in any regular old retail outlet that carries the line.
Indeed, a regular old retail space this is not: Skylights salvaged from the Park Avenue Armory illuminate a runway carpet in that signature Louboutin red. The shoes themselves are equally dramatic: edgy black wingtips with a capped metal toe ($1,195), playful leopard-print loafers ($995), and Louboutin’s classic leather tasseled loafers ($895), to name a few.
In the back of the boutique, a “Tattoo Parlor” (modeled after the one in the Paris store) allows shoppers to customize their shoes with bespoke embroidery sewn by Jean-Francois Lesage’s revered atelier, which has worked with the world’s top couture designers for more than half a century. And yes, there are red soles.