When it comes to the luxury footwear game, Christian Louboutin pretty much has it on lock. He makes some of the most coveted pieces the world over and his designs sell out, sometimes in under 24 hours of being released. His fans include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Patti LaBelle and many more.

Naturally, rappers have flocked to mentioning Monsieur Louboutin and his fierce footwear, giving them the name “red bottoms”, bringing all the attention to their distinctive soles. As true as the new moniker may be, it cheapens the brand. There are other designers who have used red soles on their creations (one of them being Paris Hilton) and not all of them are anywhere near the realm of luxury. To have “red bottoms” does not equate with actually owning Christian Louboutins, thus I am calling for this nickname to be given a rest.

Louboutins are something to aspire to, both physically and monetarily: we need the diva training to be able strut around in 6″ Daffodile pumps like Beyoncé as well as the cash to be able to afford the likes of them, retailing for $995. They scream “fabulous” and at the end of the day, every woman wants the glamour that the Louboutin name is associated with. It helps that the name of the brand is so typically French, adding to the allure and international appeal. So why then, do we zap all the mystery and grandeur from it and slap the name “red bottoms” onto something so fantastic?

Let’s put the “red bottoms” at the back of the closet and give Christian Louboutin his name back.

What do you think of the name “red bottoms”? Do you like it or hate it?

-Faith Cummings

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  • KKay

    This article is shallow at best. Who cares what you call them? They’re shoes for crying out loud. I agree with the anonymous commentator, label obsession is not cute and shows the depth of your concern in the world. There are more important things going on in the world and fortunately the name of a shoe is just not a worthwhile debate. And for you to assert that “at the end of the day, every woman wants the glamour that the Louboutin name is associated with,” is completely false, you should talk to women outside of your label driven circle. I am more interested in taking $998 and investing it, building wealth to pass down for generations much like the white folks have done for generations. Stop spending money on meaningless pieces of fashion in the name of searching for high self esteem.

  • KKay

    I was expecting this article to denounce the frivolous spending of hard earned dollars for the sake of “keeping up with the Kardashians.”