There are shoes—and then there are Louboutins. With a flash of iconic red lacquer on their undersides, there’s no mistaking these beauties.

The man behind these highly coveted heels is Christian Louboutin, of course. The French-born designer has a knack for bringing the shoes of our dreams (hello, strappy python booties) vividly to life, all the while paying close attention to fit. In other words: The guy has mastered the art of the provocative comfortable heel.

Capable of surmounting any challenge, we put Louboutin to the task of selecting his favorite Fall 2014 shoes from Barneys. Not only did he succeed, but he over-delivered, throwing in a favorite handbag, too.

1 Glitter Pigalle Follies Pumps

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“A woman tells a story with her clothes, but it’s the shoe that carries her. With a high heel, it’s all about the body language. The heel changes the posture, and there is a new perception. It can seduce—especially in an animal print.” 

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Orange Pigalle Follies

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SIMILAR: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pigalle Follies Pump

“The Pigalle Follies in the playful and vibrant orange reminds me of a Bird of Paradise flower.” 

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Follies Resille Pumps

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 “Black fishnet with the combination of natural color mesh has a semi-transparent effect and reveal a hidden nudity.” 

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Iriza Half D’Orsay Pumps

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SIMILAR: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Fleuve Slingback Pumps

“Every woman should have a nude shoe. It becomes an almost organic part of the body. It’s like an extension of the woman, not an accessory.” 

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Cutout Galata Pumps

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 “I love the purple of the Galata. There is something very sensual about the color.” 

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Bille Et Boule Studded Pumps

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“I love mixing materials like patent leather and PVC, and I love the contrast between the feminine bow and masculine studs.” 

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Pigalle

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SIMILAR: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pigalle Follies Pump

“The iconic Pigalle is simple and balanced—I’ve never seen anyone who didn’t look good in it.” 

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Tiger-Print Ponyhair Rougissime Clutch

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“There is a stripe of red enamel on the metal-bar closure. You can only see it once the bag is opened, so it is like a secret between me and the wearer.” 

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