Kick Up Your Heels In Christian Louboutin’s 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

“In France, twenty years defines a generation.
This is a celebration of the first generation of this brand;
an anniversary of its first young adventure.”


Calling all Louboutin-aholics… What would you say if we told you that you could own the very shoe that inspired the original red sole? No, we’re not toying with you. That shoe—the Penséeis now part of a limited-edition capsule collection being sold at Barneys New York to celebrate Christian Louboutin‘s 20th anniversary.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Louboutin revolutionized the world of shoe design. In the past 20 years, he has both literally and figuratively taken shoes to new heights, imbuing them with a sense of drama, humor and elegance along the way.

Louboutin himself chose the 20 styles in this collection, and each captures a specific moment in his evolution as a designer. Here, a pair inspired by the cabaret dancers he admired as a teenager. There, a pair inspired by a Coptic cross found in Egypt. (Talk about a conversation piece!)

So to all you Louboutin lovers, we have one thing to say: Run—don’t walk—to the Barneys New York flagship in New York, Beverly Hills or Chicago to get your hands on a piece of fashion history. (The six styles you see below are just the beginning…)

Now the only question remains: What will the next 20 years bring?

Images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.