For my birthday this year, I was determined to splurge and finally purchase the holy grail of footwear: a Christian Louboutin shoe. I’ve lusted after a pair ever since I saw the elongating effects of the hidden platform, that skinny pindrop heel, and wanted to become a member of the red-soled troops of fashionistas that I so frequently saw during New York Fashion Week. So finally on August 6th, I made my way to Saks, and requested to try on my first pair: the 5 inch Patent Pump.
In addition to the obvious aesthetic effects, I’ve heard many things about the fit and comfort of his shoes. “So comfortable I could run in them all day!” I remembered a starlet trilling about in a weekly magazine, “The hidden platform is the secret!” With anticipation, I expectantly slid my foot into the shoe, and stood up, expecting to feel air on my feet, and that magical feeling you get when you are wearing a great shoe–the feeling of nothingness and lightness. Unfortunately, I felt something and it wasn’t very comfortable–the shoe felt stiff and rigid and my feet felt piched and tight. I feel this a lot when I wear heels of a high height, thanks to a wide foot and high arches, but had hoped that Louboutins would be different.
Although I loved the way my legs looked in the mirror (the elongating effects are indeed true,) after a few minutes, my feet begged me to stop prancing around the Saks shoe floor and I conceded that I had to give up my Louboutin dream and could only admire them as works of art from afar. I left the store, but on the way home stopped by Stuart Weitzman, remembering an earlier print interview that Ivanaka Trump had done, pre-marriage, stating that their shoes were amongst the most comfortable. If Ivanka, wearer of probably the most beautiful wedding dress I’ve seen in past few years, thought it was good enough for her, it was good enough for me. I started browsing and my eye was instantly caught by the Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump for its design similarities to the Louboutin platform pump.
Same rounded toe, same extremely high pindrop height (4 inches), with a sleek design and slight 0.5 built in platform, I was instantly happy with the design (could you even tell that the shoe in the above picture was a Stuart Weitzman and not a Louboutin?) For my wide feet, I requested for width B, and excitedly slit my foot into the shoe. I instantly felt the difference between the Louboutins and the Stuart Weitzman’s–the patent leather was extremely soft and pliable, molding to my feet, as I stood up, I felt the foam platform support in the toe, easing the tension in my leg muscles with the 4 inch heel. The salesperson explained that Stuart Weitzman uses the softest and most durable foam support, so essentially the balls of your feet are resting upon a cushion.
I was thrilled by the way the shoe looked and felt on my feet, and happily accepted it as a substitute to my Louboutin dream. Just like a great dress on sale not in your size, and although I will miss seeing that seductive, candy-apple red sole on the bottom of my feet, I just had to accept that Louboutins and my feet were not meant to be. Atlthough pricey at $298, it’s also more than half the price of a typical Louboutin. The Platswoon currently is available in matte suede and in many patent colors including red, black, and tan/taupe. Have you had similar experiences with Christian Louboutin or were mine unique? Let me know in the comments!