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A pair of Christian Louboutin heels would be at the top of many a woman’s wish list. With their sky-high stiletto heels and that iconic red sole, Louboutins are an instantly recognisable fashion statement.

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But we never knew the story behind that iconic red sole until now. After dissecting Christian Louboutin’s Rizzoli book, Marie Claire discovered that it was actually nail polish that gave the designer his inspiration.

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After stealing his assistant’s red nail varnish, Louboutin painted the plain black sole on a shoe just to see what it looked like. He loved the result so much that from then on he produced all his shoes with a red lacquered sole – something which quickly became his signature.

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Fortunately Louboutin no longer uses red nail polish to paint his shoes but, in tribute, you can now buy a ‘Rouge Louboutin’ nail varnish that is exactly the same colour as those iconic soles.

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