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The art of the shoe: Louboutin on exhibit

The art of the shoe: Louboutin on exhibit
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';No shoe with a 12cm (5 inch) heel is comfortable... but people do not come to me looking for a pair of slippers,'; said Louboutin, who helped bring high heels back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s. Image Credit: Reuters
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Super-high heels can free women, says legendary French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who insists that wearing his towering six-inch stilettos is a ';form of liberty';. Image Credit: AFP
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Louboutin - best known for producing shoes with soles painted lipstick-red - used to go to the Palais de la Porte Doree to look at exhibitions when he was a boy. He remembers a sign with a picture of a spike-heeled shoe with a red line through it, banning women from wearing stilettos to protect the wooden floors. Image Credit: Reuters
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';To be a woman is also about enjoying one';s freedom to be feminine if you want. Why renounce (high heels) when you can have them and flats,'; he said. Image Credit: AFP
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters
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Creations by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin are displayed during a press preview of his exhibition "L';Exhibition[niste]" (The exhibition[ist]) in Paris. Image Credit: Reuters