You’ve purchased these new gorgeous Christian Louboutin Shoes, and now what? If you are like me, you want to wear them all the time, but at the same time protect them so they will last forever!
For some people, they are just for special occasions which I can completely understand. For me, I want to enjoy them and wear them often, so a little bit of extra care is required!
After I purchase my shoes I received some amazing advice from the Christian Louboutin store in Toronto and from the boutique inside Holt Renfrew in Toronto as well where I bought my shoes, and so I thought I would share these tips!
1: Add Rubber to the Sole of the Shoe
When I first heard of this I thought there was no way I would do it! I couldn’t believe that people actually added something to these shoes. The painted bottom on the shoe will likely remain untouched in the heel and arch, but the bottom of the shoe will start to wear almost immediately.
Have you ever watched one of the Real Housewives reunions and notice that the painted red bottoms of some of their shoes seem to be wearing off? This starts to happen with more and more wear and tear. On the Christian Louboutin website it states under the care section that the red lacquer on the soles will wear off – it’s not a defect, it’s part of their wear and tear.
To protect the colour of the sole, and to ensure you have some grip since the shoe is very slippery on its painted bottom, have a cobbler apply rubber. If it is done by a proper cobbler then it won’t compromise the quality of the shoe. I take my shoes to the Kaner’s Handbag & Shoe Repair where they take care of many of the Christian Louboutin’s purchased in Yorkville!
Another location that Christian Louboutin happens to recommend on their website is Nicks Custom Boots & Shoe Repair in Toronto, but you can actually see their recomendations worldwide on the website.
2. Caring for the Heels
Each pair of Christian Louboutin’s come with a spare pair of heel taps. You can actually ruin the heel if you wear down these heel taps too far, so it’s important to take a look at them periodically to ensure they are still properly installed and haven’t worn down too low. If you lose them or run out, you can ask a shoe cobbler for the closest match.
3. Storing your Christian Louboutin’s
Remember that soft tissue and plastic spacer that came with your shoes when it first came out of the box? Don’t throw it away! Material damage can easily occur with these shoes, so it’s important they aren’t exposed to moisture or direct sunlight. Some people keep them in their original box to ensure they are protected, and you should absolutely make use of those dust bags they came with! Whenever I travel I put them into their dust bags along with some of the original packaging so they aren’t damaged in transit.
4. What to do with a Damaged Heel?
I fell slightly off of a cobblestone path, and you wouldn’t believe that minor fall did to my Louboutin’s! I wasn’t sure about a fix, so I took them to Kaner’s to see what they would do.
This is the before:
This is the after:
I think they did a great job! They did the repair with wax, and I was very happy with the result! It’s important to use a cobbler that you know works with luxury shoes, and someone that will take some time with you to talk about what you are looking for. In this case they did the repair by applying wax to the shoe.
5. On-the-go Cleaning
Using a regular shoe polish may not be suitable for the quality of leather Christian Louboutin uses, so using a soft dry cloth is the best way to go when cleaning on your own! I tend to have most of my work done with a cobbler, but if you insist on doing it yourself then keep things minimal.
Commercial shoe cleaning cloths often have chemicals you don’t want exposed to your shoes (most have alcohol), keep things simple with either a dry cloth, or even a natural baby wipe!
Have I missed anything? Please let me know in the comments if you have any great tips for keeping your Christian Louboutin’s in perfect condition!
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