Christian Louboutin has now been a proud member of the Zoo Fashions family of designers for 12 consecutive seasons. In fact, ours was the first independent boutique in the UK to work with the Maison. The Parisian label’s uncompromising dedication to quality and craftsmanship is unlike any other we have ever encountered and we continue to anticipate each upcoming collection with fervent enthusiasm. Christian Louboutin is revered for continually reshaping our perception of luxury footwear in the contemporary fashion scene, not only through his unrestrained utilisation of colours and fabrics, but also through his modern-day contextual awareness and insightful referencing of pop culture.
For his Spring/Summer 21 showcase, Chrisitan Louboutin exhibited his brand new designs in his very first, self-styled virtual presentation known simply as ‘Loubi World’. Set in a digital iteration of modern-day Paris, the immersive experience recreated the places and life events held dear to Monsieur Louboutin. Here, the brand new SS21 collection was presented to adoring fans and contemporaries for the first time.
A hand-picked selection of styles have made their way into our SS21 showcase, styles which we feel faithfully represent the core mechanics of the label, whilst simultaneously offering a smattering of fresh and exciting features to turn heads and spark conversations. Here are our hot picks from Christian Louboutin’s latest collection.
Christian Louboutin Lou Spikes Orlato Multi-Panelled High Top Trainers
One of the more creatively-elaborate styles on our list, the Lou Spikes Orlato hi top makes an immediate impression with metallised threading, a shimmering, red glitter heel counter and even patent detailing at the tongue. If ever there was a red bottom trainer for the red carpet, this is surely it. This trainer is a testament to Louboutin’s proclivity for mixing and matching fabrics and colours, striving to invent something truly unique. The signature spike embellished toe completes the design, rooting it in the classic mould of the label.
Christian Louboutin Louis Junior Spikes Orlato Multi-Panelled Trainers
Another silhouette that is the result of playful experimentation from Mr Louboutin, the Louis Junior Spikes Orlato trainer is comprised of micro-herringbone fabrics, smooth suedes and glossy patent leathers. But despite the liberal graphic implementation, this unit still manages to maintain a decidedly clean aesthetic, due in part to the pure white base colour and complementing silver-toned hardware. A wonderfully versatile number that goes well with casual outfits and more audacious, statement-making get-ups.
Christian Louboutin Seavaste 2 Multi-Panelled Trainers
The Seavaste silhouette has become a staple style in Christian Louboutin’s permanent portfolio, arriving in a variety of different styles and colours throughout the seasons. Perhaps its resemblance to the ultra-popular Louis Junior model has contributed to its success, considering that Seavaste is essentially a Louis Junior that has doubled-down on spikes! Our featured style takes things a step further, however, playing with a colourful assortment of cool-toned textiles and punchy leathers to bring it into a light of its own. Again, the design isn’t forced or overdone and shines in its ability to effortlessly uplift any off-duty outfit.
Christian Louboutin Blaster CL Logo Jacquard Travel Case
The rubber ‘CL’ logo-jacquard is a brand new theme for Chrisitan Louboutin’s SS21 collection. Dressed in all black and subtly displaying the sporty logo motif, the Blaster Travel case is a sophisticated affair, exhibiting just the right amount of artistic nuance to keep it synonymous with the label’s prevailing aesthetic. In fact, it’s only really the dash of red on the reverse of the handle that serves as an immediate visual indicator that this style belongs to the famous Parisian Maison. It’s a timely reminder that Christian Louboutin does minimalism just as well as he does maximalism, methodically floating between the two approaches just to keep us all guessing. The seasonal graphic can also be found on these Lou Spikes 2 hi top trainers which complete the family.
Christian Louboutin Cardaboot Black Suede Leather Boots
Christian Louboutin’s Cardaboot is the perfect example of a shoe that doesn’t need to shout to be heard. There’s a real aura of refined elegance with this style, owing largely to the all-black, all-suede body that calls to the renowned savoir faire of the label. The uncomplicated design makes it well suited for smart-casual office attires, while the meticulous craftsmanship and lasered attention to detail also makes it the perfect choice for more dressy, occasion outfits as well. With convenient side-entry to complete the design, you’ll find the Cardaboot to be one of the most accessible pairs of shoes in your inventory.
Christian Louboutin Loubi Flip Black Sandals
Christian Louboutin reworks a popular style from the women’s collection for this masculine iteration of the Loubi Flip Sandal, offering a style geared more towards casual comfort than flashy exuberance. That’s not to say this design is lacking in statement-making appeal, however. The iconic spike-adorned thong strap and striking red-sole base guarantee to lend a decadent flavour to your outfit, whether you’re lounging by the pool or taking a leisurely stroll through the city in warmer climates. And when you don’t have the weather to wear them outdoors, they’ll make for a fine pair of sandals to simply lounge about the house in. Don’t sleep on the Loubi Flip sandals, we have a feeling they will become a real hit…
Christian Louboutin Nit Night Black Velvet Loafers
We can only assume that the decision to include the word ‘night’ in the Nit Night Velvet Loafers is more than just happenstance. This shoe is dressed in a jet black velvet that very much evokes the absorbing darkness of the night sky. And if the velvet base is the dark of the night, then the adorning line of silver spikes are the shimmering stars that light up the sky. Add to that a luxurious, tonal suede vamp panel and you are left with a captivating model that’s suited to only the most sophisticated of evening events.