Christian Louboutin Daffodile160, $6,395
I know the Christian Louboutin Daffodile shape is as familiar to shoe lovers as the contents of their own shoe collections, but you didn’t seriously expect me to simply ignore the presence of these amazing Daffodile crystal pumps, did you? Because I’m pretty sure my shoe blogger card would be revoked if I didn’t make at least a passing mention of them…
The photos of these shoes really speak for themselves, which is why I’ve included a lot of them, and in large sizes: these are the kind of shoes that look great from a distance, but even better close-up!
The shape, as I’ve mentioned, is the classic Christian Louboutin Daffodile, with its 6.5″ stiletto heel and 2.5″ platform. They’re one of the highest shoes you can buy without veering off into “look, but don’t actually wear” territory, but although they look big and bulky, in real life they’re actually much lighter than they look in photos, and (I think) much more elegant, too.
I called them “classic”, above: perhaps “distinctive” might have been a better word, although it is true to say that these shoes have become an important part of the Louboutin lineup. When they first made their appearance, I remember thinking they were so outrageously high they’d probably be a one-season wonder, never to be seen again. Actually, the opposite is true: this style has been re-released season after season,a and in every type of upper imaginable. They stopped looking outrageous after the first few months, too: it’s strange how easily the eye adjusts to different styles, meaning that even a 6.5″ heel can lose its ability to shock after not too much time at all.
This particular Daffodile is at the upper end of the price bracket, coming in at $6,395. The price is partly because of the multicoloured crystals which cover every inch of the metallic leather upper, but also just because they’re Christian Louboutin Daffodile pumps: crazy price tag as standard!