I’ve written a fair bit recently about the current trend for shoes with high tongues, and I say now what I’ve said every other time: that while it makes for a stunning looking shoe, I’m not convinced it’s a shape that works nearly as well on the foot as it does on its own.
With that said, it’s hard not to love this shoe, if not for the shape itself, then for the beautiful purple upper, which mixes suede and patent leather to amazing effect. These are called ‘Queue de Pie”, and, according to the Christian Louboutin website, are inspired by the structure and style of a gentleman’s tailcoat. Despite the heel and curves, they do have a bit of a menswear-inspired feel, and that’s partly down to the lace-up suede section, which isn’t something you generally see on a patent pump. Here, however, it works really well, and the elegance of the pointed toe and gently curved heel also lends these a very sophisticated feel.
I talked earlier this week about purple as a perfect shade for fall, and I stand by that: I think these would look wonderful with one of the many plaid pencil skirts that are around right now, or perhaps with a pair of narrow-legged trousers in the same print. If you’re not keen on purple, however, they’re also available in black, and have a 100mm heel. They’re £525 at the Christian Louboutin website, and although they’ve only just arrived there, they’re already starting to sell out in some sizes: I can’t say I’m surprised!