The Christian Louboutin boutique is a small, low-key spectacle, dominating a black-and-chrome storefront on Madison Avenue. Imagine the footwear wing of Frederick’s of Hollywood, if it had tottered away to seduce the Wonka factory: wall-to-wall red carpet, mirrors, disco sequins and modular Lucite cubbies all showcasing a loopy series of variations on lickably shiny, nosebleed-high hooker pumps (the cheap American cousin of which is commonly known, in fetishistic eBay galleries, as “the Pleaser”).
Hence, the mystique: Louboutin pumps look right at home in the rarefied air betwixt chrome poles and mirrored ceilings, only they are around $900. This makes them not hooker shoes, but merely French.
I have mentioned the fabulous Cintra before. She just keeps getting better. Any week in which one of her "Critical Shopper" pieces appears in the Times Thursday Styles section is a good week in which to be alive.
Photo of Christian Louboutin pumps from Kuwait-Style.com.