I’ve been hemming and hawing about DIY’ing these lovely ruffled Christian Louboutins for awhile. It would be so simple to curl and fold up a piece of leather, creating those frills, and stitch the bottom onto a “pad” that you could tie on or clip on to the front of your sandals..
Well, now there’s no need to since Newport-News has come out with their version. Besides the fact that the NNI version is faux leather and they do not have a top strap, the frilly part certainly looks a lot cheaper than the original since (likely in order to save on production costs) they’ve used a double-layer of vinyl simply glued together.
Whereas the Loubs use a double layer of leather, edges folded in and topstitched. It’s a minuscule little detail (along with the strong shine of the faux leather) that is a dead giveaway that these are fakies.
However, once there’s a pretty good replica of a designer item put out there by some mass-market brand, I lose interest in DIY’ing it.
Materials for the ruffle + time trying to find the materials + time executing it + possible mishaps/mistakes with working with thin leather and topstitching it = $$$$
(close enough to $59 that bothering with the DIY seems like a waste. But it certainly could be done should you want to.)
And if you wanted to buy these shoes from Newport-News or Spiegel (sadly, only camel or black is available, not the lovely orangey coral color)…
What do we think? Chic…or just CHEAP?
Bwahahaha! Now I’ve seen everything! If you want your very own Barbie doll with Christian Louboutin-designed accessories, she’s available for $150 from Net-a-Porter. She even comes with those strappy super-spiked heels I did a DIY of last week!
Is it wrong that I kind of want this Barbie? 😉 (Just to play with a couple times, not to keep LOL.) This is definitely not a toy for little ones, though (I am amused by the fact they don’t have an “Ages x and up” disclaimer on Net-a-Porter.) I love all the little accessories…Mattel never bothered to think that realistically in designing Barbie’s shoes n stuff. Not liking the catsuit – would be much better in a long trench, oversize sunnies, and a Marc Jacobs dress. Or Rodarte sweater!! Now that would be a Barbie I buy.
-Carly J. Cais
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This was a lo-o–ooooong time in coming. Hope you guys didn’t get bored waiting!:-)
The highly, highly coveted Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spike heels – only sold for a short time at Christian Louboutin boutiques in Fall of ’08, never showing up at Net-a-Porter, not ever appearing on eBay. Victoria Beckham even stepped out in the gorgeous gold ones below. But how to get a pair for oneself?
The RedSole version.
Of course, you could always fork over $188 for the black knockoffs over at RedSole (or here for the gold ones, pictured above). They’ve changed that texturized (Swarovski-encrusted?) area on the toe to snakeskin, and the heel isn’t as high or as skinny, but it’s a fairly good knockoff…if you want to pay $188.
(source: Fashion Mongers)
You could always DIY your own following the instructions at Fashion Mongers here
for a similar style also in the Rodarte line.
But I wanted the exact same style as the shoes above on the right, butin black- and I haven’t found any
DIY tutes out there on the Internet yet (correct me if I’m wrong!:-) So here ya go – step by step!
I have to break the process into multiple steps, since this is quite long though not excessively complicated. So, in 4 Parts:
To DIY Your Own Pair of Rodarte Spiked Heels You Will Need: (after the jump)