IT may not feel like it if you’re tottering along an uneven pavement, but wearing high heels sets women free, claims Christian Louboutin.
According to the legendary French shoe designer, his trademark six-inch stilettos are a ‘form of liberty’.
While most feminists see towering heels as a symbol of oppression, Louboutin believes they allow women to express themselves and break free of restrictive norms.
‘Women do not want to give up wearing high heels,’ he said at a Paris exhibition marking his 30-year career. ‘To be a woman is also about enjoying one’s freedom to be feminine if you want.’
But he would say that, wouldn’t he? In 2016, receptionist Nicola Thorp had a different take when she was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels. She triggered a national debate and the employer later relented.
But does Louboutin really need all this ‘liberation’ spin to sell his stilettos? Are high heels simply about looking sexy – one thing he knows full well that few women would willingly give up?