A heart-tosole with Mssr. Louboutin.

Chris­tian Louboutin on suc­cess, hap­pi­ness and his fa­mous red-soled shoes.

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider -

Can a pair of shoes change a woman’s life? “A new boyfriend might change your life more than a new pair of shoes, but the right shoe can def­i­nitely change a lot of things, in­clud­ing a woman’s at­ti­tude.”

Are you a per­fec­tion­ist?

“The idea of per­fec­tion­ism is a lit­tle bit too fas­cist for me. If you de­cide you’re to­tally a per­fec­tion­ist, it means that you’re never happy. I’d rather be less of a per­fec­tion­ist and think that the next one is go­ing to be bet­ter.”

What does it mean to you to have cre­ated a brand that is so iconic?

“I can only be proud and happy about what is hap­pen­ing to me, to my com­pany and to my brand be­cause it’s a big cel­e­bra­tion of fem­i­nin­ity and of women re­spond­ing to it in a pos­i­tive way.”

You’ve man­aged to keep your com­pany pri­vate and your vi­sion very pre­cise. How?

“The best way to be and to be­have is to be true to your­self and true to what you like. I do not be­lieve in shoes as a su­per­mar­ket fash­ion item—some­thing you buy and throw away be­cause they’re too sea­sonal.”

How im­por­tant is it for you to push bound­aries?

“I’m not try­ing to push bound­aries just to push bound­aries. I think my real mo­ti­va­tion is en­thu­si­asm. Peo­ple think that we push bound­aries, but it’s not just to pro­voke; it’s just a nat­u­ral way of be­ing for me, I guess.”

At what point in your ca­reer did you know you had suc­ceeded?

“When I brought back shoes from Cal­i­for­nia to Paris in my hand lug­gage and the woman at the X-ray ma­chine stopped me be­cause she saw the metal in my bag. She looked at the shoes and at the red soles and was like, ‘OMG! Are you the guy?’ And she started to scream. I was so em­bar­rassed but at the same time very happy. And I said, okay, ob­vi­ously they know about it.”

Canada’s first flag­ship Chris­tian Louboutin bou­tique opens on Au­gust 5 at 99 Yorkville Av­enue in Toronto. For our fave Louboutin picks, head to elleCanada.com.

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