How To Protect Christian Louboutin Soles

Hi Stiletts,

Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 6.08.32 PMAs you know, Christian Louboutin is mainly known for his signature red soles. I happen to think that’s marketing genius. Apart from the fact that he’s an amazing designer, I think his signature has definitely helped him reach the top. What I don’t like is how other shoe designers came up with the same concept but different colors. Come on now. Let me not even get started on how YSL launched a red bottom shoe once. I lost total respect for the brand at that point. If you didn’t know about it, the two brands went head to head in court, and the Judge ruled against Christian Louboutin, stating that color in fashion is a necessity and therefore cannot be trademarked by a designer. I think that Judge knew nothing about fashion, if you ask me.

But Christian Louboutin appealed the verdict a few months later, and the Federal Court ruled that the red bottom signature is in fact a trademark of Christian Louboutin, and no other designers can do that, unless the shoe is red. Don’t really get it, but still happy that he was able to appeal it and win.

Back to the soles….If you have had a pair of Louboutins, then you already know that the soles are only that perfect and pretty when they are brand new. Once you wear them the bottom wears off and so the red paint goes away best diet pills to lose weight. I’ve gotten many emails from my Stiletts freaking out about this; wondering if they did anything wrong or if they should take them back. It is absolutely normal.

Some people want to “protect” the soles. I, personally, like the worn shoe look. As much as I love the beautiful red on the bottom of my shoe, I don’t mind when it starts going away. I think shoes are supposed to do that. To me they look more real and natural. But I can totally see how some would want to preserve that.

Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 6.28.16 PMI don’t have any experience with any services or products that do this. However I’m happy to share what I’ve heard others do to protect them. The Christian Louboutin boutique in Los Angeles once recommended a shoe repair spot for me to stretch these boots I had just gotten. I figured if they were recommended by them, they were good. When I went there, the lady asked me if I wanted to add a red rubber to the bottom of my shoe so the red doesn’t go away.  I wasn’t interested in doing that cuz I love my shoes as they are, but I was curious to see what she was referring to.

Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 6.44.03 PMShe showed me a few different pairs they had just done. It was basically a thin red rubber (not exactly identical to the red Louboutin soles, but close). They place it only on the bottom of the shoe, the part that would get come off once walking. It’s a cool concept for those that absolutely cannot see the shoes any other way but all red. But for me it just isn’t my thing.

Another company I’ve come across is Protect Your Pumps. They provide a non slip transparent adhesive that you cut and place on the soles of your shoes. It is supposed to protect them from “dirt, grime, unattractive scratches and scrapes”. Have never tried it, but something you might want to consider.

There are also a lot of products on Ebay but I personally don’t buy too much stuff on there. Just a personal preference. But I looked just now and they have similar products as the ones I mentioned above. Amazon seems to have a few as well. So feel free to check those out too if you are looking for cheaper alternatives.

If you have any other questions, leave a comment and I’ll respond ?




29 comments on How To Protect Christian Louboutin Soles

  1. Bria
    April 13, 2013 at 2:11 am (6 years ago)

    once you get the protector(red rubber) how long does it lasts?

    • StilettoMeUp
      April 13, 2013 at 2:14 am (6 years ago)

      Great question. She said it all depends on how often you wear them, but they can last anywhere from 6 months to a few years.

  2. mc
    April 13, 2013 at 2:44 am (6 years ago)

    A nice thing about the the red rubber soles is that they add grip to the heel! I’ve gotten them done on all of mine .. With those sky high heels I need a little bit of grip on the bottoms so I don’t slip n fall! The color doesn’t usually match, but once dirty n stuff it can have that worn bottom look too.:)

    • Debbie
      June 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Same problem!!
      Im looking for something to put in the front part that will help protect it and the red doesn’t scrape away.
      Where could I get it done?
      im in Los angeles
      probably can’t order the rubber stuff from online

  3. Pamela
    April 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t have many louboutins but the ones I do have, I have resoled the bottom front part. I didn’t like how they looked once the paint was coming 🙁 but another good thing about the resoled part is that they add grip and the shoe isn’t as slippery as it is without the resole. I personally love it, and its so thin you can’t even see it!! I live in NYC if anyone wants a great place here, I could post the info.

    • alysha
      April 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

      i need to kno ur place im in nj iwant to resole my loubs

      • StilettoMeUp
        April 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm (6 years ago)

        I’m afraid you’ll have to look, cuz I don’t know where the places are in each city.

      • Lauren
        January 5, 2015 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

        My friend goes to a place in Morristown Nj I have never been there myself but I have heard from a few people that this place is great! It is called Rago Brothers in Morristown, Nj and they also have an Instagram with before and after pictures! Good luck!

      • lela179
        April 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm (4 years ago)

        I’ve used the place in Morristown, NJ and they did a fantastic job of resoling my CL’s. The name is Rago Brothers. They did it in an hour for $45.

  4. MissCalifornia
    April 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I actually prefer to protect all of my heels, not just my louboutins,and not to protect the “red” on my loubi’s but to protect my high heels, the soles are made of leather and though I probably won’t ever wear one pair often enough to wear it down, I’d hate to wear down a pair of my favorite heels 🙂

  5. Nicole
    April 14, 2013 at 4:29 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve been using the Protect Your Pumps for about a year and really love them. I’ve used them on a few of Loubs, Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos. I usually keep them on for about 4 wears and they really help. I totally recommend them!

    • Duña
      February 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Sorry this is so late, but I just came across this thread and ordered a pair of Protect Your Pumps… Are these safe for my new Loubis? I am afraid applying this adhesive on the soles will damage the lacquer…


      • Egreis Gjergjani
        February 9, 2015 at 10:45 am (4 years ago)

        Hi Duna,
        Yes they are 🙂

      • Stephanie
        February 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

        I read a ton of responses on another thread yesterday that said Protect Your Pumps totally destroyed their Louboutins and peeled the paint completely off (even when not worn) and left a sticky film on the sole. The poster here did not use them so do NOT take their advice. Do a search for others who have used them.

        • Egreis Gjergjani
          February 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

          Hi Stephanie,
          That’s good to know.
          You are right, I personally have never used them. I know people that have, and they like them. But it’s good to hear the other side too. So thank yoU!

  6. PB
    April 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm (5 years ago)

    You never mentioned the LA spot you go to. Would really appreciate it if u can share with us? I’ve been going to Pasquale but they dont have the red rubber sole with CL logo (as pictured) so want to check out other places as well… Thank you! 🙂

  7. Lily
    May 8, 2013 at 7:40 am (5 years ago)

    This might sound like a rude question, but how expensive we’re your cheapest pair of louboutins? im kind of obsessed but also pretty broke hahahah! (:

  8. J
    May 14, 2013 at 9:21 am (5 years ago)

    As much as I like louboutins, the company was wrong in placing the lawsuit because Yves Saint Laurent has been making the “monochromatic” shoe for the past 40 years since the 1970s. These “monochromatic” shoes are designed where the entire shoe from the outside to the sole to the lining all is made of the same color. YSL has only given red shoes red soles. Also in your post you say that the final decision was in CL’s favor, well after louboutin appealed the case and won, the case was brought back and then ruled back in favor to YSL and allowed them to keep selling their red shoes based on their monochromatic trademark. Also the shoe brand, Charles Jourdan (where louboutin apprenticed) did red sole shoes in the 1970s and 80s before Louboutin even got there or started his company so I don’t think it’s fair to give him all the credit as the idea was already clearly existent. That the lawsuit was ridiculous because trademarking a red for the bottom of a pair of shoes is completely unjust noting the fact it wasn’t him who did it first. But besides that, this was a relatively informative article.

    • Katie
      May 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm (4 years ago)

      i noticed you had many heels in fact i wondered if you ever wore anything other, What brand of shoe would you recommend wearing for walking, going to the park or things of that nature. I watch a five year old half of the year and she loves to go the park, take walks, and be outside, Some brands of shoes aren’t meant for that.

      • Egreis Gjergjani
        May 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm (4 years ago)

        I love flat shoes for walks in the park or just anything that has to do with taking my son out. I have noticed that any loafers (which I LOVE) are really tight on at first and will take a while to stretch. But once they do they are perfect. Tod’s makes some nice ones. But I also love flip flops or flat sandals. I have a few from Giuseppe Zanotti, Fendi, Steve Madden and some Aldo as well.

  9. Elisa
    June 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi! I’m curious about your favorite pair of shoes. I know you love CL but from ALL the pair of shoes you have, which one are your favorite?

  10. Ebon Talifarro
    August 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey, I’m Ebon Talifarro, my class (8th grade) wants to interview you, would you have time to answer a few questions?

  11. Erin
    October 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I personally wait until my Louboutins become worn on the soles, and then I get the red rubber sole put on. It lets me enjoy the beautiful red laquer while the shoe is new, but then I can get them fixed so it is not so visible that the soles are worn afterward.

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      October 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm (4 years ago)

      A lot of women do that. It’s all a matter of personal preference 🙂

  12. Tulsa Counseling
    December 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog article.Really thank you!

  13. Jennifer M
    March 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Wear can I get those exact rubber soles with name on them like on your blog?

  14. Brielle
    March 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm (2 years ago)

    There’s a place in Morristown, NJ (Rago Brothers Shoe & Leather Repair) that matches the red almost exactly, I’ve never had a problem! I did it more for the traction on the soles because I’m a bit clumsy and the leather soles are a bit slippery for me 🙂

  15. Nik
    August 4, 2018 at 10:59 am (2 months ago)


    I might have missed it but can you tell me the name of the store where you can re-soled your CL in LA?


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