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New Trend: DIY Louboutins

Can't afford 'em? Then just paint your cheap shoes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 2:53 PM CDT
New Trend: DIY Louboutins
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(Newser) – Can't quite afford a pair of Christian Louboutin's famous high heels? Then do what UK ladies are doing: Buy some red paint and turn your ordinary heels into Louboutins by painting the soles red. "I bought a [$30] pair of plain black shoes and a tester pot [of paint] and recreated the designer look at home," says one woman who needed a glamorous look for a wedding. "I carefully painted the soles, let them dry overnight, and by the next day they were ready to wear. I received so many compliments at the wedding about my gorgeous shoes."

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The trend is so popular, the Telegraph reports, that sales of some red shades of paint have "rocketed" up 40% compared to last year, according to a manager at one chain. Louboutin himself came up with the idea to make his shoes' soles red after painting one pair with nail polish in 1992. For the uninitiated, a pair of those red-soled babies can set you back as much as a grand, whereas a tester pot of paint will cost you a little more than two bucks. (Read more Christian Louboutin stories.)

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