In the world of fashion, Christian Louboutin's signature red soles are a status symbol, much like Chanel's interlocking Cs or Goyard's chevron pattern. At award shows and movie premieres, celebrities teeter in the brand's strappy Aqueduchesse sandals, the undersides of their shoes flawlessly reflecting the red carpet; at offices in cities like New York and London, girl bosses stride into work in no-nonsense Pigalle pumps. Even Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere relied on a pair of black Louboutins during the pageant season, like the true Frenchwoman that she is.
Of course, that wasn't the case in 1991, when the shoemaker opened the doors of his first shop in Paris. You could say Christian fought to succeed—and it was actually a spur-of-the-moment decision that gave birth to the shiny red soles we recognize today. Watch this video by Racked to learn more:
During an interview with CBS News in December 2014, Christian explained, "I grabbed her nail polish and painted the sole and it becomes this red sole, which became my trademark years after. Red means love, passion, blood."
And to all those haters who call out the designer for wreaking havoc on women's feet, well, the designer has a blunt comeback for that: "I do a work; it's not about comfort, it's about beauty. I can make it easier, but I'm not going to say a five-inch heel is comfortable. No, it is not comfortable."
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.