When I think of Christian Louboutin's sexy aesthetic, the iconic Pigalle pump comes immediately to mind. This pump is arguably the brand's most recognizable design, and Fall 2014 marked the Pigalle's ten year anniversary. For a shoe to enjoy a decade of popularity in the wild world of footwear is no small feat. Trends come and go, but the Pigalle is a pump that's going to be around for a very long time.
A shoe as iconic as the Pigalle is definitely worth putting to the test, and it's the subject of this edition of TalkShoes Testimonials.
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The five-star rating says it all. These pumps are beautiful, and they are, without a doubt, a modern-day classic. A nude, pointd-toe, patent leather pump is a guaranteed staple that you will want to wear now and for years to come.
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Comfort & Functionality
One word instantly comes to mind when I think about what it's like to walk in a pair of Pigalles: intense. These pumps are 120mm high, but I already own a pair of 120mm So Kate pumps, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into. The height wasn't an issue as much as slipping my foot into this shoe. Pigalles are known for their very short toe box, but it was even more extreme than I expected. The show is very narrow, and I had to wiggle my toes quite a few times in order to get comfortable.
Another common concern when buying a pair of Pigalles is figuring out what size to purchase. I find that the Pigalles run a pinch small. I own several Louboutin pumps and I'm always a size 35. In the Pigalles, however, I opted for a 35.5 simply because of the toe box. I have very slender feet, and while I know Louboutin pumps stretch over time, getting my toes into the 35 wasn't happening. The half a size up gave me a pinch of relief.
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Quality & Construction
The silhouette of this pump is very unique because of the low sides and short toe box. Since I have slender feet, the low sides didn't bother me so much; someone with a wider foot might experience more discomfort, though. In certain movements, I felt the sides of my foot hanging over just a pinch, but it wasn't enough to really bother me or cause me to stumble when walking.
My biggest and only complaint with Pigalle pump is the very short toe box. It took me some maneuvering to get comfortable in these shoes, even before I stood up. My toes were very close together, and I couldn't spread them apart even if I tried. As I started wearing them, my toes endured the pain and the toe box stretched out just a bit. Overall, my feet still ached after wearing them for a couple of hours.
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Right now, the Pigalles retail for $675, which is the entry pricepoint when buying a pair of Louboutin pumps. The style and price of the Pigalle make this pump a good place to start for someone looking to beef up their shoe collection, and they're a great first Louboutin. The brand does make periodic price increases, so if you're considering buying a pair, keep that in mind.
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The Pigalle recently celebrated its ten year anniversary, and I have no doubt that this pump will be around for another ten, twenty or fifty years. Crazy trends come and go, but there's nothing trendy or fleeting going on here.
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You all may think I'm crazy, but I think the Pigalle is one of the most difficult shoes in the Louboutin family to walk in. I've tried everything from Daffodile pumps to So Kates, and none of Louboutin's other popular styles have given me as much trouble as the Pigalle. Don't get me wrong; they're beautiful both on and off the foot, but they are a bit painful. These pumps may pinch my toes and be a pinch too high, but I would never truly regret wearing a pair of classic pumps like this.
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Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the 2014 BAFTA Tea Party in Beverly Hills last Saturday afternoon in a bright cobalt blue pair of Christian Louboutin Python Pigalle Pumps, which provided a stark contrast to her adorable, vintage-inspired red dress. You can acquire these exact pumps for $151 at our site. Because I know you’re curious, the BAFTA Tea Party is a comparatively casual awards season shindig intended to honor BAFTA nominees well before any awards are handed out.
As you probably know by now, Cate picked up a Golden Globe this weekend for her performance in “Blue Jasmine.” Louboutins, of course, had their own moment during the GGs when Emma Thompson chose to walk onstage barefoot, carrying her Louboutins in hand. She then declared “I just want you to know, this red, it’s my blood,” and tossed them over her shoulder. Emma had a martini glass in the other hand the entire time, natch.
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Here’s La La Anthony, looking extra cozy as she arrives at the “Bethenny” show studios in a pair of black patent Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps. This pair looks slightly oversized for La La, but I’ve noticed that seems to be a little trick celebs employ, presumably to spare their feet from blisters. You can currently get a multi-tone, spiked black version of the Pigalle for$1,295 at Neiman Marcus.
La La is doing the press rounds this week to promote her new book, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, & Happiness, which I assume contains detailed instructions on how to become a hot MTV VJ who then goes on to lock-down one of the highest paid NBA players in the country via holy matrimony. At least, I think that’s what we’re all hoping it’s about.
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Here’s Entertainment Tonight correspondent Rocsi Diaz, attending ESSENCE’s 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills. She’s paired her pale pink Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes Pumps with a pitch-perfect graphic print dress. If you know the designer behind this classy little frock, please let us know in the comments! You can snatch up Rocsi’s pumps in muted metallic gold for $1,295 at Neiman Marcus.
Pale hues have been a big Spring 2014 trend for handbags, and now it seems they’re infiltrating footwear trends as well. Bea warned us about the advent of rose-colored everything back in August, so if you’re planning to shop your way through all things pale, you can start there. You can also get your pale fix in the handbag department from this PurseBlog post on the 15 hottest pale bags for spring.
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Here’s UK pop star Lily Allen, attending the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, wearing quite a (literally) cheeky ensemble that includes a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin Pigalle Glitter Pumps. There were plenty of other London notables in attendance (Cara Delevingne, Keira Knightley, several members of the royal family, etc.), but I can’t imagine their outfits were quite as eye-popping. You can find a regular black leather pair of Lily’s pumps for $141 at our site
Lily gets a lot of blogspace on both TalkShoes and PurseBlog because her designer wardrobe is absurdly good, and she has a much stronger/edgier sense of personal style than most celebs. Lily is also one of Karl Lagerfeld’s many celeb pets, so she’s up to her eyeballs in Chanel and Fendi bags and accessories. You can peruse Lily’s many fab looks and choice handbags in “The Many Bags of Lily Allen.”
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