Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Price tag on a 3/4" platform: $231

Christian Louboutin Peep Toe Suede Platform: $770.00
4 3/4" covered heel

Christian Louboutin Suede Peep Pump: $539.00
4" covered heel

A lot of us secretly or openly love playing the "Spot the Difference" game. Who can blame us? It's fun! I'd also bet that unless you're a masochist, you love comfortable shoes just as much as I do. So you must have heard of Christian Louboutin, the line of famous red-sole shoes claimed by many Hollywood actresses to be the most comfortable high heels ever made.

So what is so different about these two shoes? Both are made in black suede and styled in the season's most popular peep toe form. Both are sexy and feminine. Can you spot the difference?

YES! The correct answer is the platform in the front and an extra 3/4 inch in the heels of the Suede Platform. The Suede Platform has a sturdier heel that tapers off very evenly and gradually. On the other hand, the Suede Peep Pump has a cuter, more concave curve to its heel, making it more womanly than the strong and confident Suede Platform.

I know what you're thinking. Is the difference really worth $231? Is the price merely a reflection of the amount of material used to make the shoe? In fact, why wouldn't the Suede Peep Pump be more expensive for its more realistic height?

Well, my guess is, height matters. Women buy heels to make their legs look a mile long, in order to wear floor-dragging gowns. Women buy heels to look pretty in for a few minutes before they find a spot to sit to take the pressure off their feet. So the Suede Platform wins in the extra 3/4" it gives to the wearer's height. And perhaps there is something sultry about the way the Suede Platform lifts your toe off the ground. Just perhaps, the Suede Platform provides more room for fantasy than the Suede Peep Pump. But hey, that's just me...

The only place to find Christian Louboutin shoes in Taiwan is in the store On Pedder at Sogo (敦化) and Taipei 101.

P.S. my fave CL continues to be this impossibly high slingback I tried on at On Pedder.

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