NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - When it comes to women's shoes
made for style rather than walking, Christian Louboutin
footwear with their distinctive red soles lead the pack,
according to a survey of wealthy American consumers.
Shoes by Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo were rated second
and third respectively in a survey of high net-worth consumers
conducted by the New York-based Luxury Institute to find the
most prestigious women's shoe.
"Women's luxury shoes are a hot item these days and this is
reflected in the rankings of these three brands that were
relatively unknown by the general public just a few years ago,"
said Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute.
"Designer shoe collecting and even obsession has become
trendy and is touted in books, blogs and clubs devoted to the
French designer Christian Louboutin opened his flagship
boutique in Paris in 1992, hand crafting all his shoes in
Italy. His shoes are now sold in upscale department stores and
boutiques from Hong Kong to New York to Moscow with an average
price of about $800.
Among his fans are actresses Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth
Paltrow, Halle Berry and Salma Hayek.
The results came from an online nationwide survey of 715
American women with an average income of $291,000 and average
net worth of $2.2 million.