'Wearing high heels is like having an orgasm': Christian Louboutin on why his shoes are so popular with women
By Maysa Rawi
Last updated at 8:47 PM on 17th October 2011Leg-lengthening, flattering and glamorous, it's no wonder women love to wear high-heels.
But designer Christian Louboutin believes stilettos have a far
more powerful effect on ladies - and their libidos.
The designer recounted a meeting with a French academic to The Sunday Times: 'She said that what is sexual in a high heel is the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman's foot when she orgasms.
The agony and the ecstasy: High heels have a powerful effect on women's libidos
'So putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation.'
Despite creating achingly high heels that cost hundreds of pounds - the most popular model is six inches - the French cobbler believes women are willing to suffer the pain.
He said: 'There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn't exist for men.
'A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.
'Shoes for men are about elegance or wealth, they are not playing with the inner character.
'That is why women are happy to wear painful shoes.'
Either way, Louboutin, who has been making shoes for 20 years and has sold 600,00 pairs, certainly knows his market.
Author Danielle Steele reportedly owns 6,000 pairs and Blake Lively was said to have bought 40 pairs in one go.
A pregnant Victoria Beckham wore customised Louboutins to the Royal Wedding in April, left, and Blake Lively reportedly bought 40 pairs in one shopping trip
Victoria Beckham continued to wear Louboutins throughout her pregnancy with baby Harper - despite reports of a slipped disc.
Louboutin, who has penned a book devoted to his designs, said: 'Victoria's whole attitude is "Here I am".
'She doesn't look like a mouse ready to hide. She has a strong sense and active attitude.
'She is fronting things. She is an actor in her own life. It's why a lot of people love and respect her.'