Christian Louboutin‘s crimson spiked patent leather Pigalle 100 pumps have taken top honours in this year’s edition of the Sexy Shoes contest hosted by Footwear News and Saks Fifth Avenue. Shoeaholics from around the world voted for their favourites in the third-annual online competition, and crowned the Louboutin the sexiest shoe over close contenders from Stuart Weitzman, Jimmy Choo and B Brian Atwood.
The thing is, I respectfully disagree with the legions of Louboutin fans who voted for the winning design: I just don’t find it all that sexy. Mostly, I’m over the studs, which have been a feature of entirely too many of Mr. Louboutin’s offerings of late. The all-over studs scream the type of sexy that’s just a little too obvious for my liking.
Instead, I’ve taken the liberty of seeking out my own top five sexiest shoes of Fall 2012. After a lengthy research mission inadvertently turned into a window-shopping session, I hereby name these five shoes the sexiest of them all: a Charlotte Olympia knee-high platform boot, an Esteban Cortezar ankle-cuff sandal, a YSL classic in a new shade, a ruffled Nicholas Kirkwood pump, and a sky-high, bow-adorned sandal by Louboutin.
What’s your pick?
[Warning: the following images may cause harm to your pocketbook. They already have to mine.]
Christian Louboutin Vampanodo in black/purple ($995 at Neiman Marcus)
YSL Tribute in Burgandy ($795 at Saks.com)
Esteban Cortezar metal ankle-cuff sandals ($755 at Net-a-porter)
Nicholas Kirkwood ruffle-back suede pump ($950 at Net-a-porter)
Charlotte Olympia ‘Bonnie’ knee-high platform boot (£1,195 at Charlotte Olympia)
Image Credits: WWD