Christian Louboutin on why women are "happy to wear painful shoes"

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The world's most famous footwear designer has spoken out on the female species' love of sky-scraper stilettos and vertiginous platforms, in an attempt to explain our obsession with high-heels.

"There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn't exist for men," Christian Louboutin told to the Sunday Times Style.

Christian Louboutin on why women are 'happy to wear painful shoes'Kate Moss (in Christian Louboutins) with Christian Louboutin. Photo:Getty Images

"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's why women are happy to wear painful shoes," he adds. "For some a little discomfort is balanced by something else, which has to do with desire. You feel yourself, empower yourself, know yourself. You are aware of your body. This little act of discomfort pays off in lots of other ways."

What do you think? Are you happy to withstand a little toe-pinching pain if it completes an outfit? Or you a ballet pumps devotee all the way? Vote below:

Which do you prefer: heels or flats?
Heels! I love the way I feel when I put on a good pair of stilettos144 (57.1%)
Flats! I like walking, not tottering.108 (42.9%)


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