The pop prince arrived at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Louboutin’s spike-studded “Pik Pik” kicks, which conjure a potent mix of 70s punk and durian fruit. Maybe he was making sure he wouldn’t be asked to show off his vaunted soccer skills at the sports-themed event?
At the Hollywood premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s Louboutins didn’t shoot webs or allow him to scale tall buildings. But the patent leather lace-ups do strike equal notes of superhero glam and Peter Parker geek chic, which almost counts as a superpower. Bonus: They’re shiny enough to use as a back-up mirror in case a single strand of that pompadour falls out of place.
After winning the Best Actor Golden Globe for Luther last January, Idris Elba kicked off the celebration in a pair of “Roller Boat” flat sneakers. The kicks are worth $1095, approximately the same amount as the production budget for all six seasons of The Wire.
Rachel Zoe’s ex-assistant proved again that he could stand on his own two feet (and in fourth position, no less) in a pair of “Stage” lace-ups at a 2012 benefit for The Trevor Project. And while it is first and foremost stylish, the chain detail in the back of the shoe can also serve as a handy back-of-calf scratcher in the event of a wool suit pant.
Pine picked the aptly named “Dandy” loafer to complete his soigné, brandy-and-cigars look for the premiere of People Like Us. The shoe is notably deep-cut on the sides, allowing for ample ankle cleavage, the male equivalent of showing a tasteful, J. Lo-esque glimpse of side-boob.
The way we imagine it, the gold-embellished slippers that West wore to the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards weren’t the final touch for his casually chic look; they were the only thing he didn’t take off from the full Louis XIV royal-velvet outfit that he had been wearing earlier in the day.
Classy, reflective star Jeremy Renner went for a classy, reflective pair of Louboutin “Platers” at the NYC premiere of The Bourne Legacy. Rumors that the shoes were hand-me-downs from Matt Damon remain unsubstantiated.
At the Christian Louboutin 20th anniversary party in Beverly Hills, British singer Mika managed to out-shoe-shine burlesque queen Dita Von Teese’s lady Loubs with his multi-color spiky sneakers, thereby reaching a level of fabulousness that is dangerous to the naked eye.
The $895 slipper style that Black Eyed Pea star Will.I.am chose for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards is named “Intern,” presumably because so many of Will’s interns lounge on Victorian daybeds scratching the tummies of their Cavalier King Charles spaniels with their toe-spikes while wondering how to spend the $895 they earned that day. It really makes perfect sense when you think about it.